Lamkin ACE 3GEN Review

How often do you change your grips?  If you’re like most golfers, it’s probably not nearly as often as you should.  I see the same thing all the time; people playing clubs with the grips worn down after multiple golf seasons.  The way grips wear out slowly over time makes golfers unaware of just how bad they really are.  How much can new grips really help your game anyway? 

The set of irons I’m playing went in the bag around June of last season. I played them for 6 months before winter hit and they were brought inside.  When the email came that I’d be asked to do a review on the new line from Lamkin, my immediate reaction was that I didn’t “need” to re-grip my irons.  I thought maybe I’d put the grips on my wedges or my driver, but neither are much older.  Immediately after opening the package I knew I had to put them on my irons right away. 

I’m typically more likely to gravitate toward a Crossline style grip, but for the purpose of this review I’d be installing the new Perma-Wrap ACE 3GEN from Lamkin.  Before I get into my personal feelings about the grip here is an overview from Lamkin:

The new Perma-Wrap ACE 3GEN grip is fueled by the revolutionary Advanced Cohesive Elastomer material. An exclusive synthetic rubber compound, ACE was developed by Lamkin chemists to combine the performance advantages of 3GEN technology with an even softer, tackier grip feel. The result is astounding! The incredible tackiness of Perma-Wrap ACE is accentuated by a minimal, simulated-wrap texture and a unique unbuffed surface, making it one of the tackiest grips ever created. The amplified surface tack of Perma-Wrap ACE 3GEN provides golfers with tremendous griping stability to promote the ideal tension-free swing. 

As I said, I really didn’t think I needed to re-grip my irons, but once these were installed I couldn’t believe how great they felt.  Everyone that I’ve been around since installing them has had the same reaction when holding the club for the first time. “Oh wow, that’s nice” is something I’ve heard over and over again.  The Perma-Wrap ACE 3GEN is a grip geared for players who do not wear a glove, but is certainly not limited to those players only.  

While I was testing this grip, a new set of irons also came my way for a review.  As I always do, I conducted some side by side testing with my own iron set. I could not get over how much better this grip felt than the brand new grip on the new set of irons.  The tackiness of the ACE 3GEN provides such a good grip that I kept getting the feeling of not getting a good hold on the other set of clubs.

One thing that I really noticed after installing the grips is that I could grip the clubs much lighter without being concerned about the club slipping from my hands.  As all golfers have been told, grip pressure and tension need to be light to free up our swing.  Prior to this review I never imagined that a grip could have a hand in playing better golf, but seeing (or feeling in this case) is believing.  Even with a relatively new set of irons I feel that installing the Lamkin ACE 3GEN has completely changed my set.

Testing these grips has been limited to cooler temps since our golf season just got started here in the upper Midwest, so there are some questions yet to be answered on how well the grips hold up in the heat and humidity of summer. If you stay tuned to the THP Forum I will definitely continue to update as the temperatures rise.  At this point, I can say that I’m not a bit concerned.  The cooler temps have given me a great look at another feature of the performance of these grips. The 3GEN technology helps provide outstanding vibration dampening on top of the other benefits.  Playing a set of players irons can occasionally result in stinging hands when contact isn’t quite so flush in cool temps, but that has been kept to a minimum with these grips installed. 

The Lamkin ACE 3GEN is available in Perma-Wrap and Crossline models now for around $5 per grip.  It’s not very often that I feel a particular product is that much better than the competition, but that is the case with these grips.  I recommend everyone takes a look at their grip, and unless they’re new this year, do yourself a favor and put a new set of ACE 3GEN on now. You can thank me later.

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Jason Kunze
Jason is a busy husband and father of 2 daughters who are both just starting to take up the game that he has loved for years. Golf is his passion, when Jason is not playing golf and testing equipment he's hanging out with all his friends on the THP forum discussing every aspect of this great game.
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