Get a Grip on your Game
There are two very important parts to your clubs that can make or break your golfing goals when it comes to the equipment you play.
- Lie angle
The grip is the only part of the golf club that connects you with the tool you trust to get your ball to its desired destination. The circumference is the most important part that gets overlooked. Just because your clubs come with standard grips on them, it does not mean that they are right for you. The size of the grip is what controls the rotation of the club head through impact. If the grip is too small, the club head can rotate too quickly causing an inconsistent shot pattern (typically left). If your grip is too big, the club head rotates too slowly which can cause loss of ball speed and shots going the right. Make sure you keep your grips fresh as wear and tear will definitely affect your performance. Climates and playing frequency will vary, but plan on changing out your grips at least once during the golf season.
The lie angle is another important part of the club that can dictate the direction of your shots. Having an incorrect lie angle means you could make a perfect swing and not be rewarded for it. If the lie angle is not properly adjusted to your body (height and wrist to floor measurement) and swing type, it can cause the ball to travel off line. A lie angle that is too upright (toe of the club off the ground at address) will cause the ball to go left. A lie angle that is too flat (toe of the club on the ground at address) will make the ball travel to the right.
Having these checked on a regular basis is a must. It is recommended that you check your grips for wear and your lie angles every 6 months. Now that the season is heating up, it’s a good idea to get a tune up. Make sure that you’re rewarded for every good swing you make.