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Steve Eskey, Assistant Golf Professional

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Eskey Steve H-12-MS 5452_Steve is in his 12th season as an Assistant Golf Professional at Penn State Golf Courses.

His teaching experience includes private and group lessons, clinics, and junior golf instruction. Steve has a background in golf club repair as well as golf course operations. 





Steve's Golf Tips:

Get a Grip

 
A handshake with a powerful squeeze is considered admirable, however if you squeeze too much when you hold your golf club, your swing will probably be inconsistent. When you hold on to your club like it was the last shirt in your size at the Balloon Sale, you create unwanted tension in your hands, arms, and shoulders.
 
 One of the main reasons for gripping your clubs too tight is FEAR. Yes, that’s right. Fear you might not hit it straight, fear you might not make good contact with the ball, or that the club might twist or fly out of your hands if you don’t hang on tight enough. The first two phobias might best be corrected by a lesson with one of our professionals, but the solution to the last one might just be found in the palms of your hands.
 
Take a look at your clubs’ grips. If you haven’t changed your grips since most woods were really made of wood, you need to ask yourself the following questions. Are the grips showing any signs of age? Do they have any tears? Are any of the grooves on the grip worn out? Is the tip of the grip dry and cracking? Is there a worn spot where your right thumb goes? Are they as slick as North Atherton Street after an ice storm? If you can answer yes to any of these questions it might be time to have one of our staff inspect your clubs’ grips.
 
Having good grips on your clubs is essential. Remember that your club’s grip is the first and last connection you have to your equipment and more importantly, to the ball you’re striking. Having the confidence that your grips will perform properly will lead to a more relaxed, smooth swing. Your grips should be in good condition, showing no unusual signs of wear or age. They should have a slight to strong tacky feel. That means that when you rub your hand across the grip it should resist the motion, or feel like the grip is trying to “grab” at you.
 
Most experts recommend that you change your grips every year or two depending on how many rounds of golf you play. With the wide variety of grips available today, selecting the right one for your needs is as simple as stopping by the golf shop. This is a small investment to make that can pay large dividends. New grips will help to relieve some of the tension in your swing, increase your confidence level, and thus, your enjoyment of the game. Then you can save the strong-arming for the next Balloon Sale.    

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