Lamkin Sonar+ Tour Calibrate Grip Review

In our Lamkin Sonar+ Tour Calibrate grip review, we explore why this grip a favorite among golfers

Lamkin Sonar+ Tour Calibrate Grip Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The standout feature of the Lamkin Sonar+ Tour Calibrate grip is the feel it provides, as the grip feels extremely soft in the hands but it's still tacky enough to help golfers control the clubface through impact.

Reasons to buy
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    Soft but tacky feel

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    Good for golfers who don't wear a glove

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    Promotes improved clubface control

Reasons to avoid
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    Limited color choices

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Lamkin Sonar+ Tour Calibrate Grip Review

Lamkin has been crafting golf grips for nearly 100 years since its founder, Elver Lamkin, began putting together premium leather offerings in the garage of his Chicago home in 1925. By the 1960s, Lamkin was manufacturing leather and rubber hybrid grips and, eventually, synthetic rubber grips. Always an industry pioneer, Lamkin enjoyed a close association with Arnold Palmer, and it continues to be an innovative leader in golf grips to this day.

The Sonar+ Tour Calibrate Grip is packed with all manner of technology. The Calibrate is a pronounced reminder strip to promote better hand placement, clubface awareness, feel, and results. So, rather than a round grip, there is a strip on the underside of the grip that it puts the hands in the right place. It's so helpful that it's almost like cheating.

Elsewhere, the Fingerprint Technology distributes highly detailed micro textures on the grip to enhance traction and feel, which encourages a lighter grip pressure to generate greater swing speed and distance. And if you don't like playing with a glove, this grip will be good for you.

Lamkin Sonar+ Tour Calibrate Grip

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The last bit of innovation is Lamkin's Genesis Material, which is a hybrid compound that delivers unparalleled performance and durability in all conditions. If you prefer a softer, tacky grip, this material is ideal.

Buying grips online can be a bit of a stab in the dark so a good start to choosing your next set would be to visit the Lamkin website and go to the Grip Selector, where you can follow a one-minute questionnaire to get pointed in the right direction.

A good guide to how often you should change your grips is around 40 rounds or every 30 if you're spending a considerable amount of time at the range. Most of us don't change our grips nearly often enough. When you find one that you love, however, it can be a genuine game changer.

Mark Townsend
Contributing editor

Mark has worked in golf for over 20 years having started off his journalistic life at the Press Association and BBC Sport before moving to Sky Sports where he became their golf editor on He then worked at National Club Golfer and Lady Golfer where he was the deputy editor and he has interviewed many of the leading names in the game, both male and female, ghosted columns for the likes of Robert Rock, Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies, as well as playing the vast majority of our Top 100 GB&I courses. He loves links golf with a particular love of Royal Dornoch and Kingsbarns. He is now a freelance, also working for the PGA and Robert Rock. Loves tour golf, both men and women and he remains the long-standing owner of an horrific short game. He plays at Moortown with a handicap of 6.