by Johnathan Beau - AmateurGolf.com Player
I have tried almost every kind of grip out there:
standard non-cord, cord, combination, tacky. You
name it and I have probably tried it. The new Lamkin
UTx Wrap is unlike any grip I have put on my clubs.
For the last year, I have gone away from cord grips
because they have torn my hands up. I used to
exclusively play Lamkin Crossline Cord, which are
probably the gnarly-est cord grips out there. Your
hands will not slip with those bad boys. But hitting a
bunch of balls would make my hands hurt and callus-
up. Then I changed to Sticky 2.1 Iomic Grips, which
were great. They felt great, and were really tacky,
although were a tad squishy and did not last very
I recently changed to the Lamkin UTx grips, which
I thought were unbelievable; cord, but not too harsh
and still tacky and sturdy. However, there was still a
degree of squishy-ness, especially because I build up
my grips: 3 wraps under the left hand, 4 wraps under
I have the round UTx grips on my irons (read a
separate review here), but put the UTX Wraps on my
woods and the difference is pretty noticeable. The
product used is the same, but the Wraps seemed to
be more stable, perhaps because the butt diameter of
the graphite wood shafts is a bit bigger. (I'm going to
try the mid-size version of these grips on my irons to
see if that helps, but it's a small issue as you likely
won't be building up your grips like I do!)
The UTx Wrap model is a slightly thinner than the
standard UTX, which makes the Wrap fit a little bit
better and stay more solid.
What I loved: The sound I
hear when my glove would comes off the grip.
Imagine the weakest type of Velcro; giving that
feeling that the grip isn’t going anywhere, but
it’s still gives you freedom. By no means was
my hand completely glued to the club, however.
Some Minor Gotchas: The grips
were somewhat difficult to put on, at least normally.
When I put grips on, (and I have been doing this
myself for many years -- I can usually slip them on
swiftly without much adjustment. The UTX grips
required a little different technique -- I slide the grip
on slowly initially, then move it firmly with two hands,
making sure to keep the grip stable. Also, with some
of the grips, the cord would slightly
"warp" the grip, which could be fixed with
a little push with a thumb on the warped area.
Price: $6.99 a grip. Not too
pricey, but still a little more than your standard stock
Rating: 9.8/10 - These grips
are really good.