July 16, 2013 at 01:02 PM
By Steve M
Steve MWestland, MI
Recently purchased the AP1 irons, 913D driver, 4wood and 3hybrid. Love the set - striking the ball very well but my grips are extremely slippery, almost damp, after 5 or 6 holes. I'm struggling to keep a firm grip on my club and it's becoming an issue. I've never had this issue in the past and was hoping to find a make-shift solution. I've tried using a towel and switching gloves periodically during the round but it's a temporary solution, at best.
Any advice or helpful work-arounds to fix this problem aside from getting the entire set regripped?
Hey Steve M,
Are your grips Tour Velvet? No cord?
I have the same issue with the Tour Velvet 360 grips on my 913Hd and 913D3 and have no solution for you unfortunately. Cord is required to keep the grip from slipping when moisture from sweat or rain comes into the equation.
The only thing I can suggest other than a re-grip is from this post from the FJ Community Blog which mentions adding a light coat of Mink Oil on the palm and fingers which increases tackiness:
Yes, I believe the grips are tour velvet. They came stock on my clubs. Thank you for the link. Seems like a decent enough idea, I'll give this a try and see how it works.
fred kfalls church, VA
i've never heard of that issue with those velvet style grips. maybe carry a small bottle of baby powder or a baseball rosin bag and powder your hands, not the grip (i think that's a rules violation). better yet, if you ride when you play, you could always sprinkle some sand out of the sand bottles on your hands. good luck.
I never heard of this issue either until now. Not sure what the official rules allow for but I'll give it a shot. I appreciate your response!
Andrew ACharlotte, NC
We all have this problem in July ad August especially if you live in a very humid area. I have the GP Multi-Compound grips and they do help but after a few holes, my glove is damp if not soaked and the grip pressure begins to suffer. I read in a golf digest WITB, forget the player but played college golf in Arkansas, and he swore by the Gorilla Gold golf towel/grip enhancer. I tried it last month and it has changed my game and given me complete confidence in any weather conditions that my grip can be trusted. Each towel comes in a resealable bag and last around 5-8 rounds.
Thanks for the link Andrew. I had always used half cords i9n the past My new set has Tour Velvets. On the hot humid days, I have the same problem: glove, hands and grip very wet and no confidence in my grip. I will try the gorilla gold towel.
Chris SDubuque, IA
Try Ultra-Grip. Works really well for me on those hot humid days.
Bill LSpring, TX
Living in Houston where it is probably as humid as anywhere I just dry towel my grips after each shot. You must remember to pay attention to the moisture in your glove. In the hottest months I usually have a couple of gloves handy and take my glove off between shots. OBTW I play velvet grips.
Walt SMckenzie, TN
Living here in Tennessee, we get very humid days and where I play, there is not much breeze to help. On a tip that I got, I went to a sporting good shop and bought a bottle of racquet ball grip. I apply it to my hands and some to my glove and it works. You can't apply it when it's wet. but before you start, work very well for me.
Joshua LNorth Salt Lake, UT
The Foot Joy rain gloves work great in on really hot and humid days. I have found great success with them, as have many others locally. They absorb all the sweat on your hands and don't allow your grips to get wet.
SpudstarchWalnut Creek, CA
I agree with Joshua.
The one time it rained in California I had some rain grips with me. They are amazing. I also remember reading a DG magazine WITB article and someone's dad just uses them all the time. They found them to be more durable, and the black color doesn't show all the dirt and grime.
I have always found Golf Pride Tour Wrap grips to be nice and tacky all season long and provide great feel even in damp conditions. I ordered my 714 AP1's with the tour wraps instead of the stock grips.
Big thanks to everyone who has commented on this thread. Luckily, the weather has cooled down a bit and I've been fine for the past few weeks. Have a few good options to explore now, hopefully next year. Again, thanks guys!
On another note, anyone else patiently waiting for their #TeamTitleist bag tag? It's been over a month now!
Fred CMansfield, TX
Steve, if you have a problem with slipping in hot weather, it sounds like it may be sweat on your non-glove hand. You can buy substances to help keep your hands tacky and dry, but you might try keeping a few paper towels in your bag. You just grip it and dry off your hand. The paper really gets the oils and sweat off of your hands well.
I was using the tacky golf pride 2G grips but found that even those succumbed to the sweaty hands ... I moved to using the multi-compound grips which do make a considerable difference. BUT there is a thing out there called "gorilla cloths". They work big time. They are super sticky fabric cloths that you can rub onto your hands and grips -- and have been approved by the PGA & USGA.
BEST OF LUCK!
Olivia SSedalia, MO
I play with Golf Pride tacky grips. Works like a charm and fixed that same problem I had way back when.
keith dPortage, MI
Zach SCincinnati, OH
I use soap and water on a towel or paper towel and then let them air dry and it keeps them sticky for a couple of rounds. Hope this helps
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