10 gear tweaks that will improve your game this season | Gear Questions
Welcome to Gear Questions You’re Afraid to Ask, a GOLF.com series produced in partnership with Cleveland/Srixon Golf. This week we cover a few things we think you should do relative to your gear to ensure a hassle-free season of golf.
What are some things I should do to get my clubs ready for the summer golf season? — Mark M., Minnesota
Why wait for summer? We’re already deep into spring, and the golf season is underway across most of the country. And because we’re just as excited as you are to spend more time on the course, let’s hurry up and dive into our top-10 recommendations to optimize your gear for your best golf season yet.
Clean your clubs
It’s time to bid farewell to 2022 and start fresh in 2023 by thoroughly cleaning the filthy muck off your clubs. Use a soft brush for irons and a softer microfiber towel for your woods, driver, and putter. Any soap will do, though we recommend Simple Green. Also, don’t forget to wash and scrub your grips too.
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Consider upgrading to some new grips
Now is the perfect time to have fresh grips installed on all your clubs. Worn-out grips may require you to grip the club tighter, limiting your swing and hurting your game. A new set of tacky, comfortable grips can breathe new life into your older clubs.
Inspect your gear
It’s surprising how many people neglect this step, even among our peers here at GOLF.com HQ. Look for scuffs, dents, and wear, but also check the loft and lie of your irons. Suffice to say, many golfers haven’t had their specifications checked since their last fitting. A club fitting expert can quickly identify and address issues like a 7-iron flying as far as an 8-iron or why your 6-iron just doesn’t feel right.
Upgrade your wedges
We’ve mentioned this recently, but it’s worth repeating. Properly-fitted wedges tailored to your playing style, preferred courses, and shot preferences can make a significant difference. Better yet, sharper grooves on your wedges will make your short shots that much better. Also, buying a new wedge doesn’t always mean buying the same one year after year. Some players need more shotmaking control, but others might want to lean toward a wedge that’s more forgiving. Case in point, Cleveland’s Smart Sole 4 comes with a huge sole to prevent digging and to make bunker shots much, much easier.
Cleveland Golf CBX Full-Face Wedge
Try a high-lofted fairway wood
This club category is woefully often overlooked. If you struggle with hybrids and desire a club that launches the ball high with added spin, consider a wood with a loft that’s 16° or higher. And in case you’re wondering, this isn’t advice geared only for amateurs. Many top professionals carry at least one high-lofted wood in their bags.
Srixon ZX Custom Fairway Wood
Replace outdated golf balls
It’s time to say goodbye to old, waterlogged, faded, scuffed, and cracked golf balls. Refresh your supply and consider trying new options, especially those with vibrant colors and alignment aids. The Q-STAR Tour Divide from Srixon comes in various colors with a dual-tone matte finish. It’s super-popular again this year.
Srixon Z-STAR XV 8 2023 Golf Balls
Remember to XYZ, which stands for “examine your zipper.” Just like you would inspect your favorite pair of jeans, take a moment to inspect your golf bag for holes, tears, or broken zippers. If you have damage, now is a good time to consider getting a new bag to start the season in style. And while you’re at it, go ahead and restock your bag with essentials like tees, gloves, and sunscreen.
Vessel Player IV Stand Bag
Embrace some shades
If Phil Mickelson wears sunglasses, why shouldn’t you? Modern sunglasses offer improved vision with color-enhancing lenses and full UV protection. Even if you prefer not to wear them while swinging or putting, wearing sunglasses between shots can benefit your eyes and keep allergies out. Good luck looking as suave as Phil, though.
Upgrade your golf shoes
Today’s golf shoes come in various styles, and the latest models are more comfortable than ever. Some designs even optimize ground leverage for greater distance. Whether you prioritize comfort or performance-enhancing features, there’s a shoe suitable for every player type and preference.
Seek summer closeouts in a few months
While enjoying the spring and summer golf season, keep an eye out for late-summer sales. Retailers often offer discounts on current or previous year’s gear to make room for upcoming winter releases. Come July and August, you might find some excellent opportunities to save a wad of cash.
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