Golf season is upon us and for many of you it will be a time to reacquaint yourself with your clubs. Maybe they have been in the closet for six months or freezing in the back of your trunk. Either way, go find your bag, clean your clubs and grips, and take this opportunity to do a preseason inventory.
The rules of golf allow you to carry 14 clubs in your bag. Most amateur golfers don’t even need this many but there are a few of you that carry even more than the 14 that are allowed. Think back to your golf season last year and evaluate your game. First, identify the strengths and the weaknesses in your game. Maybe make it a season goal to work on these weaknesses this year. In doing so, make sure that you are giving yourself the best opportunity to improve by carrying the right mix of clubs for your game. Many PGA professionals carry 4 or even 5 wedges. This might not be the best choice for you. Maybe a 7 or a 9 metalwood or some hybrids would be good for you.
Next, check your grips. A good indication that you may need to re-grip them is if you can see your own reflection in the grip. Or maybe they are worn out in a certain area (possible grip pressure issue). Slippery grips or the wrong size grips will make a tremendous difference in your game.
Scheduling a preseason lesson with your local PGA Professional is a great idea to help you make sure that you have the right clubs in your bag and the correct grips. The game of golf can be difficult and sometimes frustrating. The fastest way to improve your skills and enjoyment is to get some help.
Dust off those clubs and get out on the practice facilities and golf courses as soon and as often as you can!
Matt Stottern is a PGA Director of Instruction.