TPP REVIEW: Salty Grips

OK so I am not going to go with the easy pirate theme to try and hook you into reading today’s review of Salty Putter Grips.  Oops, didn’t even think about the “hook” in that last sentence.   So much for the non-pirate slant.  These grips just attract that nautical lingo, so avoiding pirate speak is just hAAAAARRRRRRd.  (Last one, I promise.)

Getting back on track, let’s explore the new-to-the-putting-green Salty Putter Grip.  What we are looking at here is an oversized putter grip made entirely of cork.  Yep, cork.  In this day of fancy polymers and fancy colors, salty has gone to material old school, choosing cork.  It’s not one of the sexy new grip materials, but in thinking about cork, it kind of makes sense.  About a week ago, I spent a few days fishing for trout.  I lounged away the hours on the lake in my kayak, cold adult beverage(s) in one hand and my cork-handled fishing pole in the other.  Receiving the Salty grip prior to my fishing trip did cause me to pay a bit more attention to the feel of the cork on the rod.  You know what?  Cork is darn comfortable to hold onto and it has a texture that keeps it in hand.  Even after that last-in-the-cooler beer…

It’s A Looker

I think that the first thing that you will appreciate in the Salty grip is its looks.  There is just something about the cork that catches the eye.  As a natural product, there is some variation in the pattern as you move from grip to grip.  Although the three grips that I had in for demo were all the same shape, close inspection will show this cosmetic variation.  Think of it as the difference in fingerprints.  The variation hold no advantage or disadvantage, it’s just visually interesting.  That’s how I felt looking at the Salty grips.  They are cool just to stare at for a while.  This will give you a positive activity on the green while your buddy reads his putt from angle number seven…

It’s a Good-Sized Grip

The shots above show the dimensions of the Salty grip compared to a standard Cameron grip.  I went Cameron for comparison figuring that most of you have put your paws on one of those at some point.  This grip has some girth to it.  More and more, I am becoming a fan of the larger putting grip.  My new favorite is the SuperStroke Ultra Slim.  Yes, “Ultra Slim” is still large.  I think that Salty has done a nice job of shaping the grip to fit the hand.  If you look at the photos below, you can see how the grip fits into my somewhat average sized hand.

Two other features are worth noting, the texture and weight.  The cork has a nice smooth feel, without feeling slippery.  Salty suggests that you rub the grip with a piece of 200 grit sandpaper after a few rounds to refresh that “velvety cork feel”.  Try doing that with your Winn grip.  Velvety is a great descriptive adjective for the Salty grip.  Smooth, but rich at the same time.  All in all very comfortable.  One thing to make note of though is that this is not a soft grip.  On the scale of soft to firm, this is at the firm end.  Not dead-feel firm, but a squishy grip this is not.

I found the weight of the grip to be surprisingly light.  The Salty prototype that I tested weighs 44 grams.  It’s cork, dummy.  Yeah I got it, once I thought about it.  Installation works like any other putter grip, by the way.  Couple of wraps, solvent, and slide ‘er on.  I think that my club guy expected it to shatter when he slid it on.  No problem.  Back to the light weight.  While I don’t have data to back up my claims, removing the stock Yes! grip and installing the Salty did not seem to effect swing weight.  Maybe it did, but not enough to be noticeable to me.  I know that adding a larger, heavier grip can make it feel like the head gets lost sometimes, but not with the Salty.

Are You Ready to Slip Into Something Salty?

No, that’s not their tag line.  Although I like “Slip Into a Salty”.  They can have that line though, free of charge.  Could be the next “Snap into a Slim Jim” hook.  How am I not working in advertising?  Anyway, let’s say you would like to try out one of these cool grips yourself.  Where can you get one?  As a new company, the Salty distribution machine is not totally up and running, yet.  They have a website that is being built, a good Facebook page, and a twitter account that has more followers than mine (sigh).  So go “like” and “follow” and I am sure that you will be able to Slip into a Salty very soon.  See, it’s catchy.

Salty Website (Coming Soon):  HERE

Salty Facebook:  HERE

Salty Twitter:  @SaltyGrips