Golf grips are the main point of contact between a player and his clubs. If you are an avid golfer, your grips will likely wear off sooner than most. Does this mean you have to buy new golf grips all the time? Fortunately, no.
Golf grips can be removed and reused, but they have to be in good condition. It is not advisable to reuse golf grips that are torn and loose because it will negatively affect your game. Removing and reusing your golf grips is a simple process that can be done at home with the right tools.
To understand what this article is about, you need to know the definition of a golf grip. A golf grip is the top part of a golf club that a player holds during a game.
The grip is usually made from a hollow piece of rubber that slides over the top part of the golf club.
Why is the grip essential? The grip is important because it helps a golfer to have more control over their swing movement. Golfers need the right amount of grip pressure because it increases their swing accuracy and power.
Before I take you through how to regrip your golf clubs, let us see why and when you should do it.
Why Should You Regrip Your Golf Clubs?
Having a good grip on your golf clubs, as recognized by the Golfdigest Hot List, improves your swing and your overall game.
Conversely, a worn-out grip will make you hold your club tighter, which will change your swing technique and affect your game’s consistency.
Using old and worn-out grips can also lead to wrist and arm injuries because of increased muscle tension.
Such injuries might have a long-term effect on your performance. Therefore, grip maintenance is crucial for ensuring you stay at the top of your game.
When Should You Replace Your Golf Grips?
According to experienced golfers, you should always replace your golf grips once annually.
This will vary per player depending on how often you play the game. For example, if you play more than 40 rounds a year, you will need to replace your golf grips more than once a year.
How do You Know it is Time for a Grip Replacement?
Some of the things that lead to the wear and tear of your golf grips include;
- Sweat and oil from your hands
- UV rays
- Too hot or cold weather
Exposure to one or all of the above elements is a possibility if you play often. Below is how you can tell you need to regrip your golf clubs.
1. Slick Grips
Many players will testify that old grips look and feel slick and glossy. It is the most obvious sign that your grips need replacing.
2. Worn Out or Faded Aesthetics
Some golf grips come with colored patterns and other graffiti on them, which will start to fade out or chip over time. This is usually noticeable and another sign that you are due for a regripping.
3. If the Rubber or Cord on Your Grips is Crumbling
When you place your hands on the golf grips and notice the rubber crumbling, it is time for a grip replacement. Crumbling is usually a sign of extreme wear, and it requires urgent attention if you want to improve your game.
How to Remove and Reuse Your Golf Grips
To reuse your golf grips, you need to remove them while avoiding any damage to the grips. You can do this using the methods described below.
1. Use an Air Compressor
For this method, you will need;
- An air compressor with a nozzle attachment
- Grip solvent
The first step is to fill the syringe with grip solvent and the liquid via the butt end. Grip solvent helps to weaken the bond between the grip and the tape.
Secondly, take the air compressor and attach the nozzle to the butt end of the grip. Shoot some air in there and start twisting the grip to ensure the solvent spreads equally.
Lastly, repeat the twisting process until the air separates the grip from the shaft. Ensure you don’t put too much air because the grip might burst or tear, making it unusable.
2. Use a Spring Rod
For this method, you will need;
- Spring rod grip remover
- Grip solvent
- Golf club shaft vise
- Spray bottle or syringe
Use the vise clamp to hold your golf club upside down firmly. Next, take the spring rod and insert it under the lip of the grip. Be careful not to push the rod too far down to avoid piercing through the grip.
Then, take your syringe or spray bottle filled with grip solvent and pour the solvent into the gap created by the spring rod. Use the tub to collect all the extra solvent that will pour down through the shaft.
Twist the club once the solvent is in, so the solvent spreads throughout the grip. Add more solvent wherever you feel the grip is still stuck. Continue twisting until the solvent reaches the bottom.
When you are sure the grip is detached, gently remove it from the shaft and pour any excess solvent into the tub.
If your grips are still in good condition, you can reuse them. If not, the easiest and fastest method to remove your grips is to cut them off.
Now it is time to regrip your golf club. Follow these steps below to do it the right way.
- After removing your golf grip, ensure you clean any excess material and tape from the shaft and the grip. Avoid using blunt tools to do this, as you might damage the shaft.
- Take double-sided tape and wrap the shaft along its length. Ensure the tape length equals the grip length with a quarter-inch allowance at the top and the centerline.
- Flatten the tape around the shaft and expose the sticky backside. Ensure you flatten the excess portions of the tape as well.
- Cover the vent hole on your grip and pour in some grip solvent to coat the interior. Ensure the solvent is spread equally throughout the grip. Apply any excess solvent to the tape on the shaft.
- Place the open end of the grip on the end of the shaft and gently slide the grip onto the shaft using both hands. Do this when the solvent is wet and ensure the grip patterns are aligned with the clubface.
- Let the grip dry for several hours before using your golf club again. Experts recommend leaving it for 24 hours for better grip stability.
Regripping your golf clubs is a DIY process, but do not hesitate to take your clubs to a professional when in doubt. However, this will cost you some money.