The grips on your clubs are an incredibly important part of your game. Just think, it’s the only part of the club that you routinely touch. The materials used for grips will age over time and show wear with use. Things like sun and heat from the atmosphere or dirt and oil (natural or sunscreen) from your hands will also breakdown your grips.
A fresh grip delivers traction to help you hold the club properly without undue risk of losing your club during the swing. The result is a more relaxed state of play. It promotes better wrist action and swing. A worn grip will cause you to grasp the club tightly, and the resulting arm and wrist tension can bring about a loss of power, control, and shock absorption.
How often you need to get your clubs regripped depends on a few factors and especially frequency of play. Some people get their clubs regripped every year but our advice is to bring them in to Golf Central and we can advise you accordingly.
Shaft flex affects the distance, trajectory, and accuracy of your shot. Matching the shaft flex to the style and speed of your swing is extremely important. At Golf Central, we can explain the different shaft specifications and identify the best match.
The shaft will bend from the beginning to the end of your swing and the position of the clubhead will change during your swing. To produce a good shot, it’s critical for the face of your club to impact the ball squarely. You’re more likely to hit the ball with a square clubface if you have a shaft flex that’s calibrated to your swing.
A session with one of our Launch Monitor experts will give you the information you require to select the appropriate shaft that best fits your swing and ability.
The custom club-fitting process involves two measurements of your golf swing: static and dynamic. The reason for a custom fitting is to verify a variety of factors: the loft, lie angle, shaft flex, head design, length and grips you’ll need. Once the measurements are taken, you’ll be asked to hit a few shots, trying a few irons with different lies. We’ll go over questions about your ability, ball flight, your miss-hit tendencies, and the goals you have for your game.
With the information gathered, Golf Central’s experienced club-fitter will be able to explain what specs in a club would be most beneficial to your game.
Research conducted by a leading manufacturer discovered that more than 50% of golfers wear a glove that’s too big. An oversized glove leads to friction inside, causing the glove to wear out faster and can cause uncomfortable blisters.
Several different sizes of gloves are available from manufacturers, including Regular size, which fits players with palms and fingers in proportion, and Cadet size, which fits golfers with shorter fingers and wider palms.
To put a glove on properly, you put the fingers in and work the leather gently around each one until snug. Your glove should be “a second skin” with no excess material at end of the fingers. Then make a fist and pull the closure across.
Buyers of golf rangefinders can choose between a GPS unit that shows the positions of major features on the course and can compute distances, or a laser device that measures the distance to any object that reflects a light beam.
Lasers measure prominent course features like flagsticks, trees, hills, aprons and the faces of bunkers. (They also work well on the players in the group ahead.) Players can accurately measure the distance to the pin when someone is putting or from the tee to determine if the next group is safely out of range. Some lasers incorporate elevation measurements, or slope.
By comparison, GPS units display distances to a set of preselected points. While most show an aerial view of the hole, some feature a virtual fly-over which is useful when playing on a new course. GPS systems are smaller than laser devices but both fit easily into a golf bag pocket.
Lasers are as easy to use as point-and-shoot cameras. Most lasers have difficulty reading horizontal surfaces like water and sand so the user might have to point at nearby vertical objects to estimate distances. The performance of lasers can be degraded in rain, though some devices have a setting to prevent unwanted rain reflections. The laser range is limited to about 300 yards on some models, but this doesn’t pose a problem for most players.
Some GPS systems may require the user to install a database for the course you’re playing. After the unit boots up and locks onto the satellites, the user may have to select the course and navigate to the proper hole. On a GPS unit, the course features are only available if the programmer has decided they are important. Some units allow the user to position a cursor to estimate the distance to any point selected, and the accuracy depends on the user’s ability to position the cursor. A similar operation is necessary to estimate pin positions. Depending on the model, some courses may not be in the manufacturer’s database.
Each type of rangefinder has its advantages and disadvantages. Accuracies for each are similar, usually within one yard. For an overview of each hole and quick distances to prominent features or the middle of greens, the GPS is better. For versatility to measure almost anything, lasers are preferable. If the user is concerned primarily with pin locations and knows reflectors are used on the courses they play, then an enhanced “pin-seeking” laser model might be advisable. The choice is all about you and your preferences.
Grip size is considered a critical element in club fitting and performance. Although standard size grips are adequate for most golfers, some players can benefit from oversize or undersize grips. It’s commonly thought that a properly-sized grip permits the fingers in a golfer’s top hand to barely touch the palm. Yet, this long-held notion doesn’t address many grip and swing issues. The only reliable way to learn your proper grip size is to consult our onsite club-fitter, who can make a recommendation based on your individual hand size, swing technique, and shot pattern.
Traditionally golf grips came in only a few standard sizes. Any other size had to be created manually through build-up tape. Today, grips are made in a much wider variety of sizes: junior, undersize, standard, midsize, and jumbo. The following measurements detail differences in grip outside diameter with one wrap of two-sided tape:
- Undersize: 1/64 of an inch smaller than Standard
- Midsize: 1/16 of an inch larger than Standard
- Jumbo: 1/8 of an inch larger than Standard
Golfing parents who are keen to share the game with their kids often make the same mistake that we’ve seen for years: they take their old set of golf clubs, cut the shafts down, get them re-gripped, and give them to their children.
It’s a bad idea because by cutting down adult clubs to fit a child, you alter the flex of the club. It makes the head of the club too heavy for a child to swing. Swinging a club that’s too heavy will create bad swing habits over the long-term. Junior clubs are designed to be the correct length for a child and have an appropriately weighted shaft for the right balance. The right flex will help your son or daughter launch the ball on a good trajectory and maximize distance.
The lifespan and availability of most products changes constantly, and being a single, independent store we don’t have the human resources to maintain a website that will give you the current information that you, as a knowledgeable customer, require. We would prefer to present our inventory to you in person so we can explain the attributes of each item. Every golf retailer will have various promotions at different times, as we do too, and Golf Central is often more than happy to adjust pricing to reflect a competitors’. We pride ourselves in making every effort to stock or order the product you are looking to purchase. Special orders are a huge part of our success.