Wednesday, February 1, 2006
40 Things You Need To Know About Your Equipment
6. Get A First-Aid Kit
Nothing is worse than a great round ruined by a headache or backache, or the occasional blister. Keep pain at bay and pack a small first-aid kit (available at your local drugstore) in your golf bag. Make sure there are pain relievers, bandages, gauze and disinfectants.
7. Buy The Right Ball
Premium-priced, multi-layer, urethane-covered models are great and certainly won’t hurt your game. However, if you’re a mid- to high-handicap player, you might be better served with a less-expensive model that spins less, launches higher and is easier to hit far. Also keep in mind that there are now a number of multi-layer golf balls available that provide better distance for the average player without sacrificing too much in the spin and feel department.
8. Freshen Up Your Flatstick
Sometimes the key to better putting isn’t more or less weight, but in finding a grip that suits your stroke. If you’re getting too handsy, try a bigger, thicker putter grip. If you prefer a wrist-driven putting stroke, consider one of the popular skinny, pistol-style grips. Check with your local clubfitter for insights on the numerous grip options. No doubt there’s a shape, texture and even a particular color that’s perfect for you.
9. A Tip On Trimming
If you’ve ever reshafted your driver or set of irons, the question of butt and tip trimming probably came up. Although it sounds like something highly technical, the concept is pretty simple. If you want to shorten a shaft without significantly affecting the flex profile (the way the shaft will feel and perform), you trim the butt end of the shaft (the portion where the grip resides). If you want to stiffen the flex of a shaft (and change the feel as well), you trim the tip section. All aftermarket shafts come with trimming instructions provided by the manufacturer, so the guidelines are generally clear. Just keep in mind that if you tip-trim a shaft, it’s going to feel and perform differently than before.
10. Towel Off
Keeping your golf ball clean (especially in damp conditions) is critical. The act of spitting and/or plopping the ball in your mouth to remove dirt is disgusting. There’s a thing called a towel, folks, and it’s great for removing mud and dirt. Plus, the mouth method is potentially dangerous.
11. Spike Up
Alternative spikes are no longer the alternative; they’re the requirement, and the designs run the gamut from grabby to cushiony to a combination of the two. While today’s spikes are as durable as ever, they do wear out, and long before it’s time to throw any golf shoe in the garbage.
12. Show Shoes You Care
Two things about shoes: 1) If you’re still playing in $30 bargain-bin spikes, buck up for a pair of premium, high-tech golf shoes from one of the major manufacturers. You’ll be doing your game (and your feet) a big favor. 2) Once you make a purchase, treat your golf shoes like the serious piece of equipment they are. Store them in a dry environment, have them cleaned and polished regularly and make religious use of shoe trees. Yes, premium shoes come at a premium price, but if you give them proper care, they will last for several seasons.
13. Remember Aesthetics
If your driver and fairway-wood heads have nicks and scratches, try using nail polish or car touch-up paint to make repairs. Make sure the surface is clean and dry, and apply the paint sparingly without excessive buildup. Allow the paint to dry before you slip the headcover back on. Of course, aesthetic improvements to your clubs won’t help your shotmaking, but there’s nothing wrong with taking pride in the appearance of your gear.
14. Lengthen Headcovers
Although we love your gorilla driver headcover and that pink flamingo you have on your 3-wood, you may want to consider sticking with a longer-length headcover. When a club breaks, the most common break is in the shaft just above the clubhead, making it even more important to protect this critical area on the shaft. Make sure you have a long enough headcover to protect those delicate and high-priced graphite shafts.
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