Your golf game can shine if your clubs have the properly distributed weight for your swing.
Swing weight measures the distribution of a golf club’s weight, rather than a club’s actual weight. Clubs with more weight than usual in the club head relative to the grip have higher swing weights, and those with higher-than-normal weight in the grip area have lower swing weights. So if you add weight to a golf club’s grip, the club’s actual weight increases, but its swing weight decreases. Swing weight measurements are expressed with a letter, ranging from A on the low end to G, plus a number from 0 through 9, with 9 denoting a greater swing weight than 0. Most amateur golfers will be comfortable with a neutral swing weight of D0. Changing the swing weight on your club to better fit your particular swing can make a big difference in your game. Here are a few things you can do to adjust it.
Items you will need:
- Lead tape
- New club shaft (optional)
- New club grip (optional)
Add lead tape to your club head. This is the quickest and easiest method to increase swing weight. Golfers use lead tape because they believe it will help correct swing flaws. For example, many believe adding tape to the club head’s heel (the portion closest to the shaft) can help reduce a slice. Club experts say the results are only psychological. But the added club head weight also increases the swing weight. If you’ve improved your swing or grown physically stronger, adding swing weight may be beneficial. Top professional players generally use clubs with higher swing weights than those of average players.
Place a lead insert into the shaft at the grip end to reduce swing weight or add lead tape just below the grip. This technique is referred to as counterbalancing. Adding weight to the grip end won’t affect the ball’s flight, but it can improve a club’s feel. For example, if you’ve switched to a club with a lighter shaft, the club’s weight may feel too concentrated in the club head. Adding weight near the grip may give you a more comfortable feel. This adjustment seems to work for two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen: “I put (lead tape) on a few wraps below the grip. It feels more balanced with the tape.”
Change the club’s shaft. Take your clubs to a club repair professional and ask them to put in a different type of shaft. If you’re looking for a higher swing weight, for example, you can have your heavier steel shafts replaced by shafts made with a lighter material, such as lightweight steel or graphite. Be aware, though, that a longer club shaft made from a lighter material may weigh the same as your former shaft and have no impact on a club’s swing weight.
Alter the club’s grip. Installing a larger or smaller grip will affect the swing weight in the same manner as adding tape near the grip. If your new grip is heavier than the piece it replaces, the swing weight decreases; if the new grip is lighter, the swing weight increases.
One swing weight point equals 1.7 to 2.2 grams of weight, depending on the club’s length. For example, adding 2 grams of weight to the grip end of a D9 club would reduce the swing weight to D8; adding 2 grams to the club head side would increase the swing weight to E0.
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