Removing Golf Grips

By Michael Joseph
A few common tools allow golfers to easily replace grips themselves.
A few common tools allow golfers to easily replace grips themselves.

When it is time to change your grips, you can save a lot of money by regripping them yourself. Changing grips is easy once you get the hang of it. The first thing you have to do is remove the old grips. Below are the steps to removing the grips.

Removing Golf Grips

Place the golf club in a vise or hold the club by the shaft with your arm pinning the club to your body. If you are using a vise, use a shaft vise clamp so you don't damage the shaft. These can be purchased at your local golf store.

Slip the utility knife's hook blade under the opening of the grip. With a firm and fluid motion slice the grip length-wise all the way up to the butt end of the grip. Always cut away from yourself and not toward anyone else.

The thick rubber at the butt end of the club does not always cut through. Just peel the grip from the opening to the end and pull the grip off the club.

Use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat the old tape. If the tape is not too old it should peel off pretty easily. Otherwise you have to pick and scrape it off. Be careful scraping if it is a graphite shaft, or it will scratch.

The tape will leave a residue on the shaft which can be removed by paint thinner, mineral spirits or any adhesive remover like Goof-Off. Put the liquid on a paper towel and briskly rub the sticky areas.

About the Author

Michael Joseph is a golf industry professional in New Jersey. He has worked as a golf professional, instructor, and clubmaker. Joseph's education includes a degree in golf operations management and a certification in club-fitting from The Golf Academy of America (formally the San Diego Golf Academy). Joseph shares his golf experience and knowledge with others by writing articles for Demand Media Studios and Golflink.com.

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