How to Take Off a Golf Club Grip

By J.D. Chi
Worn grips can become slippery in wet conditions.
Worn grips can become slippery in wet conditions.

Removing a grip from a golf club is simple but can be messy. Grips should be changed every six to 18 months, depending on how often clubs are used and the weather in which they are used. Grips should be removed and changed when they become shiny or bald.

Removal

Place club in the vice guard and vice, if available. If no vice is available, hold the club firmly with one hand with the butt end of the club facing away from the body. Hook the utility knife under the grip and cut away from the body. Cut slowly to ensure a clean cut. Be careful not to nick the shaft, particularly if it is graphite.

Peel back the grip from cut and remove from the shaft. Remove the old grip tape with a tape scraper. Use the scraper carefully to avoid nicking the shaft and scrape away from the body.

Remaining tape residue may be removed by using solvent, such as lighter fluid or paint thinner. You may pour the solvent directly onto the residue and wipe with a rag or dip the rag in the solvent and wipe the shaft.

Rinse shaft with mild, soapy water and dry completely. The shaft is now ready for a new grip.

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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