by Mark Shimamura
From time to time members show me their golf clubs and ask, “Do you think it’s time for new grips?” I almost don’t want to give them my answer (gotta increase sales in the Pro Shop!), but I share this simple DIY solution. If you consistently clean the grips on your golf clubs, they maintain the “tacky and sticky feeling” you want when gripping your club. During the course of normal play, grips accumulate dirt, sand, sunscreen and other substances that make them feel slippery. All you need is a sponge, warm water, soap and a little elbow grease. I like to use Ajax and a scouring pad, something a bit more abrasive. In either case, if you play golf every week, it’s best to clean your grips at least once a month to maintain and extend their life.
Mark Shimamura is the golf pro at Maui Country Club.