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!