For those fortunate to live in the southern climes to enjoy golf year-round, you might be surprised that many golf courses in the
Clubmaking books, including Hireko’s The 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 Rubber 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, 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 of the container and onto the tape, this works great! Clean up is easy, it is safe and evaporates quicker than the soapy water solution.
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 expensive 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.