Golf club manufacturers are constantly releasing new, better golf clubs that are upgrades to their previous models, and with golf club technology continually reaching new heights it’s no wonder golfers regularly want to change their clubs to keep up.
But unless you would like an upgrade, it’s not necessary to change golf clubs every time new clubs are released. In fact, if you take a look inside any PGA Tour professionals golf bag you’re sure to find clubs that are a couple of years old.
Call it superstition, or an ‘if it’s broke, don’t fix it’ mindset, but many PGA golfers stick with the clubs they have used for years because it’s what they’re accustomed to.
It’s not news to say that golf clubs are not cheap, especially from top-of-the-range manufacturers. Clubs that make use of the newest technology can be incredibly pricey, which makes the decision of whether or not to replace your clubs harder. So when should you replace your golf clubs?
Over time, clubs will deteriorate from constant play. It makes sense that the more you play, the quicker your clubs will deteriorate.
Meanwhile, some clubs will need replacing more often than others. For example, a putter will not need to be regularly replaced. In fact, most golfers prefer to keep their putters for as long as possible because of how accustomed they become to them.
The grip and feel of a putter that has been broken in can help a golfer feel comfortable and more confident playing on the green. Plus, putting is so crucial to a successful short game. Again, if it’s not broken don’t fix it!
Meanwhile, clubs like wedges tend to wear out over time. It deteriorates and can no longer ‘grab’ the ball after frequent use. According to Golfweek, some PGA professions will go through three or four sand wedges a season.
Irons are another club that tends to be replaced quite often by professionals. Every season most PGA professionals will change to a new set, but not all of them will. As we’ve mentioned, some players love to stick with older clubs.
Why should I change my golf clubs?
You should change your golf clubs because visible deterioration of them can be dangerous. But there are other reasons to swap your old clubs for a shiny set of new ones.
An unexplained change in your game could be the fault of worn-out clubs. A sudden change in ball trajectory, driving distance, or score could also be signs that your club needs replacing.
A handicap that is increasing gradually could be explained by a set of old golf clubs, and you may see an improvement and a return to your correct score with a new set. Advancements in technology found in new clubs can help golfers improve in numerous areas too.
It is recommended that amateur and casual players should change their clubs every two to three years (if you’re a casual player who spends a lot of time on the golf course).
Introducing a new set every few years means you can stay ahead with increased innovation.
In fact, the most common and overlooked reason to change your golf clubs is age. Depending on your age bracket, stiff golf clubs could be affecting your play, and if you’re an older golfer it may be worth transitioning to senior golf clubs. Changes like these could improve your play as you get older.
Amateur golfers vs recreational golfers: when should they change their golf clubs?
Amateur golfers and those who play regularly may need to change their clubs more often than recreational players. Amateurs who play at a competitive level will need their clubs in top playing condition, and they need them to be consistent.
Meanwhile, recreational players are most likely not playing regularly in competitive tournaments. They’re more likely to be hitting the links a couple of times a month with friends. Therefore, their clubs do not need to be as consistent, and their play isn’t typically as high caliber as amateur players. Deterioration on their clubs also won’t be as excessive.
Recreational golfers tend to get more years out of their set of golf clubs than amateur players, but if you’re a recreational golfer and see a decrease in performance you may want to start looking for new clubs.
How well do you care for your clubs?
Another factor to club deterioration and how often you will need to change them is how well they are looked after.
Many golfers take great care of their clubs. After all, they are not cheap so it makes sense to look after such an investment and want them to last as long as possible.
However, not everyone has this mentality. In moments of frustration, some players whack clubs on the ground after a bad shot or are not so careful when hitting off tree roots or rough, rocky sand. This can affect the club’s longevity.
If you don’t take time to regularly clean your clubs too, you may notice they wear out a lot quicker.
How often should you clean your clubs?
It’s a good idea to do a light cleaning of your golf clubs after every round. You can do this by simply rinsing them in water and then wiping them down with a towel.
This will help remove dirt, grime, rocks, and other debris from the grooves and other parts of the club. Many golf courses have special club washing boxes on the driving range or throughout the course for you to do this.
You should also consider a more in-depth cleaning once every two weeks. You should use soap for this and make sure to get in all the grooves and tight spots you may have missed when cleaning your club after your round.
Although it’s not the most fun thing to do, cleaning your club prevents them from being exposed to rust and other wear and tear that can make them last longer.