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The Golf Pride MCC Plus 4 grip takes Golf Pride’s hugely popular Multi Compound grip and increases the size of the lower half to create a taper-free grip.
If you read the in-depth What’s In the Bag articles about PGA Tour pros, you will notice that many of them prefer extra wraps of grip tape under their lower hand. Whether this is simply a preference or a necessary defense against hooking the ball, it’s a trend that you can also see among better amateur players.
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This trend has not gone unnoticed by Golf Pride. To the delight of club builders everywhere, they’ve released the Golf Pride MCC Plus 4 grip, a grip with a thicker lower half that eliminates the need for extra wraps of grip tape.
The Golf Pride MCC Plus 4 grip is indistinguishable from the classic New Decade Multi Compound, with the exception of the white outline around the Golf Pride logo. The standard sized MCC Plus 4 is available in grey, red, and blue. At least for this year, the midsize grip is available only in grey.
While the new MCC Plus 4 grip looks exactly like the New Decade Multi Compound, it does have a distinct feel. First, of course, is the thicker lower half. This difference is immediately noticeable, even to those who aren’t equipment fanatics. The lower half of the grip is also softer than the NDMC due to the use of a softer rubber.
The upper half of the MCC Plus 4 does feel just like the classic Multi Compound. It’s firm with just enough cord to give you a great all-weather grip.
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4.6%. That’s the difference in the size of the lower hand. While it doesn’t seem like much, it’s immediately noticeable and, for me, much more comfortable. Golf Pride says that this design also has great benefits: lighter grip pressure, reduced tension, and increased power. It’s also thought that a larger lower hand makes hooking the ball less likely. While I don’t have data to prove any of those claims, there are plenty of tour pros and thousands of skilled amateur players who swear by it, myself included.
These grips also have the benefit of consistency. Golfers are obsessed with the word consistency, and it’s one of the biggest reasons that I’m a convert to the new Golf Pride MCC Plus 4 grip. I’ve played Multi Compound grips for years, and I’ve always built up the lower half. The difficulty and hassle is in doing this precisely: making the half pieces of the tape exactly the same size and placing them perfectly on top of one another. That’s now a thing of the past. With one full-length strip of grip tape, I can have grips that are nearly taper-free and exactly the same from club to club.
One final point for the swing weight obsessed: the midsize version of the MCC Plus 4 is substantially heavier (66 grams) than the standard (52 grams).
For the thousands of golfers who prefer a larger lower hand on their grip, the Golf Pride MCC Plus 4 grip is a godsend. It offers the taper-free shape, and all the benefits thereof, without the hassle of extra wraps. The only question left is what you’re going to do with all those extra rolls of grip tape.