Every golfer, even novices and pros, knows that the proper swing of the golf club dictates whether it will be a good game or not. And to have a proper swing, proper grip of the club must be ensured. In this case, not only do the grasp’s strength come in play, but also the way the club is held. This is often referred to by golf players as tackiness. Because of this, a golfer must remember by heart why and when he should re-grip his precious club.
Why Re-grip a Golf Club
From experience in playing, a player should notice if his golf grip suits his size perfectly. Golf clubs often come with a standard size grip that is usually not appropriately sized for a player’s hands. This may result to wasted shots in the actual game. Because of this, one should never hesitate to re-grip his club and replace it with a more suitable one.
Aside from the grip size, re-gripping must also be done if the grip material is not suited to a player’s personal style and the conditions of the area where he is playing. Better yet, different clubs can be re-gripped with different materials so changing of clubs can be done depending on the weather condition and the kind of stroke needed for the shot.
Lastly, perhaps the most important factor why one should re-grip his club is to replace old, worn out grips. Golf grips regardless of make and quality are, after all, just material things. And just like any other objects, grips wear out after a while due to constant use.
The golf grip is the one that connects the player’s hands to the shaft of the club. Because of this, it is often subjected to harsh friction which results to the destruction of the components of the grip’s materials. Golf grips are also often subjected to extreme, changing conditions of the weather and environment. Golf grips can come into contact with heat and then to moisture all of a sudden. This circumstance greatly shortens the grip’s lifespan.
An additional reason why a player should re-grip his club is to show his own style and build up confidence. Golf grips just like clothes or shoes come in different colors and designs. This can be used as a fashion statement and to boost aesthetic values. As a result, one’s self confidence and determination will most likely increase too.
When to Re-grip a Golf Club
As already mentioned, clubs must be re-gripped when not in the proper size and it is not made of the right materials. But aside from those factors, certain hints will indicate whether it is the right time to re-grip that club for the sake of ensuring competitiveness in the field.
As a rule, golf grips must be replaced every forty rounds at most, regardless whether it is already worn out or still looks good as new. This can go down to thirty rounds if a player spends a significant amount of time in the practice range – in other words, newbie’s won’t have to spend that much on grips.
When the baseline of forty rounds is not yet met but the golf grip is already showing visible signs of wear and tear, it is suggested to re-grip as soon as possible. This is to ensure continued optimal performance when playing. Some common signs of damage to the golf grip are smooth and hard surfaces, shiny patches, cracks or dents, wear spots in the region where the fingers come into contact with, wear spots in areas which previously have markings, loss of grip pattern, and complete loss of tackiness or grip.
Getting harder to hold onto your clubs? Sounds like it is time for some new golf grips!