For most of us here in the north, the golfing season is coming to an end. That doesn’t mean we won’t have an occasional day where it is warm enough to sneak in a round, but with shorter days and colder weather coming, those days may be few and far between.
This might be a good time to re-evaluate the status of your equipment.
If you haven’t cleaned your grips all summer, now would be a good time to do that. If they are worn to the point where cleaning them won’t improve their tackiness, then consider replacing them.
If you noticed this year that you are just not hitting the ball as far as you used to, maybe it is time to make some equipment changes. I’m not suggesting you go out and buy a new set of clubs, but depending on the age of your clubs it may be time to consider that. If your driver has lost some of its “giddy-up and go”, you might want to consider putting a new shaft in it.
It is no secret that as we mature (that sounds much better than getting older) we just don’t swing as fast as we used to. So it makes sense that having a shaft that more closely matches your swing speed would improve your distance and dispersion. The technology that goes into the manufacturing of today’s shafts has improved dramatically. The shaft is the engine that makes whatever club head it is attached to work.
When considering a shaft replacement, flex should be the primary determinant when selecting one. Shafts come in 5 different flexes: Xtra Stiff, Stiff, Regular, Senior and Ladies. Your swing speed is what determines the proper flex for you. Check out Dicks Sporting Goods. Their pro shop has a fitting room with a launch monitor. Take your driver and go in and hit a few shots. The launch monitor will tell you your swing speed. If you need some assistance, the folks that work there will be glad to help you. Who knows …… maybe a new shaft with the proper flex could give you back some of that distance you lost. It’s less expensive compared to buying a new club.