- New grip
- 2" 2-sided tape
- Utility knife
- Cloth rag
- White Spirit
- Shaft protector
- Permanent marker
- Paint Tray/Plastic Tray
The following procedure is for round Standard Club and Putter grips only. This represents one approach to regripping clubs based upon experience through trial and error. Many variations to this procedure exist depending upon grips used, desired outcome, and personal preference.
1. REMOVE EXISTING GRIP
It is best to secure the club using a rubber shaft protector and a vise. The club should be clamped in a horizontal position. Next, using a utility knife with a hooked blade, cut the grip using a firm steady motion. A hooked blade is recommended because it will not cut into the shaft. This is especially key when regripping clubs with graphite shafts.
Safety Note: Remember to always cut away from your body to prevent injury.
2. CLEAN SHAFT
Peel or scrape old tape from shaft. This may require an object with a stiff edge. Depending on how long the grip has been on the club, it may peel off using your fingers. A paint scraper will work on a steel shaft but should not be used on graphite shafts. Graphite shafts require a scraper with a hard plastic edge. Once the old tape is removed, apply White Spirits to a clean rag and wipe away tape residue.
Safety Note: Remember, when using White Spirit, ensure that the work area is properly ventilated.
3. APPLY 2-SIDED TAPE
Place the New Grip next to the shaft and mark how low down the shaft it goes/use a pen to mark where the New Grip will end on the shaft. Now start to spiral the tape down the shaft with a small gap between the tape. Make sure there is a small amount of tape at the top of the shaft to press down so it will cover the whole (this is to stop anything falling down in the shaft).
4. INSTALL NEW GRIP
Secure the club in the vise. Remove tape backing. Insert a golf tee into the hole in the end of the grip. Pour the White Sprit into the grip until it is approximately half full. Place an index finger over the opening of the grip and shake up the grip up and down to spread the White Spirit over the inside of the grip. Place the paint tray under the club. Pour contents of the grip onto the exposed tape thoroughly. Next, pinch the opening of the grip between your thumb and index finger. Place the grip opening over the butt end of the shaft and slide grip in place ensuring that the shaft is inserted into the grip completely.
5. ALIGN GRIP
It is important to align the grip properly. Most grips are designed with alignment aids on both ends of the grip. These should be aligned on the shaft and in line with the club's face angle.