Champ offers premium, durable C8 Grips

By Jason CrookOctober 21, 2014, 4:00 pm

Small changes ... big result.

That is what Champ specializes in - we've seen it previously in their spikes and tees - so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they've hit another home run with their premium C8 Grips.

First, the specifics. The C8 is a one-of-a-kind Weather Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) Technology Grip that is infused with Kevlar for greater torque control and incredible wear resistance. In fact, the Kevlar allows the grip to last up to 20 percent longer than a typical rubber grip.

The enhanced durability doesn't affect feel of the club, however, because of a special compound and anti-shock wrap that keeps the club comfortable and non-slippery even in the wettest of weather, all the while staying vibrationless at impact. 

One of the neatest features of the C8 is the color options. They come in jet black, cool white, neon green, neon blue and orange. You can get them all the same color or you can mix them up, it's totally up to you.

I went with neon green for my testing set, and one thing is for sure, they will stand out, which I like, but if you're the more subdued type, I'd go with the black or white. While the colors still pop, they aren't quite as flashy.

As for the performance, I can honestly say I've never thought about my grips before. I play the grips that came on my clubs because that's just the way it is. I never thought my game could change so drastically with such a simple fix. As in many aspects of my life, I found out that I was very, very wrong.

It's hard to put into words the feeling of these grips. They are just the right amount of tacky on your hands, without going overboard. What it provides is a consistent feel for every club in your bag, resulting in more consistent shots, at least in my limited experience.

At $16 a grip, the asking price might be a little tough for some to swallow, but you truly do get what you pay for. The C8 is a top-of-the-line PGA Tour quality grip, and with the increased durability, it should last longer than anything you've used before.

For those looking for something a little cheaper, Champ is proud to offer several other options in the C series, that sell for anywhere from $4 to $10 per grip. They also offer a putter grip, the C1, that is available in small (65 grams), medium (75 grams) and large (85 grams), and is made out of lightweight polyurethane.

For more information or to purchase Champ C8 Grips, check them out online.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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