1. What is so special about Lamkin grips? How are they different than other top grip manufacturers?
In my opinion, quite a few things make Lamkin grips unique. For starters, all of our development is focused on creating grips that improve the connection between a golfer and their clubs. This connection is imperative to improving a golfer’s overall game. Because no two players are alike, a wide assortment of grip “solutions” are needed to accomplish this goal.
For instance, a low-handicap player might want a very firm grip with a heavy surface pattern for increased traction and torque rigidity. Conversely, an older player without the same gripping strength, might prefer a slightly softer and smoother grip with vibration dampening benefits. Lamkin is unique in that it offers both of those players the ideal grip for their game.
Grip size is another very important factor that makes Lamkin unique. We are proud to offer the industry’s widest selection of grip sizes. Not every golfer has a “standard” size hand. For the millions of players who need an undersize, midsize or oversize grip, the selection can be very limited. Lamkin offers nearly every grip in its portfolio in an undersize, midsize and oversize option. Playing with the wrong size grip can have a very negative impact on a player’s performance. Fortunately, it’s incredibly simple and easy to correct!
Another key difference between Lamkin and many of its competitors is durability. Using a variety of synthetic rubber materials, Lamkin offers the most durable and long-lasting golf grips in the market. This is one factor that contributes to the strong brand loyalty reported by Lamkin golfers. Some of the polymer materials that are currently used to make golf grips wear out extremely fast. Unless you’re playing three (or more) rounds every week, a player’s grips should last at least a year. I’m always shocked to hear about grips wearing out after just a couple of months.
Finally, Lamkin is one of the most trusted and respected brands in the golf industry. Our family has been making premium golf grips since 1925, longer than any other grip manufacturer. We have gained the trust of the most dominant and influential club manufacturers in the world. We’re very proud of our current position as the market share leader in the premium OEM grip market.
2. How often does Lamkin recommend changing grips?
For most golfers, every 12-18 months should be frequent enough to ensure they’re receiving the playing benefits of using new grips. For golfers who play 2-3 times a week and spend a lot of time on the practice range, they may need new grips every 9-12 months. A good rule of thumb is to replace your grips every 40-50 rounds.
3. What is so special about the Lamkin 3Gen grips?
3GEN is a specially-formulated synthetic rubber that was created to dampen vibration, while still offering critical shot feedback. It took nearly 18 months to create the perfect formulation, which is now patent-pending. The final 3GEN compound is 4-8x more shock absorbing than traditional rubber and polymer materials.
The added benefit of the material, is that it’s noticeably tackier than traditional rubber grips. Obviously, this is a great grip choice for players with physical conditions, like arthritis or tendinitis, that demand increased vibration dampening. But, it’s also proving to be a big hit with Tour players who have noticed the 3GEN material just feels better.
Nearly all of the PGA Tour players that use Lamkin grips are now using grips made with the 3GEN material. Lamkin’s club manufacturing partners have also taken note, with many using 3GEN grips on their new, premium clubs. A final endorsement for 3GEN: shortly after our first offering of 3GEN grips was launched, Lamkin won two of three Golf Digest Gold Medals for grips and both of those medals were for 3GEN grips.
4. How does one make sure they are using the proper grip size?
A golfer should start with an understanding of their hand size based on two key measurements: full hand length and longest finger length. From there, they can narrow their selection and begin “trying” different grip sizes. Nearly every major retailer offers a selection of undersize, standard, midsize and oversize grips. The ideal fit should result in a player’s longest fingers (usually the middle and ring fingers) barely touching the base of their palm.
While that is a good rule of thumb for most golfers, some might require a slightly larger or smaller grip depending on their swing mechanics and/or physical abilities. For instance, a player suffering from arthritis might need a slightly larger grip to improve their ability to grip with increased strength. Golf professionals and club fitters are a great resource for golfers who want to find their perfect grip fit.
5. Tell us one underrated fact about grips that can help improve our golf game.
The majority of golfers, maybe as many as 85%, are using grips that are the wrong size or worn-out. Incorrectly sized grips can cause a myriad of problems, from creating too much hand action with a grip that’s too small, to limiting swing speed with a grip that’s too large.
Worn-out grips are just as destructive. Because old grips are more slick and have lost their tack, a golfer has to grip tighter to establish a connection with their clubs. Too much grip pressure has a very negative impact on a player’s performance. So, up to 85% of golfer’s can quickly and easily improve their game (and lower their scores) just by replacing their grips with premium, correctly-sized grips. I’m always amazed by that potential!
6. Lamkin has so many grips to choose from. How can I know what’s right for me?
Great question. There are many factors that contribute to selecting the “right” grip. The most important is finding the right size. After that, it’s really all about “feel”. Every golfer is a little different when it comes to what “feels” best.
We offer firmer grips that provide torque rigidity (great for high swing-speed players) and softer grips that might be more comfortable for ladies and seniors. We also offer a wide variety of surface textures, some with a heavier pattern for a high-traction feel, and others with a light pattern for a softer and tackier feel.
For golfers playing in wet conditions (or with wet hands), we also offer a broad assortment of cord grips to provide an extra level of moisture control. Lamkin has just launched an interactive grip selector at www.lamkingrips.com to help golfers find their ideal grip size and also find the grip that might work best for their game.
7. Do you carry any over-size, fat putter grips (as theses are becoming very popular with golfers like KJ Choi)?
We do carry a jumbo putter grip and are looking to expand the line to include more “fat” options in the future.
8. What does Lamkin recommend for cleaning your grips? How often is it recommended?
Ideally, you should clean your grips after two to three rounds. If they’re dirty after one round, then they should be cleaned sooner. Regular cleaning and maintenance will extend the life of most grips, so it’s really worth the effort.
There are many, many, many ways to clean golf grips. The simplest method is to wipe them down with a warm, wet towel and then dry off with a lint-free towel. Another option is to scrub them in soapy water (with dishwashing liquid), rinse with warm water and then towel dry. There are a lot of great suggestions and tips online.
9. What is Lamkin most excited about in terms of new or upcoming grip technology?
We are most excited about new material developments, both with rubber and with new, emerging compounds. The grip industry has only scratched the surface of new material opportunities and we’re confident the next grip “revolution” will involve significant material changes. Lamkin plans on leading that charge to offer an even wider assortment of grip solutions for the millions of golfers around the world.
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