If you don’t have a fancy air-installation regripping kit, regripping golf clubs yourself can be a bit of a chore sometimes. Thankfully, most of the materials needed are household items or are otherwise easily attainable. A local golf shop or club manufacturer should have most of the supplies you don’t already have.
Unfortunately, most people have to rely on tutorials and video demos to guide them through the process. It might be frustrating at first, but regripping a club is a process that simply takes time and practice to master. You’ll start off slowly in the beginning, but you will become much quicker at it the more times you do it. Here are the basic steps to follow if you are looking to change the grips on your clubs.
First, you need to remove the old grip. This is most easily done with a knife. Just slice open the rubber, leather, plastic or whatever your grip is made of, and pull it right off of the club’s shaft. Be careful when cutting the grip, it is always a good idea to push the blade away from you rather than pull it toward you.
Next, you want to wrap double-sided tape around the shaft. Start at the butt of the shaft, and work your way down the shaft to where the grip will end using a spiraling, overlapping motion.
Then, fill the little hole at the end of the new grip you are installing onto your club with a golf tee. Pour grip solvent into the opposite, open end of the grip. Cover the open end of the grip with your thumb, and shake the grip so that the solvent is evenly distributed.
Pour additional solvent onto the taped area of the club’s shaft, and slide the new grip onto the club. Remove the golf tee from the end of the grip.
Finally, make sure the grip is properly aligned. Let the grip dry for anywhere between eight and twelve hours. Once the grip is dry, give it a few test swings to make sure that you are happy with it. If so, great! Fresh, tacky grips await you during your next round. If not, start the process over again.
If all of this seems a bit too complicated or taking a bit too much effort, perhaps air installation is the right decision for you. Air installation kits use the power of air compression to attach grips to the shaft of your clubs. There’s no tape involved, no messy solvents involved and your whole set of clubs can be regripped in a fraction of the time it takes to normally do it! The best part is, if you mess one up you can re-install it without wasting a grip! Good luck!