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How to Regrip Golf Clubs - A Step-By-Step Guide

Last updated: May 8, 2022
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Rain, perspiration, heat, and dirt all wear down grips over time. Changing your grips periodically is a cost-effective approach to maintaining your equipment and can help you achieve more consistency and control with your shots.

As a golfer, understanding how to regrip golf clubs is beneficial. While you may not believe it, an out-of-date or worn-out piece of equipment might cost you valuable shots, especially in rainy or wet weather. While cleaning them frequently will assist, they do have a limited lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced.

For those who carry the entire 14-club set in their bag, the cost is frequently a significant factor.

8 Steps to Regrip Golf Clubs

Mile High Life Standard Golf Club Grips on white background
Mile High Life Standard Golf Club Grips. Source

When it comes to purchasing some tacky new amazing grips for your golf clubs, you have two alternatives. You can do it yourself or hire someone else to do it for you (for example, a golf professional). If you don't have a lot of space or aren't the most dexterous golfer, you’d pay the $4-$8 for each club and leave it to the professionals.

However, if you're a handyman golfer or looking to save some money, doing it yourself is entirely possible. Before you begin, ensure that you have the necessary equipment and at least 60-120 minutes to regrip the full set.

Step 1. Prepare your supplies. 

Regripping kits, box cutter, grip tape, and new grip on white background
Regripping kits, box cutter, grip tape, and new grip. Source

New Grip

Clearly, the most critical item you require is the new grips you're installing. If you're new to this and haven't done so before, we always recommend purchasing a few extra grips. This will assist you in the event that something goes wrong and you are forced to cut a grip off due to improper placement on the shaft.

The last thing you want is for a few clubs to have mismatched grips due to an error. Spend the additional funds and keep in mind that you can always use them in the future if they are not required.

Grip Tape

The sort of grip tape you require is determined by the solvent you intend to use. If you're going to use water, you'll need water-absorbent tape. If you're going to use paint thinner, WD-40, or another type of grip solvent, you'll need double-sided adhesive tape.

Box Cutter 

You'll need something to sever the old grip. A standard box cutter works well. However, we propose using a golf club grip remover for added convenience.

Golf Club Regripping Kit 

If you don't have all of the supplies on hand, simply get a golf club regripping kit from Amazon to simplify this procedure. It includes practically everything you need to get started and is really affordable. It comes equipped with a grip solvent, fifteen tape strips, and a rubber vise clamp.

Step 2. Remove Your Old Grips.

Remove the old grip using a straight blade or stripper. Always maintain a safe distance from yourself. Position the cut away from your body. Remove the old grip and grip tape by peeling or scraping. Remove any residue with a towel and Mineral Spirits Grip Solvent.

Avoid damaging graphite shafts by using a utility knife with a hook blade.

Step 3. Remove the Old Tape

After completely removing the old grip, you'll want to begin the exciting task of removing the old tape. One common inquiry is whether you could simply stack the fresh tape on top of the old. While this may appear to be an acceptable option (to save time), we nevertheless advocate removing all of the old tapes.

Fair warning: Leaving the old tape on may result in the new tape not adhering correctly to the old tape. It may result in unwelcome bulges in your grip. Most significantly, you'll end up with additional layers of tape, leading to an increase in the grip's diameter, which may not be desirable.

Step 4. Measure the New Tape

After completely removing the grip and tape from the shaft, we can prepare the new tape. If you're using a roll of tape, pull it out and cut the length you'll need. Generally, the length of tape can be equivalent to the length of the grip. If you are using pre-cut tape strips, proceed to step 5.

Bear in mind that it is acceptable if the tape strip is up to 1" shorter than the grip itself. There will still be sufficient tape surface area to secure the grip to the shaft.

Step 5. Apply the Tape

After preparing the fresh tape and removing the wax backing, align the tape lengthwise along the shaft, leaving about 1/4" to 1/2" sticking out of the shaft's butt end.

The tape is designed to be sticky on both sides. As a result, you'll need to remove the tape's wax paper backing. If you're working with pre-cut tape strips, remember to remove both sides of the wax paper.

Fair reminder: It's worth remembering that out of every 100 re-grips, there will always be one or two instances where someone forgets to remove the double-sided tape's wax backing. Tragic, because once placed, the grips are rendered inoperable.

Circumferentially wrap the tape around the shaft. Then, twist and tuck the excess tape dangling from the end into the shaft butt.

Tucking the tape in does three things. To begin, it enables adequate sealing and stickiness at the grip's butt end. Second, this keeps solvent out of the shaft. Thirdly (and most critically), it protects the grip from being sliced or damaged by the sharp edge of the shaft when it slides onto it. 

Alert: If you do not twist and tuck the tape into the shaft's butt end, you risk cutting through the grip material during installation, resulting in damage to the grip.

Step 6. Coat the inside of the Grip with Solvent

Spray the shaft thoroughly with grip solvent or mineral spirits, ensuring that all of the tapes are covered and wet. Then, while holding your forefinger on the grip's cap to prevent solvent from escaping, pour some additional solvent into the grip. 

With your other hand, cover the opposite opening of the grip and shake the solvent inside the grip to completely coat the inside surface.

Remove the grip cap and allow any remaining solvent to re-coat the grip tape.

Gentle Reminder: Using insufficient solvent makes it extremely difficult to press the grip onto the shaft and may result in the grip becoming stuck halfway.

Step 7: Apply the New Grip. 

Vise Method

If you have a vise at home, I strongly advise you to use it. You'll gain significantly greater leverage, which will make it easier to fully retract the grip into its appropriate position. Simply place the rubber insert from the grip kit in the vise and tighten it sufficiently to prevent the club from moving when you apply force to fully depress the grip.

Once the grip is totally tight, you can make minor changes at the last moment. Some individuals like that the logo is correctly aligned on the grip, and you can adjust the position with your fingertips before the grip begins to set.

Additionally, you can tap the grip's butt end on the floor and apply pressure from the top to ensure that it is completely secured to the club's end and that there is no space between the shaft's end and the grip's butt end.

The video (50 seconds) below demonstrates the Vise Method of the regripping golf clubs.

Non-Vise Method

If you're not going to use a vise, you'll need to wedge the club between your feet on the ground. One word of warning — you must exercise caution when applying force to the shaft. You don't want it to flex excessively, as this could result in a snap.

The video (51 seconds) below demonstrates the Non-Vise Method of the regripping golf clubs.

Step 8: Clean it Up and Let it Set

Once the grips are installed, it's tempting to take your clubs out for play. We strongly advise, however, that you wait at least six hours after regripping. The solvent must cure entirely, and you should store the clubs in a dry, cool location during this period.

Golf Grip Cleaning

After replacing your grips, it's important to keep them clean. 

Regular cleaning results in increased performance and service life. Historically, black grips frequently disguise soiling. Today's vibrant grips call attention to dirt and grime, which is a good thing. Players with vibrant grips may be more willing to clean them to keep them looking good.

It is prudent to clean your golf grips on a regular basis in all instances. Alternatively, you can use grip cleaning wipes or a huge pail of warm water. For corded or rubber grips, use a soft-bristled brush; for softer grips, use a washcloth. Rinse each grip with clean water after washing.

Apart from cleaning your golf grips, learn more about maintaining your golf clubs here.

How Often Should You Regrip?

There is no hard and fast rule about the frequency with which you should regrip your clubs, as each golfer is unique. It is dependent on a multitude of factors, including how frequently you train, how frequently you play, the grip style you utilize, and the conditions in which you play.

We recommend that you regrip every 3-6 months if you're a frequent golfer, and every 6-12 months if you're a weekend warrior. If you play only a few times a year, you generally don't need to do it more frequently than every few years.

One approach to extend the life of your grips is to use grip cleaning wipes once a month to keep them clean and oil-free. These are particularly beneficial if you're playing in hot or humid weather and perspiring during the round. Cleaning golf grips should be included on your checklist for routine club maintenance.

Why Regrip?

Regripping your golf clubs is an excellent approach to save money while maintaining the effectiveness of your grips.  If you're using the incorrect grip size, either too large or too little, it might have a detrimental effect on your game. The incorrect grip can reduce your score by two to five strokes every round!

How to Choose Golf Grips 

Different types of grips on white background
Different types of grips. Source

Changing your grips is a critical decision since it is your direct connection from your body to the club.

The golf swing is a deceptively complicated movement. Each minor flaw accumulates, so why not start with the simplest ones? It all begins with learning how to choose golf grips.

The golf grip has improved significantly throughout the years, and now incorporates a great deal of technology. The fundamental goal of the grip is to keep your hands relaxed and stable while still being able to grip the club tightly enough to execute the golf swing optimally. To accomplish this, a number of issues must be worked out first.

Types of Golf Grips

Over 20% of the top 100 PGA Tour professionals use full cord grips, while another 20% choose hybrid grips with a cord upper section and a standard rubber lower section. The majority of the top 100 players, just over 50%, prefer non-cord grips, with Golf Pride's Tour Velvet grip being the most popular [1]. 

Wrapped

Genuine leather-encased grips continue to be popular. Manufacturers, however, also utilize synthetic materials that have been molded into a wrapped shape. Synthetic materials are frequently more resistant to extremes of temperature and humidity.

The wrap grip will feature natural indentations that aid in gripping.

Wrap grips are more similar to rubber grips than cord grips and can provide a great deal of comfort when gripping and swinging the club.

Rubber

Rubber grips are the most frequently used, in part because they are the least expensive. Many sets of clubs offered to average players include rubber grips as standard. Numerous golfers like the grip stability provided by high-quality rubber grips.

However, we recommend that you avoid a rubber golf grip if you do not want to sacrifice comfort for playability. It is less maneuverable and so not a good choice for professional players. Silicon and elastomer are popular rubber substitutes. 

Hybrid

To a certain extent, the fingers and palm of your hand have distinct needs. Hybrid golf grips address this issue by combining a strong cord upper with a soft rubber below for comfort. A hybrid golf grip is a two-material grip that is meant to provide each hand with a unique yet optimal feel during the golf swing, assisting you in achieving perfect balance, speed, and accuracy.

Corded

Coarse, corded grips provide the necessary traction control in inclement weather. They wick moisture away through the cord gaps. Corded grips are frequently preferred by golfers who play in rainy or hot, humid circumstances. 

These grips are frequently used by players with powerful swings and who create high swing speeds.

Size

The grip size debate rages on. Smaller golf grips, according to old school players, encourage wrist movement, resulting in a hook. Larger golf grips are supposed to encourage a fade in the ball's trajectory, but contrary to popular belief, they actually promote the reverse. 

Golfers who suffer from arthritis may prefer larger grips, according to a group that advocates for larger grips. Bryson DeChambeau, the US Open champion, and PGA TOUR Pro is the opposite of that claim, as he has no signs of arthritis and uses bigger club grips throughout his bag.

Bryson Dechambeau playing golf
Bryson Dechambeau playing golf. Source

Flipping the club around and taking your grip near the clubhead on the shaft is an easy way to understand the impact of a larger grip. It takes more effort and pressure to secure a firm grasp on this portion of the shaft. Even if it causes some discomfort, it's worth it.

It's time to get back to using your regular grip on the club. Take note of how much simpler it is to maintain control of the club when using a lighter grip. With each of the four sizes of SuperStroke club grips, you'll notice that the thicker the grip diameter, the easier it is to keep "silent" wrists while playing. More consistent and straight your shots will be if your wrists are less likely to roll.

Trial and error is the only way to determine which club grip size is best for you. Gripping the club differently can have a profound effect on a golfer's swing. In many cases, it doesn't even require a swing to convince a golfer to give up on a larger (or smaller) grip size; the unfamiliarity is enough to accomplish the trick.

Swing weight is another consideration when experimenting with different sizes. The club head's feel can be altered if the handle is heavier.

Firmness

In general, the faster the swing, the more torsion control is required. Even when combined with the reduced grip pressure normally chosen by better players, a tight grip provides stability.

At greater swing rates, a soft grip may result in excessive torque. Those with slower swing speeds and/or less hand strength, on the other hand, may choose softer, tacky grips. Torsion control is less of a concern for them.

With the incorrect grip, you may unknowingly utilize an excessively hard grip. You're compensating for the lack of stability in your swing by using a grip that is excessively soft.

Texture

While grip size, taper, and material composition are predominantly binary choices, the way your club grip feels becomes a multiple-choice exercise. All of these factors come into play: cord, patterns, alignment ridges, wraps, and tackiness.

What is the finest advice? Once you've determined the appropriate size and material construction, get your hands on the grips and allow the texture to speak for itself.

Sergio Garcia and other pros prefer the SuperStroke S-Tech Cord club grip for its feedback, control, and all-weather traction. Players who play gloveless frequently prefer the tacky feel of wrap designs, such as the SuperStroke Soft Wrap TC club grip. Others would not consider playing without the reassurance provided by the SuperStroke Traxion Tour's slight alignment ridge.

Prevailing weather

Golfers who frequently play in rainy or humid conditions may like a corded grip's abrasive texture. If you've ever seen a club fly from a player's hands upon impact, you understand the critical nature of a sticky and/or rough grip. Any movement made throughout the swing has the potential to swiftly derail the shot.

However, some players find the texture of a corded grip to be too harsh on their hands, especially if they grip the club tightly. Certain plastic and polymer grips become slippery when wet. Smooth grips may require the use of a tack spray on occasion.

Final Thoughts

Previously, having your golf clubs regripped was an unusually expensive process in addition to the cost of the new grips. Thankfully, the going charge for this service has decreased at a number of stores, but that does not mean you should avoid learning how to regrip a golf club yourself. 

Not only can learning to regrip your clubs save you money, but it also ensures that your grips are always put just how you like them. 


References:

  1. What Golf Grips Do the Pros Use? Top 100 PGA Tour Player Guide. Golfing Focus. Retrieved from https://golfingfocus.com/what-golf-grips-do-the-pros-use-top-100-pga-tour-player-guide/

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