Do You Monster-Size Your Grips?

Golf Re-Gripping Tips To Help You Save Time and Money

Download Hireko Golf 2014 Catalog“Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” is a phrase that if a tour player wins with a certain piece of equipment (or even a concept) that there will be increases sales on the following Monday. This is especially true for majors like the Master’s recently played. To find out what each player used, there are websites that report updates of “What’s in the Winners Golf Bag” (or WITB for short) for the winners. Sometimes these can be very detailed.

For instance, this year’s Green Jacket winner used a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Rocket Pink X-Flex shaft in his 44.5” driver that was tipped an additional 1/2 inch with a swingweight of D4. If that shaft just wanted stiff enough to begin with, the extra lopped off the tip must have dialed it right in to the flex he needed.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO PUT A GRIP OVER 10 LAYERS OF GRIP TAPE? WATCH AND SEE IF TECH DIRECTOR CAN!

Another unusual feature was Bubba’s grip size. He has +1/32” grips installed onto his clubs, but then he has some unlucky soul apply 10 layers of build-up tape underneath the grip along with an additional 2 under the lower hand to reduce the taper. Now how would you like to do that for each club in the bag?

I can tell you there is some serious fitting going on and something you would never find off-the-shelf. I am sure there are some of you might ask “Wouldn’t it be easier just to use a jumbo grip instead?” Well the particular grip he uses doesn’t come in that size, so one has to be created. Now the other people reading this are asking, “How the hell do they get the grip on with all that tape underneath?” Well, there is a trick to that and not all grips (like cords or synthetic grips like Winn) can be installed with that much build-up tape. The grips pretty much have to be rubber or rubber composition.

Here are some tips:

  1. Pre-cut all your tape ahead of time
  2. Stagger each layer of golf grip tape around the shaft so you don’t end up with a ridge or seam that can be felt underneath the grip
  3. Don’t have the masking or build-up tape overlap the end of the shaft, start at the edge
  4. Apply your double-sided grip tape over the tape and allow some to wrap over the butt end
  5. Apply a lot of solvent and work very quickly!
  6. Allow grips to dry
  7. Cut any excess tape that might be below the grip for a professional finishPutting on 10 Layers of Grip Tape

bubba sized grip_2Make sure if you are offering this service in your clubmaking shop, decide what to charge. Not only do you have extra time involved, but also the extra materials. If you were to do all clubs in a set sans the putter, you would go through 40 yards of tape in this extreme example.

You never know who might walk into your shop, even a two-time Master’s champion. Be prepared for unusual circumstances like this and know that it is possible to do.

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