If you are in a part of the country where golf is seasonal, one of the best ways to get ready for the new golf season involves some simple maintenance. Take a look at your golf grips – if the grips are worn or haven’t been changed in the past six months, it’s time to get new grips.
To get ready for a new season, clean your grips with a wet, soapy towel and wipe them thoroughly. If your grips are slippery or appear worn, you need new grips. Slippery grips cause you to hold the club with more pressure and this interferes with making a good golf swing. A general rule of thumb is to re-grip your clubs once a year, so the beginning of the season is a great time to re-grip.
Visit your LPGA or PGA Professional for help in getting the proper size grip for your hand. He or she will ask your glove size or will measure from your wrist to your longest finger-tip. Next your Professional will ask the types of climate conditions you play in – is it wet/humid conditions, fair weather or dry, sunny weather? Do your hands sweat when you play? Do you prefer a soft or firm grip or one with a smooth or rough texture?
Grip technology is constantly improving and manufacturers now offer grips designed for a number of variables - some with cushion under the grips and some designed to absorb moisture (perspiration, rain, etc.) Grips come in a variety of fun colors - which allows you to add some color and personality to a normally boring grip.
Once you have new grips, your clubs will feel new again and you will notice an immediate improvement, which leads to better shots and lower scores.