When was the last time you took inventory of your golf equipment? This is one of the most neglected areas for many golfers. The spring is a great time to take inventory of the condition and proper fit of your equipment. It is simple to do and can lead to immediate game improvement.
Do you still have the original grips from when you purchased your clubs? If yes, how old are the clubs? I was playing with a friend and suggested that he get his clubs regripped and he said "I just got these clubs," and he thought back, and it had been eight years. I would recommend that you have your grips replaced at least every two years. You will see a noticeable difference which will make an immediate impact.
The two-year minimum applies even if you don't play that often. Your grips are very sensitive to the elements. For instance, do you leave your clubs in the trunk of your car? Or are your clubs stored for the winter in a garage?
These dramatic temperature changes often cause more wear and tear on your grips than does playing. Replacing your grips is simple and relatively inexpensive. Many golf courses and stores offer this service for $5-8 per club.
Are your clubs properly fit?
This is an area that you should receive assistance from a PGA Professional. Following are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if you have clubs that are properly fit.
Are the clubs you purchased directly off the rack or are they hand-me-downs? (no club fitting done).
Since you purchased the clubs, have you undergone a change in your swing?
If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, it is time for you to have a PGA Professional check your equipment. The areas they look at include grip size, shaft flex and type, lie angle, length, and club head type. If even one of these factors is not fitted properly, it can lead to less than optimal results.
I have found that most golfers' equipment is incorrect in at least three of the six areas of fitting. How can you expect to have success hitting the ball if you are using improperly fit equipment?
I would compare it to a marathon runner wearing shoes that are two sizes too small. It only takes a short time to determine if your clubs are properly fit and the difference it will make is dramatic.
Other equipment to consider
Other equipment to consider are your shoes and the ball you are using.
When was the last time you replaced your spikes? You may be surprised if you look at the bottom of your shoes. The rubber spikes are designed to last approximately 20 rounds. This means they should be replaced a couple times a year.
The ball that you use can also affect your game. There are more golf balls on the market today than at any other time in history. Each ball has been designed with different characteristics to enhance your golf game. If you are using the wrong ball, it can hurt your chances of playing successfully.
Take the time to inventory the condition and fit of your equipment this spring and you will be on your way to having a successful 2000 season.
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