Installing Oversized Golf Club Grips

By Steve Silverman

Putting your own grips on golf clubs is not difficult. Changing grips is a regular part of maintaining your clubs. You have probably spent a lot of money for them, and to keep them working at peak performance, you have to change the grips every 12 to 18 months.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Make four long cuts down the length of your existing grip. Make the cuts long enough for you to reach into the openings and peel the grip off. With the grips gone, you can easily tear off the foam padding underneath. You need to get rid of that old padding to put on a new grip.
Step 2
Take a wet rag and clean off the glue residue and other dirt on the shaft of your club. Then dry the club thoroughly. You don't want to attempt to put a new grip on anything but a clean and dry surface.
Step 3
Brush rubber cement on the shaft of the club--one coat with the brush down the top 8 inches of the shaft. Apply the foam padding on top of the rubber cement. The padding will help you build up the grips and make them oversized.
Step 4
Take the double-sided grip tape and wrap it down the top 8 inches of the club. Once the grip tape is in place, pull on the new grip over the top of the shaft.
Step 5
Let the clubs sit about an hour to cure. You want the glue to harden so there is no slippage when when you start hitting the ball.

Tips & Warnings

* Change all your grips at about the same time. You may see one club is getting a bit uneven while the others look fine. However, those clubs will need new grips in one or two rounds, so you might as well change them all at once.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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