Adding weight to your golf club head can slow down your swing to help correct flaws, adjust the feel of your swing and modify the overall feel of your club. Applying lead tape is easy to do and much cheaper than replacing your club. You'll be in good company, as many professionals have the stuff all over their clubs. Adding weight to your golf clubs is perfectly legal, provided that you do not do so during an official round.
Take your golf clubs, utility shears and a roll of ВЅ inch lead tape to the driving range. Warm up, and hit 5 to 10 balls to get an idea of where you think the addition of more weight might improve your swing.
Decide where to add tape to the club depending upon what you are trying to correct, whether you want to hit the ball higher or lower, or make adjustments for hooking or slicing. Wipe your club head clean with a soft lint-free cloth. Use utility shears to cut a 4-inch piece of ВЅ inch lead tape, and cut that into ВЅ to 1-inch pieces.
Remove the backing from a piece of lead tape. Stick it to the back of the club head close to the heel if the ball consistently slices when you hit it. A little weight may produce a straighter shot.
Test the club after each weight adjustment you make to see if you've added just enough, too much or too little. Add another piece of tape if you think you need more weight. You can use the tip of a utility or craft knife to lift the corner of the tape if you need to peel it off. Remove any residue from the club head with rubbing alcohol. Test the club again.
Stick a piece of tape to the back of the club close to the toe to straighten the trajectory if your ball consistently hooks.
Add a piece of tape slightly lower on the back of the sole for low hitting balls that rocket too close to the ground. This may help the club lift the ball with a higher shot.
Add tape slightly higher on the sole of the back of the club to lower shots that tend to travel too high.
- Each 4-inch piece of lead tape will come to around one вЂњswing weightвЂќ point, which is roughly 1.7 to 2.2 grams: about what a dime weighs. The heavier the club's head in relation to the butt, the heavier the swing weight.
- Make additions with small pieces of tape and then test your results. It's easier to add more tape than it is to remove the stuff and start all over again.