Lamkin Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate Grip Review

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The Lamkin Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate golf grip adds Lamkin’s new reminder design to the popular wrap style grip.

Introduction

There’s little mystery why ribbed grips are so popular: they give golfers an easy way to ensure that their hands are in the same spot on every swing.  And if a little reminder is good, a slightly stronger reminder is better.  That’s the idea behind Lamkin’s Calibrate Technology which they’ve incorporated into their successful Sonar+ Wrap grip.

Looks

At a glance, the Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate could be mistaken for the standard Sonar+ Wrap (review HERE).  Both share the visible “wrap” texture and the maze-like FINGERPRINT Technology.  The only obvious change is that the butt cap is neon green, not blue.

When you flip the grip over, you see the critical difference: the neon green Calibrate rip running down the back.

Feel

The Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate grip is one of the softest grips in the Lamkin family.  The Genesis Material doesn’t have too much give in it, but it doesn’t have the firm feel of some typical rubber grips either.

Like the standard Sonar+ Wrap, the Calibrate version has a noticeable amount of tack.  What I like about Lamkin’s use of tack is that it has a long life but isn’t overly sticky.  You feel the tack, it’s reassuring, but it doesn’t dominate the experience of holding the club.

Performance

Calibrate Technology is new to Lamkin for 2020, and it’s being incorporated into many of their popular grips.  Per Lamkin, it provides golfers “optimal hand placement, club face awareness, and control.”  As ribbed or reminder grips go, Calibrate falls between a traditional rib and Golf Pride’s ALIGN.  The Calibrate rib is larger than normal, but the texture is not as starkly different as ALIGN.

Every time that I test a ribbed grip like the Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate, I start to wonder why I don’t use one regularly.  Calibrate provides a noticeable but not overpowering reminder to get your hands in the same spot every time.  Once your hands are locked in, you get a little shot of confidence from knowing that part of your set up is correct.

Beyond the namesake feature, the Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate performs just as well as the original version.  Durability is excellent, and there’s more traction than you’d expect from a non-cord grip.  The combination of FINGERPRINT technology and tack makes it feel solid in your hands, even if conditions are wet.

Finally, the Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate has a  reduced taper profile.  Traditional grips get substantially thinner as you move from the butt of the grip toward the club head.  The Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate has less taper to make grip pressure more even between your hands.

Conclusion

The combination of comfort and Calibrate Technology will make the new Lamkin Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate grip a winner for many golfers.  Calibrate provides a strong reminder to get your grip right, and Lamkin’s unique design and material will keep it locked into your hands.

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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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3 Comments

  1. Eric Hutchens

    I bought one of these and really like it. Lampkin makes great products.

  2. Lamkin does make excellent products, every bit as good as the bigger name Golf Pride, in my opinion.
    I do wish they would concentrate less on the “reduced taper” feature.
    They have both standard taper and reduced taper grips, but it seems like when they come out with new stuff, it is usually of the “reduced taper” variety.

  3. Tom Duckworth

    These look like they might feel similar to the Golf Pride CP2 tour wrap hat I use now. I like the idea of the rib but I didn’t care fo the grips that had it. Put a Lamkin on a putter that I think is the same material.
    Lamkin prices are on average better than Golf Pride these might be a contender this year.

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