The Sticky Army 2.3 is the latest addition to Iomic's wide range of multi coloured grips. Iomic's unique production method of moulding colours make these grips last long and stand out from the crowd.
The key feature of Iomic golf grips is reduced torque. Developed in Japan, the original Iomic grips were designed for Asian golfers who prefer a smaller diameter.
The Sticky 2.3 grip was launched in 2009 to meet European demand for an industry standard Iomic golf grip. The Sticky 2.3 is therefore the same size golf grip you would find as 'standard' on any golf club you picked up in a golf pro shop.
The shallow tread pattern on the Iomic Sticky 2.3 gives perfect grip while reducing torque. Being water resistant the grip performs amazingly in wet conditions and the firm grip cap promotes a softer grip, leading to less tension in the hands and a more relaxed swing, all helping you to play better golf.
The key feature of Iomic grips is reduced torque. Independent testing by Kasco in Japan, using Iron Byron and Trackman technology, shows that due to torque reduction, Iomic golf grips are the straightest grip in golf. Low torque in Iomic grips can reduce the shot dispersion on off-centre hits by up to 30%, meaning you are more likely to hit fairways, even when you are not swinging at your best.
The Most Consistent Grip in Golf
Iomic golf grips have extremely tight tolerance of weight due to the vacuum moulding production process and use of Iomic's elastomer compound. Rubber grips have holes in them meaning weight tolerances can sometimes be as much as 10% on a 50g grip!
With Iomic you can be sure that all grips are the weight they are designed to be; the vacuum moulded Elastomer Iomic grip does not have any imperfections. Also due to the grip being a solid compound, the grip will not compress over time, maintaining it’s original shape for longer than rubber grips.
Iomic Grips are Waterproof
This means that unlike rubber grips, Iomic golf grips do not soak up water in wet weather. Wipe the grip off and you get the same great tacky feel you had at the start of your round. This waterproof quality ensures the grip will not soak up any dirt or sweat from your hands, a major contributing factor to loss of feel and performance. Also, as the grip does not soak anything up, if they get dirty, simply bring them back to their original look by washing with warm water.
Iomic Grips are UV Resistant
Standard rubber grips get hard, shiny and brittle over time, reducing feel and performance. Much of this is caused by the sun’s UV rays. Iomic golf grips are UV resistant, meaning they will not suffer this problem and will last longer.
Made by the 'Elastomer'; The Perfect Material for Golf Grips
In the past, most golf grips were made out of rubber, which was not resistant to ultraviolet rays. Those grips would soon begin to go hard and crack. To make the rubber last longer, companies would add carbon which would make the grip more resistant to ultraviolet. But similar to pencil lead, carbon's colour is black; therefore the only colour available was black.
Recently, other companies have produced coloured grips like Iomic. The material used was ABR (Thermoplastic Rubber). ABR showed problems with adhesiveness and was slippery when wet. Iomic therefore abandoned testing. Iomic decided rubber was an unacceptable material and looked for something totally new, low in torque, waterproof and more resistant to ultraviolet rays. Iomic considered silicon, which had the softness that was ideal for grips but it had a high adhesion factor which a grip cannot have. Iomic then tried elastomers. There are over 30 different elastomers and by repeated testing of different combinations, Iomic decided upon a combination of 5 of these elastomers for the Iomic golf grip. Iomic then added different materials for water resistance, just the right amount of adhesiveness and friction-resistance. Elastomer's natural colour is white, allowing Iomic golf grips to come in any colour.
Injection Manufacturing Method Maintains Uniformity
The manufacturing method for the Iomic grip is different from the rubber grip. It is called injection manufacturing. This method produces the product by injecting it into a die at high temperatures (200 degrees Celsius). This produces a product with little weight variation (Error within ±0.5g). In contrast the rubber golf grip has a high weight unevenness (up to ±4.0g) and its surface needs to be scraped after being removed from the die. The product from the injection method has no need to be scraped, once moulded, the product is ready for play.
Looking at a rubber grip through a microscope, there are innumerable air holes like a sponge. When looking at the Iomic golf grip, its shape is similar to a tightly wrung out sponge. As a result, its friction resistance ratio and water suction ability are high.
A Grip With a Small Amount of Torque and It's Still Soft
The shaft maker tries to make a shaft that suppresses torque and twist. However, a golf grip with torque reduces the effectiveness of a high quality shaft.
Normally a soft golf grip would have a large amount of torque. Iomic has been successful in making a grip with less torque but still soft to feel. Iomic golf grips have a surface design that reduces torque. Also because of the material Iomic golf grips are made from, they are made in a depth of 0.3mm as opposed to rubber at a depth of 0.5mm. This reduction in depth helps to reduce torque. Iomic golf grips are used by many top amateur and tour professional players. Iomic proudly take that as evidence that their grip can support the 50 m/s head speed that these player reach. The golf grip is where the golf club and player connect. Iomic believe that an improved grip will translate to an improved golf score.