Lamkin Grips

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Lamkin is a company that has evolved quite a bit in recent years. They saw the golf industry’s push towards customization and responded by offering their line of R.E.L. 3Gen grips in a multitude of colors. They’ve also proactively educated consumers through their unique online grip-fitting tool. Their newest product, Gripes, disposable wipes for cleaning grips, is a little less flashy, but could prove to be a useful addition to many golfers’ bags.

Company Information

GRIPES grip cleaning wipes are the easiest way to keep your grips looking and feeling like new. Each pack ($5.99 SRP) includes 15 large-surface wipes created specifically for golf grip cleaning. The wipes offer superior, fast-drying cleaning strength ideal for rubber and synthetic rubber grips. The convenient resealable pack fits easily into your golf bag and, when sealed properly, will last for more than a year! GRIPES will be available in November at select green grass, golf specialty shops and online retailers.

  • Exclusive cleaning wipes created specifically for golf grips.
  • Immediately reactivates surface tackiness.
  • Keeps grips feeling and looking like new.
  • Pre-moistured wipes, fast drying formula.
  • Large surface wipes 7″ x 9″. 15 wipes per pack.

Not Your Typical Wipe
Naturally, the first thing I thought of when hearing about Gripes was the disposable baby wipes that so many of us are familiar with. Aside from being a ‘wipe’ and the packaging they come in, Gripes are quite different from baby wipes. The first indication of that is the scent. Gripes come soaked in a cleaning solution that is pretty pungent when you open the packaging. In addition, Gripes are larger, heavier, textured, and sturdier than the baby wipes I have in my house. Out of curiosity, I decided to see how they compared when it came to actually cleaning grips and they were separated even further.

Here are two pictures showing how the two compare after use. The baby wipe is on the top and Gripe is on the bottom. You may notice that the baby wipe is actually coming apart already.

The most telling thing in those pictures is that the Gripe had already cleaned seven grips at that point, while the baby wipe hadn’t thoroughly cleaned one. In truth, there really isn’t any comparison at all.

The Convenience Factor
There are more than a few ways to clean grips, but I’m not sure I’ve found one as convenient as using Gripes. In the past, I’d fill a bucket or a sink with soapy water, scrub the grips, rinse them off, and then towel them down. While this worked quite well, it involved quite a bit more work than pulling a wipe out of package. I was able to use Gripes anywhere, including the tee box while I waited for a green or fairway to clear. While that might sound odd, I had situations during the summer where a combination of dirty grips and humidity left me struggling to hold on to my golf club, so I do see some value in on-course use. I think it would be very hard to dispute that Gripes offer superior convenience over most traditional methods when it comes to grip cleaning.

Performance
I don’t think that there is much I can say that a couple pictures can’t say better, so the first thing I’ll do is defer to the photos below.

Before

After

As you can see, I was able to bring a filthy grip back to life. In addition to the brighter color, I noticed a great deal of improvement when it came to tackiness of the grip after I’d wiped it down. This was a common theme with every grip I cleaned during the testing process.

Longevity and Durability
Lamkin says that a single Gripe should clean five grips. Testing showed me that number was pretty accurate, if not on the low side. With standard golf club grips, I actually was able to clean far more than five, but with my jumbo putter grips, they didn’t quite get that many clean. The actual Gripe held up fine, but eventually, the cleaner just got used up and the wipe dried out. The level of dirtiness was also a factor in longevity. The very dirty putter grip pictured above had a bigger effect on longevity than a relatively new grip that I only needed to briefly wipe down.

When it came to durability, I had a hard time doing anything that caused measurable damage to the Gripes. I cleaned everything from cord and multi-compound grips to a bargain-bin grip with a texture that resembled a grinding wheel. I can confidently say that Gripes will hold up to any grip cleaning job that is thrown at them without disintegrating or tearing.

Final Thoughts
At a suggested retail price of $5.99, I think Lamkin has a product that is both valuable and useful to anybody that cleans their grips regularly. I found the Gripes did a very good job cleaning my grips and reduced the amount of time and effort that the process took. In addition, since they are portable, I now keep a pouch in my golf bag in case I find myself needing them during a round. For more information, including retailers in your area, you can head to www.lamkingrips.com.

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Editor and writer Ryan Hawk lives in northwestern Illinois with his fiance and son. He's been a writer for The Hackers Paradise for two years and has been involved with a number of THP events.

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  1. Chewie69 says:

    Thanks for the review Ryan. I am going to have to pick up a pack of these.

  2. biglee33 says:

    Excellent review. Sounds like these may be a purchase for me in the near future!

  3. T2grn18 says:

    Great write up Ryan. Perfect timing for holidays too. I will be outing these in some Christmas stockings, including mine 🙂

  4. Canio says:

    Good review, Ryan. This sounds like a good stocking stuffer!

  5. Michael Dean says:

    Great review Ryan, the Before and After pics sold me

  6. Cookie says:

    Very nice Ryan, and that before/after comparison is very telling!

    Thanks for sharing with us, my grips are in need of this and I will be buying some shortly.

  7. DawgDaddy says:

    Another great review Ryan, those comparison pictures really tell the whole story to me. You answered my biggest question about the Gripes. I will pick some up thanks to your review.

  8. jank1434 says:

    Great review, Ryan. These really seem like a product well worth the money.

  9. adwillingham says:

    Nice review Ryan…pictures really do tell a thousand words, so both the before/after of the cleaned grip and the comparison to the more common baby wipes was great.

  10. War Eagle says:

    Solid review, Hawk. The before and after pictures sold me instantly. I definitely need to grab a pack of these.

  11. Puttin4Bird says:

    I am really impressed with that before/after photo. Sounds like a pretty handy option to have in the bag. Thanks for the review Hawk!

  12. Canadan says:

    I avoid white grips for this very reason, but based on what your review has shown, I may just grab some!! Thanks Ryan!

  13. jjmorris says:

    Nice work hawk. These definitely seem like they are worth the investment for anyone who likes to take care of their clubs.

  14. IceyShanks says:

    Sounds like a great product and a no brainer to keep in your bag!

  15. Jman says:

    OK, see, SEEING this and the direct comparison to the baby wipes changes my thoughts on these a bit as I had the same thought when we heard about them. The fact that the price point is so reasonable makes it less of a stretch for me to consider as well.

    Nicely done buddy.

  16. jlukes says:

    I need to pick some of those up to help clean up the white grip I have on my putter and driver!

  17. dhjkelly says:

    I think these will be a fantastic product for Lamkin. Great idea i’m only surprised it has taken this long for these to be available

  18. RadRob says:

    This is a “must get” item for me. I hate cleaning grips and the gripes look like a sweet solution with great results.

  19. v.man says:

    Wow! The before and after pics say it all. Nothing irks me more than putting on a new glove and having it be filthy after one round. Gotta give these a try. Thanks for reviewing these, Ryan.

  20. SW says:

    That was really good Ryan, totally impressed with these. You moved me from skeptic to sold with a solid review buddy.

    Great work!

  21. TripleBogieTim says:

    Great review, I will definately be grabbing a pack of these

  22. d_in_la says:

    JMan noted exactly what I was thinking when I first started the review – I really didn’t get the point at first. Ryan, your description of them as “larger, heavier textured baby wipes” and the before and after pictures definitely presented the efficacy of cleaning with them well. Thank you.

  23. bear4ever says:

    Good job Ryan! I don’t think I’m going out and buying these but I do believe that there is a time and place for these, especially if they work.
    Thank you!

  24. T0AD says:

    I will be looking for these as well. Nice job.

  25. lefty78 (Don) says:

    Good report Ryan, I hope I remember to look for them at Golfsmith tonight.

  26. Staples says:

    Nice review Hawk. The before and after pics sold me on these. I’m going to look for them next week in MB.

  27. Wicked Cool Bearded Man says:

    Great write up HAWK!! These are a steal at the price point. Instead of regripping each season, I will use these from now on.

  28. Intimadator2007 says:

    I will try these before buying new grips , Thanks for the reviews guys

  29. Roggey says:

    This is a good product idea and I can see the value there. One question I have, that always springs to mind when I see a new ‘disposable’ product come to the market: are they recyclable or at least biodegradable? What kind of chemicals are used as cleaning agents?

  30. Matthew says:

    Great review of what seems to be a great product.

  31. Smallville says:

    Cool product, but I’ll likely stick to the soap and water method. Darker grips don’t show the dirt as much and it takes a while to get slick.

    I think these do have a market though and sound like the do a great job.

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  33. Kevin67 says:

    Well reviewed, gotta’ get me some !

  34. Trout Bum says:

    That’s a great write up on what seems to be a great product for the bag. I like the portability of them and the fact that they can be sealed properly and stored in my bag for up to a year. That’s a useful product!

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