The grip is our personal connection to our golf club – so why do we neglect and mistreat them? Grips that are ill-fitting or worn impact swing mechanics and ball path – and not in a good way.
Be smart about your grips – here are 4 questions to get you there – with special thanks to the always-informative Brent Norton, VP, Miles of Golf Shop Operations.
Do you clean and brush your grips regularly?
Dirt and hand oils cause natural degradation and make grips hard and slick. You want them tacky! Use hot soapy water on them to keep them clean.
Is your grip the right size?
A grip that’s too small promotes too quick hand rotation, resulting in a draw or hook. A grip that’s too big hinders or slows club rotation. Have your grip size assessed next time you get your grips replaced.
What about the style of a golf grip?
There are many styles of golf grips – and selecting one is a personal preference. The one that feels good to you is the one you want.
When do you need to replace your grips?
Materials age and wear with time and use. If you play 4 times a week or more in hot, humid conditions you may need to replace grips every 6 months. An infrequent golfer will want to consider regripping every 2 years. A worn, hard, shiny grip makes us subconsciously hold the club too tightly. Tight means tension, and tension means a host of bad things in the world of golf.
Pay attention to your golf grips – they’ll pay you back with better play.
North of town, and just this side of heaven, lies one of Ann Arbor’s true treasures – Leslie Park Golf Course. Put it on your Places-to-Golf list this season; you won’t be sorry. Golf Digest recently gave Leslie 4 1/2 stars as a Best Place to Play, but did you know that it is top of the leader board in environmental excellence?
Recently Leslie achieved the designation of Certified Cooperative Audobon Sanctuary for Golf Courses. The course has earned distinction in environmental planning, wildlife & habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management. Scott Spooner, LPGC Superintendent, has led the charge and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audobon International.
“One of my favorite parts of the certification process has been the community outreach. It’s great to be able to show our community that golf courses can be good stewards of the environment,” said Scott.
Additionally, Leslie is certified in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program. It is only the second course in the state to be certified in Audobon’s program and the Michigan Turfgrass program.
Next time you tee it up at LPGC, take a minute to look around and appreciate its environmental excellence. A tip of the cap to everyone who has worked hard to make us so proud of our hometown gem!
- Check out Tree Town Turf Guy blog, “life of a golf course superintendent for the City of Ann Arbor.” Scott Spooner, Leslie Superintendent, tells all about maintaining a top-flight course.