How to Install Golf Grips

By Lon Horwedel

This is an article for anyone who ever wanted to change his own golf grips: either to save money or maybe just for the fun of doing it himself. Most golfers change their grips because the grips have become slick and worn out, but with new models of grips coming out every year, maybe golfers just want to try the latest style.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
First prepare your work space. Secure your golf club with the table vice if you have one. To make things go a little more smoothly, lay out all of the materials in an organized fashion.
Step 2
Rid your club of its old grip. Using your knife, slice the skinny end of the grip up the the fat end as far as you can go. Be very careful in this step, which may need to be repeated several times until the blade reaches the shaft. Also be very careful not to cut too deep if the shaft is graphite. Once you have it cut all the way through, peel off the old grip. If the grip is really old, it may come off in several brittle pieces; otherwise it should come off fairly easily in one, inside out peel.
Step 3
Remove the old grip tape. This can be very time-consuming, meticulous work, so be patient. If you're lucky, the tape will peel off in one easy strip, if not, several smaller pieces.
Step 4
Put on the new tape. Make sure you put the new tape about a half inch above the butt-end of the club and tuck the excess into the hollow end of the shaft. You may find it hard to get the tape on smoothly without wrinkles, but with a little practice you'll soon be a master.
Step 5
Take a new grip and cover the small hole in the large end of the grip with your finger. Pour in a generous amount of grip solvent, cover the open end of the grip with your other hand and swoosh the solvent around inside the grip until you've adequately saturated the inside of the grip.
Step 6
Now pour the excess solvent from inside the grip onto the grip tape you just put on the shaft of the club.
Step 7
Take the grip and begin to work it onto the freshly lubricated shaft of the club. This too, may prove frustrating, but stick with it. If the solvent begins to dry before you get the grip on the club, redo Step 5.
Step 8
Once you get the grip on the club, you may now align the grip properly relative to the clubface. You'll be able to move the grip around for several minutes after the initial installation, but once you get it where you want it, let it sit for several hours before playing with the club to ensure it stays in place.

Tips & Warnings

Changing grips can be fun, but it also can be frustrating. Always buy a few more grips than you actually need, just in case you make a mistake or two along the way.
Be extra careful with the utility knife.

About The Author

Lon Horwedel has been a photojournalist for 25 years and a 1-handicap golfer for 30 years. As a golf journalist he has covered the 2004 Ryder Cup, the 1996 U.S. Open, the 2008 PGA Championship and the 2009 NCAA Championship's at Inverness Club in Toledo, as well as several Buick Opens.


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