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Adding weight to your golf club may affect the flight of the ball.
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It can be argued, but experts claim that adding weight to your driver, in the form of lead tape, has little effect on curing a slice, eliminating a hook or changing the trajectory of the ball. Even so, golfers at all levels of the game, including PGA Tour professionals Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson, still use this low-tech approach to fine-tuning their clubs. The one agreed upon concept, however, is that by adding lead tape, the feel and comfort of your club can change. Where to apply the tape and how much to use depends on what you want the weight to accomplish.1.
Unroll enough lead tape to allow you to use a ruler; measure off 2 or 3 inches and cut the tape with scissors. With your fingernail, lift the corner of the paper backing and peel it off to expose the adhesive. Center the tape between the toe and heel and adhere it low on the back of your club or toward the rear of the club's bottom to change the head's center of gravity. Tape in this position produces a higher ball trajectory. To produce lower shots, move the tape slightly higher on the back of the club.2.
Adhere a strip of tape to the bottom of the club's heel, near the shaft, to help cure a slice and minimize a fade, which is a ball that moves right off the tee if you're a right-handed golfer. Additional weight in this area lightens the toe of the club in relation to the heel. This makes it easier to get the toe around quicker and square up the face of the club at impact. The result is a straighter shot.3.
Put a strip of lead tape on the toe of your driver if you have a tendency to hook or draw the ball, which is a ball that moves from right to left if you're a right-handed golfer. The toe is the area farthest from the shaft, opposite the club's heel. Weight on the toe helps to slow down this part of the clubhead as it comes around to contact the ball. As a result the ball goes straighter.4.
Change the swingweight of your driver by adding lead tape around the shaft at the base of the grip or underneath the grip. The swingweight refers to the weight distribution of your club. A club with a heavy swingweight has more weight toward the club's head in relation to the grip end. By adding lead tape to the grip end you can counterbalance the club. Basically, this offsets the clubhead's weight for a more comfortable and balanced feel.
- Roll of Lead Tape
- Rolls of lead tape are usually sold at retail golf shops.
- This is a trial-and-error process. Go to the practice range, apply the tape and take several practice swings. Add more or less tape and experiment with its location until you've achieved the desired results.
- U.S. Golf Association rules allow you to put tape on your club but not during play. It must be applied before your round. During the course of play, however, you are allowed to replace the tape if it becomes detached.
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