Every golf club has a grip at the end of the shaft, which helps to generate friction force between your palms and the club. This is why golfers always pay close attention to the grips while they buy a club set. However, after playing for some time, the grip starts to loosen up, followed by being wrecked. It is under such scenarios where you need to think about replacing the grips on the club.
The process by which you replace the grip is known as regripping. However, for someone new to this particular fact, you will need a piece of detailed knowledge about how to regrip the club, which method to follow, how to choose the new grip, etc.
In this blog, we will share information about the regripping process of any of the clubs from the entire set. So, without any delay, let’s start the discussion!
Why Is It Important To Regrip The Golf The Club?
Nothing stays permanent, be it the shine on the club’s face or its strength on the shaft. After you buy a new club set and start playing with it, a time will come in the foreseen future where you will have to replace it with a new one. However, often beginners and average golfers show reluctance in agreeing with the replacement idea.
This is the reason why here we have mentioned the importance of regripping the clubs. Let’s have a look!
- With a false grip on the shaft, you might end up hitting the ball in the wrong direction.
- Your strategy for a particular shot might not work out if the club’s grip has a slice along its length.
- There will be high chances of the club slipping away from your grasp.
- More effort will be required to control the club without a proper grip.
How Often Do You Need To Replace The Grip?
Before moving further, you need to know a little more about the fundamentals of regripping. And that is about the number of times you should change the grip on the club. There are different kinds of players. Some are tour professionals, while some like to play the game in their leisure time.
So, the frequency of replacing the grips will depend on what kind of a player you are. In general, a new grip would last up to forty rounds, which means forty different practice sessions. If you play golf occasionally, you need to regrip the clubs at least once a year. However, if you play it daily and practice for tournaments, you will have to change the grip every six weeks to two months.
What Are The Steps That You Need To Follow To Regrip The Golf Club?
Replacing the golf grip is not easy, especially not when you are still new to the sports. This is why we will be discussing the details here so that you can have an idea about regripping the clubs when the grip has been destroyed.
- Removal of the worn-out grips
The first step involves removing the previous grip that is already in a devastating situation. You can remove the grip in three ways without harming yourself or the club in any way.
- Air compression
If you have such a machine at your disposal, use the nozzle and insert it through the club’s rear end where the grip is located. Once you switch on the machine, the air pressure will be released, opening the grip easily.
- Hooked utility knife
This is a grip removal tool that you can buy from any golf shop. For this, place the clubface between your feet and hold the club’s rear end with your left arm properly just below the grip. Use the knife to cut laterally along the length of the grip. Make sure you are slicing the grip smoothly while not destroying the club.
- Solvent pump
There are many organic compounds which act as an adhesive dissolver, like acetone. Fill up an injection with the compound and then insert the needle right in between the shaft and the grip material. Slowly release the liquid inside, making sure it is not overflowing. The solvent will dissolve the adhesive, and the grip will come out easily from the shaft’s body.
- Removal of the tape
You can avoid this step if you truly want to play a safe game and not risk harming the club. However, if you apply a new tape over the old one, the new grip will become thicker. This might become a problem later because it will add weight to the club. When you wish to remove the tape, you can slowly peel it off or use a small knife to make small incisions on the tape.
- Application of a new tape on the club
Before you apply the new tape onto the club’s shaft, you need to measure it. Ensure that the new tape has a little extra length compared to the length of the grip. Once you have measured it out, wrap the tape on the bare shaft. Leave the excess of the tape hanging from the shaft’s end because it will be used later to secure the grip properly.
- Addition of a solvent compound to the club’s end
There is a small opening right at the end face of the shaft. You will need a solvent liquid, which you have to pour it into this hole until it fills up the inner column. Once done, move over to the tape and apply the solution properly in a way where the entire tape gets soaked in the liquid.
- Sliding of the newly replaced grip
This is a vital part of the regripping process. Place a towel at the end of the new material and press it slightly against the shaft’s head. Push in the grip slowly but steadily without stopping once. You will see that as soon as you put pressure on the grip for sliding onto the shaft, the solvent solution will be expelled from the other hand like a jet stream.
However, before proceeding with this step, make sure the tape has been soaked in the solvent because it needs lubrication to allow the grip’s sliding over it.
- Establishing a proper alignment of the grip
The last step of regripping involves correcting the new grip’s alignment concerning the clubface and the shaft. Place exactly how the grip should be placed without disturbing the grasp.
How Can You Choose The Best Grip For Replacement?
You will need to buy a stable grip that is entirely new and perfect for your club for regripping. However, not everything you see meets the eye as it is. Similarly, if you think your chosen grip is ideal out of the blue, you might regret your haste decision later. So, here, we have shared how you won’t make such mistakes next time. Let’s see how!
- Measuring the old grip correctly
Sometimes, the clubs have different grips based on their types, while sometimes, they don’t. So, no matter what the circumstance is, you need to ensure that you have measured your previous grip, and using the same data to buy the new ones.
- Grip size
All the grips that you will see in the shop don’t have the same size. So, it would help if you made sure that the size you are choosing is perfect. And, there is a little trick to do so. Use your top hand and wrap it around the grip. If your fingers are digging or touching your palm, the grip is too small for your club. Again, if your palm and the fingers are lying far apart, the grip is quite big, and you must want to avoid it.
So, make sure that after wrapping your hand around the grip, your fingers and the palm should barely brush against each other, feathery touch, to be exact.
- Select the perfect type of grip
There are three major types of grips that you can find in the market.
- Cord grips
- Wrap grips
- Hybrid grips
Now, you will have to buy the grip which you think will be more convenient for you. For example, if you with a particular club too often, you might need a hybrid grip. Similarly, if you are playing under the sun too often, which leaves your hands clammy, you need the cord grips because they are rougher and will produce more friction.
- The material of the grip
That’s interesting because, in this era, there are many options in this particular field. You will get grips made from rubber sheath, nylon, leather, and so on. The top golfers in the world even prefer some of these materials. So, be very careful about the grip you are buying based on its material.
The last thing that matters when trying to buy the best grip is the price. It would be best if you made a budget strategy, so that you won’t have to cross a bridge you didn’t want to when the time comes. With a strategy right in your hand, you will be able to avoid any form of financial setbacks or crisis at the time of purchase.
After all, the grip is not the only thing that you have to buy for the regripping process.
What Are The Mistakes You Need To Avoid While Replacing The Grips?
No matter whether you are just a beginner player or you have been into this sport for days more than you could count, you are bound to make mistakes during your first time regripping.
Sometimes, you can look past these mistakes and play like you used to with the previous grip. However, sometimes, these mistakes are so bad that you are left with o option other than to repent or replace the grip once again. To help you avoid these, we here have discussed some of the most common mistakes players make during the regripping process.
- Wrapping the new tape over the old one
Once you remove your earlier grip, you will find a tape being wrapped around the shaft. Now, some players ignore it and wrap the new tape over it. This action has two significant consequences. First, the new grip will be thicker than the previous one, which might be uncomfortable. Second, the new tape might not stick to the old one properly.
So, you better remove the old tape before you do anything else with the new elements.
- Using the knife to cut deeply into the previous grip
You use a knife to cut your shaft’s body’s grip. But, if you apply a lot of pressure to the blade, it will dig deeper, and then it might damage the shaft, mostly if it’s made from graphite. So, never cut deeply through the grip. Just use the knife superficially and make a smooth incision.
- Not using a towel at the time of inserting the new grip
When you insert the new grip onto the shaft’s end, it is creating pressure on the air, which is being pushed out of the shaft’s hole in the form of the solvent jet stream. Now, to protect the shaft from slipping out of your hands or making the insertion of the grip harder, you need to use a towel. Do not forget its importance.
- Not using enough solution for soaking the entire new tape
As already discussed, most of the time, the grips are made of polymers belonging to the rubber family. Hence, they will be rough, and you will need a lubricated surface for them to slide on the shaft. And unless you want to spend an entire day in it, you have to soak the new tape thoroughly with the solvent, without leaving an ounce of space dry.
- Not measuring the old grip’s length
Let’s not get too confident here because if your new grip is not of the same length as the old ones, you will land yourself in a very compromising situation. So, it is better to measure the length of the old grip before you buy one.
Regripping is not an easy task, and you need a lot of practice. But, at least, you can start with learning more about this process, paying close attention to your existing grip, and following everything we have discussed here. Rest assured, you wouldn’t have to take a hard fall.