Tour Velvet Tour Tack Golf Grips From Golf Pride
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Tour Velvet Tour Tack Golf Grips From Golf Pride

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Tour Velvet Tour Tack Golf Grips From Golf Pride

The new Tour Velvet Tour Tack from Golf Pride grips.

That’s certainly a mouthful.

Especially if you add Limited Edition to their name. Which they are. But they’re also something else.

Ever since Golf Pride opened its new Global Innovation Center in Pinehurst, N.C., in 2020, its synthetic rubber gear heads have been working on ways to bridge what had been considered an unbridgeable grip gap.

Traction with tack.

a view of Golf Pride grips

It may sound easy, but in Grip World, those two tend to be mutually exclusive. The best you can do, it would seem, would be to give up some of one to get more of the other. Golf Pride has grips that offer relative mixes but the new Tour Velvet Tour Tack might be the first one to gain acceptance on the PGA TOUR.

And for that combination of traction and tack, we can thank Rickie Fowler.

Tour Velvet Tour Tack Golf Grips

The new Golf Pride Tour Velvet Tour Tack golf grips fall in the gray area of the Tack-Traction Continuum. Grips with tack – generally called “comfort” grips” – are on the soft end of the scale and feature a light texture pattern. Golf Pride grips such as the CP2 and the Tour Wrap perform best in dry conditions and in dry hands. But if it’s humid and your hands sweat, they can be slipperier than the greased pole at the 4th of July picnic.

At the Traction end of the Continuum are what Golf Pride calls “performance” grips. They’re firmer with more texture to control moisture when it’s wet or humid and your hands are sweaty. These include Golf Pride’s best-selling grips, the MCC family, the Tour Velvet and the full-cord Z-Grip.

a closeup of the dimple pattern for the new  Golf Pride Tour Velvet Tour tack golf grip

The new Tour Velvet Tour Tack falls somewhere in the middle of that continuum, leaning more to the Traction side. As the name suggests, it’s your basic Tour Velvet grip, but Golf Pride has introduced a unique new dimple pattern that’s softer and, for lack of a better word, stickier than the Tour Velvet. At the same time, it still has enough traction to perform in hot, humid or wet conditions.

As mentioned, the Tour Velvet Tour Tack falls more on the Traction side of the Tack-Traction scale. The Golf Pride CPX grip, featuring a unique EXO-Diamond studded texture also offers traction and moisture control but falls on the softer side of the scale. And The Tour Wrap Microsuede is one of Golf Pride’s softest and tackiest grips, but it also has a hint of traction thanks to a secondary buffing process to rough up the texture.

Price and Availability

Golf Pride developed the Tour Velvet Tour Tack following a request by Rickie Fowler. The grip proved to be a popular one on Tour, with the likes of Keegan Bradley and Stewart Cink using it, so Golf Pride decided to let the rest of us in on it.

As mentioned, these are an official Limited Edition. They come in standard size only and are available only on Golf Pride’s website.

The Golf Pride Tour Velvet Tour Tack golf grips sell for $10.99 each. They go on sale today.

Visit GolfPride.com for details.

a close up of golf pride grips

A New Golf Pride Study

There’s a fascinating side hustle going on at Golf Pride’s new Innovation Center down in Pinehurst. It’s obviously the home of Golf Pride’s R&D labs. But it’s also serving as a testing and study center. The company’s most recent study focused on how sunlight can affect your grips and, by extension, your performance.

Golf Pride tested 17 right-handed golfers, all low single-digit handicappers between the ages of 24 and 40. They compared hitting fitted 7-irons with fresh, new Tour Velvet grips against grips that had been aged in an accelerated UV chamber simulating 60 hours of direct sunlight exposure.

What Golf Pride found was that fresh grips increased ball speed by an average of 1.3 miles per hour (overall average was 121.6 mph) and increased carry distance by 2.3 yards (average carry was 168.6 yards).

Additionally, fresh grips also improved face impact. Heel-toe face dispersion tightened up by 11 percent, while high-low face impact improved by 10 percent. Not surprisingly, the study participants also said they felt more confident with fresh grips.

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      Lhonly Guy

      8 months ago

      So, if we want Golf Pride to work on an idea for a grip that we think might be beneficial we should try and get Rickie Fowler to ask for it?

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      JDP

      11 months ago

      Going to look into this actually. Over the last couple seasons I have been learning some club refurbishment and building skills, good enough to build my own gamers and flip enough refurbs that it has just paid for a Garmin R10 – but for my own gamers I have been paralized pulling the trigger on what girps I want… Always been a Tour Velvet guy, I know, borring… but I can not stand the feel and look of the MCC collections (and that is exactly what was on the shafts I installed at the start of this season).

      Been wanting to try No.1grips as they feel absolutely incredible in the hand and have a deep roster of colorways, but at a premium $16 a pop, is that really worth the investment? These honeslty sound like they were trying to comp this product, a soft tacky feel, but with a robust dimple pattern for the extra traction. And like John, I’m up in NE as well, but on the Cape so when its humid… its really really REALLY humid, and this could be a good match for that.

      man can I get in the weeds about golf tec like this, but I absolutely love geeking out over the details and have always wished there was more MGS reviews and articles about grips, its tottally an afterthought by the majority of golfers but its the only thing that truly connects us to our clubs.

      Thanks for the article John!

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      Darren Jeffries

      11 months ago

      Most of us amateurs (not all – disclaimer) leave it way too long before getting new grips, in particular, for our irons. Gloves, probably, the same. I think some see it as a cost – much like car insurance for example – that you pay for, but given the choice, there’s other things you prioritise. However, when you do, it’s a wonderful feeling and does inspire confidence. Another reason is, it’s perceived to have little tangible difference, relative to that extra 50 yards we will get from the new hyped driver (nose growing!). So, it’s good to see a study, albeit by the beneficiaries of such a study.

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