Matthew Conner: Checking your equipment is key to success

Matt Conner's Golf Tips
Matt Conner's Golf Tips

With the new season just about getting under way, it is worth making sure that your equipment is up to scratch.

You need to give yourself the best chance of playing well and if your equipment isn’t suiting you or is defective this could hinder you from playing good golf.

Look out for these three issues with your equipment that will cause problems with your performance.

1) Make sure that your grips are not worn or shiny as they will age and wear over time.

Heat, dirt, and oils from your hands all age your grips and cause deterioration of the grip.

The support that a new grip provides lets you hold the club lightly without the subconscious fear of losing the club during your swing.

This relaxed state promotes proper swing mechanics and wrist action.

While a worn grip causes you to grasp the club tighter, causing arm and wrist tension that inhibits proper swing motion.

2) Have your lies checked on your irons.

Getting a custom fit for your lie angle is a very important aspect to consider.

If the heel or the toe of the club is digging into the ground when impacting the ball this will cause the ball to fly either right or left.

It is not uncommon over time that your irons will bend during practice without your knowledge.

Frequently check your lie and loft angles to make sure your clubs still suit you.

3) Are the shafts correct in your clubs?

The shaft of the golf club is often ignored when it comes to performance, but it is the engine of the golf club.

The length, flex, torque, kick-point, weight and alignment of the shaft all have an effect on the performance of your golf club.

Make sure that the shaft suits your game to help you hit straighter and longer shots.