Here in the Philadelphia area, it is snowing again today. Much of the nation is still experiencing frigid temperatures and plenty of snowfall…
Spring and golf season seem very far away.
While you may not be able to play golf right now, this is the perfect time to prep your clubs for the upcoming golf season. That way once the weather does finally break, you are ready to go.
An important piece of your equipment to look at…
Your golf grips.
Proper grips, in good condition, can have a big impact on how you swing the club. Grips are the only connection between the golfer and the golf club. It is the grip that will give you the feel of your club.
Over time and with frequent use:
- The oils and dirt on your hands will make your grips slick
- The rubber will break down
- Dry rot can set in making your grips brittle and uncomfortable
Any time your grips become uncomfortable or hinder your feel of the club, you will begin to create poor habits in your swing.
It is time to replace your grips if:
- They are showing signs of wear and deterioration
- They look shiny
- You feel your hands slipping when you swing the club
- You just don’t like the feel of the grips that are on your clubs
How often should you change your grips?
There is no hard and fast rule, but the more often you play, the more often you need to replace your grips. Golfers who play a few rounds a week may have to re-grip their clubs two or more times a season. I do suggest changing your grips once a year if you play more than twenty-five rounds in a season.
Getting new grips can feel like a brand new set of clubs.
A variety of options are available when it comes to choosing your new grips. There are many manufacturers, styles, sizes, and colors to consider.
Grips are a personal preference so choose ones that feel good in your hands and express your personality. Recommendations are great, but don’t choose your grips based on what your friends use, tour players use or the latest trend.
Don’t attempt to re-grip your clubs yourself.
Take your clubs to a PGA professional. Whether you belong to a private club or frequent a public course, the golf staff can help you choose the right grips and re-grip your clubs. You can also visit Dick’s Sporting Goods or Golf Galaxy for professional grip replacement.
Keep in mind that re-gripping clubs takes a little time. If you only need one or two clubs re-gripped you can usually have that done while you wait. If you bring your entire set, you can expect to leave your clubs for a few days for the work to be completed.
Re-grip now, so you are ready to play later. And let’s hope for warmer weather soon!