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Winn Grips are made from an advanced polymer. POLYMER IS NOT RUBBER. Therefore, Winn grips should be treated and cared for in a different manner.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Get a grip on this, tackle world! Winn Inc., which revolutionized golf club dynamics with its grip innovations, is bringing its advanced all-weather grip technologies to avid anglers across the globe.

Winn Grips spring from patented technologies developed by Dr. Ben Huang, who worked under “the father of rocket science,” Dr. Wernher Von Braun, in the development of the Saturn V rocket that took Apollo spacecraft to the moon.

Dr. Huang’s trailblazing technologies, grip textures and designs have earned the endorsement of golf swing guru Butch Harmon and acclaim throughout the golf world. With more than 100 patents to his name, Dr. Huang now promises to match that same level of excellence in tailoring grip technology to fishing rods.

“In recent years, fishermen have enjoyed innovation in every component of the fishing rod except the seat of control – the handle,” said Dr. Huang.

The company launches its rod market journey with a wide range of grips, handles and rod wrap tapes made from its patented WinnDry polymer and other Winn innovations. Winn will offer its products for both O.E.M. and after-market purchase.

Performance advantage WinnDry puts non-slip performance, all-day comfort and supreme control in the angler’s hand. The advanced grip material resists moisture and maintains its tacky feel in rain, sleet and snow as well as the sweat of summer. The resultant feel and control deliver performance benefits that include longer and more accurate casts; superior sensitivity and responsiveness; and better control over big fish.

“Fishermen outnumber golfers by a wide margin, and they have so many types of rods to meet the demands of fish, conditions and techniques,” said Dr. Huang. “Our premium grips will bring rod makers and fishermen very obvious improvements over cork and EVA materials.”

The first wave of Winn rod grips will feature two-layered grips comprised of a lightweight EVA underlisting (inner layer) and outer layer of WinnDry polymer. Because they demand significantly lighter grip pressure, the grips improve the angler’s handling of the rod and reduce arm and shoulder stress.

The Design Edge WinnDry polymers offer boundless color options. Winn’s unique design technologies also generate unprecedented opportunity to match rod elements or create a “signature” look. Advanced Vertical Seam (AVS) technology, is a patented single-panel wrapping feature that matches the edge of the polymer material over the corresponding underlisting edge to create a flat, perfectly sealed and nearly seamless edge.

Advanced Integration Technology (AIT) enables Winn to combine different materials, colors and grip textures into a single design that gives anglers a wide range of firmness options and a truly endless array of designs. “Our grips bring fishermen the perfect blend of both function and fashion!” summed Dr. Huang.

For more information on Winn Rod Grips, see the Winn Grips Fishing website at:


Dr. Ben Huang’s storied career began when he worked under Dr. Wernher Von Braun in the development of the Saturn V rocket that would take astronaut Neil Armstrong to the moon. The Georgia Institute of Technology invited him in 1964 to establish the university’s Graduate School of Aerospace Engineering, where Dr. Huang produced 16 PhD graduates before moving on to his business career. His long-held love of tennis led to the establishment of Winn in 1973 and landmark innovations in tennis balls, tennis strings, and tennis grips. In 1996, he applied his experience in advanced polymer technology to develop the first of multiple generations of Winn golf grips, which have brought him international acclaim.

Winn Incorporated, based in Huntington Beach, California, is a pioneer in polymer technology and worldwide manufacturer high performance grips for golf clubs, tennis rackets, tools, and fishing rods. It operates a state-of-the-art factory in China.