Instructions on Regripping Golf Clubs

By M.L. Rose
Pro golfers such as Michelle Wie typically regrip their clubs regularly.
Pro golfers such as Michelle Wie typically regrip their clubs regularly.

Knowing how to regrip a golf club is a handy skill for a do-it-yourselfer who plays golf. If you play often enough, your grips will wear out, become damaged or just lose their feel. Some tour professionals change their grips several times each year, but you may not have to replace them that often. How frequently you play and where you store your clubs affect how long your grips last.

Place the club's shaft into a rubber shaft clamp, a few inches below the grip. Insert the clamp into a standard vise. Make sure the clubhead's toe is pointing up, with the clubface square relative to the vise. Secure the club in the vise.

Place a tub or paint tray on the floor underneath the grip.

Insert the hook blade under the grip's hollow end and slice upward toward the butt end. Grasp the sliced grip and pull it off the shaft.

Remove the tape beneath the grip by hand, or with a utility knife (steel shaft) or plastic-edged scraper (graphite shaft). If the tape is difficult to remove, heat it with a hair dryer or heat gun. Apply mineral spirits with a washcloth or clean rag to remove any remaining residue, and then dry the club thoroughly with a towel or a dry cloth.

Measure a piece of new, double-sided grip tape. Make sure the tape is long enough to cover the entire grip area, add an extra 1/2 inch, then cut the tape off the roll.

Fasten the tape to the shaft. Place one short edge at the bottom of the grip area, so the extra 1/2 inch of tape overlaps the butt end of the shaft. Remove the tape's peel-off layer, then smooth the tape around the shaft so the entire grip area is covered. Pinch the overlapped tape together and fold it into the hollow end of the shaft.

Cover the ventilation hole in the new grip’s butt end with your finger, or stick a tee in to plug the hole. Pour a small amount of mineral spirits or a similar liquid activator into the new grip. Use enough liquid to fill about half-inch of the grip. Place your thumb over the grip's open end, then shake the grip so the inside is completely covered with fluid.

Pour all the spirits out of the grip and over the tape you placed on the club, allowing the excess to drain into the tub or tray.

Squeeze the grip’s open end and work the grip onto the butt end of the shaft. After starting the grip, push it all the way down in one motion so the butt cap is flush against the end of the shaft. Look at the grip’s alignment aids (typically small notches at the top and bottom of the grip), which should be square to the clubface, then make any necessary adjustments.

Remove the club from the vise immediately and place it on the ground. Hold it as you normally would and take another look at the grip's logo or alignment aids. Again, make any necessary adjustments so the alignment aids are square to the clubface. You have about two minutes after slipping the grip onto the club to make all of your adjustments. Once the grip is aligned, don't touch the grip. Set the club aside, leaning it against a wall or table, for at least 30 minutes.

About the Author

M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. He has contributed to a variety of national and local publications, specializing in sports writing. Rose holds a B.A. in communications.

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