We get contacted weekly by vendors & manufacturers wanting us to carry and/or recommend their product on our site. We answer all of those inquiries the same way-send us a sample of your product and we will be happy to review it. However, please know that if we feel your product is one of high quality we will say so, and conversely if we feel it's inferior we will also say so. Usually 4 out of 10 suppliers say they will send us a sample and in actuality only 1 out of 10 ever follows through.
Saplize contacted us and asked if we would place a link to their club grips on our website. We gave them the same spiel we give every supplier. To their credit they sent us two sets of their grips for review.
Saplize grips are aimed at the DIY home regripper and come as a set with all of the tools and accessories needed to remove your old grips and instal the new ones. Each kit contained:
13 Club Grips
1 Hook Blade Knife
13 Pieces of Double Sided Tape
A Can of Grip Solvent With A Sprayer Insert
A Shaft Clamp For A Vice
A Very Detailed Instruction Book In Multiple Languages
It's a very nice comprehensive package for the home regripper and honestly the only things you'll need that's not in the kit are a vice and a drip pan to catch the solvent.
The two grips we received were aptly named the Blue Grip, which is clearly a clone of the Golf Pride (GP) Multi-Compound (MCC), and the other is the Red grip.
A direct visual comparison of the Blue grip to the GP MCC shows they are pretty similar, but there were a few differences. As you can see by the yellow lines in the photo below, the GP cord goes down the grip a little further than the Saplize. The cord portion on both grips are good with the GP providing slightly more traction. However on the rubber portion of the grip the Saplize appears to have a slightly thicker and more uniform sleeve and the pattern provided a little more traction than the GP MCC.
The all rubber red grip seems very thin, but they appeared to have consistent wall thickness through out the grip, which can be an issue with inexpensive grips. Additionally, there were some paint fill inconsistencies on visual examination and some rubber nubs hangin off the grip, see images below.
Weighing each of the grips we found the Golf Pride had a slightly tighter tolerance at +/- 1 gram, while the Saplize came in at +/- 3 grams difference.
For our review we installed the red grips on our irons and the blue grips on our driver/fairway/hybrids. We played 5 rounds with them
We found the red grips to have a cheap look & feel and the traction during our weather conditions was just okay. But, let's put all of that into perspective, these grips only cost $3.87 and come with a full regripping kit! While we would not recommend them for a low handicapper, if you only play 5-6 times a year these might be a cost effective solution if you are willing to install the grips yourself. We get a number of customers that contact us asking for a low price grip for an old set of clubs for their child or grandchild, so these may be an option for that use.
The Sapelize Blue grip really impressed us with its fit, finish and performance on the course. The current retail price for a Golf Pride MCC grip is around $12, while the Saplize cord comes in around $6.00, that's a savings of $73 bucks to regrip an entire set of clubs, and you get an entire regripping kit for FREE!
Saplize grips are available at www.saplize.com.
The grips for this review were provided to Golf Gear Box by Saplize.
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