How To Regrip Your Own Golf Clubs
With regular use and exposure to sun, heat, and rain, the grips on a set of golf clubs can become damaged and worn. A worn grip might affect your play and game. Professional regripping gets expensive, but it is possible to regrip golf clubs yourself with just a few tools and supplies.
To regrip golf clubs, you will need:
- Utility knife
- Spray bottle full of solvent
- Towel or cloth
- Double-sided grip tape
Place the club in a vise two inches from the end of the grip and secure it. Use caution not to set the vise too tight. That causes damage to the golf club shaft.
Slice the old grip lengthwise from one end to the other using a utility knife. Use moderate pressure to avoid cutting into the surface of the composite shaft under the grip. Remove the club from the vise. Peel or scrape off the adhesive tape on the shaft using a utility knife. Use a towel or cloth and solvent to wipe the shaft clean of remaining adhesive.
Place the golf club in the vise. Measure the length of the grip and cut a piece of double-sided grip tape to size. Place the double-sided grip tape on the end of the golf club, leaving ¼ inch overhang at the shaft end. Peel the tape backing off and smooth the tape until it is wrinkle free on the shaft. Fold the overhang until it covers the raw end of the shaft.
Cover the hole in the end of the new grip with your finger. Working over a plastic-lined garbage can, spray a generous amount of solvent inside the new grip. Cover the other end of the grip with your finger and shake the grip back and forth to distribute the solvent evenly. Hold the grip upright over the double-sided tape on the club, remove your finger from the hole in the back of the grip, and let the solvent run out to cover the double-sided tape.
Align the grip design with the club face. Tilt the grip slightly, and as quickly as possible, push the grip onto the shaft using thumb pressure to guide it. Feeding the grip onto the shaft may take a little maneuvering. The end of the grip should be seated flush against the end of the shaft. Remove the golf club from the vise. Use a cloth or towel and solvent to clean off excess adhesive. Lean the club upright and let it set overnight.
Solvents used for regripping golf clubs can be WD40, mineral spirits, and paint thinner.
Use solvents in a well ventilated area away from any open flame.
Wear safety glasses when spraying solvent.