About 2 weeks ago there was a post on the Assn. of Golf Clubfitting Professionals (AGCP) forum asking for folks to identify their top 5 selling grips. Experience has shown me that decisions on grips are made on feel, looks, and often if there are some special needs related to them. There is no cookbook way to identify the best grip for a player.
That said, here is a summary of what my customers have said, by their purchases, are the top grips that they most often order:
MOST REQUESTED BY FAR - Golf Pride Tour Velvet (a good feeling, reasonably priced grip) and the Winn DSi AVS V17 Blue/Black (a midsize grip, great feel and softness).
MOST REQUESTED OVERSIZE AND/OR JUMBO GRIPS - Lamkin Crossline Tour 1/8 inch oversize, and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 1/8 inch oversize. Both have a great soft feel and are largely used by players who have some hand problems and/or just like how a larger grip feels.
THE UP AND COMERS - Golf Pride VDR (various colors) and Lamkin Perma Wrap Classic 3 Gen. A number of clients have recently bought these and they have a great feel and look. I expect more and more folks will be choosing these grips in the future.
JURY STILL OUT BUT HIGH POTENTIAL - The Winn Hero grips, which are quite a lot lighter than "standard" grips - Hero weights are about 25 grams. Particularly for players where you want to make the club as light as possible.
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