Putter Grips

Golf Grips / May 2012

For the past couple of years GolfTest USA has received many requests from golfers asking us to test shafts and grips. We have resisted embarking on such a test because to the logistics, time and effort we knew it would take us. Late in 2002 we finally relented and contacted several of the shaft and grips companies and received commitments from some of them. Winn, Golf Pride, Royal and Karakal participated in the grip test. We want to thank them for their support and participation. Even though we allocated lots of time and manpower to complete the test, as we suspected it took us much longer to complete than even we imagined. We reshafted and regripped over 200 sets of clubs and had golfers play 10 rounds. They then evaluated the criteria we had established for the test. We hope that golfers will find the results useful in helping to determine and narrow down what grips would be good for them to try.

Let us know if there are other grips you would like us to test and we will contact the manufacturers and see if they will participate in our next testing cycle. requestatest@golftestusa.com

Grips with three asterisks have received the GolfTest USA “Seal of Excellence”

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Product DescriptionQualityAppearance Durability Comfort Feel Overall Score
Winn Pistol

Winn Pistol

User Rating: Be the first one!
8.8
8.7
8.7
8.8
8.9
2 Winn Paddle

Winn Paddle

User Rating: Be the first one!
8.7
8.6
8.7
8.6
8.8
3 Winn Medallist

Winn Medallist

User Rating: Be the first one!
8.7
8.9
8.6
8.7
8.8
4 Winn Gem

Winn Gem

User Rating: Be the first one!
8.6
8.6
8.8
8.6
8.7
5 Royal STS

Royal STS

User Rating: Be the first one!
8.7
8.6
8.8
8.7
8.7
6 Royal Deep-V

Royal Deep-V

User Rating: Be the first one!
8.8
8.7
8.7
8.7
8.8
7 Karakal X-Tack

Karakal X-Tack

User Rating: Be the first one!
8.7
8.7
8.6
8.8
8.6
8 Golf Pride Whisper

Golf Pride Whisper

User Rating: Be the first one!
8.8
8.8
8.7
8.9
8.8
9 Golf Pride Velvet

Golf Pride Velvet

User Rating: Be the first one!
8.6
8.6
8.8
8.6
8.7
10 Golf Pride Sofftie

Golf Pride Sofftie

User Rating: Be the first one!
8.7
8.8
8.7
8.7
8.8
Over several years of testing GolfTest USA has determined that when subjective and objective ratings from our Test Administrators and the golfers taking the test are combined the overall rating is a very accurate indication of the actual performance of any particular golf product. There is only a small difference in the ratings yet even a couple of percentage points difference from one club to another is significant enough to indicate a club that performs at a superior level to other clubs.

Go to our manufacturer's links page to get more information about the items in the above category.