Golf Pride Tour Velvet ALIGN Grip Review

 

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The Golf Pride Tour Velvet ALIGN combines the most popular grip in golf with technology that will help improve your consistency.

Introduction

Last year, Golf Pride introduced ALIGN technology in their Multi Compound and MCC Plus Four grips.  At this year’s PGA Show, they announced that ALIGN was coming to the Tour Velvet.

Looks

The Tour Velvet isn’t a flashy grip – all black with white branding.  The ALIGN version does add a little more spice with a red band around the “Golf Pride” logo and a red cap.  Of course, what makes it stand out most is the bright red ALIGN stripe along the back of the grip.

Feel

Tour Velvet is the standard in golf because it’s right in the middle in terms of feel.  It’s not squishy soft, but it’s not firm either.  It has good traction without feeling like sandpaper.

What makes the ALIGN version unique is the raised ridge on the back of the grip.  Before it’s installed, you can feel the texture difference in the red channel, but you won’t feel is “stand up.”  When it’s installed, however, you will feel that the ridge sticks out substantially from the grip (see below) and has a firmer texture.

Performance

The Tour Velvet is popular on Tour and with amateurs for a reason: it’s a solid grip in all conditions.  There are grips that are tackier, there are grips with more traction, there are softer grips, but the Tour Velvet delivers for a huge majority of golfers, rain or shine.

The purpose of ALIGN is to give golfers more consistency with their hand placement.  The channel should help the grip fall into the same place in the golfer’s hands on every swing.  We’ve all seen the guy who’s constantly fiddling with his hands on the grip.  ALIGN is meant to end that.

I’ll admit to being skeptical of ALIGN, at least for my own use.  I’ve never used a ribbed or reminder grip, and I wasn’t sure I would like it.  I was surprised to find myself instantly comfortable with the ALIGN even on my driver.  The grip worked exactly as designed, helping me notch the grip into the same spot on my fingers every time.  After a few swings, I felt noticeably more confident once I had locked in on the ALIGN channel.

There are two potential drawbacks that are worth noting.  First, these grips need to be installed perfectly.  If you get the ALIGN channel out of place, you’ll be setting up with a consistently askew club face.  This shouldn’t stop you from trying ALIGN, just make sure you have a trusted club builder install them.

The other potential problem is for players who like to set up with the club face in different positions.  I would expect to see this primarily with the wedges, where players may like to hit shots with an open face.  For these players, ALIGN may be a good choice for their full swing clubs but not the wedges.

Conclusion

No word in golf is as prized as “consistency” and that’s exactly with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet ALIGN grips deliver.  The raised channel on the back of the grip will help you lock in the same hand position on every swing, which eliminates one variable from the golf swing.  Especially if you get fidgety with your hands before your swing, ALIGN grips are worth checking out.

Buy Golf Pride Tour Velvet ALIGN Grips HERE

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

8 Comments

  1. Mike McCabe

    Hi Matt – this does sound like an invitation for blisters or exaggerated callouses. Any thoughts on that possibility?

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      There’s no reason it should cause problems anymore than a standard grip outside of the additional texture, which is quite mild. If anything, it could lock the grip into place more effectively resulting in less rubbing.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. David Balmer

    Matt,
    How do these grips work with adjustable drivers, fairways and hybrids? I suppose the same question could be posed for “Pured” shafts in adjustable clubs. If the theory is that only one orientation is proper, what happens when that alignment is changed?
    Thanks,
    Dave

    • Matt Saternus

      David,

      Once you establish the shaft position/hosel adjustment that you want, there’s no issue with these grips. For the player that is tweaking the hosel setting during every range session, the ALIGN isn’t going to work.

      Best,

      Matt

      • I adjust my SiM rocket 3 wood depending on weather or course conditions. I took a bit to get use to having the align on the side of the club/grip. In the long run when say I set the 3 wood to about 12 degrees. Using it off the tee for courses that are shorter tight and tree lined. Then I know where the line fits in my grip. It is the same just a feeling to get use to. Still aids with a consistent set up. Feels odd at first. My concern is with the wedges. I have always used New decade multi compound on my wedges. I went to blades. I wanted a bit softer, less grip pressure transferred in to the shaft, so I got TaylorMade stock grip years ago.. Just bought P76O irons, put tour Velvet aligns on. I am a locksmith with wedge play, short game. Wondering if the align will help like with the adjustable. Or will it hinder me feel and confidence? Wedge set up, open, shut, chipping using the grooves to control spin, direction, I even use a side spin chip to avoid dicey down slopes directing the ball with spin and path. Also the lead edge, and sole lie is all in regard to the ground and lie of the ball to club selection, shot type , impact spot on the ball in correlation of the lie. I am starting to think it might have me feeling uncomfortable, thinking about the line on the grip instead of the club face loft, angle and amount of space for the lead edge. Should I stick with my NDMC or get the regular tour Velvets(no align) for consistency through the bag ? Or go in a more neutral direction of Vokey patriot Z grip?(3 old groove Vokey Raw/
        1 SM8 raw) I am confused as what to do. I often wear no glove with wedge play as well. Play golf everyday, suffer mild pains in my pinkey finger every morning.

        • Matt Saternus

          Mike,

          I play the same grip from driver through lob wedge, I like the consistency, but I can’t tell you what you will like or play well with. I would suggest trying the Align in your wedges and seeing what happens.

          -Matt

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