Lamkin Sonar Grip Review

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The Lamkin Sonar grip hits that “just right” spot between firm and squishy.  Multiple textures promote consistent hand placement.

Introduction

Most golfers subscribe to the Goldilocks principle when it comes to grips.  They don’t want something too hard or too rough nor do they want something that feels like a Nerf ball.  Lamkin’s new Sonar grip is made for all those golfers by offering high performance with a comfortable feel.

Looks

Lamkin nailed the look of the Sonar grip: it’s not plain black, but it’s not going to turn anyone away with wild looks.  I may be a little biased, however, since it’s my favorite color.

Whether you prefer the logo up or down, the Sonar grip gives you blue waves and white blocks to guide your hand placement.  The multiple textures on the grip also provide an interesting visual element that you appreciate on closer inspection.

Feel

The Lamkin Sonar fits into the middle of the 2018 club grip line up.  It’s not as firm as the TS1, but it’s not a squishy comfort grip, either.  There’s a modest amount of tack which you can preserve if you keep your grips clean.

What stands out most are the various textures on the grip.  By my count, there are no less than four different treads under my hands when I take my grip.  The patterns aren’t so different as to make you feel uncomfortable, but they’re enough to make you think, “Hmm, my thumb is a little too far right, let’s get that back in line.”

Performance

The performance of the Lamkin Sonar lives in the same middle ground as the feel.  The combination of tack and texture provides plenty of control over the club.  Even in moist conditions, you don’t need to crush the grip to keep it from slipping.

The benefit of the extra cushioning is most noticeable when you mishit a shot.  These grips absorb a little more sting than a firm players grip.  Especially for golfers with joint pain, this is an important performance feature.

Like the TS1, the Lamkin Sonar features a reduced taper.  This means that the grip does not shrink (as much) as you get further from the butt of the club.  There are multiple benefits to this design: uniform grip pressure, the ability to utilize the entire grip, and, for many players, fewer hooks.

Conclusion

If you’re not sure if you need to replace your grips, you probably need to replace your grips.  And if you’re going to do that, give the new Lamkin Sonar a try.  It offers a number of performance benefits over plain black rubber while also being comfortable and durable.

Buy Lamkin Sonar Grips HERE

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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