(How to Regrip Golf Clubs) Tape, Air Compressor, Dry Time

golfer using regripped golf club

 

Why should you regrip your golf clubs?

The grip is a very important part of the golf club as it is the only part of the club you actually touch.

If you have a worn-out grip on your club, your game will very obviously suffer. A grip that’s in rough shape will make you grip tighter on the club which isn’t proper form and will mess up your swing.

The reason why you should regrip your club is to restore the golf grip to its original condition. Regripping will allow you to keep correct form and perform the best golf swing possible.

Besides that, regripping your golf clubs makes the golf club yours. The standard grip on a gold club is just that; standard. When you regrip your club, you can choose the grip that is best suited for you.

You can choose the materials, texture, design and even colour that best suit you as well as your play style when you regrip your golf club.

 

What are the benefits of regripping your golf clubs?

  1. Replacing your grip can improve the feel and grip of the club as well as increase the control you have over the club. Regripping will prevent common problems such as the club moving in your hand as well as the shaft moving inside the grip.

  2. Another benefit of regripping is that it saves money. Regripping your own golf clubs is much cheaper than you just outright replacing your clubs. Whether this is because the stock grip doesn’t suit you or the grips are worn-up, regripping is something you can do that will save a lot of cash.

 

How to Regrip your Golf Clubs

 Before attempting to regrip your golf clubs, you’ll need some tools and materials:

  • New grips
  • A vice
  • Rubber vice clamps
  • Double-sided grip tape
  • A utility knife
  • Grip solvent

Once you have the above materials, follow these steps to regrip your club:

  1. Put the shaft in the vice near the tip of the grip using the rubber vice clamps. Make sure it’s secure! Make sure the club face is perpendicular to the floor in the playing position.

  2. Using your utility knife, remove the old, worn-out grip. Cut in direction opposite of your body to avoid injury. Peel the old grip tape off and use the grip solvent to clean off the residue.

  3. Find out how much area needs to be covered by tape by holding the new grip parallel to the shaft of your club.

  4. Wrap double-sided tape from the top of the shaft up to the point where bottom of the grip will be on the shaft. Wrap the tape in a spiral formation!

  5. Close the vent hole at the butt end (use your finger or shirt) and pour grip solvent into the new grip. Cover the open end of the grip with your hand and shake it around to make sure the grip solvent goes everywhere inside the grip.

  6. Pour the excess grip solvent over the entire length of the double-sided tape via the vent hole. Use a tray to catch the extra grip solvent to prevent a mess and to use on your other golf clubs.

  7. Put grip over shaft butt onto the club by squeezing the open end of the grip. Make sure the alignment pattern is facing up and the grip tape is still wet with grip solvent! Push the grip entirely onto the club.

  8. Make sure the grip butt is against the shaft butt. Now the grip can be properly aligned with the pattern square to the club face. This must all be done quickly (within about a minute of applying the grip).

  9. Allow the grip to dry for several hours or a day to be safe before using the club to play.

 

Tips for regripping golf clubs!

  1. Make sure you choose the right grip.
  2. Make sure you have all the correct supplies.
  3. Make sure you know what you want your grip to feel like.
  4. Make sure to thoroughly follow the instructions.

 

How Much Does it Cost to Regrip Golf Clubs

The average cost to regrip a golf club is $15. $10 of this amount is allocated for purchasing the golf grip, and $5 is for the cost of the regripping service.

 

DIY Regripping Cost

Grip prices vary wildly depending on the quality of the grip you buy. Cheap, Chinese fodder grips can cost as little as $2.50 per piece, while higher quality options can cost $20 per grip.

 If you golf a lot and need to regrip your club often this can add up quickly. To save money on regripping, you can DIY it.

DIY regripping is simple to do and only requires:

  • New grips ($2.50 to $20+ per piece)
  • A vice ($100+)
  • Rubber vice clamps ($5+)
  • Double-sided grip tape ($10+)
  • A utility knife ($5+)
  • Grip solvent ($8+)

 

Regripping Service Cost

Having other people regrip your golf club isn’t too costly but can add up fast if you regrip your clubs often. Regripping a golf club usually costs $4 to $6 for labour, on top of the price of the grip. It should be noted that some shops provide free regripping services if you buy higher priced grips so shop around and ask. You might get a good deal!

 

How to Regrip Golf Clubs at Home

Regripping your golf clubs yourself at home can be a fun side project that will save you some money and give you a sense of accomplishment.

You always want to have fresh grips on your club since they’re so important. However, you must always be careful when doing a DIY regrip because messing up a few grips will result in a decent amount of money losting, depending on how much your grips cost.

If you still want to regrip your gold clubs at home, you’ll only need your new grips, a vice, rubber vice, double-sided grip tape, a utility knife and grip solvent. You also need some good instructions! Like the one you’ve read above!

 

How Often Should you Regrip your Golf Clubs?

It’s recommended that you regrip your golf clubs every 12 months. However, if you golf regularly, you’ll instead need to change the grip every 4 months.

 

How to know when it’s time to change a golf grip?

Two tell-tale signs that your club needs a new grip are your grips look worn-down and they feel slippery. Climate and weather also play a part in grip wear.

If it’s hot and humid you need to change your grips more often. Using your golf club without gloves on can also wear down your grip because your sweat is seeping into the grip and damaging it.

 

What solvents should be used to regrip your golf clubs?

There are a variety of things you can use as grip solvent for regripping your golf clubs. Here are few options that golfers use:

  1. Mineral spirits: The most commonly used alternative to grip solvent. It’s cheap and the same to use as regular grip solvent. However, it takes longer to dry and is flammable as well as toxic.

  2. Paint thinner: Another commonly used alternative grip solvent. Like mineral spirits it’s cheap, works the same way as grip solvent and is slower to dry than grip solvent. It’s also flammable and toxic.

  3. Rubber cement: Some golfers like to use rubber cement as solvent because you don’t need to use tape with it. However, it takes much longer to dry than solvent and some golf club manufacturers tell you not to use it. Use at your own discretion.

  4. Water: You can actually use water as a solvent if you use water soluble tape. Water will not work with regular double-sided tape.

  5. Air compressor: Not actually a solvent, but this is still a solvent alternative. You don’t need grip tape or solvent when using an air compressor to put on your grips but you do need masking tape and some skill.

  6. WD-40: This is not a solvent that’s anyone’s first choice but can work in emergencies. Most golfers recommend you just avoid using WD-40 and get better solvents rather than use WD-40.

 

What kind of tape should you use to regrip your golf clubs?

The easy answer to this is double sided tape. That’s what most golfers use and is the safest bet when it comes to regripping. However, some golfers swear that:

  1. You can just use an air compressor.
  2. You can use duct tape.
  3. You can use masking tape.
  4. You only need grip tape for the edge to slip the grip onto the shaft.

While some of those are viable, it’s better to just use the tried and true method; using double sided grip tape.

 

What is the best tape for regripping your golf clubs?

Here’s a top ten list of the best grip tapes you can use for regripping your golf clubs!

  1. Wedge Guys: This deluxe grip kit includes high quality 10” double-sided strips, a rubber vice clamp and solvent. This kit provides everything you need for regripping.

  2. Brampston Strips: This tape is reasonably priced and comes in packs of 15 strips. The strips are easy to apply and remove. However, they’re not as sticky as some of the other tapes here and do not come with re-grip tools.

  3. Mueller: This tape is elastic, lightweight and comfortable. It has strong adhesive material and is easy to remove and adjust. It offers skin protection and has a porous, sweat resistant design that is very comfortable.

  4. Dynacraft Professional: This tape is easy to use and is the industry standard for regripping. It’s not the best tape but it’s certainly good in its own right.

  5. Hireko Complete: This kit comes with double sided activated strips, clamp and solvent that comes in a spray bottle. While high quality, users have noted using the included clamp can be tricky at first.

  6. Viking Regripping Kit: This kit comes with double sided grip tapes, a removal tool shaft, solvent activator and instructions. While the set is quality goods, the tape activator may leak if care isn’t taken.

  7. Club Repair Yard Roll: This tape has two-sided quality adhesive and can be cut to measure. While the tape is known to be durable, it’s difficult to separate the backing from the tape.

  8. Intertape 591 Premium: This specialty grip tape has durable double-sided adhesive coating that can be cut to measure. It’s thicker so you use less of it but it’s also more costly than other grip tapes.

  9. Shurtape 2”: This tape has a special cushioned tape design, easy to install and durable. It’s also wrinkle-free for easy adhesion and application.

  10. GolfWorks Double-Sided: This tape is sticky on both sides, well-designed and from a brand known for its exceptional quality.

 

How much grip tape should you use for golf club regripping?

You will need at least 1 wrap of grip tape when regripping your golf clubs. This is because you need to match the stated size of the grip and make sure there is one layer of tape that completely goes around the grip. However, you may need to add more.

If you want to increase the grip size of your club, you can use more grip tape. A good rule of thumb is one wrap is standard, five is midsize and 10 is jumbo. The number of wraps may vary depending on the brand of grip tape you use.

 

What size tape should you use for golf club regripping?

There are two choices when it comes to the size of golf club grip tape; ¾” and 2”. There’s no right answer to this question but it seems that a lot of golfers prefer to use 2” tape compared to ¾” tape. The most common reason given is that 2” tape is easier to apply.

 

How long does it take to dry a golf club that’s been regripped?

It can take from as little as 30 minutes to a day, for a regripped golf club to dry. The time does depend on factors such as the type of solvent you use and the room temperature conditions.

While the recommended minimum for your regripped club to dry before playing is 2 hours, most would recommend you wait 24 hrs by leaving your club to dry overnight before using it again.

Is regripping golf clubs hard?

No, regripping golf clubs isn’t hard at all! As long as you have a large open area, the correct tools, good instructions and practice, it’s an easy thing to do.

A common sticking point for newbies who want to regrip their golf clubs is the removal of the old grip.

Choosing the correct blade for grip removal and being thorough with cleaning the tape along with its residue are very important. Using a knife with a hooked blade is recommended when removing your old grip.

How do you regrip golf clubs with an air compressor?

If you don’t want to or can’t use solvent and grip tape, you can use just use an air compressor! It’s an easier, newer method for regripping golf clubs. You’ll only need the new grip, masking tape and the air compressor.

Steps to regrip your golf club using an air compressor:

  • Remove the old grips.
  • Heat gun the grip tape to make peeling off the grip tape easier.
  • Apply one layer of regular masking tape on the club.
  • Set the air compressor to 45 psi.
  • Manoeuvre the end of the grip on the club about ¼”, lining it up.
  • Put the end of the pistol grip nozzle in the hole at the top of the grip and apply fast bursts of air to move it into place.
  • Fine tune the alignment using quick burst of air to get desired fit.

 

Should you regrip golf clubs with ¾ tape?

Yes, you should regrip golf clubs using ¾ tape as some golfers actually prefer using it over larger sized tapes.

The advantages of ¾ tape are that it’s easier to remove when you’re changing your golf club grips.  Furthermore, compared to 2” tape, applying ¾ tape makes it harder to notice the ridges of the tape under the grip which is more aesthetically pleasing.

 

Can I use acetone to put my grips on?

No, you shouldn’t use acetone to grip your clubs because it will destroy your grip. Acetone will dissolve the plastics and rubbers of your grip. On top of that, acetone evaporates too quickly for you to put on and adjust the grip on your club.

Acetone is also much more dangerous than other things you can use when regripping your golf club. Acetone is more flammable, more toxic and more destructive than lighter fluid which is commonly used for DIY golf club regripping.

However, you can use acetone to clean the gunk and residue left on your shaft when you take off your old grip.

 

Regripping golf clubs with (Masking Tape)

Yes, you can use regular 1-sided masking tape to regrip your golf clubs. It’s typically used as build up tape and requires an air gun to blow on it if you’re only using masking tape without double sided tape.

 

Regripping golf clubs with (Soapy Water)

Technically you can use soapy water as a grip solvent but it’s not recommended. You’d need an air compressor to do it and it would take a very long time for it to dry. It’s best to avoid this option if you can.

 

Regripping golf clubs with (Rubber Cement)

Apparently, many Australians recommend and actively use rubber cement as a grip solvent. However, there are better choices of solvents to recommend. Some golf club manufacturers outright tell you not to use rubber cement on your golf clubs. Only use rubber cement if you’re out of options.

 

Regripping golf clubs using (Nail polish remover)

Yes, nail polish remover is actually a great golf club grip solvent! Nail polish remover is less toxic and flammable than most grip solvents. The fumes can still be hazardous though so make sure to use it in a well-ventilated area!

 

Regripping golf clubs with (WD-40)

No, it’s not recommended to use WD-40 to regrip your golf clubs. WD-40 is a lubricant and has oil in it which can cause slippage of your grip.  Only use WD-40 if you have no other choice.

Fore more info, check out the official wd-40 website

 

Regripping golf clubs with (Paint thinner)

Planning to regrip your golf clubs but don’t have any mineral spirits? Don’t worry! You can use paint thinner as your golf solvent.

Using paint thinner won’t damage your golf club whether it’s steel or graphite because paint thinner is basically the same thing as mineral spirits. Mineral spirits are basically refined paint thinner.

 

Regripping golf clubs with (Lighter Fluid)

If you plan on regripping your golf clubs yourself, the bare minimum you need is a new grip, double-sided grip tape, a utility knife and some lighter fluid. Yes, lighter fluid!

You can use lighter fluid as your grip solvent! It’s actually a very common trick that many golfers use when regripping their clubs.

Lighter fluid can also be used to remove the residue on the shaft of the club left behind by the old grip.

 

How to Regrip Golf Clubs with Graphite Shafts

Regripping a golf club with a graphite shaft is very similar to regripping a normal golf club but with one main difference; utmost caution must be taken when cutting away the old grip because scraping a graphite shaft will damage and weaken it.

Recommended steps to regrip graphite shafts:

  1. Put the club in a vice with a rubber insert to protect the graphite shaft. Consider purchasing a special golf club vice or insert if you want to regrip a golf club with a graphite shaft. Clamp the golf club toward the grip side.

  2. Cut off the old grip with a utility knife. Be very careful not to scrape the shaft. You should use a knife with a hooked blade or other protective device.

  3. Remove the tape underneath the grip and use a hair dryer to melt the adhesive of any tape you can’t pull off. Use mineral spirits and a cloth to make sure there’s no tape or tape residue left.

  4. Cut a grip-length piece of double-sided grip tape that is long enough to cover the whole grip area.

  5. Apply the tape in a spiral pattern and cover the entire grip area including the opening on the end. Peel the outer layer of the double-sided tape.

  6. Cover the vent hole of the club and pour grip solvent into the new grip. Cover the open end of the grip with your hand and gently shake it to ensure the grip solvent goes everywhere inside the grip.

  7. Pour the excess grip solvent over the entire length of the double-sided tape via the vent hole. Use a tray to catch the extra grip solvent, and make sure you don’t leave a mess.

  8. Put grip over shaft butt onto the club by squeezing the open end of the grip. Make sure the alignment pattern is facing up and the grip tape is still wet with grip solvent! Push the grip entirely onto the club.

  9. Make sure the grip butt is against the shaft butt. Now the grip can be properly aligned with the pattern square to the club face. This must all be done quickly (within about a minute of applying the grip).

  10. Let the grip to dry for several hours to a day or at least 30 minutes.

 

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Ernie

Ernie loves documenting interesting facts about golf.

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