Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Enlow Grips Review

One of my favorite quotes comes from Performance Psychologist, Dr. Bhrett McCabe...quoting his baseball coach at LSU, Skip Bertman:

If we as a team will do the things that no other team has the guts to do, we will always be on top.

It's why I'm a big fan of Bryson DeChambeau.  It's not so much that he has learned from The Golfing Machine or uses single length irons, it's that he is willing to try things that no other player has the guts to do.  And that reminds me a lot of what another great golfer, Moe Norman, once said:

A bad shot will never hurt my golf swing, it will only hurt my vanity.  And vanity is the luxury of fools.

You see, that's why so many golfers are afraid to think outside of the box and think on their own...they are afraid to have it fail because they think they will look foolish.  And that's a fear of hurting your vanity.  That's the beauty of Mr. DeChambeau (and Moe), he doesn't have a vain bone in his body.  If he tries something and it doesn't work out, it's no big deal.

The larger failure is not being willing to try.


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Speaking of DeChambeau, one of the features of his equipment is the Jumbo Max Grips.  The grips are extremely oversized and weigh roughly 125 grams.


Recently, GEARS Golf tried out the Jumbo Max grips for themselves and found some interesting results.


Personally, I could NOT hit the Jumbo Max Grips.  I believe they are designed more for the golfer that grips the club more in the palms of the hands like DeChambeau does.  I grip the club more in my fingers.  I did see a similar result as to what GEARS showed...it was very hard to get the face closed at impact.  For me, I was hitting everything right and high and I just could not get a feel for the grip.


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In the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show I had come across the Enlow Grips.  They were very much oversized grips like the Jumbo Max Grips, but they had a different feel to them that seemed preferable over the Jumbo Max Grips.  But this extremely oversized grip seemed too radical of an idea for me.  But, after trying the Jumbo Max Grips with no success, I made a promise to one day give the Enlow Grips a try.  And when I came across this video, it helped explain why the Enlow Grips felt different from the Jumbo Max Grips.


The Enlow Grips are reverse tapered grips.  So the butt section is smaller in diameter than the mouth of the grip.

Below is a picture of the butt diameter of the grip.  The Enlow Grip is on the right.  It has the same butt diameter as the standard size Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip


And here's a look of the Enlow Grip at the mouth of the grip, showing the reverse taper design:




GRIP DIMENSIONS/INSTALLATION/FITTING

I use an air compressor to install my grips and I used it to install the Enlow Grip.  This was actually quite easy, you just need a little bit of grip solvent to get the mouth of the grip onto the shaft.  Then just use an air compressor.  You will probably need to wait about 20 minutes for that little bit of solvent to dry.

For standard grip installation, Enlow says you should wait 10 hours after installation to use the club.

The Enlow Grips weight about 125 grams.  I use MOI matching instead of swingweight matching.  I found that with the driver it increased the MOI by about 30 points (the same amount that the Jumbo Max Grips increase the MOI on my clubs.  However, when I installed the Enlow Grip on my 6-iron, the MOI only increased by 18 MOI points.


PERFORMANCE

This is the big part that readers are interested in.

Personally, I found the Enlow Grips to be FANTASTIC.

I first installed the grip on my Driver.  I didn't change the MOI.  The driver's MOI went from 2,825 to 2,855.  I kept it at 2,855 and immediately fell in love with the grip.  I was hitting the ball hard and more impressively, felt like I couldn't miss with the driver.

Over the weekend I used it and drove extremely well.

My belief is that the club head speed is really staying about the same with the Enlow Grip.  I certainly did not lose any distance off the tee.  However, I gained a lot of accuracy.  In fact, I found that with this grip it is almost impossible for me to miss left with this grip on the driver.  There were some rightward misses, but that was due to poor execution instead of the grip.

In fact, I found the greatest benefit to come from shots missed off the toe.  The grip seemed to make toe hits far more forgiving.  And I could work the ball right-to-left and left-to-right and hit the same trajectory windows that I did with the regular grips.

I had the grip blown off the driver and I installed it on the 6-iron.  Again, the same type of results.  I just couldn't miss left with this grip on the club and toe shots were far more forgiving.  It's almost like an automated grip.

Furthermore, the claim is that the grip is more ergonomically designed.  As Brad Enlow described, many common products have a reverse taper design.




I found that the Enlow Grips with the 6-iron took a few shots to get used to compared to the standard size grips.  With the driver I had no issue at all and picked it up right away.  But after a dozen shots or so with the 6-iron I stated to get the hang of it.

So give them a shot...you can find them at www.enlowgrips.com.  The only thing you have to lose is your vanity.






3JACK

4 comments:

NM Golfer said...

Hey Richie,


Thanks for that post. I had not heard of those Enlow grips. The website reads like a bunch of marketing BS but hey... the proof is in the eating of the pudding right. I recall Jack Nicholas promoting club counter weights somewhere. I've only tried it in putters which I do like, but your success with the driver prompted me to "blow" a natural golf straight grip off a salvaged (goodwill) pipeline iron. That plus a a counter weight (stainless steel bolt ground round) and an old driver gathering dust in the garage and I'm ready to give this a try. I'll hit the range tomorrow. If its promising I'll order an Enlow next. Keep us informed of your findings please.

NMGolfer

Rich H. said...

Nice to hear from you, NMGolfer. I'm sure the Enlow Grips are not for everybody, just like the Jumbo Max Grips are not for everybody. I just had far better success with the Enlow design than the Jumbo Max design and I think others may like it as well. From what I have gathered the only reason they design regular grips with a tapered design is because that is how golf shafts are designed. But that doesn't mean that what we are gripping should be designed that way.

Randy Johns Golf said...

I recall that Natural Golf (Moe Norman) promoted reverse taper grips. One of my students came back from a Winter in Florida about 15 years ago and had been to a Natural Golf teacher who had changed all his grips to this reverse taper grip. Do you have any knowledge or experience with other reverse taper grips?
p.s. As a golf teacher, I have learned a ton by reading your blog. I really appreciate all you have contributed to the golf community.

Rich H. said...

I've researched some of this and found that the reverse taper concept has been around for a while. The big difference seems to be that with the Enlow Grips, they are roughly the size of the Jumbo Max grips towards the mouth of the grip. Whereas the other reverse taper grips are more 'normal' in size.