How To Regrip A Golf Club In Under 4 Minutes

| February 22, 2010 | 13 Comments

How to regrip a golf club in under 4 minutesRe-gripping your own clubs is one of the easiest do-it-yourself tasks as a golfer, and it saves you money and time over having someone else do it. Plus, when you do it yourself you are guaranteed that the job gets done the way you want. In this video, I’ll show you how to re-grip a club fast and provide a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way. I’ve re-gripped over 1000 golf clubs in my golf career, and there are many ways to do it and many tools for the job, but I like to keep things simple and cheap.

What you need: Work bench, Vice with Rubber Vise Clamp, New Grips, Double-Sided Grip Tape, Grip Solvent (I use mineral spirits), Knife (I prefer a hook blade to straight blades), Catch Pan for solvent (Optional), Towel or Rag and a few minutes of time!

Editors Note: Of course it would normally take a little longer to re-grip a club if I took time to remove the old grip tape, but in this case I used the existing tape to build it up the grip a bit. Normally, removing the old tape adds a few minutes to the job.

 

A few tips and tricks I didn’t mention in the video:

1. I use my finger to plug the hole in the grip, and then allow the solvent to drain through that hole to coat the grip. It’s the fastest way to do it in my opinion.
2. When sliding on the new grip, be careful not to get squirted by the extra solvent coming out of the hole at the end of the grip! Stand slightly to the side as I do, or wear an apron.
3. Beginner tip: While securing the club in the vice, align the clubface square, and when sliding on the grip you can align it while it’s still in the vice. Once you get more proficient, you’ll be able to line the grip up pretty well as you slip it on as I do.
4. I get most of my re-gripping supplies from Golfsmith. I’m not paid to say that or promoting them specifically, but it’s just easier to get everything from the same place. They sell grip solvent, but I prefer to use mineral spirits, because it also serves as a cleaner for other tasks. Golfsmith even sells complete re-gripping kits with pre-measured, water-activated tape and grips, but I prefer to do it the old fashioned way.

Enjoy the video!

It’s not a very complicated task and doesn’t take years of practice to master, but regripping your own clubs is fun and rewarding. It allows you to experiment without costing too much and you don’t have to drop of your whole set at the local shop and wait a week to get them back. I’ll follow this with more DIY videos on golf related topics in the future. If there is anything in particular you would like to see – DIY videos, golf swing tips and drills or whatever, send me some suggestions and we’ll film it!

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  1. Blaine B. says:

    Good stuff John! You’ve inspired me to do my next set of grips myself.

    I do have one question though – what’s the best way to remove the existing tape if you don’t want to build up the grip? I’ve seen guys take a utility knife and just strip away the tape on an iron shaft, but I can’t see that being a good practice with graphite.

  2. John Duval says:

    For steel shafts I use the tape remover tool from Golfsmith, and it even works well for graphite shafts as long as you are careful. You can also do it the old fashioned way – with your fingers and a bit of patience! If I had taken the time to remove the grip tape in that video, it would have been named “How to Regrip A Golf Club in 10 Minutes” :-)

  3. jamie says:

    WOW— this was easy.
    i didnt use a clamp, just bare handed it and did all 12 clubs in 35 minutes…….
    used lighter fluid and double sided tape ….great video !!!
    jamie–canada golfer

  4. Ron Cooney says:

    Good how-to. Here’s a tip to
    help remove backing of the
    double-sided tape: simply fold
    one corner of the tape strip
    before placing it on the shaft.
    Place strip on shaft, then pick
    with your fingernail at the folded
    corner; backing should come away
    easily. Then zip — off comes the
    rest.

  5. david a geiss says:

    question– what’s the secret of opening up the new grips end enough to slide it over the shaft of the club? heating it??

  6. John Duval says:

    No secret. Just slide it on at an angle and the solvent should help it along. Most grips come in either .580 or .600 diameter, so obviously the .600 inside diameter grips will probably slip on easier…

  7. Bob says:

    Good how-to John!
    Instead of putting my finger over the grip hole, I stick a tee in the hole then fill the grip with solvent.

  8. mitch says:

    Did 11 clubs last night. Took the time needed to drink two beers, working between sips. Played 5 holes with them early today, b4 work and they are good as any I’ve paid to have done. Thank you!

  9. mitch says:

    PS – I used glue-clamps and a hunk of 3/4″ plywood on top of our glass-topped backyard patio table instead of a vice on a bench. Worked fine. Ready to take on installing iron shafts – know of a good instructional video or website?

  10. John Duval says:

    I’m sure there are some good videos on YouTube about installing a shaft. Perhaps I should tackle that project and post a video of my own. I don’t do too much re-shafting because I don’t have all the “proper” tools, but I’m sure I can put something together…

  11. Adam says:

    One of the most useful youtube videos I have seen. I now almost have the guts to try it myself….almost.

  12. Jim says:

    For years, I scraped and peeled old tape off shafts taking 20 minutes or longer on each shaft. I was considering buying a special tool to help. Then I read about the miracle of heat to soften the glue. I tried a hair dryer with no success. We have a gas stove. I held the shaft about 1-2″ above the flames and rotated for about 10-15 seconds. The tape then came off like a charm! All of it!

  13. John Duval says:

    Jim, Be careful with open flame and graphite shafts. I wouldn’t recommend it as it may damage the shaft.

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