HOW ARE YOUR GRIPS LOOKING?: now is the perfect time to get them changed


No matter where we live in the world there is always a time of year that makes us realise maybe our clubs need to be upgraded or at least have a little maintenance on them.

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Back in England it was always the winter, not much golf was played and those cold wet mornings really highlighted if the grips where to shiny to hold properly. Here in Thailand it is the rainy season and no it isn’t trying to grip them in the rain! Normally when it rains it is so hard you would get knocked over, combine that with an electrical storm and the flooded greens and you can see the question isn’t how will I grip my clubs but how can I run for cover!

No the time I know the grips really need looking at is after the rain when the sun comes out. As we rush back to the course the humidity is building up, with that comes perspiration, if the sun isn’t out it is still humid enough to perspire and my gloves get wet and nothing dries out at this time of year. Wet hands and a wet glove lead to gripping tighter and if the grip is even a little worn we grip even tighter still. Sure I carry several gloves but if my grips aren’t in tip top condition I’m still going to have a problem.

Holding the club tightly leads to several problems in the golf swing. Firstly it will reduce the amount of movement that you get in your wrist action, which leads to a loss of distance, yes easy to blame those soft fairways and no run! Next is the tension in the arms and shoulders which prevents a lack of freedom in the shot, causing all kinds of miss-hits, again we find excuses in the soft ground for these fat or thin shots, but the bottom line is you can bet the major factor is the grip.

So how can we prevent this: Make sure your grips are changed on a regular basis. Ideally this should be at least once a year no matter how much golf you play, but I am a realist and that just isn’t going to happen – in all honesty I would be happy if most of my students replaced their grips every second year. If your grips have been on there for more than 2 years THEY NEED CHANGING NOW. Some of you will have grips 5 years+ on your clubs, I promise you this is not helping your golf and is a real problem.

Next if you want to extend the grips life to 2 years make sure you clean them regularly. Use a hard scrubbing brush and plain water, if you live in a cooler climate you can add some washing up liquid or soap but don’t do that here in Thailand, the soap comes out with the perspiration and make the grips even worse.

All we can do in golf is prepare to give ourselves a chance to hit our best possible shot at any given point. This includes practicing our technique, having a good pre shot routine and a great mental attitude, it also includes taking care of our equipment otherwise all the other hard work will be wasted.

For more on my re-gripping services and other repair work go to my repairs page

About the author

I am a professional golfer and a Class AA member of the PGA GB & I. I inspire and improve golfers of all levels, currently at Thana City Golf Club, Bangkok and have been in Thailand for seven years. I am passionate about golf and want to bring the game to life making it fun for all including creating dreams for elite performers

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