Written By: Chris Conley
I’ve been struggling to sit here and come up with what to write in this review, I mean it’s about a grip how exciting can it be right? Well if you try to play golf in the definition of Humidity, a Maryland Summer, you know all to well how important a good grip is to your golf game. So when I had the opportunity to try out the new UTx Wrap Golf Grips by Lamkin, I jumped at the opportunity. Most recommendations you find will say to change your grips once a year, but in the humid Maryland summer’s I change my grips once in the spring and once in late summer, so when the Lamkin UTx Wrap’s arrived in early August it was perfect timing. Golfing in humid weather if you haven’t done it, is a challenge to say the least; having wet grips from rain is one thing, but when your hands start sweating from humidity most grips I’ve tried become slick and I feel like I lose all control of the club. In the rain you can always dry your hands and grips, but when it’s sweat from humidity drying does nothing because your palms are instantly wet again, that is where the UTx’s shined. Every grip manufacturer on the market, makes what they call an “all weather” grip, designed to work in the rain, heat and cold, but few live up to the all weather name, some have great grip when dry and slick when wet, some have better grip when wet but are slicker when cold, some are slick in summer and grippier during cold months; so going into this review to say I was skeptical was an understatement but as you’ll read below I was happily surprised.
I tested the UTx Wrap Grip in All Blue, and it is a very eye popping grip. I know it’s a grip and how eye popping can it really be right, but I can tell you the minute they were installed people were asking me about the grips. I have never been one to use the standard black grip on my clubs and generally my clubs have a theme with the grips, for instance right now my woods have white grips, my irons have the UTx Wraps in Blue and my wedges have a Red grip for a red, white and blue theme. So looks are important to me in a grip and with a deep blue main color with a light blue speckle through out the grip these grips look amazing. They are offered in All Black as well, which look great, but I like more color in my grips.
I waited to write this review till I found a few days with different weather conditions so I could write a true review on the grips, the first day I played it was 95 and humid as can be, the second round was rainy and the third round was an early morning round in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Now it is August in Maryland so I am not going to say I tested these in the cold, but I am known to play year round, so I look forward to further testing these on a cold November afternoon. The first thing I look for when using a new grip is how they feel at the moment of contact, it’s a hard thing to explain but you want to feel contact with the ball but not a shock at contact. With the UTx Wrap’s they have great feedback you can feel the moment of contact perfectly but their is no vibration through out the club that affects your follow through or throws off your rhythm. With the other all weather grips I’ve tried they tend to be hard, making you think you have to over grip the club to keep it from sliding out of your hands on a regular no rain round, however with the UTx’s your first impression is of a softer grip with the tackiness of a nice corded grip.
On the Course
As I said above I used the grips in three different conditions and was happily surprised in all three. The first is what anyone living around the Mason Dixon line are used to, a 95 degree day where you can cut the air with a knife it is so thick with humidity. Normally on days like this, I have to have 4 or 5 towels in the cart strictly for drying my hands and grips before each swing. The grips performed great, even when my palms were slick I could control the club with this grip. I did use the towel a few times to dry it off but with one wipe the grips were dry and ready to swing and I was confident I could make a good swing and didn’t think about losing the club on hard driver swings like I normally do on days like that. The second round I played was in a constant rain/mist, so there was no drying, because it was pointless, the grips worked great. I felt I had control of club when the rain became heavier later in the round. The final day was a cool morning after a storm the night before and the grips I feel, were the best during this round. They were obviously dry the entire day and no humidity to make them slick but they were some of the most comfortable grips I’ve ever used on the colder morning.
I’ve always been skeptical of all weather grips, knowing that they generally use a few different materials to allow for comfort in the dry weather and wet weather, they generally aren’t comfortable. However with the UTx’s by lamkin, you get comfort, feel, softness in any weather condition (haven’t tested below 60 degree’s yet) to make a confident swing every time. Each grip is only $6.99 which is very competitively priced, with premium grips easily costing you around $10 each.
More About the Author - Chris Conley
Chris is the founder of Average Guy Golf, he plays at an 11 handicap and has recently changed from TaylorMade to an all Ping line up, besides his Xenon putter. Chris who is 34 started, playing golf when he was 15 and one Mr. Eldric Tiger Woods hit the scene and made golf popular. He has a daughter who is 4 and loves going to the golf course, and practicing with her new Pink golf clubs that Santa brought her. Chris's goal with the site is to make your next round more enjoyable regardless of your score.