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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building Your Best Bag
Part 9: Maintenance