Tires are a vehicle’s single point of contact with the road. Tire pressure is monitored and tire deterioration is seen by astute drivers. When it comes time to change tires, they take into account tread design, tire grade, durability, and other factors.
Faulty grips, like bad tires, have an effect on performance. The grip is the player’s sole point of contact with the club. Too often, golfers tolerate overly-worn and sometimes even torn grips, which can make them slippery and impact performance.
Do you give your grips the care they deserve? Do you need to clean or replace your golf grips? Grip cleaning is sometimes all that is required. Skin oil, filth, and sunscreen eventually get lodged in your grips. When you lose your surface tack, you immediately grasp the club too tightly. When cleaning no longer restores tackiness, it’s time to regrip golf clubs.
Excessivegrip pressureat the heel of your hand will often shorten a glove’s lifespan. It may also wear an area on your grip that has to be replaced.Correctly gripping the clubmay lessen your handicap and minimize glove and grip wear and tear.
Use thisstep-by-step guideAnswering the question of how to regrip golf clubs in order to establish a grip that combines comfort, stability, and control.
How to Choose Golf Grips to Regrip a Golf Club
To get the best golf grips, a player must consider many factors.
Select from oversized, midsize, standard and undersize grips based on your hand size. Build-up tape provides for more exact size fitting.
When gripping the club, your fingers should lightly contact the base of your thumb. If they dig in to your hand too much, your grip is too small; if your fingers don’t touch your hands, your grips may be too large. If you use the improper grip size, your game will suffer.
A grip that is too tight may encourage a draw, while a grasp that is too broad may result in a push or slice. It should be noted that a grip that is excessively broad may prevent appropriate wrist motion, lowering distance. Some players, however, choose broader grips to help them deal with medical issues like as arthritis.
Your trusted PGA Professional is a source of expert sizing information. Alternatively, Lamkin’sInteractive Grip Selector.
Grip selection often entails striking a balance between feel and club security. Any lateral movement of the hands’ grip during the swing spells disaster. Nonetheless, constricting the club with too much grip pressure is detrimental. Remember that the requirements of a hard-swinging teenager may vary greatly from those of a senior with a more leisurely swing.
Gloving behaviors can have an impact on texture selection. Gloving your lead hand is most prevalent. Some golfers play barehanded, but others, in rare situations, use gloves on both hands for extra grip. Almost every tour pro wears a golf glove on their dominant hand.
Torsion control is required more often as swing speed increases. A firm grip allows for stability even when combined with the lighter grip pressure typically preferred by better players.
At greater swing speeds, a soft grip may create excessive torque. Still, those with slower swing speeds and/or less hand strength may want softer, tackier grips. Torsion control is less of a challenge for them.
With the wrong grip, you may use too firm a grip without even realizing it. You’re making up for a lack of stability with a grip that’s too soft for your swing.
Golfers who often play in rainy or humid conditions may like the gritty feel of a corded grip. If you’ve ever seen a club fly out of a player’s hands upon impact, you understand the value of a sticky and/or textured grip. Any movement during the swing has the potential to destroy the shot.
However, some players find that the texture of acorded gripis too harsh for their hands, especially if they grasp the club tightly. In the rain, certain plastic and polymer grips become slick. Smooth gripping may need the use of tack spray on occasion.
Types of Golf Grips
Manufacturers nowadays employ a broad range of natural and synthetic materials to create their products.golf gripsPlayers want a blend of feel, durability, tactility, torsion resistance, and vibration dampening.
Golf grips are classified into four types: wrapped, rubber, corded, and hybrid.
Genuine leather wrapped grips continue to be popular. Manufacturers, on the other hand, employ synthetic materials molded in a wrapped form. Synthetic materials are often more resistant to temperature and humidity extremes.
Rubber grips are the most prevalent, in part because they are often the most cost-effective. Many sets of clubs offered to average players have rubber grips as standard equipment. Many golfers value the grip stability provided by high-quality rubber grips.
In bad weather, coarse, corded grips provide much-needed traction control. They wick moisture away from the crevices between the cords. Golfers who play in wet or hot, humid conditions often favor corded grips. Players with strong swings that generate high swing speeds often prefer corded grips.
To some extent, the fingers and palm of your hand have separate requirements. Hybrid golf grips address this with a firm cord upper for control and a soft rubber lower for comfort.
How to Regrip Golf Clubs
It’s time to get started when you’ve decided on a golf grip. Regripping golf clubs is a basic and uncomplicated procedure. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can regrip golf clubs in a matter of minutes.
You might delegate the duty to your golf pro. Choose a PGA golf professional to supply and install new golf grips, and you’ll profit from his or her extensive knowledge. A pro can walk you through the many grip choices. A PGA professional may also answer frequent queries. Should you use the same type grip to replace a worn out one? Is it time to consider a golf grip that is more suited to your game?
If you are certain that you have chosen the correct new golf grip(s),consider the DIY approach.
- Vise equipped with rubber vise clamps
- Utility knife or straight blade
- Deactivating grip solvent & a clean cloth
- Two-sided grip tape (34′ or 2″) plus, if necessary, 1/64″ build-up tape
Rubber vise clamps are required to protect the shaft of the club and prevent it from spinning. If you have graphite shafts, it’s best to cut through the old grip with a hook blade. Wear rubber gloves to prevent coming into touch with the deactivating solvent.
1. Remove old grip
Clamp the shaft towards the grip’s lower end. Point the club’s face toward the floor. Open the old grip. Care must be used while cutting into a circular surface. Don’t cut toward your body for your own protection. Avoid severing a graphite shaft. Remove the old grip and scrape away the tape. Remove the remaining residue with grip solvent and a clean cloth.
2. Apply grip tape
Measure the new grip to see how much of the shaft has to be taped. Apply ¾” grip tape in a spiral pattern from the top of the shaft to the point where the grip will end. Apply 2″ longitudinal grip tape. Take off the paper backing. Add a little additional tape to the shaft’s end.
To begin, if you wish to enhance the ultimate width of the new grip, apply build-up tape. It is also available in 34″ and 2″ widths. Apply the 34″ width in a spiral design once more. Apply the 2″ width throughout the length. Each layer increases the grip size by 1/64″. To acquire the appropriate thickness, layer the tape.
3. Apply solvent
Fill the hole at the end of the grip with a golf tee. Pour the solvent into the grip’s open end. Shake to disperse the solvent by covering the open end with your palm. Remove the tee and pour the surplus solvent over the shaft’s grip tape. Place a tray underneath the clamped shaft to capture any surplus solvent. Use the surplus solvent on the other clubs if you are regripping more than one club.
4. Slide grip into place
While the grip tape is still wet, roughly align the grip and pull it down over the butt end of the shaft. Check that the end of the shaft fits snugly into the very end of the grip. Adjust the alignment such that the clubface and grip are square. You’ll have about one minute before the tape becomes too slick. Allow several hours for the new grip to dry.
5. Go out and play
This is the exciting part. Head to the first tee and start playing with your regripped clubs!
You don’t have to use traditional grip solvents. There are also eco-friendly options.solvent alternativesSuch as soapy water and pressurized air. The main difference is in wait times. The solvent-based approach requires about two hours of drying time. The water-based method takes around 24 hours of drying time. The use of compressed air removes the need for drying time entirely.
The water-activated method requires a couple of tablespoons of dishwashing detergent in a quart of clean water. The solution should be applied on the grip tape. Slide the replacement grip into position.
If you have access to compressed air, get a pressure tip from a golf provider. Connect it to the pressurized air supply and place the other end into the hole at the grip’s butt end. The pressurized air will cause the new grip to expand, enabling it to be slipped over the grip tape. As you pull out the pressure tip, the grip returns to normal size, tightly adhering to the grip tape. It is also feasible to 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 a longer service life. Soiling was often disguised by traditional black grips. Today’s brightly colored grips draw attention to dirt and grime, and that’s a good thing. Players with colored grips may be more willing to clean them to keep them looking nice.
It is always a good idea to clean your golf grips on a regular basis. Use grip cleaning wipes or a big pail of warm water to clean the grip. Use a soft-bristled brush for corded or rubber grips and a washcloth for softer grips. Rinse each grip with clean water after cleaning it. Dry off with a clean towel before heading out on the course!