The Early Days of Color in Golf Club Grips
When I went to California from New Zealand in 1982, my first job was as the golf consultant at Tacki-Mac Grips in Canoga Park, Los Angeles. Back then the company manufactured grips for golf, racquetball, BMX and mountain bikes. The material they used was a thermo plastic rubber (TPR) called Kraton. Back then the colors used in the manufacture of golf grips were black, brown and dark blue. But when it came to making the BMX grips, many bright colors including, red, green, bright blue and yellow were used.
In January 1984 we had a new model men’s golf grip to introduce to the golfing world at the PGA Golf Trade Show in Florida. Of course the standard thinking was our samples will be in black and some in brown. I’m saying to everyone: “This is a super nice grip, we want people to notice it. There are no brightly colored men’s grips available. So let’s run samples for the trade show in the BMX-Mountain Bike bright red”. That’s what we did. At the show we walked the aisles and gave all our “Red” samples away and wrote some great orders. The new model grip was launches and after the show we continued to manufacture and sell it in red. So to us at Tacki-Mac, it became the Little Red grip that could (make sales).
Now when I watch a PGA Tour event on TV and see players out on a course using a red grip (mostly on putters), I think back to that 1984 PGA Trade Show when red grips were introduced to golf. I’m proud I helped make that happen.
Hope you found this article on the Little Red Golf Grip interesting
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