How to Regrip Your Golf Clubs
A good grip is essential for a good golf swing. If the grip on your club is old and worn, it's time to replace it. Experts recommend that golfers who play regularly should change their grips at least once per year. It's easy and economical to change your own grips.
Things You'll Need
- New grips
- Utility knife
- Double sided tape
- Grip solvent (Turpentine or White Spirit)
- Bench vice with rubber golf shaft insert
- Rags or paper towels
- Drip tray
Slice down the length of the old grip with the utility knife in a couple of places. Peel back a strip of the grip to the butt end to loosen it so you can peel off the entire grip. Peel off the old tape under the grip. If the tape is too old and dried out to peel, you can gently heat it with a heat gun or propane torch to soften the adhesive. Remove any final traces of adhesive with a little grip solvent on a rag.
Clamp the club in the vice, with the club head point straight up. Using the new grip as a guide, mark the shaft slightly above where the grip will end. This will ensure that no tape shows below the grip. Attach the grip tape, starting at this mark and ending about 1/8 inch beyond the butt end. Remove the protective backing from the tape and tuck the edge into the butt end of the shaft. If you are using 1-inch grip tape, wrap it in a spiral around the shaft.
Place the drip tray under the taped shaft. Cover the small hole in the butt end of the new grip with your finger (or a golf tee) and pour a small amount (2 to 3 tablespoons) of grip solvent into the grip. Cover the other end of the grip and slosh the solvent around to completely coat the inside of the grip. Carefully pour the solvent from the grip onto the taped shaft. Start at the butt end and try to cover the entire length of the tape. If you run out of solvent an inch or so before the end it's not critical, as sliding the grip on will push excess solvent down the grip.
Take note of any logos or positioning marks on the grip, and orient it in the correct position. Slide the mouth of the grip onto the end of the shaft. You may find it helpful to slide it on at an angle to easily stretch the mouth open. In one smooth movement, slide the grip down the shaft firmly until you feel it hit the butt end of the grip. Looking down the shaft to the club head, make any final adjustments to the grip so it is positioned perfectly on the shaft. Wipe up any excess grip solvent with a rag or paper towel and let the grip dry for an hour or so before using it.
Tips & Warnings
· Grip solvent can be recycled; the solvent in the drip pan can be poured back into the bottle to use again.
· Grip solvent is highly flammable and should be used in a well-ventilated place.