Golf clubs are an expensive investment; many golfers consider them the tools of their trade and so understandably take great care of them. For many inexperienced golfers they may not understand the importance of taking care of their clubs. Proper care for your clubs isn’t just making sure they don’t get broken or bent, there are many other details that can actually affect your performance on the course too.
The club face
Your club face is vitally important to the accuracy and power of your shots; it is after all what comes into contact with the ball. Many clubs now have grooves or lines along the face of the club head. These grooves have been a typical feature of modern clubs for a while now and are unfortunately prone to gathering dirt. Dirt in these grooves can affect your shot’s trajectory so it’s worthwhile cleaning your club heads regularly. There are tools that include a coarse wire brush, softer nylon brush and a pick too to help clear the club head of any dirt. Sand, mud and grass should be easy to remove with warm soapy water and one of these brush tools.
As well as the face your club heads are vitally important, years of research and testing has gone into making sure the club is perfectly balanced and weighted correctly. Older solid steel “blades” don’t have the cavity back that many modern irons and wedges have. Blades are regarded as harder to use, especially beginners, they are typically much heavier and have a smaller “sweet spot” the sweet spot is the area on the club’s head that will give you the desired shot. Another factor with the club heads is to make sure that they stay free of any chips, scratches or dents. Keeping your club heads covered either in a bag or individual club head protectors can keep your clubs clean.
Many modern clubs have graphite or carbon fibre shafts which are lighter but also have more flex in them. This means that with drivers especially at the moment of impact not only is your swing motion hitting the ball; it is getting added oomph from the flex of the club shaft “punching” the ball. Many golfers use these for their tee shots but shy away from them for irons or wedges as they can feel radically different. While these materials are tough they are not immune from abuse and should be taken care of, not thrown in anger or harshly put back into the bag. Some shafts can need replacing or repairing if they become bent over time. Golf shops should be able to help you out if your clubs need straightening.
Grips need attention over time as most rubber or tape based grips can deteriorate over time. Refitting grips can be tough to do yourself but many golf club shops will fit any new grips for free. It’s important to get a grip that feels comfortable and will keep your hand on the club on even the hardest swing. Testing a club on the driving range is the best way to see if the grip is for you. Check that your grips are not loose by pulling on them, if they are loose then you’ll need them refitting to prevent the club flying off and hitting someone or their property when on the course.
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