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Today's side deal wraps a deal inside of a deal like a taco-filled burrito. For $15 you get a Grip N' Rip Club member discount card, good for more than 80 sports businesses in and around Boston. The card itself normally costs $30. Your membership is good for the remainder of 2010, but you must email Grip N' Rip within a month to receive your card in the mail—otherwise your Groupon will be benched, permanently.
Using the card is as easy as beating a smug child prodigy at chessboxing. Just present your card at a participating business to receive the designated discount. The golf deals alone make this all worthwhile. Flash the goods to get a free 50-minute private golf lesson with a PGA instructor at Golfers' Warehouse, valid at Natick, Braintree, and Danvers locations. Get discounts of up to 20% off apparel and 10% off equipment at The Golf Zone in Woburn. There is a smattering of other offers that will help you hone your game, such as a free bucket of range balls with the purchase of another.
There are hundreds of other sporty markdowns for everything from 10% off at indoor batting cages to 15% off at Play it Again Sports. Some discounts cover entire stores in a blanket that's stitched with concessions and rollbacks. Get your baseball mitt repaired or cleaned for less, or school your least favorite kid in a rousing round of mini golf for below face value. Sportsmen and women of all ages can find somewhere to save money. This Groupon quickly pays for itself, like a soda machine that accepts Pepsi as currency.
Though there are no online reviews, these Grip N' Rip Club members rave about their perks in passionate testimonials:
- One great way to stretch the baseball budget is to become a member of the Grip N' Rip Club. At first I wasn't sure if the savings would be noticeable, but every time we went to the batting cages at Woburn Extra Innings (indoor baseball facility) we got 18 tokens for only $10 (instead of 10 tokens). I'd say I use the Grip N' Rip Club card at least once a week, and the savings really add up. – David
- I recently ordered five wooden bats from justbats.com. Not only did I save $40, but the customer service rep personally went into the warehouse to check the stock of the model I had requested and went out his way to pick out the best wood available. Without the Grip N' Rip Club Card I never would have found out about such a great business not to mention the substantial discount! – Chris