Winn is the first manufacturer to bring premium polymer rod grips to fishermen. Its pursuit of the most technologically advanced rod grips mirrors Winn's pioneering efforts in golf, tennis, and bicycle grips and wraps. Winn grips facilitate the learning, enjoyment and performance level of participants at every level - in every field it enters!
We start with polymer grip technology. Our multiple polymer compounds are tackier and more comfortable than traditional cork or EVA. Each polymer is uniquely formulated to achieve a different firmness, texture and weight to satisfy the individual needs of the sports participants it serves.
By creating extremely comfortable, slip-resistant grips that reduce stress on hands and body, we enable participants to lighten grip pressure, increase control, enhance accuracy, distance, sensitivity and performance over extended periods of participation. For fishermen, the end result is longer casts, increased sensitivity, reduced fatigue, heightened casting accuracy and, above all, increased hours of enjoyment and high-performance fishing!
From a Lunar Landing to The Best Grips in Sports!
Winn Inc. has revolutionized the sports world with highly functional, elegantly designed sports grips made from patented technologies.
Winn’s patented polymer and design technologies have brought superior shock absorption, all-weather slip resistance, and feel to golf, bicycling, tennis and, now, to fishermen as well!
The company is the brainchild of Dr. Ben Huang who began his professional career as an aerospace engineer in the 1960s working under Dr. Wernher Von Braun to develop the Saturn V rocket that would eventually take astronaut Neil Armstrong to the moon. Impressed by his work, the Georgia Institute of Technology invited Dr. Huang to establish a Graduate School of Aerospace Engineering that would produce 16 Ph.D.s during his tenure.
But a yearning for new challenges and love of sports led him to business. His passion for tennis turned his attention to polymer materials and the opportunity they presented to improve tennis balls, racket strings and grips.
That was just the beginning.
A frustrating week at the Golf Digest Academy in Silverado, California, directed Dr. Huang’s focus to golf grips. Throughout his rigorous training and instruction, Dr. Huang struggled with his grip.
"My grips were so slippery that I had to strangle the club to control it,” he recalls. “The tension in my arms and hands made a smooth swing impossible. I knew immediately that I could design a better grip for golfers!"
For years, the golf world has celebrated Winn grips as the industry’s finest. Winn’s most prominent spokesperson is Butch Harmon, swing coach for countless golf greats including Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
Now Winn grips are the talk of the angling world as well! Winn rod grips and handles provide unprecedented control, comfort and performance even in rain, snow and extreme heat and cold.
Winn understands that, no matter the sport, a better grip means a better game!
Dr. Ben Huang assists Dr. Wernher von Braun at NASA in design of Saturn V Rocket which eventually takes man to the moon in 1969.
Dr. Huang pioneers the Graduate Aerospace Engineering PhD program at The Georgia Institute of Technology. Produces 16 PhD graduates.
Dr. Huang leaves teaching. Develops Winn tennis balls.
Winn synthetic tennis strings. Gutex, Gutite.
Incorporation of Winn.
Winn synthetic polymer tennis grips revolutionize the sport, marking a shift from leather to synthetic. SuperTech. Absorb-Mor. Anti-Shok.
Winn's first golf grip: The Classic. Elastom ETM technology.
Excel golf grip. ETX15 material.
Famed former Tiger Woods coach, Butch Harmon, becomes Winn spokesperson.
Winn opens its third factory that includes state-of-the-art material production, quality control and R & D facilities.
Deeply shocked and saddened by the events of 9/11, Winn found a way to harness our grip technology in service of a truly worthy cause. Our red, white and blue Winn USA putter grip helped raise funds for families of the victims of this national tragedy.
Winn putter grips played by 23 winners on the Tour, including 3 Majors champions.
V17-AVS polymer with Advanced Vertical Seam technology.
Natalie Gulbis becomes Winn LPGA Player Advisor. Captures Evian Masters title in 2007 using Winn grips. Advanced Integration (AI) technology.
Winn creates the first of its pink ribbon grips to help raise money for breast cancer research.
Dura-Soft V17 material.
Polymer Cord Integration (PCi) Technology. The feel of polymer; the control of cord.
Winn designs first grip for fishing rods, American Rodsmith; Tooling handle grip, Master Craftsman, Autoloader; Bike handle grip, Lizard Skin.
Winn became the Official Grip Partner of the American Junior Golf Association ("AJGA")
Fishing tackle grip, American Rodsmith; Tooling handle grip, Mastertcraft, Craftsman, Autoloader; Bike handle grip, Lizard Skin.
Winn inaugurated AJGA Winn Junior Cup Challenge with Butch Harmon and Natalie Gulbis in Las Vegas.
WinnLite Grip Technology was developed for golfers who are looking for longer distance, more accurate shots, and higher ball flight. Go Lighter, Go Faster, Go Farther.
To honor the sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, a special camouflaged WinnLite grip was created called the Winn Hero. A portion of the proceeds of every Winn Hero grip sold is donated to the Troops First Foundation.
Winn creates Vapen Red fly rod grip for Redington Fly Rods; introduces golf and fishing rod grips made from WinnDry polymer, providing tacky, non-slip performance in all weather conditions. Introduces Dri-Tac and WInnPro Series using WinnDry Technology to golfers.
Cabela’s adds Winn fishing rod grips to select rods. Multi-Material Hybrid Grip Technology: Combines Elastom ETX rubber compound and WInnDry XT polymer material to create the first ever polymer/rubber hybrid grips. Names the highly durable, slip-resistant, all-weather performance grip "DuraTech."
Winn Fishing Grips were created based on WINN DRY and WINN LIGHT TECHNOLOGY to realize GREAT FEEL and PERFORMANCE fishing grips – Fashion along with Function
Winn introduces Superior Rod Wrap with “Non-Slip Polymer Technology”. Can be used as an Overwrap or as the Sole Grip on a Fishing Rod.
The Winn Grip & Reelseat Removal Machine is created and Winn began to open up multiple Service Centers featuring this innovative new machine that takes the hassle out of removing both old grips as well as Reel Seats.
Winn introduces the Winn Rod Handle System for both Spinning and Casting. Taking the guess work out of configuring your rod handle, you can now simply remove the existing handle and reel seat, then slide on the Winn Rod Handle System.
Winn Grips celebrates 20th Anniversary as a premium golf grip manufacturer.