ProPlay Glove and Grip Fitting System Review: June 2008

GolfTest USA was retained by ProPlay North America to develop the testing protocol and methodology and then conduct a test using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System. We indentified 20 golfers of varied skill levels who we felt had flaws in their grip. During April and May, 2008, GolfTest USA performed testing on the ProPlay Fitting System. The 20 golfers who participated in the test were each fitted with the correct size ProPlay glove and then their set of golf clubs were regripped using the corresponding ProPlay grips. They were then instructed to watch the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System DVD so they understood how to use the glove and grips to obtain the most benefit from the product. We knew that when golfers make a change to their swing, it can take time to get acclimated and comfortable with the change. We asked each tester to spend about a week practicing using the correct grip and then play a round of golf without being concerned with their score. Once that was done, we had each tester play a minimum of 5 rounds of golf, keeping close track of their scores over the next few weeks. Once they had completed the rounds of golf, we asked each tester to be fair and unbiased when completing the evaluation form.

The group of testers included 15 men and 5 women. Their handicaps ranged from 8 to 29.
It was very easy for our club fitter to fit each tester with the right size glove and than regrip each set of clubs with the correct size corresponding grips. The grips were very high quality, thus they were very easy to install.

GolfTest USA also retained 4 top PGA golf instructors and asked them to evaluate the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System as it relates to their teaching methodology. We wanted to get their feedback on how they thought the ProPlay System would help their students improve their grip. We put the ProPlay grips on their clubs and asked them to tell us what they liked about it. We also asked them to consider how they thought the use of the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System could be incorporated into their teaching format and how it would benefit their students. Their feedback has been included at the end of this report.

Following are the results that we compiled from the evaluation forms that were completed by the testers of the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System.

The following rating scale was used to determine how well the average score for each question was achieved.

Poor: 0 to 4.4
Below Average: 4.5 to 4.9
Average: 5.0 to 5.4
Above Average: 5.5 to 5.9
Good: 6.0 to 6.4
Excellent: 6.5 to 6.9
Exceptional: 7.0 and above

Questionnaire:
Please answer the following questions on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best by circling the appropriate number.

After watching the DVD how easy was it to grip the club properly with the ProPlay Fitting System?

Results: Average score was 8.75. This high rating indicates that the DVD provided the testers with all the necessary instructions and information needed to correctly grip the club.

Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to get the most benefit from the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System?

Results: Average score was 8.9. This exceptional rating confirms that the DVD provides the information necessary to get the best benefit from the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System.

How “easy” was it to “adapt” your grip to the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System?

Results: Average score was 7.85. This very high rating indicates that the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System allows a golfer to quickly transition from their old flawed grip into the correct grip. We did not expect that this rating would be so high because many golfers have a poor grip that they have been using for years and that it would take a quite a bit of practicing and playing to make the transition.

Please answer the following questions based on the 5 rounds of golf recorded since you started using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best by circling the appropriate number.

Did the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System help you to improve the distance of your shots?

Results: Average score was 5.7. This rating is an indication than more half the testers improved the distance and several testers said that they are hitting their driver longer and straighter.

Did the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System help you to improve the accuracy of your shots?

Results: Average score was 6.85. This rating is a dramatic improvement and probably the best result a golfer would like to have because of how important it is to be able to hit your shots straight and at the target.

Did the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System help you to improve the control of your shots?

Results: Average score was 6.5. This rating confirms that the control of the tester’s shots improved greatly as the result of using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System

Did the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System help you to improve the tempo of your swing?

Results: Average score was 5.3. This rating, while just average, falls within our expectations that a golfer’s tempo would probably not be impacted very much as the result of having the correct grip.

Did your confidence striking the ball improve as the result of using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System?

Results: Average score was 6.3. This rating was good especially when one takes into account the learning curve necessary to make a radical change such as using the correct grip.

Did your consistency striking the ball improve as the result of using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System?

Results: Average score was 6.05. Consistency in a golfers swing is very important and will lead directly to improved scores so this rating shows that the testers made improvement in this area and the feedback indicated that most of the testers felt it will continue to improve as they become more comfortable with their new correct grip.

How “strongly” would you recommend the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System to other golfers?

Results: Average score was 7.05. This rating is a strong indication that the testers feel that the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System would be of benefit to the majority of golfers and they would not hesitate to tell their friends and other golfers about how much the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System helped improve their game.

How “likely” will you be to continue to use the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System?

Results: Average score was 6.65. This rating confirms that most testers (75%) will continue to use the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System. Five of the testers had problems making the change from their poor grip to the correct one.

Do you feel the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System helped you lower your scores during the 5 rounds of golf you recorded?

Results: Average score was 5.4. This rating falls in line with the fact that the perception of about half of the testers was that they didn’t feel they lowered their scores. Changing from a poor grip to the correct grip is a major change for most golfers. For most golfers this change could take a long time before they start to gain the benefit from using the proper grip. In fact half the testers based on their actual reported scores and perception lowered their scores and improved by an average of 2 strokes per round.

Please rate the quality of the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System glove and grips.

Results: Average score was 7.2. This rating shows that the quality of the grips and gloves are exceptional and compare favorably with the quality and performance of other top grips and gloves on the market. Our observations confirmed that the durability and quality of both the glove and grip were excellent.

Please answer the following questions based on the 5 rounds of golf you recorded since using the ProPlay Fitting System checking the “Yes”, “No” or “The Same” box.

Based on the rounds of golf you recorded since you started using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System were you able to lower your score per round?
Yes___ No___ The Same___ If you answered “Yes” how may strokes per round? ______

Results: 30% of the testers indicated they lowered their score an average of 2 strokes per round. The rest of the testers felt their scores stayed the same. Feedback from several of the testers showed that they felt they would continue to improve as they became more comfortable using the correct grip.

Since you started using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System did the distance of your shots improve?
Yes___ No___ The Same__

Results: 40% of the testers said their distance improved and coupled with their improved accuracy they were able to hit more greens in regulation.

Since you started using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System did the accuracy of your shots improve?
Yes___ No___ The Same___

Results: 65% of the testers said their accuracy improved. This is a very high rate of improvement and shows how important having the correct grip is to hitting the ball at your target.

Since you started using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System did the control of your shots improve?
Yes___ No___ The Same___

Results: Again 65% of the testers said their control improved. By using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System golfers can have a consistent reference point on the glove and grip in which to slightly change their grip when they want to hit a cut shot, draw or fade.

Please answer the following questions:

What did you like best about the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System?

Comments:
“Using the ProPlay system I was able to release through the ball and finish my swing much better”
“The glove fit the grip for line up”
“Sets my hands properly on the club”
“The grips”
“Got me away from such a strong grip to a much better one”
“Easy hand alignment”
“I can now hit my wedge and sand wedge”
“Ease of use”
“Consistency”
“I had a very strong grip prior to starting to use the system, since then I have been able to come back some towards a more neutral position”
“Placement of the right hand”
“It was a good check on my grip”
“Lining up glove with grip”
“I seem to set up my swing with more confidence”
“Easy reminder of grip position”
“More confidence in my grip”
“The concept, but it didn’t work for me (or I couldn’t work it)”
“Felt like I was hitting the sweet spot more often”
“Everything”
Taking in to account all factors that are important to you on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best how would you rate the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System “overall”?

Results: Average score was 6.95. This rating is very high when taking into account we initially projected that about 25% of the testers would have difficulty changing from their old grip to the correct one by using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System. In fact 5 of the 20 testers had difficulty adapting their poor grip to the correct one.

Is there anything else you would like to comment on regarding the ProPlay Fitting System?
Comments:

“Easy to use”
“Achieved very good results”
“Combined with the correct set up and alignment this system will eventually help my overall game”
“This is an outstanding aid for new golfers or golfer attempting to “refind” their swing”
“It didn’t really lower my score but was very consistent. It gave me confidence”

Golf Instructors Evaluation Report

Following is the feedback we received from the golf instructors we had review the ProPlay Fitting System.

Review from Marvol Barnard
LPGA/PGA Class A Teaching Professional

Thoughts on the ProPlay Fitting System.

1. I love it. I have had several female students wear the glove and take their grip with my clubs, and have noted that they are easily able to demonstrate the correct grip immediately and easily. They were then able to take a correct grip on their own club after using the ProPlay glove/grip.

2. My students love it. I have had several students ask if this system is available for purchase at this time.

3. It helped my own grip. I have had a long-time tendency toward too weak a grip with the right hand, and the ProPlay grips helped me to quickly become comfortable with the grip in the correct position. (I’m embarrassed to admit this one, being a “golf pro!”)

4. I would purchase the system for use with a demo set of clubs for use in lessons. I believe this is the easiest, fastest way to get students used to the grip, either as new students, or as a student with grip issues that need addressed.

5. ONLY ONE COMPLAINT: I find the grips to be very dirty! I have washed them, but still end up with very grubby hands at the end of a day’s lessons or the end of a round of golf.

You can put me down as “two thumbs up” (correctly placed, of course). I give over 900 lessons in a season, and I would not hesitate to use or recommend this system. Thanks for inviting me to help with the test!

Marvol Barnard
LPGA/PGA Class A Teaching Professional
Green Valley, Arizona 85614
520-591-1475

Review from Maria Przymierski, PGA

My feedback is that it promotes a solid grip and love the custom fit of the actual grip.

My students feed back is that the beginners love it and it takes a lot of the guesswork out of putting their hands on the club.

My higher handicap students that have technically unsound grips and swings dislike it because they can’t make their usual corrective moves during their swing.

Overall a great product and I would support its use in teaching.

Thanks!

Maria Przymierski, PGA
Green Valley Golf Instruction
(520) 400-9457
www.gvazgolf.com
Email: mariap@pga.com or mariap@gvazgolf.com

Review from Joe Jaress, PGA

My name is Joel Jaress and I am the head golf pro at the Country Club of Green Valley. I recently was asked to sample a new golf product that is designed to help improve and maintain consistency regarding a golfer’s grip. The product I am referring to is called ProPlay. The concept of the product is to match certain lines and marks from your golf glove to the lines and marks on the grip. This concept seems to be a good idea regarding consistence but I personally feel that there are too many variables regarding a golfers grip for the product to be consistently effective for the majority of golfers. For example, many top players will adjust their grip to produce a certain shape to their gall flight, despite that, the product would seem to be more beneficial to the beginner or novice, providing that the measurements are made correctly and the grips are installed properly.
From my experience, no grip or hand position is an absolute for every golfer, therefore the grips would need to be installed someone very familiar with a particular golfer swing and potential.
Good Luck!

Joel Jaress.

Review from Marcel Laliberte, Golf Instructor

As requested, here is my review of the ProPlay Fitting System. I think it is a good system for beginners and high handicap golfers. The reminder lines on both the grips and the gloves are helpful to get these golfers to place their hands in the proper grip position. As a teaching aid, the system is an eight. As a playing aid it is a nine.

Regards,
Marcel Laliberte

GolfTest USA Final Evaluation:

Based on the results of this test GolfTest USA has determined that the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System will help most golfers improve their game by insuring that they begin each shot with the correct grip. The ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System helps golfers improve their consistency and reduces their frustration because of poorly struck shots. The ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System can be a key factor in golfers getting more enjoyment from the game. The ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System is not a gimmick or fad and should be an integral part of most golfers’ equipment. The feedback we received from the golf instructors who evaluated the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System strongly suggests that it would be in the best interest of any new golfer who was taking up the game to start off by using the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System. A golfer new to the game would benefit immediately by having the correct grip which is the foundation needed prior to developing the correct swing. GolfTest USA has determined that the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System is a golf product of superior value, performance and quality. Because of the excellent ratings the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System achieved in the test GolfTest USA is awarding it the GolfTest USA Seal of Excellence.

Please feel free to contact us at anytime for clarification on any of the information contained within this report.

Special Note: GolfTest USA has not in the past endorsed any golf product we have tested for various reasons. First we do not want to give the appearance that we have any conflict of interest by recommending one product over another. We have been satisfied in the past to let the actual results from each test that we post speak for its self. We do award our GolfTest USA Seal of Excellence to certain golf products that meet our minimum standards however we do not specifically endorse any products nor have we ever received any revenue or compensation from the sale of any golf products we have tested. Because of the unique attributes of the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System and our belief that it will help such a high percentage of golfers play better golf and enjoy the game more we have decided to provide a link on our home page so that golfers can find out more about the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System and make a decision on whether to purchase it. Should there come a time in the future where we test a golf product similar to the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System we would at that time cease our endorsement of it.

Most golfers need new grips and gloves from time to time so buying the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System is not really an added expense but actually a necessary one. There are many golf products that golfers buy in an effort to improve their games that end up being stored away after a few uses never to be seen again. The ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System is NOT one of these. The benefits golfers realize from the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System will be ongoing and will help those who use it to play better and more consistent golf. 100% of the compensation GolfTest USA receives from the sales of the ProPlay Glove & Grip Fitting System will go directly to pay for shipping costs we incur when we send sets of golf clubs to junior golf programs thru the Integra*T Youth Golf Foundation. During the last 8 years the Integra*T Youth Golf Foundation has provided over 600 sets of golf clubs to junior golfers who can’t afford their own golf equipment.

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The GolfTest USA Testing Staff