As a golfer, learning how to regrip golf clubs is really valuable. While you might not think it, worn out grips can cost you precious shots, especially in damp and wet conditions.
Cleaning them often will help, but they do have a lifespan, and will eventually need replacing. However, for those who carry the full allotment of 14 clubs in their bag, cost can often be a major deterrent.
Do you go for a new set of grips or that new wedge you’ve had your eyes on? All too often it will go the way of the wedge. But changing a golf grip is easier than many golfers imagine.
There will no doubt be subtle variations from pro shop to pro shop, but the basics haven’t changed much over the years.
How To Regrip Golf Clubs Yourself
You will need the following…
- New grips
- Double-sided tape
- White Spirit
- A sharp Stanley knife or similar
- A cloth
- A receptacle as long as a grip
- A vice with shaft protector
Step 1: Remove the old grips
First, cut or peel off the old grips, which may or may not be straightforward depending on how long they’ve been on.
With steel shafts you can be relatively ‘aggressive’ with the knife, always making sure to work the blade away from you not towards you. (You may find it easiest to do this with the club secured in the vice.)
With graphite shafts, you must proceed more carefully to avoid damaging them. Ideally when cutting grips from a graphite shaft you should use a hook blade on your knife as opposed to a flat blade. This will prevent cutting into the graphite fibres.
Next you need to remove the old grip tape to prevent lumps and bumps forming underneath your new grip. If you’re lucky, a careful incision at the narrower end of the grip may allow you to peel off easily, but sometimes it will be a painstaking process that you have to carefully repeat as you pick off all the remnants of old grip and tape. It can be useful here to heat the old grip tape gently with a heat gun. This softens the adhesive and makes peeling tape off a lot easier. Take care not to overheat graphite shafts however.
Dab the cloth in White Spirit and rub it up and down the shaft where the old grip was to clean off the final bits.
Step 2: Preparation