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Crossline is a classic rubber grip. Like a Tour Velvet. UTX uses a synthetic rubber compound that feels totally different. Inferior feel in my opinion although I've used them on many many sets. Opinions are variable though.

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I loved the feel of the Utx the first set I had with them.

I don't know if they changed them a little or what, but subsequent sets felt firmer than the first I had so I've moved on.

I generally like to support Lamkin, but they change things too much sometimes. REL Ace is an example of dropping a great grip from the line up.

I understand they have incorporated some of that tech into the latest crosslink model though.

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The UTx is better in high humidity and wet conditions IMHO.

I switched to the player's cord + because I prefer less taper. If you haven't considered this on you should give it a shot.

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utx will feel firmer, grittier. Crosslines, softer, velvetlike. Crosslines do tend to get slippery with sweaty hands. I bought some crossline +4s and whatever they did with those i hate it. Not the same. Thumb spots have abrasions now like someone dragged them accross concrete. Never had that problem with any other grip.

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I've used both grips, and I prefer the UTx grips. The main reason for me is the vibration dampening of the UTx grips compared to the Crosslines. The combination of Prosoft inserts and UTx grips have helped keep elbow pain manageable when I'm practicing and playing a lot in the summer.

The Crossline was the first go to grip for me, and I still use some version of it for my driver..right now, it's the cord version.

In terms of durability, I find the Crossline to be the better of the 2, but the UTx is still really good.

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The BEST Grip I have ever played.

The one post is really accurate about the UTx they used to be softer and then they got really hard, much like the z5's.

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I currently play the Crossline, and have for years. But, put a UTX on my driver as a tip toe back into cord grips. Really enjoying it thus far. Tried the Zcord, but only playing a couple times a month, it ripped me up. None of that with the UTX, but a little more grip than the standard Crossline.

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I bought the UTx Cord Midsize, hoping I would like them. Also bought the Tour Velvet +4 to have less taper on my wedges for partial shots and have the Crossline Midsize on another set.

The UTx are .58 grips that I put on .60 shafts which probably makes them feel firmer than they’re supposed to be. Here’s my observations:

UTx feel good, but not great. I had higher expectations. Perfect for sweaty hands, though. UTx develop those abrasion spots where my thumbs are, as mentioned before. That’s not nice after 3 range sessions. Photo below. Crossline Midsize feel great, a little firmer than Tour Velvets. Get slippery when wet real quick, though. They’re also a little smaller in diameter than the TV Midsize. TV +4 Midsize feel very smooth, I like them, but as slippery as the Crossline when wet. Still, a great feeling grip, but needs to be replaced more often than others.I LOVE the less tapered +4 grips for my standard shots, too. Will now play +4 grips or comparable exclusively.

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Good stuff.

So after ordering the UTx, I found out they only come in mid-size and I need standard. Also, I found out they are corded, which I don't want.

I LOVE the feeling of the grips on the Callaway wedges (they say UTx), but they aren't corded.

So if those are some special "made-for" grips that I can't order, what would be similar in feel?

 

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I could’ve swirn there used to be a non-corded UTx. A quick search showed there’s only corded versions available now. Wrap cord or standard.

Here’s an interesting comment from the product website:

„Lamkin’s maximum performance grips such as UTx or Crossline ACE 3GEN have a firmer feel for superior torsion control, meaning they twist less under the greater pressures of a quicker swing. Comfort grips from Lamkin, such as R.E.L ACE 3GEN or Wrap-Tech are softer feeling and ideal for players with lower swing speeds or those who prefer a tackier connection.“

 

Maybe the ACE 3GEN is for you?

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Hm, I buy over ebay, and I’m based in Europe. Adore Grips are a great source in the UK, but if you’re US based, someone else needs to chime in, pretty sure there’s something comparable in the US.

Ebay has good retailers, if you look around. And you can usually go to their website if you prefer buying directly from them.

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Yep, its a shame we can't buy the UTx grip that comes on the Cally wedges. Outside of the Gripmaster Leather grip that I use the UTx grip on the Cally wedges is the best feeling non-leather grip I have felt. @aquapig Thanks for the update, I may try the Crossline 360's as well as a backup to my Gripmasters

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A while back, Lamkin had a Tour Van section on their website. For a limited time they had the Crossline Cord with the ACE material- that was the best grip I had ever used. The current CL Cords are regular rubber I think, and they do offer a Taylormade branded Crossline Cord using their Genesis material.

I've used the UTx a bunch of times and was never a huge fan. They felt heavily tapered and didn't have as much traction as some of the other cord models.

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PURE grips and Tacki Mac are about your only options if you want American made grips. I'm going with PURE grips from now on. A little pricier than Tour Velvet 360 or Lamkin Crosslines, but not made in China. I'll definitely pay more for that.

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