Are Clean Grooves On Your Golf Clubs Important?

I clean my golf club 98% of the time after a shot. I do this because I learned a long time ago that clean grooves help me control the amount of spin I place on the ball. This inturn helps me control the release of the ball on the green. Hence, I am almost neurotic about keeping my clubs clean and I think it makes me a better golfer. If you do not have the habit of cleaning your clubs after each shot, I recommend that you start because it is important and I have the science to prove it!

Every player loves to hit the ball close on their approach shots. I am definitely one of those players. From 150 yards in, I rely on my 7 iron to lob wedge to make some magic happen. Unfortunately, this shot is the weakest of my game. The reason is because I struggle from time to time stopping the ball after a short hop, thus affecting my distance control. I attribute some of my challenge to poor shot making, but after a many trial and error attempts to figure out my weakness, I stumbled on the fact that in my early years I was not as vigilant keeping my clubs clean after each shot.

If you are wondering, the science to having clean grooves is as follows:

The grooves on a golf club play a very important role in shot making. They allow golfers to exhibit some control over each shot and produce the backspin required to make great approach shots. Over the past 20 years, I have taken an active role in keeping my grooves clean after each shot. I think this minor advantage has paid off and I obviously will continue. If you do not clean your clubs after each shot, I recommend that you do because the science proves that it makes a difference.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

2 thoughts on “Are Clean Grooves On Your Golf Clubs Important?

  1. Funny you should bring up cleaning the grooves. And spin control. Tonight I played against a man who loves to chip low and fast with a lot of spin. And I watched him struggle out there and figured out what it was. His trouble came with shots from the rough around the green. Those low hot shots were going long. And it was because the grass got a good rain earlier like it has every day, and it’s as lush as it can get. All the blades are thick with water. He was losing too much spin to get the ball to stop with that shot type he loves and is generally very good at.

    And btw, I’m Guilty as Charged. I don’t clean my grooves nearly often enough even though I have a brush for that purpose hanging off the side of my bag. It’s certainly used every round, but not after every swing like I should. Not by a long shot.

    That said, I don’t try and hit those low hot ones that stop on a dime. My preferred shot is to get it in the air, land it short and let it check once and run a short way to the hole. And with that kind of pitch on, I don’t experience near the trouble my playing partner did tonight from that lush wet grass.

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    • Kevin,

      The gentlemen you described hitting out the long wet grass is a common thing for most players. I is difficult to produce any spin in wet weather. That is when course management becomes an important skill to change shots to suit the conditions. My preferred shot is the same as yours. Get the ball rolling as soon as possible. However, there is something fun about a hop and stop shot.

      Cheers Jim


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