Leather : If ever a material was misunderstood, it is leather. As long as it says genuine leather, it sells and for a premium. Well leathers are not just leathers as the quality, performance and value of leathers, cover such a wide scope. At The Grip Master, we are first a leather company. We understand what makes a great leather grip, what will last, what will perform. Lets take a look at the grades of leather and their uses.
Full Grain : This is best leather. It is the top layer of the animals hide after the hair has been removed. It is graded much like a diamond. The more marks the lower the grade. For some animals, Deer and Kangaroo, their hides generally are quite heavily scarred. So even the better grades will have healed scars, although minor. While livestock scarring may come from barb wire and insects. This is the most breathable of the types of leather and the most durable.
Corrected Grain : In an effort to to make the skin look consistent and disguise any surface scarring. The skin's surface is manipulated, corrected leather grains fall into the Top Grain Leather category. These leathers go through considerable processing of sanding, buffing, stamping, plating or embossing and then dyeing. The purpose of this processing is to create a uniform look that removes insect bites, barbed-wire scratches and other environmental markings that might appear on the hide. Some coated or colored This leather will not breathe as well as full grain.
Split Leather : All leather hides have to be split because a hide is too thick to use in any type of manufacturing. The hide goes into a machine where a blade "fillets" the hide into two hides. The bottom hide is known as split leather. This hide can be sanded down (corrected) and embossed with a consistent graining pattern to be used on a number of commercial uses. While it is still leather, it,s grain is not as compact as a Full Grain, it does not breathe and is not as durable. Many less expensive leather goods use a leather split. Remember, there is no such thing as cheap, high grade leather.
Bonded or Reconstituted Leather : Is an artificial material composed of 80% to 100% leather fibers (often waste scraps from leather tanneries). It consists of fibers obtained from macerated hide pieces bonded together with latex binders constructed into a fibrous mat to create a look and feel that can be identical to that of genuine leather but at a fraction of the cost. It has no structural integrity and will not work in a high load situation.
The Grip Master Touch Series : The Grip Master uses nothing but premium grade Full Grain hides. It is stronger, breathes and will withstand the torsional loading, that is applied on a swinging grip. Many players on the Tour use our grips on the their swinging clubs. It affords them consistency and durability, that can only be found in leather. A player will keep his leather grips for a number of seasons, while those using other materials are changing their grips every few weeks. Our putter grips are used on all tours and is fast becoming the grip of choice.
A blend of tradition and technology is the foundation of The Grip Masters grip line. The McConchie brothers, are a third generation leather family. They understand the nuances of each type of leather, it’s characteristics, it’s capabilities. It is with that understanding that Ian McConchie invented the worlds first truly one piece, pre-wrapped, slip on leather grip. Not satisfied with making the worlds finest leather golf grip, one that is the number one leather grip on all tours. The McConchie brothers are pleased to introduce The Grip Master Touch Series.
The Touch Series, addresses the most important of the senses used in golf “Touch” With three generations of knowledge, behind them. They have developed a group of grips that have a distinctively different feel. Not just softer or harder, rather different textures, rebound rates, adhesion and response to touch.
We use the worlds finest leathers, including, kangaroo and deer which have for the first time been employed in a golf grip.
Deer : Our deerskin is the finest available, they are collected from stocks in the United States. We use only deer that have been taken in from deer herd management programs, under which the populations are increasing. This ultra responsive and soft leather, is perfect for the player, who seeks a finite response to finger tip touch. On the Grip Master “Touch” scale, this is the softest.
Montana Cow : We select the finest full grain, natural leather hides, tan them with our proprietary process, drum mill for softness. By using the same hide for grips and head-covers, we insure the integrity of quality and color match. Color retention and durability are at the highest, making this a perfect leather for mass production.
Tour : A great feeling leather that while softer than rubber, is on the harder side of The Grip Master “Touch” scale Our Tour Leather has a proven track record on all tours and is the used to make the The Grip Master the number one leather grip on tour. We select the finest full grain, drum milled, natural leather available, put the hide through a proprietary process that gives the leather it’s great touch and life. The grip produces a reassuring touch that gets better with time.
Kangaroo : This ultra lightweight and very strong leather, has been a hit on the tour since we introduced it. On The Grip Master “Touch” scale, it is harder than deer, yet softer than our tour leather. Sensational feel, this grip will handle any loading on swinger grips. It is the toughest and most durable of skins, with a very consistent grip retention. This grip will feel the same for a very long time. To tan this leather for golf is a complex procedure, the effort however is worth it. Kangaroo is a carefully managed animal, so there is not always an abundant supply of stock. This grip promises to be long on demand and at times short on supply.