Hireko is proud to announce that we have added the entire line up of Iomic Grips to our already extensive product line.
I have probably said this a million times, we want to prove once again that Hireko is your one stop source for all your component needs. While Iomic may not be a brand that many of you are familiar with, they are highly popular in Japan where their headquarters are located and now they are making inroads into the US and other international markets.
One feature that makes Iomic grips unique is the material they are made from called Iomax. The elastomeric grips are sticky, yet soft to the touch. This is where the Sticky comes from in the naming of their products. The material was designed to reduce grip torque (yes, there is such a thing) which according to the company’s robot testing improves dispersion on off-center shots. Just think a simple grip change could help you hit more fairways and green.
Vibrant Iomic Grip colors
The material lends itself to being available in a myriad of vibrant colors and even patterns like the marbled effect in the Sticky Opus line or the molding of colors in the Sticky Camo series. These colors are non-fading and will make your clubs stand out and make a statement about you. While black (they offer that too) goes with everything, what’s wrong with personalizing your clubs with a splash of color.
The Japanese are stringent for quality and consistency. Even their grips have a mere +/- 2 gram weight tolerance. For clubmakers this is a blessing. Tight tolerances means no more weight-sort grips or take into account grip weights after you have already taken the time to balance the swingweights after you have cut the shafts, added tip pins and epoxied the clubs together.
Iomic Grips have swing grips available in junior, undersized (or ladies), standard, midsize and jumbo. The junior is obvious in the name and the midsize states “Mid” in its’ name. However, the undersized can be found by finding 1.8 in the description while their standard sized grips are labeled 2.3.
Being a Japanese company, they don’t necessarily use the standard sizing that you would find in the US. That is men’s (US) standard measures 0.900” in diameter 2” from the edge of the end cap. Instead they use the following:
Their undersized grips measures 21.8mm in diameter 5 cm down from the edge of the grip cap. This is where the 1.8 comes from – if you remove the 2 in front of 21.8mm. In addition, the 2.3 in Iomic’s standard grip sizing is short for 22.3mm. Now that we got that under our belt, let’s look at how their compare to the US sizing.
Measuring 5 cm down from the edge of the grip is so close to 2”, we won’t factor in any difference. Their undersize corresponds to ladies standard in US sizing. However, Japanese men’s standards tend to be a wee bit smaller than the US standard by 1/64”. To put that in perspective, a standard sized US men’s grip would be larger by the equivalent of adding 2 wraps of masking tape underneath the grip.
Iomic has one model called the X-Evolution that is closer to US men’s standard sizing without having to build up the grip. The midsize coincides with most midsize grips from Golf Pride and Lamkin. Finally Iomic’s jumbo grips are +3/32”.
Iomic has a plethora of putter grips too
Iomic offers standard, midsize, jumbo and belly putters grips as well. The I-Classic is more of a pistol shape, while the rest of the putter grips are paddle shaped.
If you (or your customers) are in the market for new grips, Iomic Grips have a whole host of vibrant colors to choose from; some of which aren’t present in any other grip manufacturer’s grip line. The proprietary material is soft, yet sticky to aid in comfort and reduced shot dispersion. We went over sizing so it should come as no surprise when you add one to one of your clubs to what sizing you will get or how to adjust if you have a preference for a specific grip size.