Many golfers feel a strong sense of connection to their existing set of clubs. But procrastinating about buying new golf clubs can cause a golfer's game to suffer. How can you tell when it is time for a new set? The following guide outlines five signs that you need new golf clubs.
1) GAME CHANGE
If you see your score go up or a noticeable drop off in the quality of your game, you may want to switch to a set of clubs that are more forgiving. Clubs with cavity backs are an example of more forgiving clubs. The weight distribution in the club head helps golfers hit the ball straighter, even if their swing may be off. Beginners often begin with cavity back clubs, but once their game changes and they have perfected their swing control, they may want to switch to muscle back, or blade, style irons. These clubs feature more even weight behind the club head, and allow a more experienced golfer to fine tune where they put the ball on hitting it.
2) THREE YEARS OR OLDER
Golf technology is constantly changing. Movable club head weights, putter design, newly invented polymers, and club head materials are some of the latest technologies that can help an average golfer knock a few strokes off their score. Some e xperts say that the longest you should go between getting your clubs assessed is three years. While not everyone can afford to replace their clubs that frequently, most golf professionals will be happy to assess your current clubs and examine any parts that may need replacing.
3) BE FLEXIBLE
It is a simple fact that most older players need clubs that have more flex in their shaft than younger players do. More flex in a shaft means that the club bends slightly when it is swung back and when it is swung forward. Once it impacts the ball the shaft's flex delivers more of a punch when it club face hits the ball, therefore sending the ball further. Experts agree, that most golfers, both younger and older players, play golf with clubs that are too stiff for their game. If you are noticing that your shots are not going as far as they once did, and you want a little more pop out of your clubs, it might be time for a new set with more flex in the shafts.
4) CHANGE YOUR GRIPS
One piece of a golf club that wears out after time is the grip. Grips should be changed every year. After many rounds of golf and time at the driving range, the rubbing of golf gloves against the grips can cause wear. This grip deterioration may affect how a golfer handles and swings a golf club. Golfers should look at replacing grips before attempting to replace an entire set of clubs.
5) YOU'RE NOT MAKING PROGRESS
Some golfers will feel that they're just not making progress when it comes to their golf game. After taking lessons, hitting for hours and hours at the driving range, and playing many rounds of golf, there still are problems with their swing and with their scores. Adjusting the clubs a particular golfer is using may provide the change that a golfer needs to get their game back on track. Unbeknownst to you, there may be something going on with your clubs that is affecting your swing or style of game play. Some golfers play with a set of clubs that is just simply too short or too long for their needs, while others may have a set where the loft of their club faces is causing them to slice the ball consistently. If nothing else is working, consult with a professional, and consider purchasing a new set of clubs to jump start your game.
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