Ben Hogan thought that your grip technique was one of the most important things to get right in your golf game because your hands are the only part of your body that are actually connected to the club.
I'm not going to talk about technique in this article (that one is coming), but the actual grips on your club. Every year before the season starts I get my clubs regripped, and it's always a constant reminder of how great it is to have a fresh set. I had it done the other day, and it immediately made me realize just how worn down mine had been.
I believe that grip pressure is an extremely important element in playing great golf. I've played my best when I feel like I am not holding the club too tightly because it's an indication that my upper body is relaxed.
If the grips on your clubs are worn down, then you naturally will have to grip the club tightly to feel like you will be holding it securely. This is not good.
I know it can be a pain to do because it costs money, but I think this is a great investment in your game. If you are the handy type, you can buy one of these kits, and do it yourself to save some cash.
I personally have screwed up one too many home-improvement projects, and know my limitations. I leave it to the professionals. I can just envision a mess of glue everywhere.
There are a ton of new grips on the market, so your options are quite vast. I just got these, which were new for me and I love them. This is more of the trend that seems to be going on. The upper area is a bit tackier, while the lower area is softer. Your grip pressure should be the lightest at the bottom of the club, so this material helps promote that.
We've got a couple of weeks before the golf season gets into full swing so take the time to have this done now. There are a number of ways to spend money in hopes of improving your performance on the golf course; I believe this is one of the best investments you can make.