Do you want to learn how to regrip golf clubs on your own?
Regripping your golf clubs is a great way to save money and make sure your grips are as effective as ever. In one of our recent posts, we discussed the importance of grip size and the massive impact it can have on your scoring average.
If you’re playing the wrong size grips, whether too big or too small, it could really hurt your game. Depending on the study, the wrong grips can hurt your score by 2-5 strokes per round!
Learning how to regrip your own clubs isn’t that hard and it can save you a ton of money in the long run. Keep reading to learn the step-by-step instructions on how to regrip your golf clubs.
You have two options when it comes to getting some tacky new awesome grips for your golf clubs. You can do it at home or pay someone else (i.e. a golf professional) to do it for you. If you don’t have a ton of space or aren’t the handiest of golfers, I’d probably pay the $2-$4 per club and let the professionals take care of it.
But if you’re a handyman type of golfer and want to save some money, doing it yourself is very doable. Before you get started, make sure you have the supplies needed and 60-120 minutes to get the entire set regripped.
Obviously, the most important thing you need are the new grips you’re installing. If you’re brand new and haven’t done this in the past, I always recommend buying a few extra grips. This will help in case something goes wrong and you have to cut off a grip because you didn’t get it on the shaft correctly.
The last thing you want is to have a few clubs not have matching grips because something went wrong. Spend the extra money and remember you can always use them in the future if they aren’t needed.
If you need some help selecting the right grips, check out our review of the best golf grips.
The type of grip tape you need depends on the solvent you plan on using. If you’re using water, you need to have water absorbent tape. If you’re using paint thinner, WD-40 or traditional grip solvent, you need to buy double-sided adhesive tape.
You need to have something to cut the old grip off. A traditional box cutter works or I recommend using a golf club grip remover to make it super easy.
If you don’t have all the supplies lying around the house, just buy this golf club regripping kit on Amazon to make your life easier. It comes with almost everything you need to get started and is very cost effective. It includes grip solvent, 15 tape strips, and a rubber vise clamp.
The only thing not included is a knife, boxcutter or grip remover tool so make sure to pick one up. Now…the fun part!
Regripping your clubs can get a little messy so make sure that you have adequate space and good ventilation. You don’t want to do this in a tiny apartment or small space without a fan.
Also, make sure you wear some old clothes as some of the solvent can shoot out of the grip or wear an apron like a true fitting professional.
The easiest way to do this is to cut the grip off with one of the tools mentioned above. Make sure that you always cut away from you, never toward you. This ensures that you won’t cut yourself if the tool slips off the grip.
I recommend removing all grips first before moving on to the next steps. Batching the process will make it easier and much more time effective.
This step is kind of a pain but it’s necessary as you need to scrape off the old grip tape. Do not simply add a new strip of tape on top of the old one. This will make your grip thick and could really affect your grip and swing.
To remove the old grip tape, scrape across the entire shaft until all the tape is removed. To make it easier, you can also add some solvent, WD-40 or water which makes removing it less of a hassle. Also, if you’re regripping a graphite shaft, make sure that you are much more careful than steel to avoid damaging the shaft.
Now that your old grip and tape is removed, it’s time to add new grip tape. This is an important step as the amount of tape you use determines the size of the grip. If you have bigger hands, you want more tape and/or a bigger grip.
For the majority of amateur golfers, you don’t need to worry about adding a bunch of extra tape or applying more to one side or the other like pros. When applying the tape, make sure you have an inch to half-inch past the grip as you won’t need tape on the end of the grip.
Apply grip tape to each of the clubs you’re regripping and tuck any extra tape into the shaft or cut off entirely.
Alright, it’s the moment of truth.
This is the part where things can go wrong so make sure read it a few times. When it comes to adding new grips, you don’t have much room for error. If it goes on crooked or you can’t get it on all the way, you might have to cut it off entirely.
You can do it with or without a vise. Personally, I think a vise makes it a lot easier and having a grip adapter form the kit mentioned above will also help you out.
Start by applying the solvent inside the grip, make sure to use plenty as the last thing you want is not enough. Place your finger over the hole at the bottom and swish it around. Then, pour some of the solvent on the tape itself or spray extra as needed.
Important Tip: It’s better to have more solvent than not enough!
Lastly, slide the grip on fast and straight. It’s very hard to manipulate afterward so make sure you commit and get the grip all the way down the shaft.
If you aren’t using a vise, you will need to wedge the shaft between two objects so it won’t move. Again, if you’re a beginner, I highly recommend using a vise to make it much easier and save you a lot of frustration.
Once the grips are on, make sure to use a dry towel and remove any excess liquids. Lastly, let the grips dry entirely (usually several hours) to dry before testing out on the course!
Got more questions about regripping your golf clubs at home? Make sure to check some of the most commonly asked questions below to learn more.
There are tons of different substances you can use to regrip your golf clubs other than traditional grip solvent. Some of them include water, WD-40, air compressors, paint thinner, and rubber cement.
Here are the three most common solvents that you probably have around the house in case you run out of a traditional grip solvent.
You can also use water as long as you are using water-soluble tape. Simply pour water on the tape and inside the golf grip to make it adhesive.
Paint thinner or mineral spirits are much more cost friendly solutions than traditional grip solvent that you would purchase at a golf store.
Mineral spirits usually take longer to dry (roughly 2-3 hours) so make sure to not grip the clubs immediately after.
Also, it’s important to mention that these solutions are highly flammable and toxic if inhaled. Make sure you regrip your clubs in a ventilated area and never near an open flame.
Almost every household has a can of WD-40 lying around. This all-purpose lubricant works with double-sided tape or standard grip tape. Make sure to spray the tape and push the grip onto the shaft and adjust as needed.
Similarly to paint thinner, this takes a few hours to dry and is very flammable. If you get any of it on the outside of the grip, make sure to dry it off with a towel.
There is no hard and fast rule on how often you should regrip your clubs as every golfer is different. It depends on a variety of factors including how often you practice, how often you play, style of grip you use, and conditions you play in.
If you’re a frequent golfer, I’d recommend every 3-6 months while weekend warriors should do it every 6-12 months. If you’re only playing a few times a year, you probably don’t need to do it more than every few years.
One way to make your grips last longer is to use Lamkin grip cleaning wipes every month to keep your grips fresh and oil free. These are especially helpful if you play in hot or humid conditions and sweat during the round. Cleaning golf grips should be on your checklist for regular maintenance of your golf clubs.
While new grips are awesome, it’s not always cheaper to have it done at your local golf store. Grips themselves can range from $3-$10/piece depending on the brand. Then you need to pay for the supplies if you’re doing it or pay $2-$4 per club.
If you’re regripping your own clubs you need:
- Vice grip
- Box cutter
- The new grips
- Grip solvent or a substitute
- Grip tape or double sided tape
While you can regrip your clubs without a vice grip, this makes it much easier and safer.
At this point, you have everything you need to regrip your own golf clubs. Remember, this can save you a lot of money in the long run but will take 1-2 hours to complete. It really just depends if you want to spend an extra $2-$4 for each club and have the space or time to make it happen.
If you do decide to regrip your own clubs, make sure to have all the supplies before getting started. Buying extra grips, grip tape, and solvent is always a good idea. Also, remember to make sure that you have plenty of space and use safety when dealing with flammable solvents.