Installing Golf Club Grips

By J.D. Chi
Grips should be replaced every 6 to 18 months to keep clubs in good conditions.
Grips should be replaced every 6 to 18 months to keep clubs in good conditions.

Installing new grips on your golf clubs is a relatively easy, though time-consuming, activity. Learning how to replace your own grips will save you money and allow you to keep your clubs in top condition. Regripping your clubs on a regular basis will also insure that your clubs will not slip out of your hand. Grips may need to be replaced as often as every six months for avid golfers.

Removal

Remove your old grips before installing new ones. Cut the old grip off by hooking the utility knife under the grip and cutting. Draw the knife away from body and do this slowly to insure a good cut. Be careful not to nick the shaft, particularly if it is graphite. Peel off the grip.

Remove the old tape by scraping with the tape scraper and peeling. Securing the shaft in a vise, if available, may make the scraping and peeling easier.

Remove any remaining residue once most of the grip tape has been removed. Either dip a rag in solvent, such as paint thinner or lighter fluid, and wipe the shaft or pour solvent directly onto the shaft and wipe the residue away.

Installation

Clean and dry the shaft before beginning installation. If a vise is available, mount the shaft into the vise parallel to the floor, making sure to wrap the shaft in a soft cloth or set it in a rubber vise guard to avoid scratching.

Measure the distance from the top of the shaft to where the grip will end, and wrap double-sided tape around shaft from the end point to the butt of the shaft. Do not overlap the tape, and leave a small amount (a half-inch) over the butt of the shaft.

Remove the tape backing, and tuck the extra tape at the butt of the shaft into the hole in the shaft.

Place a rag or bucket beneath the shaft. Put a tee into the hole at the top of the new grip and then pour solvent into the grip. Position the grip so that any wording or decoration is in alignment with the clubhead, and immediately slide the grip over the grip tape until the butt of the shaft hits the top of the grip.

Use a clean cloth to wipe down the grip and club; then hold the club in typical playing position to make sure that alignment is correct. Twist the grip to get the desired alignment. Set the club in standing position and let dry for at least 12 hours.

About the Author

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.

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