Here’s how to re-grip your clubs in 7 steps The Golf Grips For Your Game

We’ll go over the 7 essential steps to regrip with tape and solvent along with some beginners common mistakes.

Ensure that the grip’s core diameter is the same (or extremely close) as the shaft’s outside diameter when choosing a grip.


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How to Re-Grip Your Clubs

It may be necessary to use a hook blade or knife to remove the old grip. The old grip should quickly come off once you’ve cut through the grip.

Using a vice and shaft clamp will keep the clubhead steady when working with golf clubs. Vice is not strictly necessary but it can help keep your desk tidy and clean because the clamp holds the club tightly this helps prevent injury. Vices are available at many local hardware stores.


How to Re-Grip Your Clubs in 7 Steps

The removal of old tape will begin once you have completely removed the old grip. The player sensibly asked whether the new tape could just be placed on top of the old one (like the DMV stickers). Even though it may seem like a sensible approach (saving time) we still recommend removing all of the old tapes.

Common Mistake Alert: The new tape may not adhere properly to the old tape if the old tape is left on. The result can be unsightly bulges in your grip. Most likely, you’ll wind up with extra layers of tape that will increase the diameter of the grip which may or may not be desirable.


How to Re-Grip Your Clubs in 7 Steps (common mistakes to watch out for)

After the grip and tape have been removed from the shaft, we can prepare the replacement tape. If you are dealing with a roll of tape cut the length you require. In most cases the size of the tape is equal to the length of the grip. Step 3 can be skipped if you are using pre-cut tape strips.

As long as the tape strip is up to 1″ shorter than the grip itself there will be enough surface area to secure the grip to the shaft.

STEP 4 - Apply the new tape to the shaft (But remember to remove the wax paper on both sides!)

Re-Grip Your Clubs

Once you have prepared the new tape and removed the wax backing run it lengthwise along the shaft leaving about 1/4″ to 1/2″ protruding from the butt end.

However, hold on! This tape is designed to be sticky on both sides. Due to this you must remove the wax paper backing from the tape. When working with pre-cut tape strips, remove the wax paper from BOTH sides!

IMPORTANT: Please do not attempt to play golf or even swing your clubs if you forgot to remove the wax backing. The grip may fall off causing severe injury.

The tape should be wrapped tightly around the shaft. Then tuck the extra tape hanging off the end into the shaft butt.

The tape is tucked in three ways. Starting with the butt end of the grip, it provides adequate sealing and adhesion. In addition it prevents liquid from entering the shaft. Third (and most importantly) it protects the grip from being sliced or damaged by the sharp edge of the shaft (during step 7).

Common Mistake: If you do not twist and tuck the tape into the shaft’s butt end you might end up cutting through the grip material and ruining it.


Re-Grip Your Clubs in 7 Steps

You should liberally spray grip solvent or mineral spirits on the shaft to ensure that all tapes are covered. After that pour more solvent into the grip itself while keeping your fingers on the cap to prevent the solvent from escaping. Cover the opposite opening of the grip with your other hand and shake the solvent inside the grip until the entire inside surface is coated.

Recoat the grip tape with any excess solvent after removing the grip cap.

Common Mistake Alert: An insufficient amount of solvent can make it difficult to press the grip onto the shaft resulting in the grip becoming stuck midway.


This is where things can get complicated.

If you want to prevent any solvent from drying out you must act quickly. Open the gripping mouth and slide it onto the shaft maintaining it as straight as possible while pushing until the shaft butt reaches the end of the grip.

After the grip has been attached to the shaft quickly adjust the grip as necessary to ensure the desired finishing position (for example, if you would like the grip logo to be up or down).

Next, turn the club upside down and tap the end of the grip firmly on the ground to ensure that it is well seated onto the shaft. The solvent may dribble out.

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The solvent is needed as a lubricant to slide the grip onto the shaft. The grip may become stuck midway if not enough solvent is used inside the grip and the shaft.

Second, the solvent acts as an activator for the tape. The tape’s stickiness becomes complete contact once it has healed. It keeps the grip firmly attached to the shaft.

Common Mistake Alerts: Be sure to push the grip as straight as possible onto the shaft during step 6. You may break the grip if you slide it on at an angle even a small one. This is especially true of grips with wraps.

Additionally, you will scrape part of the solvent off the grip’s angled joint causing it to lose lubrication. Consequently, your grip could become stuck in the middle and therefore unusable.

Lastly, many composite grips are thin and fragile. They won’t stretch. Soft grips, such as Winn Excel or Dri-Tac provide little room for error. Again, if you do not slide the grip straight it may break apart and become damaged.


How to Re-Grip Your Clubs in 7 Steps

With your grips in place it’s tempting to put your clubs to use. It is strongly recommended that you wait at least 6 hours after regripping. The solvent must completely cure during this period, so keep the clubs in a dry and cool area.


The materials used to construct grips age and wear over time. Ozone, heat, grime and oils from your palms naturally deteriorate your grip. With a redesigned grip you can hold the club gently without the subconscious concern of losing it during your swing. The relaxed state encourages good swing mechanics and wrist movement. As a result of a worn grip, you grip the club more tightly, creating arm and wrist stress that interferes with proper swing mechanics.


No grip is best for all golfers, so grip selection is highly dependent on individual needs.


You should regrip once a year as a general rule. Whatever materials make up your grips, ozone, heat, dirt and lubricants constantly degrade them whether you play golf every day or twice a year. Granted, regular use and personal preference may require regripping sooner but after a year, the grips have deteriorated enough to need new grips. When grips become hard and glossed over they lose a great deal of their natural feel. Golfers tend to miss this because it happens slowly over time. Remember that even a small, unnoticeable slide can be amplified to many yards when the ball reaches its target. Regripping every spring as the “formal” start of the golf season is considered the easiest way to remember.

Alternative methods

It is not necessary to use traditional grip solvents. Other options include soapy water and compressed air which are less harmful to the environment. The main difference is the wait time. Solvent-based methods require about two hours of drying time. Water-based methods require a drying period of about 24 hours. Compressed air eliminates the need for drying.

The water-activated approach requires a couple of tablespoons of dishwashing detergent in a quart of water. Apply the solution to the grip tape with a brush. Slide the replacement grip into place.

Purchase a specially designed pressure tip from a golf supply store if you have access to compressed air. The other end should be inserted into the grip’s butt end hole after connecting it to the pressurized air supply. The pressurized air will expand the grip allowing it to be slipped over the grip tape. When you pull out the pressure point the grip shrinks back to its original size, firmly adhering to the grip tape. You can also use compressed air to remove outdated grips.

Cleaning Golf Grips

You’ll want to maintain your grips clean once you replace them. Regular cleaning results in greater performance and longer service life. Traditional black grips frequently disguise soiling. Brightly coloured grips today bring attention to dirt and grime, which is a good thing. Players with coloured grips may be more willing to clean them to keep them looking nice.

It is always a good idea to clean your golf grips regularly. Use grip cleaning wipes or a large pail of warm water to clean the grip. For corded or rubber grips, use a soft-bristled brush, and for softer grips, use a washcloth. Rinse each grip with clean water after washing it. Dry off with a clean towel before heading out on the course!