As someone who plays golf 5-7 days a week, my grips wear down rather quickly. Usually, I have to replace them every year or two. My hands sweat a lot when I play, so in order to keep my grips clean and make them last longer, I clean them every couple of weeks. For those of you who don't play as frequently, a quick rinse can make your grips last years!
- Wash Cloth
- Dish Soap
- Coarse Sandpaper (For Cord Grips)
The process is extremely simple, but well worth 20 minutes of your time. We are trying to remove the oils from your skin, as well as any dirt or sand that has gotten into the grips.
Step 1- Sandpaper
If you have "cord" grips, take some 80 grit sandpaper, and with moderate pressure, sand down all parts of the grip. You don't want to be too aggressive, but apply enough pressure to expose the cord again. If you don't know what a cord grip is, here is an example.
Step 2- Wash
Apply some dish soap to a rag/wash cloth, and scrub the grip with a good amount of pressure. The reason that I use dish soap is because it doesn't harm my hands at all.
If you aren't concerned about your skin, using tire cleaner is a good alternative. I have also heard of using Windex. All three of these cleaners do a good job!
If you golf a lot, you will want to repeat this process every couple weeks, especially during the hot summer months. I promise you that your grips will feel tackier, and last a lot longer this way!