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Coming To Grips: Get a handle on your clubs

By E. Michael Johnson

adam-henwood-stix.jpgYou know what's stunning? That regripping always comes up at this time of year, yet so many players opt not to do it. Look, here's the deal: Whether you know it or not, it's not just wear that makes for a bad grip. Dirt, heat, and oil from your hands contribute to its breakdown -- and this happens before it becomes hard and slick.

Why regrip? Because once a grip loses its traction you're likely to grip the club tighter -- a definite no-no.

So how often should you change out those worn grips? A good guide is at least once a year, or every 40 rounds. However, before doing so you might have your golf pro take a look to make sure you don't need an extra wrap or two of tape under them. After all, what's the point of having new grips if they're not the correct size?

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