Guide to Regripping Golf Clubs
In the modern high-tech golf landscape, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the barrage of new weaponry coming into the marketplace. But instead of sifting through all the information available on space-age metals and whiz-bang engineering, there is one decidedly low-tech component of the golf club that just may hold the key to shaving strokes off your score in 2019 – your golf club grips.
Characteristics of Golf Club Grips
Many golfers purchase new clubs and take for granted that the most important part of the club is the end that hits the golf ball. But what they do not realize is that a club’s grip is a significant factor in determining if it is the right club for you. There are many designs and sizes to choose from, so be sure to test each grip type before selecting the one with the perfect feel for your game.
Club grips vary in:
- Grip style & tackiness (i.e. corded, putter grips)
- Size (undersized, standard, midsized, oversized)
Each grip style correlates with a golfer’s hand size and personal preference. For example, Jack Nicklaus, who won more major tournaments than any golfer in history, and Tom Kite, who at one time had won more money than any golfer in history, both used “ladies” grips (undersized) on their golf clubs because both players had small hands. So while grip size isn’t an indicator of golf skills, it is an integral part of having the right club for you.
However, many golfers are unaware of this. No matter what grip your playing style requires, it is crucial to have the perfect fit. And if you’ve found a club that used to work well, but no longer does, it may be time to replace your grips!
Replacing Your Club Grips
Even if you have golf grips ideally suited for your style and hand size, eventually your club grips will become worn – losing their “tackiness” and becoming slippery. Does this describe your club’s grip? Many players routinely get their sticks re-gripped at the beginning of every golf season.
There are two options:
- Get your club regripped at a golf shop
- Regrip your clubs DIY style at home
If you’re not interested in regripping your clubs yourself, taking them to a shop is a great option. After all, it has to be done, so you might as well let the professionals do it! On average, this cost ranges between $75 to $135 – depending on the shop you go to.
However, if you choose to regrip your clubs at home, it is easily done and takes only an hour or two. Start by slicing the old grips off with a utility knife and removing the old tape with a solvent, such as mineral spirits. Dry the metal shaft and reapply the tape. Then slide on a new grip and you are done!
Regripping your clubs at home is a great way to save money, but may not be for everyone. But if you’re interested, give it a try – you might be surprised at how easy it can be.
The Importance of Your Golf Club Grip
If you find yourself losing your competitive edge on the golf course, take a closer look at your club grips. If they are worn down or have lost their tackiness, it’s probably time to get your grips replaced. After all, the foundation of every golf swing is the attachment of the hands to the golf club. And if that attachment isn’t at its prime, then it will most likely show in your golfing performance.