Golf is an exciting sport. However, it requires a lot of personal equipment for you to play the game. If any of this equipment is bad or doesn’t suit you perfectly, you won’t be able to play effectively, and your results are bound to fall below expectation. One of the most important equipment that are utilized in golf is the golf club. The golf club is directly responsible for your ball speed and distance covered. If any part of the golf club is faulty or uncomfortable for you, you would have to either replace the golf club entirely or fix the problem. One part of the golf club that happens to need regular maintenance is the golf grip. This is because the golf grip is the only part of the golf club that comes in direct contact with our hands and body in general. If you buy a new golf club, the golf grips might not be perfectly suited for you, and if you have been using the golf club for a while, then you might need to change it due to wear and tear. This process can be done by professionals who would charge you a small fee for their service. However, if you want to learn how to do it yourself, then the practical steps outlined in this article will guide you. Enjoy!
How to regrip your golf club in 7 simple steps
You can easily regrip your golf club by following these simple steps below. However, you have to gather the necessary materials before you begin the process. These materials include new grips, a utility knife, a deactivating grip solvent, a clean cloth and a double-sided adhesive grip tape. It is important to have all these materials before you start and it would also help f you got extra grip tapes, grips and solvent.
1. Determine the best golf grip for you
There are four categories of golf grips; rubber grips, wrapped grips, corded grips and hybrid grips. Rubber grips are the most common grips because they are affordable. They offer the basic firmness that most golfers describe as comfortable. The wrapped grips are wrapped in leather or synthetic materials. They are also comfortable, and they are not affected by weather extremes. Corded grips are for players that play in wet or hot conditions. The cords are designed to suck the moisture out of your hands. Hybrid grips are a combination of the corded and rubber grips. Once you know which grip is right for you, then you can decide on the size and firmness of the grip.
2. Clear out a workspace
Once you already know the golf grip you want and you have the necessary materials, it is time to get to work. It would help if you cleared out a workspace outdoors because you want to do this in a large, well-ventilated space. Another reason is because of the solvent. If you are using water, then that is good. However, if you are using a paint thinner or a WD-40, you should know that they are highly flammable and carrying out the process in an enclosed environment can be counter-productive.
3. Cut out the old grips
The next step is to cut out the old grip. The best way to do this is to point the clubhead towards the ground and carefully use your utility knife to slice through the grip. When doing this, make sure that the knife is pointing away from you. If it is pointed towards you, it can easily slip off the golf club and injure you in the process. Also, you have to make sure that the knife is not cutting through the club shaft.
4. Scrape out the old grip tapes
After cutting out the grips, the old grip tape residue will still be on the golf club. You have to scrape it out so that you won’t get your sizing wrong and your new grip tapes can stay firmly on the golf club. Before you start scraping it off, you should use the solvent on it so that the process can be easier. When you begin the scrapping, be gentle on the shaft so you won’t damage it unintentionally.
5. Apply grip tapes
Once you have cut out all the old grips and scraped out the old grip tapes, you will then apply new grip tapes. You have to be mathematical at this point because the size of the tape used will determine the size of the grip. If you use too much tape, you will have a bigger grip and vice versa.
6. Apply solvent on the new grip
The next step is to apply a solvent on the grip. Before you begin this process, make sure you have enough solvent because if you don’t, the grips might not slide in as anticipated and you would have to cut it away. The solvent should be poured inside the grip while your covering the bottom with your hand. You should then swish the solvent around the grip and make sure that the solvent touches every part of the inner grip. You should then apply some of the solvent on the tape itself. Once you are done with this, you move on the last and most important step.
7. Add new grips
While the grip and the grip tape are still wet and slippery, you need to move fast because you have a short time before the grip is no longer slippery. You need to position the shaft comfortably and then slide the grip down quickly. If it gets stuck at any point, then you might need to repeat this entire process, so you have to be very careful. Once this is successfully done, allow the golf clubs to dry and use a dry cloth to clean up any residue solvent on the shaft
After you have successfully regripped your golf clubs, you would notice an improvement in your performance, and you would be more comfortable playing with your golf equipment. This article has outlined practical steps that you can use to achieve the perfect golf grip. All you have to do now is follow the instructions and dominate when next you step on the golf course. Enjoy!