Get Your Groove On

Most amateur golfers won’t be spending a lot of money on new clubs every year. Instead we find a set we like and use them for several years before upgrading.

During that time however, it can be noticeable that you’ll start to get a lack of performance from your clubs. You may put this down to your game not being quite in the groove.

However, if you are experiencing a lack of control with your approach shots into the green in particular, then you may need to get your grooves checked out.



Groove Facts

The grooves on your club face are there for more than simply decorative purposes. What you cannot see easily, is that these grooves, especially on the irons, are cut in such a way that when you strike a ball, they can ‘dig’ into the surface of your golf ball.

It is this ‘digging’ action into the surface of your golf ball which momentarily ‘grips’ the ball on the club face at contact and through the motion of the swing, you can impart back spin on the golf ball as the momentum of the club and ball work to put reverse spin motion on the ball.


Of course, many amateur golfers think that using a softer ball, such as a ProV1 (below), will help them generate back spin, but sometimes, even if you use a soft ball, you will find that your approach shots into the green are no longer holding.

If that is the case and you are sure that it isn’t a fault with your swing, then it may well be time to get your clubs re-grooved.




How often do I need to regroove my clubs?

The question of how often do you need to get your clubs regrooved isn’t an easy one to answer and it does depend a great deal on how often you play and also how good you are at keeping your clubs in pristine condition when you play.

The more care you take with your clubs on a round (cleaning the club faces and grooves after each shot) and the less golf you play, then the fewer times you will need to regroove the club.

The more you play and if you allow your grooves to become filled up with mud, grass or more, then the more you will need to get them regrooved.


A tour pro will often either have new clubs, or their clubs regrooved, at least once a month. Some may have them redone more often than this, but these are players who hit more shots and play more than any other player.

So a typical player who plays a couple of rounds a week every week, would probably need to get their clubs regrooved once every 2-3 months.


If that sounds a lot then it is important to note that grooves on your clubs can become blunt and wear down very quickly. The effect of this is that you can impart less spin on the ball and thus you have less control over your shots and they will run on through the green, rather than checking and spinning back.




Where can I get my clubs regrooved or can I do it myself?

A good club pro can tell you exactly where to go to get your clubs regrooved and many will be able to do this for you themselves if you can leave your clubs with them. Similarly, pros at driving ranges can also be a great place to get your clubs regrooved to a professional standard.

Alternatively, you can buy a number of regrooving tools to redo the grooves on your clubs yourself. This can be a cheaper option in the long term, but remember, professionals do have the knowledge and skills required to regroove your clubs optimally.
Something that you as a novice won’t possess. How can you be sure you have used the tool deep enough to redo the grooves? Or have you not applied enough pressure you redo the grooves optimally?


In short, if you have any doubts, I’d recommend using a professional to get your clubs sorted.


Golf Groove Tool


Which clubs need regrooving?

Personally, I only regroove the clubs where I feel I need that extra degree of control. That means my wedges normally get regrooved most often. I also ensure I get my 7, 8 and 9-irons sorted at least once a season, more often if I notice a decline in control.

For mid to lower irons, I don’t really need control as much, so I’ll not bother getting these regrooved anywhere near as often.


Winter  is the perfect time to get your clubs sorted and in tip top shape for next season, so if you are going to play to your best next year, a little time getting the grooves sorted now can result in sharper play around the greens from next season.

Go get your groove on!

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