Winn has come out with three new super light grips appropriately called WinnLite grips.
There are various sizes and colors within the three models. There is a soft, medium, and a firm.
The WinnLite Soft has a similar softness, texture, and feel to the DSi and is available in white ladies (20 grams), black standard size (25 grams), blue midsize (27 grams), and black oversize (36 grams).
The WinnLiteSoft™ grip features V17-Soft material for ultimate comfort, shock absorption, and feel.
The WinnLite Medium has a similar softness, texture and feel to the Xi7 and is available in standard size black (25 grams), and blue midsize (27 grams).
The WinnLiteMedium™ features their V17 material for excellent feel and performance.
The WinnLite Firm has a similar firmness, texture, and feel to the PCi Triple Line and is available in white standard size (25 grams), black standard size (25 grams), and blue midsize (27 grams).
WinnLiteFirm™ features their latest PolyCord material for the highest grip performance possible.
Most traditional grips weigh near 50 grams and generally oversize grips are heavier and ladies are a bit lighter. These new WinnLite grips at near 25 grams are half the weight of what we are all used to.
As a professional club fitter and club maker a few key benefits come to mind.
The first being that if we want to make a set 1 inch under length, say for a shorter person, we lose the swing weight or feeling of heft in the clubs.
There are also countless people out there playing drivers of 45 inches or more that will strike the ball much more consistently with a shorter driver, hit more fairways, and in some cases actually gain club head speed.
The problem is that when we make the clubs shorter to properly fit the player we must account for this loss of swing weight, and up until now we have had to add weight to the head, either inside the head, or in the hosel, or the shaft tip.
The WinnLite 25 gram grips will add five swing weight points to what ever club they are installed on which is nearly exactly what we lose when we shorten it one inch. Bingo, problem solved!
Or is it?
Are we merely fooling the swing weight scale?
But what about the benefits of these new super light weight grips on standard length clubs?
We do know that a lighter overall weight club usually generates more club head speed.
Every golfer out there wants to hit the ball farther which requires more ball speed and there are only two ways to do this, one increase the club head speed, and two, to increase the efficiency of your contact with the ball (more center strikes).
In an attempt to increase club head speed many golfers are switching to lighter weight shafts, whether it is re shafting their steel irons to graphite, or installing a lighter weight after market shaft in their driver.
In our California Custom Fitting Studio we have seen remarkable results in re shafting drivers in the new Fierce Full Force 49 gram shafts.
I’m looking forward to matching this amazing new shaft with this new grip. I believe it will transform the game of golf for those players seeking extra distance.
Imagine lightening the overall weight of your driver by over 40 grams and actually increasing the swing weight!
If you’re currently playing a 65 gram shaft and any other grip that is exactly what you will do by switching to the Fierce Full Force 49 gram shaft and the WinnLite 25 gram grip!
Winn is making some pretty lofty claims about the performance benefits of their new super light grips. Here is a quote from them;
“WinnLite™ grip technology delivers longer distance, greater accuracy, and higher ball flight. WinnLite™ grips lighten club weight for faster swing speed and increased distance. By shifting the balance point of the club downward, WinnLite™ grips increase the launch angle for higher ball flight while enhancing clubhead feel for superior shotmaking.”
Well that is quite a claim, and anybody that knows me, knows that I don’t take a golf company’s claims at face value, rather I do the testing and decide for myself if it’s real or balderdash.
Here’s what I did to test these grips. I enlisted the help of Paul Stillwell. Paul is a local Pro with a very repetitive swing and while he plays to a +1.5 index his skill comes from ball striking not from over powering courses as his average club head speed with a driver is about 90 mph. Paul is also the guy who introduced me to Kangen water and I highly endorse its health benefits.
We used a Vector 460 TS driver on a Graman S-50 shaft with a 52 gram Tacki-Mac grip at 45”. The shaft was spined and FLOed and had a frequency of 253 cpms, and the club was a D-0 swing weight.
Paul hit about 50 balls on our Vector launch monitor and averaged 217 yards of carry with 233 yards of combined carry and roll.
We then pulled off the 52 gram grip and installed the new WinnLite grip which weighed 24 grams.
This changed the swing weight of the club from D-0 to D-5.
Paul then hit about another 50 balls and averaged 222 yards of carry and 238 yards of combined carry and roll.
That is a 5 yard gain in carry and a 5 yard overall gain in carry and roll under very controlled conditions.
That is very impressive with just a grip change!
I spoke with Paul after all the hitting was done and asked him for his feedback.
He has written a testimonial which you can see in the product feedback section on each of the WinnLite grips.
What he told me was that he felt that with the original club at D-0 he felt that on his back swing the further back he took the club that he began to lose the feel of where it was and consequently did not take it back as far as he otherwise might have.
With the new WinnLite grip and the D-5 swing weight he felt that he had a much better feel of where the club was, and that he felt like he was taking it further back, that he had the confidence to take it back further because he knew where it was, and that the larger turn helped him to create a bit more power.
So there you have it, an unbiased test done by us with positive results for these new grips.
Until next time,
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