You’ve just hit the perfect pitch shot into the green; it’s all over the flag and your fellow golfing mates are already congratulating you on your efforts. As you watch the ball land, you see the ball bound past the pin, over the green and into the bunker. The smile is quickly wiped off your face. Where was the backspin?
If you’ve been playing with the same clubs for a while, there could be a simple fix that will allow the ball to bite more on the green; giving you that confidence back and ability to shoot lower scores. Sharp grooves in your club promote the best chance at creating the desired spin that you need while inside the ‘scoring zone’.
You can actually sharpen your grooves with a simple tool that is quite inexpensive to buy. It is called a ‘Grove Sharpener’. However, before you go rushing to buy one, let’s discuss a little about how wedges actually create spin, and then we can determine if the tool is worth buying to bring your equipment back to life.
A quality strike of the golf ball is required for backspin. You want a downward blow that makes contact with the golf ball first and then the turf, which traps the golf ball against ground. Then the golf ball travels up the grooves, which bite into the ball… creating backspin.
Among conditions such as the lie of the ground, (ideally fairway) and firmness of the greens and golf softness ball itself, we need clean and sharp grooves.
Dirt that gets embedded in the grooves effect how much they will bite the golf ball. Sharper grooves will allow the player to create maximum backspin.
One solution to bringing more backspin into your golf game is to invest in a Groove Sharpener tool. They aren’t as good as buying new wedges but they are very inexpensive and last a very long time.
In fact, I purchased one and only ever needed one because the metal is tough. They certainly do the job in bringing back old wedges to life. You will also walk out on the golf course with an added boost of confidence in your wedge play, which is required to creating backspin.
They are a very sound investment, especially if you practice a lot too, which would include plenty of shots inside the 100 yard mark and over time the grooves would lose some sharpness.
To use the groove sharpener, your simply place the tool into the clubs grooves on an angle, and gently push/pull the tool along the groove. Ensuring that it doesn’t slip, please take care. Most tools will come with instructions on how to use them, so please don’t rush.
Some of you players who enter tournaments might be worried about the tool not conforming to rules of golf, because it actually takes some of the metal out of the club face. The simple answer to this; ensure you purchase a tool that conforms to the rules, and then you don’t need to worry.
There are plenty of different styles of Groove Sharpener’s for you to take a pick from, the most important factor to remember is make sure that it is R&A and USGA conforming and I wish you the best of luck and enjoy the confidence that the tool will bring you on the golf course.