How to Save a Golf Grip the Cheap Way

Published Jan 04, 2016 | By Zach | Clubmaking Foundations
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Clubmaking Foundations Course

In this series, you will learn the basics of clubmaking and gain the skills required to re-grip, re-shaft, and fix your golf clubs at home.

Have you ever wanted to make an adjustment to one of your clubs, but had to cut the grip off to do so?  Have you ever cut off a brand new grip?  Do you cringe at the thought of ruining a grip that could be used for many years to come?  If so, you might want to consider learning how to save your golf grips for future use rather than cutting them off.

In my career as a golfer, I have wasted HUNDREDS of usable golf grips because I was too lazy to learn how to save them.  I can't stand to think the sum of money that I cut to shreds.  A year ago, I decided I was done wasting grips.  I didn't want to spend the money on a fancy grip saver (although had I bought one when I first started it surely would have payed for itself), so I started experimenting with cheaper methods.  At first, I tried the air compressor method.  For those of you who don't know this method, you can check it out below:

Unfortunately, I didn't have consistent success with this method.  In my experimentation, I exploded several grips (yes... the grip made a loud explosion sound. It's a frightening experience so I wouldn't recommend this method unless you're confident that it will work for you), and decided that method was not for me.

After giving up with that, I researched some other ways to save a grip.  I thought about purchasing a syringe and injecting solvent into different parts of the grip to remove it, but decided against the risk of injecting myself with mineral spirits on accident with the sharp needle.  Instead, I found a tool on The Golfworks that gets the job done for a reasonable price, and is completely safe to use.

If this method doesn't work for you, or you don't mind the price tag, here is an alternative solution that requires a bit less work.

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