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Wade Baynham

Original Three Guys Golf
Single-digit handicap, who learned golf in his early 20′s from my former father-in-law, a long time PGA tour and Champions tour player. I enjoy studying the golf swing and occasionally give golf lessons.

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Pure Grips Review: Most people spend a lot of time picking out their clubs but relatively little time choosing the grips. Usually, it is not until the grips become slick that we ever think about what kind of grips are actually on our clubs. Unless you are a golf nut, the choices of grips is fairly confusing as there are a ton of  brands, colors, styles and installation processes.

Pure Grip Selection

Like some other grip companies, Pure Grips offer a number of style and color options but what makes them truly unique is their very easy, efficient and green-friendly installation process. Plus, Pure Grips offer a 12 month guarantee. In other words if you manage to wear one out, they will send you another one.

Pure Grips

Coincidentally, prior to this full product review, I unknowingly have been using the Pure Grip on the Miura wedge that I reviewed for Three Guys Golf. Beyond the look and feel of the Pure Grips, it is the installation process that is much improved from the more traditional taping method. Having re-gripped many clubs in the past, this revolutionary re-gripping method represents a huge benefit for those “do-it yourself’ers”

Pure Grip Installation Gun

Since I did not own an air compressor, I picked one up in the $85 range but I figured it will also run a nail gun and paint sprayer for jobs around the house. The other solution of course is to borrow your buddies air compressor in return for re-gripping his clubs. Pure Grips sells the ‘gun attachment’ with a nozzle on the end to blow air through the grip (this will aid you in sliding the new grips on and off). The only prep work is to get the old grip and the old tape completely off before  installing the new grip. Please check out our video below to see how easy it actually is. Since you can easily pop the grips on and off with their ‘no-tape’ installation process you can quickly try one for a few weeks, pop it off, and try another one without having to cut up the grip and destroy it in the process.

As a reference point, my favorite grips in the past have been the simple Lamkin Crossline so I chose to review the Pure Grips Pure Pro model which has a similar feel. In the end, I found that I actually like the feel of the rubber better as there is a slight increase in tackiness. Plus Pure Grips have a ton of color options (but I still chose black). One of the main selling point behind Pure Grips is that the rubber is more ‘pure’ than what most grips are made of. Specifically, where other companies use silicone and plastics in their grips, Pure Grips are 100% rubber which helps to keep your hands on the handle in wet conditions. It also helps with durability because they won’t dry up and crack. Again, the Pure Grips are noticeably more tacky than other grips which is really nice (and this tackiness stays with the grip over time).

Pure Grip

In terms of real-world testing, I have really enjoyed the grip on my Miura wedge without even realizing what I was swinging. Now that I’ve had a chance to play with Pure Grips on all of my clubs, I’m honestly thrilled, and they are my new favorite grips. I have even spent a good bit more time hitting at the range without a glove because of how comfortable they are on my hands. Plus, the installation is so much easier so I will be more likely to keep my grips fresh rather than push them to where I have in the past.  Whatever grip you are used to, I think you’ll find a good fit in their selection of styles.

You can see the whole product line on the Pure Grip website.

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8 Comments

  1. Which air compressor did you end up going with?

    When I tried out the grips, I ended up analyzing the air compressors so much that I gave up and just went the traditional route.

    I love the grips and want to pick up an air compressor, do you have one that you would recommend?

    • Hi Ben, I did some research myself, and ended up going with this one from Sears: item number: 00915310000
      Craftsman 3 Gallon Horizontal Air Compressor with Hose and Accessory Kit

      When I got it, it was on sale for $85. The air tank fills up quickly, and it has plenty of air pressure for getting the grips on and off without any trouble. And their warranty is like other Craftsman products, so I wasn’t worried if I got a lemon. But this one seems to be really good after a number of tries.
      Thanks for asking,
      Wade

  2. Love the Pure’s, as well. Bought an air nozzle at Northern Tool for about 6 bucks – it doesn’t have the green enclosure, but it does the trick! Also found that a heat gun works well in trying to get the old tape off the shaft.

    NIce video – thanks!

  3. Wade – Nice review on PURE. Readers – keep in mind you don’t HAVE to use air to install Pure grips. Sometimes folks think it’s the only method to do so, it’s not. The old tape and solvent method works fine too.

    • Thank you for the kind reminder, and I hope people can see how versatile the PURE grips can be! I was just so tired of tape, that this new method was really exciting to me, and I’ve continued to really appreciate how great the grips feel without tape, in terms of size and stability. But I have no doubt that if I wanted or needed to use tape to build up a shaft or something, they’d work great that way as well.

  4. Any tips other than what is in the video for installing the grips? I had an issue getting the DTX grips on.

    • Hey Matthew, Sorry to hear about the issues with the Pure Grips! I’ve only put on a couple of sets, but I’ll shoot you an email, and please feel free to let me know what’s been going on. I’ll see if have any experience that can help.

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