How to Install Winn Slip-On Grips

By Bill Herrfeldt

It's just amazing. A golfer will invest $1,000 or more in a set of clubs, and then he'll start shopping for new ones because the grips are no longer to his liking. But installing a new set of grips is easy, particularly if they're new Winn slip-on grips, which are available in a variety of styles. Winn slip-on grips are arguably the finest ones available to all golfers, regardless of ability.

Put each of your clubs carefully in a vise, being sure to protect them with a piece of rubber or a small towel to keep the vise from marring your shafts. Cut the length of the grip with a sharp knife, then peel it off of the club.

Remove the double-sided tape from the shaft with a putty knife until you are down to the graphite or steel. Be careful if the shaft is made of graphite, because it can be easily damaged. Remove the remaining grip material with hot, soapy water, and dry with a towel. If there is still some residue left from your old grips, apply grip solvent to the shaft, then thoroughly dry it.

Apply new double-sided tape to your shaft. It should be about 2 inches wide. Remove from the roll a piece that is about 1 inch longer than the grip you are about to install, center it on the shaft, and wrap it so that it meets on the bottom part of the shaft. Make sure the extra tape extends past the butt of the shaft and tuck it inside the shaft.

Pour about ΒΌ cup of the grip solvent into the new grip, then swirl it carefully to make sure that all of the inside of the grip is wet with the solvent. Pour the remaining solvent on the double-sided tape, making sure that all of the tape is wet. If not, pour a little of the grip solvent on it until it is soaked. Then slide the new grip onto the shaft and adjust it to your liking during the 10 to 15 minutes it will need to dry. While most solvents dry in less than a half hour, it is best to let your grips thoroughly dry overnight before you play with them.

About the Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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