How to Make Your Own Golf Club Grip

By Marc Jenkins

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Every golfer knows that you must be comfortable when approaching the ball and while striking it. If a golfer isn't comfortable, then issues such as bad swing tendencies, distractions and over-playing certain shots can arise. The grip on a golf club is the closest component of the club to the golfer, and as such it is the golfer's support system with the club; the more comfortable a golfer feels with the grip the more comfortable she'll be with the overall feel of the club. Many golfers feel the best way to completely trust the grips on their clubs is to construct their own.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  1. Before even beginning to make the grip, be sure to match the grip size with the shaft butt size so they'll fit together once you're finished. If they don't fit, your work will be for nothing, so this might just be the most important step in the process.
  2. Place the club shaft into something secure, like a vise or clamp, so you can add masking tape layers to the top of the shaft, beginning to shape your grip. Add as much masking tape as you feel is needed based on your golfing game and how your club feels in your hand.
  3. Add two-sided grip tape to the bottom end of the club shaft, leaving 1/2 inch of space from the end of the grip to the shaft bottom. Add as much tape as you feel you need based on how you hold the club (for instance if you hold the club tightly, then you would need a thinner grip, whereas if you have a looser hold on the club, then you should have more padding on your grip).
  4. Plug the grip's vent hole at the end of the grip itself with a golf tee. Then pour solvent over the grip tape with the pan lying on the ground to catch any stray solvent. The stray solvent can be reused if it is in the pan and clean of any debris.
  5. Slide the end of the grip over the bottom of the shaft until the grip touches the butt of the club shaft. Next hold the club in golfing position so you can align the grip and also to get a feel for it.
  6. After you let the golf clubs sit for a day or two, allowing everything to dry and settle, go out to your local golf course and test out how comfortable your new grips are. Make adjustments to them as you see fit.

About the Author

Marc Jenkins has been writing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, and he is also co-host of the Double Play Sports Hour, a sports talk radio show on WBCR 1090AM in New York City. He studied English and mass communications at Virginia State University.