As a golfer, you really should know how to change a golf grip. It is not an expensive process, and will save you loads of money in the long run! I have compiled a tutorial that should explain everything that you will need to know about re-gripping a golf club.
Before starting, you must:
- Find your optimal grip size- I highly recommend that you attempt to find the correct grip size. I have written briefly about this here.
- Determine how many wraps of tape you will need to put on your club- After determining a grip size, you will find this grip sizing chart extremely useful. Several golf stores carry "mid-size" and "over-sized" grips, but my preference goes to the technique of adding tape layers under the grip to achieve these sizes. In my opinion, the extra wraps of tape make the grip feel much softer than the store bought mid-sized and over-sized grips.
- Grip of your choice (I highly recommend the Golf Pride Multi Compound)
- Double Sided Grip Tape
- 1.88" Masking Tape (If you are adding layers- check out this tutorial on how to find the right grip size)
- Grip Solvent OR Mineral Spirits (both work the same)
- Hook Knife or X-Acto Knife (The knife in the link is both)
- Vise and Rubber Shaft Clamp
Installing a Putter Grip?
It might seem elementary to a majority of you, but I thought I'd clarify a few things about re-gripping a putter. When I first got into club-making, I thought that re-gripping a putter was an entirely different process than above. For those of you feeling this same way, I want to reassure you that there is no difference! Just like any club, you can add layers of grip tape under a putter grip, and install it the same. The only difference is in the alignment. You must be extremely precise when aligning your putter grip. I close one eye and look down the shaft like I would a gun. The flat part of the grip should be perpendicular to the face of the putter.