A Step By Step Guide To Re-Gripping Your Golf Clubs
With a few simple instructions re-gripping is a relatively simple task to do yourself, and is a task which is often forgotten about. Did you know that worn grips can lead to errant shots and higher scores, or that the golfer who plays once a week should be re-gripping their clubs once a year, where as the more frequent golfer should re-grip up to 2-3 times a year.
Preparation & tools required
- New set of grips
- Stanley/Utility knife preferably with a hooked blade (Prevents cutting into a graphite shaft)
- Double sided grip tape (either ¾” tape or the wider 2” tape)
- Grip solvent or regular white spirits
- A vice clamp for securing your clubs
Removing your old grip
Make sure to cut away from your body and having the club secured in a vice, use a Stanley knife with a hooked blade, (ideal for graphite and steel shafts), to cut, starting at the lip, along the length of the grip. Peel the cut grip off of the shaft and make sure and scrape all of the old tape from the shaft.
Taping the shaft
If using the ¾” tape, wrap the tape in a spiral motion around the shaft without overlapping and making sure to not go down the shaft further than the end of the new grip and extending about a ½” past the end of the shaft. Now peel the backing paper from the tape and twist the end of the tape and insert it into the end of the shaft, to prevent solvent entering the shaft.
If using the 2” tape, apply a strip of tape lengthwise along the shaft, beginning where the grip ends and extending ½” beyond the butt end of the shaft. Remove the paper backing, wrap the tape around the shaft, and twist the end of the tape and push it inside the shaft.
The new grip
Cover the vent hole of the grip with either your finger or a golf tee and pour solvent/white spirits into the grip. Pour the solvent from the grip over the tape on the shaft, wetting it thoroughly, and then quickly push the grip onto the shaft and slide the grip on with a smooth motion until you feel the shaft butt up against the end of the grip. You may need to pinch the end of the grip to open the mouth up wide enough to push onto the shaft.
Lastly remove club from vice and set the up in the normal playing position and make sure that the grip is on straight. If there are any alignment lines or marks on the front of the grip, make sure they are rotated towards the front. Twist the grips to achieve the desired alignment.
Allow about 10 hours for the grips to dry before using.