It’s a tough sell to convince golfers that a change in grips can make you play better golf. But think about it: The grip is your only contact with the club and if you feel good with the grip in your hands, shouldn’t that mean that you have a better chance to hit a good shot?
The folks at Golf Pride believe they have the answer to that question with their new MCC Align grips. The MCC was already the top hybrid grip on the PGA Tour – cord in the top hand and rubber in the bottom hand. But one important innovation was added – the Align technology that features a raised ridge at the back of the grip.
Reminder ridges have been available in grips for years. And the company says that 1 in 3 PGA Tour players play with reminders in their grips. What sets the Align apart is the notion that the ridge in the MCC has a diamond texture pattern and material that is 50 percent firmer than the rest of the grip to enable the player to have a more pronounced feel.
The result, the company says, is that the golfer has a better chance to lock his or her hands on the club the right way – every time. And if you follow the logic, that leads to a square clubface at impact much more often.
The grips are available in the MCC and the MCC Plus 4, which is larger in the bottom hand section. Both are available in regular and mid-size.
At a time when most equipment manufacturers are stretching the limits as to how large a driver can be, the engineers at Ping went in the opposite direction – they went smaller.
Ping’s new G400 driver weighs in at 445 cc, slightly under the industry standard of 460 cc, the largest the USGA rules will allow. Ping says the smaller size improves the G400’s aerodynamics for faster clubhead speeds and greater moment of inertia (MOI), which is the club’s resistance to twisting on off-center hits.
That is paired with a forged, heat-treated face that increases flexing of the face at impact by 16 percent, compared with other Ping drivers. The combination results in a 2 mph increase in ball speed.
The driver’s tungsten weight is positioned lower and farther back, which the company says makes the G400 its most forgiving driver, based on dispersion testing.
The G400 comes with three clubhead options for most every type of player. The standard model fits most golfers. The Straight Flight (SFT) model helps correct a left-to-right flight (for right-handed golfers) by positioning the tungsten weight toward the heel and features a lower swing weight to help players square the face. The Low Spin (LST) has the tungsten weight positioned nearer the face to reduce spin around 300 rpm for a stronger ball flight.
The stock shaft for the G400 is the 55-gram Alta CB, which is counter-balanced. The Ping Tour 65 and 75 are available at an upcharge as are aftermarket shafts Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver Dual-Core TiNi 60, Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 and Aldila X-Torsion Copper.
You don’t necessarily have to run out and buy a whole new set of golf clubs in hopes that the purchase will magically transform your game. Short of a bag full of clubs, there are some things you can do that will make a difference right away.