If you have ever watched the Ocean’s Eleven, you know how the cogs in a game plan work together to culminate in lasting romance with Julia Roberts and 150 million dollars. Likewise, the art of playing golf requires pinpoint accuracy of different participants: you, your golf club, the golf ball, your stance, the ball position etc. and a million other things. Sometimes we wonder if it would be easier to steal from Bellagio. Just kidding. The grip on your golf club is one such humble but crucial participant in your success.
The grips of the golf club start to wear off after continuous use. You need to regrip the golf clubs once a year or after every 40 rounds if you are a pro player. This is an easy process. You can do it yourself if we spell out the steps for you. Given that you have 14 clubs in a lot and you need to get them all regripped, getting it done professionally might cost you dearly. Since we love economizing on our skills and keep our golfing dream alive, we have detailed the steps, material and precautions you must take to regrip your golf club all by yourself. Do note that we cover the solvent-based regripping.
Keep the following things handy, so that you can complete the process in one sitting. Scrambling away from your work area repeatedly may leave it open to miscreants (read kids) or disturb the process.
A. What You Will Need To Regrip The Golf Clubs?
1. Vice With Rubber Vice Clamps
This is required to hold the club straight and firm while you get it regripped. The rubber clamps make sure that the golf club is not scuffed or damaged with the tight grip of the vice.
2. Two-sided Tape
This is the adhesive that binds the grip to the club. You get standard double-sided golf grip tape online, specially-made for this purpose. You can either buy solvent-activated grip tape or water-activated grip tape. More of that in the next point.
The beauty of handling golf grip double-sided tape is that the adhesive on one side is activated only by dousing it in a solvent. You get commercial grip solvent for this purpose. Once the solvent contacts the tape, it creates a slippery surface. You can easily slide the new grip over this and fix it. These can be substituted with mineral spirits or even nail polish remover. The latter will be required in large quantities though, because it is not as potent as mineral spirits and commercial solvents.Some double-sided tapes are water-activated. You can evoke the adhesive by pouring water over the tape. This is more environment-friendly and emits no harmful fumes.
Apart from solvents and tape, you can also attach the grip using air compression or rubber cement. These are different processes altogether.
3. Hooked Blade
This is for removing the old grip. The hooked blade can take off the old grip without incurring any damage or scratches on the club shaft beneath. If you don’t have a hooked blade, you can use a regular utility knife for this purpose.
4. Straight Razor
This is to raze away the existing double-sided tape under the old grip. A straight razor effectively removes all bits of the tape from the shaft.
5. Paint Tray
When you pour solvent over the double-sided tape coat, the paint tray collects the solvent dripping from the grip. It saves you the trouble of mopping the floor later.
6. Work Table
A work table where you can place the vice and fix the paint tray to carry out a smooth regripping.
Or work clothes, whatever keeps the liquid from splashing on your body or the good garments.
B. Step By Step Instructions:
If you are using a solvent for the process, make sure you are regripping your golf clubs in a well-ventilated room. Continuous exposure to the solvent can be adverse to your health.
1. Removing the old grip:
You know your grip is unusable when you have to hold the golf club tighter than usual during a swing. You should switch it out before it slips out of your hands and dings somebody in the head.
For removing the old grip, hold the golf club shaft forward and keep the clubhead side tight under your arm. Use the hook blade to slit the old grip. Always try to slit away from you, so that if your hand slips, you won’t be in danger of an injury. Once the hook blade cuts the mouth of the grip, hold it at an angle that cuts through the grip but does not scratch the club shaft.
If the grip is properly stuck, you might have to make multiple incisions to get the grip off. Repeat the steps with the same precautions. If you have trouble removing it, spray some solvent over it. This will erode its integrity.
2. Removing the old tape:
Many of us are tempted to wind the new tape over the old tape. Don’t give in to this. Doing this will make the new grip bulkier and your golf club may feel off-balance.
You can use a straight razor or utility knife to get the old tape off. It will take multiple wipes to get the tape off.
3. Cutting new tape:
Creating the layer of double-sided tape is a strategic step. So be careful with this. First you have fix the club on the vice, the shaft being on your side. It’s very important that the club is fixed with a square face. This will ensure proper alignment of the grip and proper distribution of gripping points.
Use an extra new grip or the same new grip you are about to install to measure the length of the tape required. Cut the tape at exactly this length.
4. Sticking the new tape:
When you stick the new tape, leave half-an-inch overhang. This ensures that the tape does not peak out of the grip, once installed. Put the tape on the top side of the club shaft, right by the middle line. Smoothen it down from both sides so that its sticks without any wrinkles.
Take the overhang and bunch it up. Push it into the gap at the end of the shaft.
Pour solvent all over the double-sided tape. You should pour a generous amount so the tape doesn’t stick to the grip when it’s only halfway on.
6. Slipping the grip:
Plug the hole at the bottom of the grip and pour some solvent into it. Swish it around so that the inner walls of the grips are doused in solvent. Unplug the hole and let the solvent rain over the tape layer again.
Slip the mouth of the grip on the club shaft and slide it on in a quick motion. Make sure that you cover the hole at the back of the grip, otherwise residual solvent will squirt out on you.
7. Check the grip position:
Make sure that the grip has been installed straight. You can usually see the pattern on the grip line up if it’s straight. The closed end of the grip should not have room for movement if the grip has slid all the way in. Take the club off the vice and give it a few taps on a clean surface or ground.
8. Waiting time:
Leave the grip to dry and stick the entire day.
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Regripping your golf club is a necessary activity, although the frequency may vary based on how often you play. Any activity, when done hands-on can be fun, even regripping. It is simple yet challenging in an entertaining way. Which is why, we take out time to do it ourselves. This tutorial is a way to help you do the same. The steps are as elaborate as they get. There are golf grip kits which may have all the required items for the process. But sometime they cost absurdly high. It might be more economical to get the products individually. After all, some of these items like utility knife, paint tray, vice etc. might be lying around the house.
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