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Golf tip of week: Clean your clubs for more spin

PHOTO PROVIDED Clean clubs will help you play better golf.

Dirty clubs decrease ball spin, accuracy and distance. The grooves on the face of a golf club are there for a purpose: to control ball flight and spin-rate.

If there is dirt between the face of a golf club and the ball, the ball reacts like a pitcher throwing a knuckleball and move erratically.

When the surface of a golf ball makes contact with the face of, the ball compresses, forcing the outer layers of the ball to take the shape of the grooves.

Clean grooves aid in the club’s performance and increase the chances of hitting the target and stopping on the green.

It’s a good idea to carry a brush and wet towel so you can clean your clubs after each shot.

Note, don’t hold up the course, keep your club in your hand after you hit it and clean your club at the next shot location.

At the end of the golf season, clubs should be cleaned and stored in a controlled environment. Storing clubs in an unheated garage or storage shed will cause the inside of the shafts to corrode and weaken the metal.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author, professional, and master club builder, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator at his golf facility in Williamsport.

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