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PGA of America
From drivers, irons, wedges and putters - a new year means it's time to consider new gear.
By
Jack Dillon
author "High Fives"

Series: Already Golf

Published: Friday, February 13, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.

It is that special time of year for us golfers.  The Tour is in full bloom, now already in California.  We see golfers in the sun with short sleeves, basking in the warmth of the new season, making birdies, eagles, and oh, so much money.  We golfers are excited, as kids are before the holidays, as our golf season is close at hand.  We already have our clubs out and on the ready, just in case the temperature hits something high enough for us to feel our fingers during the swing.

One familiar ritual at the beginning of each season is to go through the golf bag and assess if the gear is as ready to play as they are.  We look over the shafts and the grips to see what might be in disrepair.  At the same time, we are evaluating our sacred 14 clubs – assessing each club’s individual worthiness. We are always on the lookout for that next magic stick!

If you are thinking about replacing one or more of your 14 clubs for the upcoming season, I suggest you do it soon. As you prepare for your golf season – with both your friends and the guidance of your PGA/LPGA Golf Professional – it is critically important to get your gear right from the very beginning.

Plan now to visit with your Professional. Not only should you think about working on your swing but also about testing any new clubs you are considering adding to the arsenal. Before you decide to replace clubs in the bag, be certain to work with your Professional.  Finding your brand and best head type is one thing, but making certain you have the right shaft, length, and grip size for you are the key benefits of making changes.

So as you plan out your golf season, plan to improve that swing, work harder on your short game, and plan to spend an extra session or two with your PGA/LPGA Golf Professional, especially early in your year. 

If you are thinking about any new clubs: do your homework, figure out what appeals to your eye, and then get to work testing that new gear. It is time to gear up!

One final thought: as you prepare for the fair-weather to come, think about a daily stretch routine that will improve your flexibility on and off the golf course.  Before you start, be sure to talk to your doctor who can best advise you how to move forward.  Plan to have your best year yet. Plan to have fun. Plan to play golf!