If you've ever had a club repaired or re-gripped at Hillcrest, you've probably met Bud Andersen. Hillcrest is one of the few places in Durango that offers full club repair, and Bud has been fixing clubs for 31 years.
Break your shaft? Bud can fix it. Need to tune your club's loft and lie? No problem. Clubs too long or short? We'll cut them down or add extensions.
Grips are the most common club repair done at Hillcrest. Many prefer regripping in the spring so the clubs don't sit on new grips all winter long. That said, end-of-season grips are common for anyone looking to use their golf shop credits.
As a general rule of thumb, you'll want to regrip your clubs once a year. Golfers who play less than once a week can probably get away with regripping every couple years. You'll know it's time to re-grip your clubs when they start to crack. If your grips feel slicker than they used to, that's also a good indicator. You can regrip your clubs for years—Bud often sees clubs that are 15 to 20 years old. That said, at a certain point, you may want to upgrade technology with a new set of clubs.
The best type of grip for you has a lot to do with personal preference. Each grip has a different level of padding, as some golfers prefer firm and others play better with soft grips. Oversized grips are ideal for anyone with large hands, but they may also be a good fit for people with arthritis or hand pain as they're easier to hold. Grip textures also vary from smooth to textured, and some are better suited for use in different weather conditions. You'll also want to consider if your hands sweat while golfing or you don't use a glove. A quick conversation with our Golf Shop employees might be enough to identify your best grip, but we can also do club fitting to help you find a good fit.
Club repair prices and timelines really depend on the type of repair. Grips are $3 per club, plus the cost of the grip. We carry juniors, ladies, men's standard, midsize, and oversize grips. If we don't have the grip you like in stock, we can order it for you. If we have everything in stock, a regrip can take as little as one day. Other repairs may take two to three days, depending on the repair.
The very best way to figure out if your clubs need repair, and what choice to make when repairing them, is to check in with the experts. So don’t be afraid to ask the next time you’re at the counter!