COMMUNITY: Are your grips ready to roll

Golf tip by Steve Charters

JR Ogden
Published: February 22 2014 | 7:00 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 4:01 am in
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Editor’s note: Steve Charters is in his 12th year as a pro at Twin Pines Golf Course. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Charters competed at Central College in Pella and has been a pro for 19 years in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.

Even though our region of the country seems more like Antarctica than America, believe it or not the warm days will return and soon it will be time to hit the links.

So what shape are your grips in?

It’s recommended to replaced the grips on your clubs every 40 to 50 rounds, and even sooner if you hit a lot of practice balls. Regardless of rounds played, take time now to check your clubs — a grip always should be replaced at the first sign of noticeable wear. This includes smooth or hard surfaces, cracks, shiny patches, wear spots (especially where the thumbs make contact), faded or bare spots on grips that have been painted or have logos, or a complete loss of tack.

Why replace your grips in the first place?

The grip is the only connection point between you and the club. Heat, dirt and oils cause natural wear to the grips, thus making you have to grip the club with more pressure. A lighter grip allows for a more relaxed natural swing motion. The tighter you grip the club, the more pressure and tension you put in your hands and arms, which will not allow the swing to be relaxed and free.

Plus if you miss-hit a shot, the twisting of the club head can be greater and shots veer more off line.

Before your clubs collect any more dust, get those grips replaced and be ready to enjoy that first round of the year.

— Steve

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