T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Golf Pride brings comfort, control with its softest performance grips ever
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Sunday, May 04, 2014 | 9:35 a.m.
Back in January at the PGA Merchandise Show, Golf Pride introduced its newest performance grip -- the CP2 line.
Defined by their comfort, control and performance attributes, the CP2 grips are the softest performance grips in Golf Pride history. The company says it's new proprietary Control Core technology allows for a softer feel without compromising performance.
"Consumer testing validation was instrumental in the performance development of the CP2 line," stated Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing manager for Golf Pride. "As soon as players took a swing, they could feel the Control Core benefits. Players commented that the fantastic feel and control immediately transferred to a high level of confidence as they stepped up to the ball. The innovation in the CP2 grips delivers softer feel with the control and durability that golfers expect from Golf Pride."
The CP2 line is available in two models -- the CP2 Pro in red and the CP2 Wrap in blue.
I recently had a chance to try out the Pro model. I've been a longtime fan of Golf Pride's Multi-Compound grips because of the feel. While the CP2 Pro looks significantly different from the Multi-Compound, I was impressed to not sacrifice any feel on the new grip, which features a straight, texture grip pattern.
They were distinctly softer than Golf Pride's Multi-Compound offerings -- which will always be my favorite -- but were much easier on the hands, especially at the start of a new season as any regular golfer tries to work through blisters.
And what, exactly, is that proprietary new Control Core technology? It's a 2.5" inner control core stabilizer located at the top of the grip where the greatest amount of swing pressure is received. It reduces torque by 41 percent compared to the same grip without the core. A straighter taper in the lower section, Golf Pride explains, encourages even hand pressure for a more stable and consistent swing.
If you're in the market for new grips -- and you probably should be at the start of a new season -- these are worth a try. And they're friendly on the wallet too.
Available now, the CP2 line comes in three sizes -- standard, midsize and jumbo -- with a price of $6.99, $7.49 and $7.99, respectively.
To learn more, visit www.golfpride.com.
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