Golf Club Grip Replacement

By J.D. Chi
The grip is important, as it's the golfer's only contact point with the club.
The grip is important, as it's the golfer's only contact point with the club.

Replacing grips on golf clubs is an easy, useful for skill for any golfer. Recreational golfers may wish to re-grip their clubs when the grip becomes shiny and/or smooth. For example, a grip needs to be replaced when it becomes "bald," much like a tire with worn treads. How often you play and in what kind of climate will dictate how often your grips should be changed. Recreational golfers who play once a week or less should re-grip clubs every 24 months, while those who play multiple times a week in a humid climate may want to re-grip every 6 to 12 months. Keeping clubs properly gripped is key to striking the ball well.

Remove Old Grip

Remove the old grip by hooking a utility knife under the grip and cutting away from the body. Be careful not to nick the shaft, particularly if it is graphite. Peel off the grip and scrape away any grip tape underneath. You can use solvent, such as paint thinner, to wipe off any remaining residue.

Install New Grip

Mount the shaft in a vice, measure the length of the grip, and mark the end point on the shaft. Wrap grip tape from the end point to the top of the shaft, and leave about a 1/2 inch of grip tape hanging over the butt of the shaft. Remove tape backing and tuck this tape in. Place a bucket under the shaft. Put a tee into the hole at the end of the new grip and pour solvent into the grip. Then, slide the grip into place, adjusting the markings or wording on the grip to line up properly on the shaft.

Ready to Use

Once the grip is installed, wipe down your club and store it in a standing position for at least 12 hours before use.

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