Ya know, those grips don't come off that polymer frame . . . . :shock:
What do you mean by "better?" What don't you like about the grip? You may want to put a few more rounds thru it before you change anything - this will help you determine what you need to change.
Is the grip too big/small? Have you tried all 3 of the interchangeable backstraps? They will make a difference. If you're having challenges managing the recoil or maintaining a consistent grip, are you sure the issue is not your grip? Better results will be had improving technique before equipment. Not meant to offend, just a thought - I don't know your skill level, you didn't mention if this was your first pistol or another in your collection.
I like the aggressive design of my XDm's grip, and it has worked very well for me in all conditions . . . snow, rain, hot sweaty hands, mud, gloves, dust, whatever . . . . so I've kept mine OEM.
That said . . . . .
There are a few fairly easy grip mods that folks will hopefully be sharing - - - laser cut X-treme grips, grip tape/skate tape, grip sleeves. A permanent option would be some version of stippling.
I've ran skate tape on a smoother-gripped gun in the past, worked great, personally thought it was ugly . . . but it worked great . . . and the guy I sold it to thought it looked nice. To each his own!
Never used the grip inserts, but have heard good reviews here about them. Here's a link, X-Treme Grips if you're not familiar.
I did try a Pachmayr grooved grip sleeve on my XDm .40 4.5". I saw it at a LGS for under $10, and was curious. IMHO, although the grooves were nice, I felt it made the grip too big around for me (I use the #1 backstrap) and it felt too spongy - my .40 just seemed to move around too much in it. Others have used adhesives or the like to hold theirs in place, but I didn't want to go that route. There are other brands, might be more solid. I've liked Pachmayrs on other guns, and Hogues. It has since found it's way onto my Ruger Mark II where it fits quite well on the standard grip.
Of the threads I've seen on here about the two, I've seen lots of positive comments for both, folks that don't like either, agreement that the Pachmayr may be a little soft and allow the gun to "twist" in your hands (my issue), the Hogue may be a little tacky or hard (again, some think so, some disagree), . . . . . . . heck, for under $20 for both, grab 'em and see what ya think on your gun for you. Bound to use it somewhere sometime along the line!
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