Grips are made of materials that age and wear as function of time. Ozone, heat, dirt, and oils from your hands age your grips and cause the natural degradation of the grip.
The traction that a fresh grip provides lets you hold the club lightly without the subconscious fear of losing the club during your swing.
This relaxed state promoted proper swing mechanics and wrist actions. While a worn grip causes you to grasp the club tighter, causing arm wrist tension that inhibits proper swing mechanics.
As a rule of thumb, you should re-grip once every year. Regardless of whether you play golf every day or only twice a year, ozone, heat, dirt, and oils are constantly at work breaking down the materials that make up your grips.Granted, frequent play and personal preference may dictate re-gripping sooner, but normally there's enough degradation of the material after a year to warrant fresh grips.
Keep in mind that grips lose a significant amount of their original feel long before they become hard and glazed over. Because it happens slowly over time. most golfers fail to notice it. That's important to remember because just a tiny, imperceptible slip at contact will be magnified to many yards by the time the ball reaches its target.
Many people find that getting in the routine of the re-gripping every spring as the golf season "officially" begins, is the easiest to remember.
Grips should be replaced every 40 rounds or every 30 rounds if you are spending a considerable amount of time at the practice range
Regardless of the rounds played, a grip should always be replaced at the first sign of noticeable wear, including:
- Hard surfaces
- Shiny patches
- Wear spots, especially where the thumbs make contact
- Faded or bare spots on the grips that have been painted or have logos
- Complete loss of tack
Consider replacing your grips if the stock grips on tour clubs aren't the right size. Lamkin Grips offers Undersize, Standard, Midsize, Oversize grips in a number of styles and colours. If you aren't sure of your grip size, use our Interactive Grip Fitter.
Improperly sized grips, grips that aren't suited for certain weather conditions, grips that don't enhance playing ability and grips that are simply worn-out and slick will NEGATIVELY IMPACT YOUR GAME and cost you strokes.
Comfort, consistency, shot dispersion and shot distance can all be improved with new golf grips.