Since 1999 TGM Brand has become recognized as the #1 leather grip brand in the golfing industry having reintroduced the tradition and performance benefits of leather grips to the golfing market.
1999 – TGM applied for a comprehensive USA and Japan Patent for a unique under listing design, through ‘Callinan and Lawrie’, Patent Attorney’s based in Melbourne.
1999 – Ben & Ian visit OEM’s in Carlsbad Callaway, Titleist, Cobra, Taylormade before heading to PCS golf show in Louisville Kentucky. Visitors to the show were happy to see the return of the genuine leather grip with the patented underlisting receiving plenty of interest from other grip manufacturers at the show, especially Winn grips who approached TGM for a quote to manufacture the underlisting for their synthetic wrapped grip.
1999 – After the show and visit to the major OEM’s, TGM realised that the only way that leather grips could make inroads back into the golf market was to make them as easy to fit as a rubber grips. Working closely with Super Alloy Technologies, TGM came up with the world’s first one piece slip on leather grip, which would make TGM the market leader in leather grips. The major OEM’s also advised TGM, that to become a preferred supply to them, TGM would need to have a presence in the aftermarket and have professional golfers on the major golf tours using the TGM grips.
2000 – TGM then went about growing the brand in the aftermarket and on the professional golf Tours.
2001 – TGM had a manufacturing agreement Lamkin, the second largest grip company in the golf industry to supply Lamkin branded leather grips and underlistings for the synthetic grip they were manufacturing.
2002 – TGM went into a manufacturing agreement with Tectronics Thailand, to assemble TGM one piece leather grips. This allowed TGM to manufacture the grips in large volumes and a more competitive price required for the OEM’s and aftermarket business.
2002 – TGM set up a small distributor in Japan and the USA to grow the TGM brand in the aftermarkets.
2002 – TGM signs agreement to make leather grips for Golf Pride (Eaton corporation) largest grip company in the world.
2003 – Scotty Cameron become TGM first major OEM customer with a small limited release line, In 2005, TGM grips were used on a production model, the American Classic putter line. 50,000+ units.
2004 – TGM signs up new USA distributor based in Houston Texas.
TGM introduces new laced line of grips in 2005, Scotty Cameron puts the new laced putter on the Circa 62 line in 2006.
TGM now supplies the following major OEM’s and many smaller OEM’s based in Japan, Europe and the USA.
Vokey Wedges (Acushnet Golf)
TP Mills Putters
Ferrari (Cobra Golf)
Aston Martin Golf (MD Golf)
2007 – TGM restructured the company by setting up new distributors based in the UK, servicing Europe and South Africa. Malaysia, servicing the Asian market. The USA servicing North American Markets and Korean market.
2010 – TGM introduced the sewn line of grips.
2012 – Vokey wedges adds TGM red sewn kangaroo grip to its custom options.
2013 – TGM introduced the new Fearthlite FL series, to compete with the very successful SuperStroke line of Light weight oversize putter grips. Callaway’s high end Legacy brand run’s TGM’s Black sewn Kangaroo as its standard grip option.
2012/2013 – TGM separated from SAT Thailand (formly Techtronics Thailand) and set up The Gripmaster Thailand TGMT its own independent manufacturing facility in Chiang Mai Thailand. Since the TGM’s Tour program began in 2000, TGM has now become the leading leather grip on all major golf Tours around the world, PGA Tour, European Tour, Japanese Tour, Australasian Tour, LPGA Tour Asain Tour, Oneasia and Sunshine Tour. TGM has 3 time major winner Padraig Harrington and 2 time Major winners John Daly and Retief Goosen endorsing TGM grips.
2013 – TGM had players using their grips with wins on the European Tour (1 win), Asian Tour (3 wins), Australasian Tour (2 wins). In previous years TGM has had wins on The PGA Tour, European Tour and Asian Tours.
2013 – 33% of the field at The Australian Masters used TGM grips. No players are paid to use TGM grips, they use them because they want to. TGM now has over a 100 players using leather grips on all world tours.