Your Gloves and Grips are Very Important
There is only one point at which the club is connected to your body during the swing – your hands. Therefore, it is vitally important that you have a good connection between your hands and the club itself, which comes down to the gloves and grips that you use. Making sure before each swing that there is good traction between the hands and the club will give you the confidence to swing aggressively without fear of the club slipping in your hands.
Wearing Golf Gloves
Wearing a glove when you swing the club is totally optional, and some golfers choose to play without a glove at all. If you are someone that has dry hands and are comfortable playing without a glove, that is certainly a viable option.
However, if you are going to play with a glove on your hand, here are a couple tips to get the best performance from that glove –
- Buy a good glove. The difference in price between a discount model glove and a good one is just a few dollars. That extra expense is well worth it, as cheaper golf gloves don’t perform nearly as well as premium models. Also, a cheap glove will wear out faster, so you might end up spending more money anyway by replacing the gloves that you go through in just a couple rounds.
- Keep them dry. Moisture is the enemy of a golf glove, so keep your glove dry whenever possible. One way to do this is to take the glove off between shots so it doesn’t soak up the sweat on your hands. It might seem like a hassle, but it is worth it in the end.
Caring for Golf Grips
The other half of this equation is making sure you have good golf grips, and that those grips are in good condition. Which grips you use is totally a personal preference, so try some different models and use the ones that you are most comfortable with. Once you have grips that you like, the following tips can help keep them in good condition –
- Keep them dry, as well. Just as with your glove, make sure your golf grips stay as dry as possible when on the course. Use your towel to wipe them down if they get wet during the day for any reason.
- Wash them occasionally. While you don’t want wet grips on the course, some soapy water can be used to clean them between rounds and regain some tackiness that may have been lost. Different grips have different care instructions, so read up on your grips before using any cleaning products.