Build Your Best Bag Part 9: Maintenance

Best Bag Part 9

Your Bag is Never Set

We are dynamic creatures.  Every day we’re a little different than we were the day before and so are our golf games. Whether it’s getting stronger or weaker, more flexible or more rigid, our bodies, and thus, our swings, are always changing.  That means we need to do regular maintenance on our golf bag to keep it optimized.

Basic Maintenance

You’ve gone through a lot of effort to put together your perfect golf bag, so make sure you take the time to keep it in top shape.  There are two extremely simple things you should do at least once  year.

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Change Your Grips

It’s shocking to me how many golfers are playing with worn out grips.  It’s cliche to say this, but the grip is the only thing that connects you to the club.  If your grip is worn out and slick, you need to squeeze the life out of it just to maintain control of the club.  That extra tension inhibits speed and hurts your swing.  Make it a routine to change the grips on all your clubs at least once a year.

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Check Your Loft and Lie Angles

When you bought your irons and wedges, you ordered them built to specific loft and lie angles, and it’s important to make sure that they stay at those angles.  Your clubs will go out of spec over time due to the collisions with the ground.  They will change faster if you hit a lot of balls off mats.  Any club builder can make sure your clubs are still in spec, and fix those that are off, for a modest price.

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Advanced Maintenance

Check your distances and your ball flight regularly.  I hate to label this as “Advanced” – everyone should be doing it – but it is more time consuming than changing grips or dropping off your clubs for loft and lie checks.

I would strongly recommend booking some time on a launch monitor at least once a year to make sure that your clubs are still going the same distances, that your distance gaps are in tact, and that the ball flight is still what it should be.  Golf clubs take a lot of abuse – heat, cold, hitting balls, hitting the ground, being slammed into trunks, etc – so it’s easy for your clubs to get off kilter.  A small change in a shaft or the head of a club can lead to problems on the course.  Swing changes can also cause your clubs to perform differently.

As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention if worth a pound of cure.”  Take care of your clubs and they’ll take care of you.

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Building Your Best Bag

Part 1: The Golden Rule

Part 2: The Golf Ball

Part 3: The Driver

Part 4: The Putter

Part 5: The Irons

Part 6: The Wedges

Part 7: The Long Game

Part 8: Specialty Clubs

Part 9: Maintenance

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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6 Comments

  1. Is it easiest to go to local Golf Smith store to get your lofts and lie angles checked? Thank you!

    • Matt Saternus

      Spenser,

      That’s certainly one route. The only caveats are: 1) is the loft and lie machine of good quality (Mitchell, True Blue, etc) and 2) is the person using the machine qualified to do so. Those are concerns with any place, however, not just big boxes.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Matt,

        Thanks for the help, I am new to the area where I live now in Ventura, CA. Getting a recommendation probably the best way to find a place or is there another way to check to make sure they are using a quality machine and finding the right qualified person?

        I have been hitting off a lot of mats the past two years so thought it would be idea to them checked out.

        Really enjoy the site!

        Regards,

        Spenser

        • Matt Saternus

          Spenser,

          If you have a knowledgeable friend who can make a recommendation, that’s probably the best. Failing that, I would call around and ask what brand of loft and lie machine they use. I would want to hear either Mitchell or True Blue. Then you could ask about the qualifications of the club builder who will be measuring them. I would be more interested in years of experience as opposed to certifications – many of the OEM certs mean they guy just sat through a PowerPoint.

          Best,

          Matt

  2. Jordon Bryant

    what would your recommendation be for someone like me who is currently working on fixing problems with my swing but needing to make a complete golf bag turn around?

    • Matt Saternus

      Jordon,

      Get the swing to a point where you’re happy with it before getting fit. Of course every swing is always a work in progress, but if you’re generally happy with your club path and angle of attack, you’re ready to be fit.

      Best,

      Matt

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