By Cameron Rankin
Having your clubs ready for the season would be my #1 tip to get the new season off to good start.
Check your grips: Oil and perspiration from your hands form a build up of an oily residue. When combined with keeping your clubs in the trunk of the car during hot summer days, this hardens and cracks your grips over time.
The cure: clean regularly with Comet or Ajax in the power form. Use a scrubbing brush and warm water to remove residue to increase the life of your grips.
Cleaning your grips will relax your grip pressure at address and throughout your swing, which in turn will increase your clubhead speed, translating to more distance. This relaxed grip pressure should also improve accuracy and feel on your shots.
For more tips on your game, see your local golf professional.
Cameron Rankin is a member of the CPGA and British PGA, and the head pro at Sand Hills Golf Resort between Port Franks and Thedford.