I've already touched on the topic of regripping golf clubs in a separate
article on golf club repair equipment. It's such an important subject
that I'd like to go into more detail about it here.
It's inexpensive but it can help your game tremendously. You can rejuvenate your clubs and your swing simply by regripping as and when it becomes necessary.
The grip is the only part of a golf club you actually touch, and it's how you control the club's movement. So, the humble grip is actually one of the most important components of any golf club. Grips are, however, made of materials that will wear and otherwise degrade with use, exposure to weather, and the passage of time. In addition to the sun's heat, the sweat, grime and oils on your hands will hasten the aging of your grips.
A grip that's in excellent condition will allow you to grasp the club lightly, something you need to swing the club properly. You'll grip your clubs too tightly and you won't have the traction you need for a proper swing if your grips are worn out. The resulting tension in your arms and wrists can lead to erratic hits and a distinct loss of distance. You can prevent your grips from interfering with your game by re-gripping whenever it becomes necessary. Regripping golf clubs can make a significant difference.
How to Tell When Re-Gripping is Necessary
Generally speaking, two situations can tell you it's time for re-gripping. If you see any smoothness or uneven wear, or if your grips don't feel comfortable at address, your grips are overdue for replacement.
It is, however, always best not to wait until your grips are well past their prime. Instead, have your grips replaced on a regular schedule before you see significant wear and your clubs' performance starts being affected. Many golf equipment experts suggest replacing grips once a year or every 40 rounds - whichever occurs first. I play well over 160 rounds per year, so if I followed this suggestion I'd have to plan on regripping golf clubs a minimum of 4 times a year. Now, don't get me wrong - I love golf - but that seems like a bit of overkill to me. So, I prefer using the following guidelines when I'm helping someone determine how often they should plan on re-gripping golf clubs.
Worn grips can sneak up on any golfer, but it's important to realize that even the tiniest slip of a club in your hands could cause a poorly hit shot. Consider regripping golf clubs regularly to keep your clubs and your game in good condition inexpensively.