You can save money by changing the grips on your clubs yourself. You can save even more money if you save the grips that are already on your clubs and reuse them for new clubs. Of course they will need to be in good shape with no wear and be clean. When doing this for the first time, take extra caution as not to damage the grip. Sometimes it may take a few practice runs to get it right, so if you can, start on a club that you don't use.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Table vice
- Rubber vice clamp
- Straight edge utility knife
- White spirit
- Double sided tape
- Pressurised grip remover or spring rod grip remover
Attach the rubber vice clamp on the club shaft several inches from the start of the grip. Put the club with the rubber vice clamp on it into the table vice and close the table vice tight enough so the club doesn't move.
Pour white spirit or grip solvent into the pressurised grip remover and twist the top back on. Tighten the needle at the top to ensure proper solvent flow.
Pierce with the needle underneath the grip and towards the butt very slowly as parallel to the grip as you can get. The underneath area of the grip is the thickest so the hole you make with the needle can close and the solvent won't escape out as easily. The top of the grip, where the logo usually is, is a lot thinner and the grip could rip easier if piercing the needle there. Once the needle has hit the metal shaft stop, wrap a towel around the needle. Slowly squeeze solvent into the grip. Apply pressure with the towel so no solvent escapes. Slowly twist the grip till it tape comes lose and the grip is free from the shaft. Repeat this about three more times down the length of the grip till it completely gives from the shaft. Carefully pull the grip off the shaft.
If using a spring rod grip remover dip the two rods into the white spirit. Carefully slide both rods under the grip on either side till it reaches the top. Slowly twist the two rods around the shaft till the grip pulls away from the shaft. Pull the grip off the shaft.
Scrape the remaining old double sided tape off with a utility knife till all the tape is removed. Use white spirit on a towel to remove the stickiness.
Pull a grip's length worth of the grip double-sided tape from the roll and apply it to the end of a different club. Take the paper off the tape to reveal the other side of the tape and smooth it around the shaft.
Clamp the new shaft in the table vice with the rubber vice clamp top side up. Put down a bucket underneath the shaft to catch excess solvent. Apply white spirit to the tape and inside the old grip. Push the grip onto the new shaft and push it around till it is at the desired spot. Wipe the whole club with a towel to remove excess solvent and let sit over night.
Tips and warnings
- Golfsmith has a great gripping station online or at their stores. It has most of the things you will need.
- If using a pressurised grip remover, use one without the long tubing from the gun to the needle. That just gives more surface time for the solvent to escape from the tool before going into the grip.
- There is another way to remove your grips by using compressed air. In July 31st, 2006 an article for "The Sand Trap" Jack Waddell talks about this process but says it is more for quick volume and would more then likely damage the grips.
- If you have Winn grips you cannot use these techniques. Due to the thickness of them they cannot be removed without damage.
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