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Thread: New grip vs. Old grip ?????

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    Its the curved part that has me thinking. Too different from the normal style grip?

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    Destroyer. The curved part was what was throwing me off. It didn't fit the "pocket" of my hand like the old risers did. Ended up having to move the riser around in my grip to find a spot it wanted to "settle" in.
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    That's not good E, it should help to locate your hand without moving around.

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    my Athens Accomplice 34 has a very thin,narrow grip w wood side plates. I shoot that style grip very accurately. It's quite similar to the Alien Nemesis.

    My '08 Cheetah has the thermal grip. Very different style and feel than the Athens. But I'm also extremely accurate with that grip as well.

    this is just my opinion,but I think if you have the basic fundamentals of hand placement shoot alot,it will become second nature to be able to switch from bow to bow with different style grips and have no accuracy issues.
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    Not everyone will like ANY grip, which is why there is a market for aftermarket grips. But even if you are comfortable with the riser shape, the thermal grip sliding around is still an issue. If you take off the sticky piece of leather (aka the band-aid), the finish doesn't hold up and the riser ends up with a bare spot. I saw no choice but to put on a grip, which gets rid of any hand position issue, protects the bow from my hand, and looks good to boot. I do wish Martin would send Shrewd the risers before they hit the market. Then, if we want to use a narrow grip, and we don't care for what comes from the factory, it's an option. Shrewds are less costly than my alternative (Loesch), but they have to make them first. Martin can't make a riser grip that everyone likes, and I don't fault them for that, but they could accomodate an aftermarket solution. The finish could use an upgrade, though. Just cleaning off the riser from the sticky stuff rubbed the finish real thin. Bowtech's finish holds up shooting off the riser (2 years and still looks like new), and they are putting out a pretty decent bow for about $600-700, as well. Adding $100 to the cost of the the Onza for a grip, then another $8 for the setscrews from Fastenal for the limb bolts (and the trip to get them), and the tinkering with the TRG project, Martin loses it's advantage over the Bowtechs, Dartons, and Alpines. For me, the Martin's were just more comfortable. Everything is a trade off, I guess.

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    I hear alot of problems w the thermal grip. Maybe my Cheetah is the exception,but I haven't had even the slightest of problems or inconveniences with it. I would however like some wood side plates for it when I re-finish the riser
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    I've always used the Thermal Elite grip which is essentially the stick-on leather strips with side plates in place. I've never had an issue with the leather, but it wraps around and under the sideplates. Just makes me wonder if this helps it stay in place.

    For the record, neither my "Z" or Nemisis has the leather piece on them.

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    The newer thermal grip on my 2011 Martin Rack Attack (Exile) is very thin. I was told it is for better stabilization of the bow. Is that true? It sounds more like as preference or something u have to practice with to get used to it.
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    I've always been pretty comfortable w the thermal grips on Martins bows. I have had the pleasure of shooting another style except on the Nemesis. The Martin grips are some of the most comfortable I've shot. That the biggest reason I don't own a Matthews or Bowtech. I can shoot Hoyt's pretty well,too. Just about any of the thin,narrow grips.

    I think the idea that the thermal grips having an element of stabilization to the bow is spot on.
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