What Is The Best Golf Grip Tape For My Golf Shop?

New Intertape 591 Premium Double-Sided Golf Grip Tape Is THE BEST Golf Grip Tape For Your Golf Shop

Golf Grip Tape ComparedOne of the staples of any golf clubmaking, fitting and repair operation is golf grip tape unless you are a proponent of installing grips on with air. The first thing to ask is “Are all golf grip tapes created the same?” Well my friends, that is like saying beer is beer. Before you make you next purchase you might want to consider the following.

Solvent based versus water re-activated grip tape
There are two primary types of grip tape. By far the most popular is grip tape that is lubricated with some sort of solvent that will eventually flash off and evaporate leaving the grip secure on the butt end of the shaft. The other type of golf grip tape is water based or water re-activated. This is typically instructed to be lubricated with a mixture of two tablespoons of dishwashing soap per quart of tap water. However, I find that undiluted glass cleaner straight from the bottle works even better. In either case, the time before you can effectively use the club could be a full 24 hours rather than a couple hours with solvent on double-sided solvent based grip tape.

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For hobbyists, individual strips of golf grip tape are more than sufficient. These are convenient as they are pre-cut to the length you need and all you need to do is remove both of the peel off liners and apply to the shaft. They come at a price though. A single strip can be $0.50 or more. Compare that to a roll of 2” wide x 36 yard grip tape where you can get nearly 125 strips, the cost is less than a dime.

2” wide tape is designed to be applied lengthwise on the shaft. The other option is ¾” wide x 36 yards, which is typically spirally wrapped around the shaft (sometimes leaving gaps). The price for ¾” wide solvent based golf grip tape is a little less than 2” wide x 36 yard roll solvent based tape. However it takes considerably longer to install and time is money.

Download the 2015 Hireko Golf Equipment CatalogIn an effort to save money, some 2” wide tape only measures 1.75” wide. Why? Naturally to save cost. With 2” wide tape, there is usually a little overlap. So 1.75” wide means there will be less overlap or even a slight gap when wrapped around the shaft, but still more than adequate to do the job.

The skinny on the solvent based golf grip tape Hireko sells
At Hireko, we offer several types of golf grip installation tape to satisfy your different needs.

brparticle3Hireko has sold for years and years and years an economy tape that serves its’ purpose well. The SG200 is the 2” wide double-sided tape while the SG075 is the ¾” wide version. It is a thinner type of grip installation tape (still thicker than why you will find on many OEM clubs today) with a plastic peel off liner.

brparticle4We added the Dynacraft Professional Double Sided grip tape about a year ago. This is a slightly thicker grip tape than our economy brand similar to what some of our competitors are selling to help consolidate our customer’s purchasing needs. This is a full 2” wide (unlike some) and has the plastic peel off liner. This happens to be the same quality tape that we offer in our individual PIP strips that are also offered in all our grip kits.

brparticle5We just started distributing Intertape 591 Premium Double-Sided Golf Grip Tape. Sadly we call this premium today because this was the grip tape that most veteran clubmakers recall as standard grip tape. This has the easy-release crepe paper liner allowing for either machine or hand application. It comes in the 2” wide x 36 yard roll and is much thicker than most solvent activated golf grip tapes sold today making it easier to install and remove when re-gripping saving you time and money in the long run.

So there you have it, we offer several different styles of golf grip tape from 2” to ¾” wide, solvent-based to water re-activated and economy to premium golf grip tape to meet the needs of any clubmaking operation.

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What Is The Best Golf Grip For Both Comfort AND Control?

Combining the control of a cord golf grip and the soft comfort of a standard grip, the new 2016 Karma Half Cord Golf Grips are the best of both worlds.

Cord golf grips are best known for their superior traction in wet and humid conditions.  However for many, the corded golf club grips tend to be abrasive and produce a less than desirable feel. To solve this problem, grip manufacturers have made half cord grips in different configurations.  For years the cord in a half cord grip was placed along the back half of the grip, but that is all changing.

Karma Half Cord Golf GripsThe Karma Half-Cord grip series features cord in the upper half of the grip to prevent slippage and reduce shot dispersion while the bottom half of the grip comprises of soft rubber to provide comfort and the right amount of traction.

Karma Half Cord Golf GripThe Karma Half-Cord grip series has a reduced amount of taper in which the lower half of the grip is built up to +1/32″.  These multi-textured grips are offered in a myriad of color combinations as well as multiple sizing for those looking for new grips for golf clubs.

What is a Modern Half Cord Golf Grip?
Karma Half Cord Grip Upper Half
Before we answer the question, “What is a half cord golf grip”, we first need to understand what the cord is. Cord grips have a layer of cloth or linen fibers that protrude through the grip’s outer surface of the grip to improve the traction. Cord grips are compression molded. At the beginning of this process, the fibrous material is actually pressed into the rubber composition grip surface. Next a second layer of rubber, known as the “skim” layer, is molded over this initial rubber/fiber matrix. The grips are then sanded to reveal the fiber (or cord) layers. This process is more labor intensive and as a result costs more to manufacturer.

The cord in the grip may be arranged in any number of patterns, including full cord, half cord, and even 1/4 cord. The latter two positions the cord material in the upper half or back of the grip where added traction may be needed most. For most experienced golfers, the term half-cord will conjure up the image of the cord running along the bottom side the full length of the grip (as pictured).

Full Cord Golf Grip Compared to Half Cord Golf GripModern half cord grips position the cord differently. The grip contains the corded material in the upper half of the grip to prevent slippage, while the bottom half consists of the softer, all-rubber composition that maintains the nice soft feel.

Karma Half Cord Golf GripsRegardless if you are talking about a full cord or half cord golf grip, these both provide a superior feel in all weather conditions. While they tend to cost more, these grips will last longer than rubber Download the 2015 Hireko Golf Equipment Cataloggrips and will not need to be replaced as quickly. Plus today’s half cord grips are available in a myriad of colors compared to the boring black grips with perhaps a single accent color you remember your father using.



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How To Properly Extend A Graphite Golf Shaft

Hireko is now offering a new golf shaft extender “system” to properly extend a graphite golf shaft and even steel golf shafts.

One of the most common repairs a golf clubmaker will encounter is extending golf clubs. Extending a steel shaft is pretty straight forward. That is if you have a 0.600” shaft then you order a 0.600” steel golf shaft extender and install it. However, extending graphite golf shafts it is not so cut and dry. Graphite shafts have a much larger range of butt diameters than steel, plus choosing the correct graphite shaft extender is not based on the outside diameter of the shaft, but the insider diameter. Two 0.600” butt end graphite shafts can have entirely different sized openings depending upon the weight and wall thickness of the shaft.


Download the 2015 Hireko Golf Equipment CatalogEleven is far better than two
In the past, graphite shaft extensions have come in two different sizes; standard and oversize. These two were to fit all the different models in the industry by either sanding until it fit the inside of the butt or wrapping masking tape around the stem or insertion end to act as a shim. Hireko is now offering a new extender “system” to properly extend a graphite and even steel shaft. We have 11 different color-coded sizes plus a measurement tool to take out the guesswork and have an extender that fits properly.

Graphite and Steel Golf Shaft ExtendersThe three largest extenders serve double-duty by fitting graphite or the most popular steel shaft sizes (0.560”, 0.580” or 0.600”). Usually this is a no-no with other graphite shaft extenders, but these are made of high-quality nylon blended plastic that is durable enough to extend a steel shaft without breaking.

Golf Shaft ExtendersThe beauty of the system
What makes this shaft extender system work so well is the Graphite Golf Shaft Measurement Gauge. No more second guessing what size to order. To use, simply insert the gauge into the butt end of the shaft you wish to extend without forcing it in. When the gauge stops you identify the color just above the butt of the shaft and order or choose the correct size shaft extender from your inventory to do the job correctly. This will allow for slight sanding for a better epoxy bond or you can order the color code just below it.

Do I need all the different sizes for my shop?
The answer is no if you don’t mind the additional work of sanding the insertion end of the extender to the exact fit of the shaft you are trying to extend. The Gold (0.500”), Red (0.530”) and Black (0.560”) will be the most popular and allow for sanding the smaller sizes and still leaves enough depth of the flutes for additional epoxy adhesion.


Tips to Extending Graphite / Steel Shafts

  1. Always epoxy the shaft extension in place, do not rely on a pressure fit.
  2. Lightly abrade the insertion end prior to installation to give the epoxy a better hold.
  3. Make sure the transition Golf Shaft Extendersstep fits tightly against the very end of the shaft and there is no gap. This will allow for 2” of insertion depth.
  4. Once the epoxy has cured, cut the butt end to the desired golf club length with a friction or hack saw. NOTE: Never extend a graphite or steel shaft more than 2″ (unless it is a putter shaft). Any more may cause premature failure due to stress where the extension is made. If you need longer golf clubs (greater than 2”) it is best to re-shaft rather than risk using one of these graphite golf shaft extensions. The same goes for any commercially available steel shaft extensions.
  5. Never extend a golf club that already has been extended previously.