Tips on Regripping Golf Clubs

By Bill Herrfeldt

My daughter made up a word that describes your re-gripping golf clubs. It's "simpsy," because it's both simple and easy. So why do so many players have someone else do the job, which costs them plenty, instead of doing it themselves? They view club maintenance as one filled with mystery when it really isn't. It just takes patience, a little common sense and flexibility.

Stripping Old Grips

Usually a club repairer will use a sharp knife to remove the old grips before installing the new ones. If you don't have one, you can use a razor blade to cut the grips their entire length before removing them.

Taping

Most instructions on replacing grips call for applying "double-sided grip tape" to your shafts before putting on the new grips. If you cannot find this specialized tape, you can also use double-sided carpet tape. It is a little thicker than conventional grip tape, but you will not know the difference once the grips are in place.

Grip Solvent Substitutes

If you were to visit a place like a pro shop or a sporting goods store where they repair clubs, you would see gallons of grip solvent used in the grip replacement process. If you decide to re-grip shafts yourself, and grip solvent cannot be found, you can use lighter fluid or acetone, which people use to remove nail polish. As with any solvent, use in a well-ventilated area away from open flames, including cigarettes and cigars.

Speed Up The Drying Process

Most instructions suggest you wait about 24 hours before using your clubs after re-gripping to give them a chance to dry. If you need to use them earlier, use a hair dryer on your grips to accelerate the drying process.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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