Regripping golf clubs can help give you a much better connection with your clubs. Most players don’t regrip their golf clubs nearly as often as they should. If you know your grips are worn down or slippery, it’s time for a change.
Regripping golf clubs is something that most average golfers can do in their own garage. With the right supplies and a bit of knowledge, your golf clubs can feel brand new again.
How To Regrip Golf Clubs- Step by Step Process
Learning how to regrip golf clubs can save you quite a bit of money. This process is not hard and takes some basic tools and supplies to complete. We have put together a step-by-step process that will teach you the right way to regrip a golf club.
1) Prepare Supplies & Workspace
When you are regripping golf clubs, you will be working with mineral spirits and grip solvent. Things can sometimes get a bit messy, and we recommend doing this project in a garage or workshop. Besides purchasing the new Golf club grips that you would like to put on the golf clubs, you will need a few additional supplies.
Rubber Vise Clamp
Knife with Hook blade
Mineral spirits or grip solvent
Once you have your supplies and workspace prepared, you can move to the next step of removing your golf grip.
2) Grip Removal
The grip removal process will vary depending on if you are working with graphite shafts or steel shafts. If you have a graphite shaft, make sure you are very careful not to scratch or damage the shaft as you go through the grip removal process.
The last thing you want to do is cause a problem with the golf shaft while trying to put a new grip on it.
Place the golf club in your vise so that it is stable and secure. Use the rubber vice clamps to make sure that the shaft does not get damaged by the vice.
Once the club is secure, you can take the hook blade on your utility knife and make a small cut in the grip’s bottom.
Ensure that you are careful of where your hands are when doing this process so that you don’t hurt yourself. The small cut should allow you to peel the grip up and off the end of the shaft. You should not need to cut it all the way; simply get it started with the knife.
3) Prepare Golf Shaft
Once the old grip is off the end of the shaft, you will notice that the butt end of the club is likely covered in double-sided tape and potentially other debris from the grip. At this point, you will need to spend some time getting the golf shaft cleaned up.
You can use mineral spirits and a rag to get most of the tape off. If you are working with a steel shaft, sometimes a putty knife or scraper can help remove the old tape. The golf shaft needs to be prepared for the new grip before adding the new tape. If you leave an old tap on the end of the grip, it can make the new grip too thick.
Once the grip is clear, you can add a layer of double-sided tape on the shaft and remove the tape’s top layer. This will leave the sticky side of the tape exposed.
4) Slide Grip On & Adjust
The next part of this process needs to happen a bit quicker. Immediately after pouring the solvent on the double-sided tape, you will need to be ready to slide your grip on the butt end of the club.
Before sliding the grip on, put a bit of solvent into the grip of your club. Place your finger on the hole of the grip so that the solvent doesn’t pour out the bottom.
Pour this over the double-sided tape and then slide the grip on the best end of the club. Keeping a bucket under the vise helps to make sure that you catch all of the liquid that comes out when you slide the grip on.
Ensure that the grip is square, especially if it is a grip like the Golf Pride Align, or the grip has a ribbed back. You can move and slide the grip slightly for the first few seconds it is on the club.
Always make sure that the grip is pulled as far down as possible. Sometimes golfers leave their grips with space at the end of the grip, which will not work once you get out on the course.
5) Wait Before Playing
Now that you have everything completed, you need to wait for the solvent to dry completely before using your golf club. Some people will suggest waiting a few hours, but most recommend letting the grips sit overnight. By the morning, the clubs should be ready to be in the hands of a golfer.
These steps are the basic ways to put on a new set of golf grips at home. There are unique options that some golfers may try, but for the most part, this is the process most regripping facilities use.
If you play a lot of golf, it makes sense to change your grips twice or more per year. Knowing how to complete this process can help save money.
How Often Should I Replace My Golf Grips?
Once you go through the process of replacing your golf grips, you will be glad that you don’t have to do it again for a while. However, replacing your golf grips often can help you have much more control over the clubs. The extra tackiness gives you control over the clubs in your hands.
When golfers feel as though they have control, they will be able to lower the grip pressure in their hands. With lower grip pressure, you should be able to get more clubhead speed and distance as well. Essentially the more often you replace your grips, the better it is for your game.
The number of times you should replace your grips in a year depends on the amount of golf that you play. When you play three times a year, your grips will last for your years. However, playing four times per week is going to reduce the lifespan of your golf grips significantly.
Most serious players will replace every six months or so.
How Do I Know My Golf Grips Need To Be Changed?
When your golf grips start to feel slippery, they are going to need to be replaced. YOu will feel as though the grip can move in your hand, leading to mistakes on the course.
One of the best ways to test your golf grips and see if it is time for a replacement is to try hitting a few shots without a glove. If you feel that you can’t make a fast and powerful swing without the rubber of your glove, it’s time for a replacement.
Can You Wash Golf Grips?
Before putting on your new set of golf grips, it is a good idea to wash your current ones to see if they have any life left in them. The process of washing golf grips is not difficult, and it can end up saving you a bit of money if the grip comes back to life.
Take a bucket of warm soapy water and dip your grip into the water. Then you can use a soft bristle plastic brush to scrub the golf grip. If you happen to have a polymer grip and not a rubber grip, you won’t want to use the brush, instead use a microfiber cloth.
After scrubbing the grip for a few minutes, simply rinse it and let it sit out to dry. If the grip feels different after the fact, chances are you just had dirt and oil on the grip’s surface. This happens from being outside and from sunscreen as well.
Hopefully, this tutorial on how to replace your golf grips and decide when they need to be replaced has helped you make sure your clubs are in great condition for the upcoming season.
Golf grips are some of the most important accessories in the game, and make sure you get the proper feel and fit for your clubs is essential.