Dedicating yourself to golf is not all fun and games. Plenty of work must go into your play — and we are not talking about training, either. We mean something even more tedious: maintenance. If you want to get the best performance out of your gear, it must be in tip-top shape.
We discussed the subject in a past blog post. One year later, we took another look and figured that it could use some updating and even some upgrading. Today, we present a brand-new guide to regripping golf clubs. If you follow our directions, you might be surprised by how much your scores improve.
Why Regrip at All?
You may be hesitant about the idea of regripping your golf clubs. After all, you have used your clubs for a while now and the grips still feel fine. Maybe they are. However, the oils in your palms and the sweat on your fingers break down rubber over time. As a result, grips gradually lose their grip on the club itself, which may slip out. We do not need to explain how this can be a hazard on the green.
You might now think that this is no problem if you just hold on tight enough. Firstly, this may be much less convenient than simply taking the time to swap grips. Secondly, that extra pressure from your hands can affect your swing. The speed of the club’s back end increases, which means the speed of the front end decreases. You get less distance from each whack.
In short, regripping golf clubs is crucial to maintaining not just your equipment, but your performance. When you keep the grip in great condition, you also keep your scores down.
A Guide to Regripping Golf Clubs
Regripping golf clubs is important. However, more important than just doing this type of maintenance is knowing how to do it properly. Otherwise, you may end up making the situation worse. When your old handle starts to lose its hold on the club, prepare yourself with our expert advice.
Remove the Grip and Tape
First things first: that grip has got to go. If it is already loose enough that you can just pull it off the club, then you get to save a little time and effort. Otherwise, grab a knife and cut through it — only slightly more difficult, but not so.
Taking out the tape, which kept the grip connected to the club in the first place, maybe much more tedious. However, it must be done. Do not simply place new tape on top of the old stuff. It is less effective overall and will leave you with a bulgy handle.
Measure & Apply New Tape
Out with the old, in with the new, starting with the tape. The kind you use should be double-sided, so it sticks to both the club and the grip. Make sure to remove the cover from both sides before applying. That should be obvious, but it is still worth noting.
The length of tape that you apply should be equal to that of the grip. But as you put it on the club, leave half an inch or so of the tape sticking out from the tip. Once the rest is wrapped around, twist that loose end and fold it into itself. This trick will more securely hold the grip onto the end.
Use Plenty of Solvents
If you try putting the new grip onto the new tape just like that, you may find it quite tough. The tape’s stickiness can be an obstacle when you try to slide something over it. But you need that stickiness, which means you cannot splash water or spread butter on it.
Grip solvent, which we assure you is both real and useful, presents an ideal solution. You can apply it all over the tape without ruining its adhesiveness. Do that, and apply some inside the grip as well. After that, you can insert the club into the grip without issue.
Put On the New Grip
At last, it is the moment you have been waiting for. Take that brand-new grip and put it on the club. You may want to do this while the solvent is still wet. Otherwise, you will have to repeat that step all over again.
Regripping golf clubs require a steady hand and a little patience. Keep the grip as straight as possible during the club insertion process. Once it is all the way in, make adjustments to the handle as needed. By the time you finish, it should be perfectly stuck to the tape, perfectly straight, and perfectly firm to the touch.
You are finally done with the regripping process. With that said, do not take it out for a spin right away. After all, that solvent needs to dry, and the grip needs to become a firm part of the club. Breaking out of the club immediately may prevent this from happening. So we do not advise regripping golf clubs right before a big game or tournament.
We advise leaving the club, grip and all, in a place where it can lie flat without being disturbed. A few hours should be enough for everything to dry and adhere as needed. After that, you are ready to show off your fancy new golf club grip to your friends and competitors.
Get a Grip with Tackimac
Regripping golf clubs should not be too difficult. You will need a few tools and some patience, both during and after the process, but it is straightforward enough. We hope our directions make it even easier for you. For the record, we advise doing this once a year for each of your clubs.
When you need high-quality golf grips, Tackimac can help out. Our selection includes more than just the standard grips you would find on most clubs. We also sell training grips, putter grips, junior grips, oversized grips, and more. The store even has the supplies required for regripping. All these products and more are available at reasonable prices on our site.