Looking To Save Time & Money Regripping Your Clubs? Great Re-Grips Tips Here!

Step 2aJeff Summitt Expounds His Regripping Wisdom

For those fortunate to live in the southern climes to enjoy golf year-round, you might be surprised that many golf courses in the Midwest, Northeast and for our friends above the 49th Parallel still have not officially opened yet. But for those that have already worn out the grips on your snow shovel this year, I am sure you are in great anticipation of the upcoming golfing season. Before going out for the first time, right now is the perfect time to have your clubs re-gripped. It has been proven that slick or worn grips can cost you valuable strokes on the course. As a preventative measure, re-gripping is relatively easy and inexpensive to do yourself or for a local shop to perform this service for you.

Clubmaking books, including Hireko’s Regrip Step 1The Modern Guide to Clubmaking, give detailed step-by-step instructions for the proper installation of grips. The tools necessary to re-grip are often inexpensive and in many cases, home shops already have some of the equipment on hand.

All you need is a vise, paint tray (to catch run-off solvent), utility knife with hooked knife blade, grip tape remover tool and http://www.hirekogolf.com/hireko/orderportal/catalog_presentation/by_group/0/434/0/0/0/0/0Rubber Vise Clamp (RAVC $1.60). You will also need grip tape and a liquid to act as a lubricant to help slide the grip onto the tape and then evaporate. Many tapes are solvent-based and most solvents are flammable causing a potential hazardous situation without the
proper safeguards in check. Hireko offers a non-flammable,Regrip 2 non-toxic solvent in an easy-pour quart container just for this purpose.

For hobbyists who are concerned about dangerous chemical that small children or animals could come into contact with, we offer individual strips of water re-activated tape. This tape is designed to work with a couple tablespoons of dishwashing liquid mixed in a quart of ordinary tap water. However, we found if you use Windex® (with ammonia works best) or any type of glass cleaner straight out ofStep 4 the container and onto the tape, this works great! Clean up is easy, it is safe and evaporates quicker than the soapy water solution.

More Tips
When removing your old grips, make sure to use a hooked knife blade. A regular knife blade can damage a graphite shaft. Also clamping the shaft too tightly in the vise can cause a lightweight steel or graphite shaft to crack. Both situations can lead to a much more Step 6expensive repair and neither is warranted by the manufacturers.

You want to remove the old grip tape for a fresh foundation for the new tape. Take a hair dryer or heat gun on the high setting and heat the tape for 20 or 30 seconds. This will soften the adhesive in most cases so you can simply peel it off the shaft. This is safe for all shafts with this short duration of time.  You can also scrape off the old tape with a grip tape removal tool.

13 comments

  1. […] Jeff Summitt Expounds His  Re-Gripping Wisdom To Save You Time & Money […]

  2. Bob Nix says:

    Here’s the fun part. You can get the grip 1/2 way on and then it just stops; no further on or off; you wind up cutting that grip off and buying another. You need to REALLY SOAK that tape with solution, and get a bunch inside the grip, sloshed around. Or – with an air compressor – and a basketball needle attached – (yes, you still need the tape solvent) start the grip, put the compressor tip in the hole on the grip, and just barely touch the air trigger as you apply “forward pressure” on the grip – it will almost jump onto the shaft. Makes this job really easy. By the way, if you hold the grip really tight, and force the needle into the butt end really hard, and really give it a LOT of air, you can blow up the grip. In your hands, in front of your face. Use a little judgement; because this will leave a mark.

  3. David says:

    I do regrip my on clubs something I learned from my dad , but was always uncertain of making to many wraps of tape making grip size to large. I guess my question is how does over size griping effect arm or hand turn and or how it effects making sure that you or square at impact? Can you help me understand.

  4. Jeff Summitt says:

    David:

    I do not find that making the grip undersized or oversized creates hooks or slices. Rather the proper grip size allows the golfer to swing the club naturally without having to re-grip the club during the swing which can lead to general inconsistencies.

  5. Joseph E. (Gene) Blastic says:

    Does anyone have a good method for removing grips for reuse????

  6. Bill Baute says:

    I’d like copies of the grip resizing charts/tape wraps but can’t find them on your website. Where can they be obtained?

    Thanks!

  7. Jeff Summitt says:

    Bill:

    You can find charts in the clubmaking book at the following link:
    http://www.hirekogolf.com/hireko/orderportal/catalog_presentation/by_group/0/2373/0/0/0/0/0

    There is also an interactive module on our site that will calculate sizing. It can be found at this link:
    http://www.hirekogolf.com/hireko/graphics/orderportal/modules/grip_size.html

  8. Nick Horniman says:

    Would someone advise whether it is possible to use a standard 0.6 inch diameter new grip on a Yonex graphite shaft with 0.8 inch butt diameter that tapers to 0.55 inch over the length of the grip. Maybe using a Big Butt Installer Tool is the only way?

  9. Jeff Summitt says:

    Nick,

    You will have a very difficult time putting a standard 0.600″ (or even 0.620″) grip over the larger-than-normal butt end. You might try using the TaylorMade Crossline BBL or Bubble grip as it was designed for an 0.810″ butt end that tapers down to 0.670″ at the mouth.

  10. Nick Horniman says:

    Thanks Jeff but the clubs are my wife’s and the Bubble grip will be too fat for her small hands – that’s why I thought the Big Butt tool gave me a fighting chance but at £15 it may be just more money down the drain

  11. Jeff Summitt says:

    Nick,

    The Bubble grip is much thinner than a normal grip so it would result into possibly men’s standard size. Any other grip will be much, much larger.

  12. Nick Horniman says:

    Ok thanks a lot will do that.

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