If you’re thinking of investing in your golf game, there are plenty of great toys and gadgets available on the market. From high-end GPS rangefinders to realistic golf simulators, you could spend a pretty penny on polishing your game if you wanted to. But did you know that one of the best golf tools is super affordable and fits right in the pocket of your golf bag or jacket?
In this post from Totally Driven, we’re covering everything you need to know about this magic golf training tool. Read on to learn how a simple roll of tape can transform your game for the better.
Golf Tape: The Most Useful Training Tool
Sometimes, the best approach is the simplest one, and that’s as true for golf as it is for anything else in life. That’s why many golfers find DIY golf training tools found at home in their junk drawer just as useful as high-dollar gadgets. To get started, just about any type of tape will work as long as it’s visible and sticks well.
Using Tape as Impact Tape
Golf impact tape is used on the face of your golf club to show you where to hit the club. When you’re about to take your swing, looking down at that perfectly marked spot can be just the thing you need to help you adjust your shot. You can also place tape on the ground to help you improve your swing.
Although you can purchase professional golf impact tape, there are plenty of DIY home alternatives you can use including masking tape. Painter’s tape also works well as impact tape.
Using impact tape can help you identify what you’re doing wrong and make important corrections. On the flip side, becoming too reliant on impact tape can cause golfers to obsess over hitting the perfect spot rather than their overall swing, so use this strategy judiciously.
Using Tape as Golf Grip Tape
A good golf grip is essential to protecting the skin on your hands and helping you play your best game. But all you need to get a good golf grip is a little tape and a few minutes of your time. Although special grip tape is a good investment, the most important thing is that the tape works well for its purpose and stays in place without damaging your clubs.
Some players swear by masking tape for their golf grips. While masking tape is a great product to keep in your toolbox, however, it’s not really the best option for golf grips when used alone. Additionally, as the tape starts to wear out, it can leave difficult-to-remove residue on your clubs that may even cause them to rust. The deteriorating tape can also start to slip around on your club, messing up your shots or even causing injury as it does.
However, masking tape can be a good first layer underneath professional grip tape to create a good layer of padding and take some of the shock coming up through the club shaft. To use masking tape for your metal club grip, wrap it around your club thoroughly and then add glue to the top.
Some golfers also use hairspray or mineral spirits to lubricate their clubs for a tighter stick. The more the grip is used, the more adhesive the hairspray or mineral spirits become, causing the grip to stick even more. However, many golf pros advise against this approach, so it may be best not to use it on your more costly golf clubs. Overall, when it comes to your grip, your best bet is to invest in professional golf grip tape so your clubs remain in good condition.
Here are a few quick tips for taping your golf grip.
Choosing the right thickness:
● Try swinging at different layers to find the right thickness that works for you.
● Wrap one or two layers for a thin thickness.
● For an intermediate thickness, wrap three or four layers.
● For a heavy thickness, add five or more layers.
Wrap the club more if:
● You prefer a lighter swing weight.
● You’re a high handicap golfer.
● You need your grip to help absorb the shock of the hit.
Wrap the club less if:
● You want a heavier swing.
● You want a harder hit when you strike the ball.
Using Tape to Tape Your Fingers
Some golfers, including many professional golfers, use tape to protect their hands when golfing. Blisters are the first stop on the road to forming calluses, an inevitable but necessary consequence of golfing. And when you’re golfing regularly, blisters can even form through your glove. Many golfers use tape to protect their fingers while blisters are healing so they don’t worsen or burst since the healing process can take up to a week.
Although just about any type of tape will do in a pinch, the best tape for a golfer’s hands is stretchy. Golfer’s grip finger tape is hands-down the best option, but medical tape of any kind will also do the trick. You can also use plain old fabric band-aids with a layer of tape over the top to keep them in place. The most important thing to remember is to be careful not to stretch the tape too tightly as it can cut off circulation and make golfing more difficult.
Get Everything You Need to Improve Your Game
At Totally Driven in Minnesota, our golf store is full of great tools to help you work on your game. To schedule your custom golf club fitting or get your clubs regripped, give us a call at (952) 681-2728 or connect with us online today.