Have you ever been out on the course and felt that your clubs just aren’t quite right? The ball isn’t quite going where you expected it, or your swing is getting a little bit out of shape, or your wrists and shoulders are aching a little bit more than they usually do? All of the above can be signs that your grips need replacing. If you are a regular player, the chances are that they’ll need replacing on some of your clubs at least once a year, and even if you only play infrequently you’ll still need to do it sooner or later. Fortunately re-gripping your golf grips is a task that you can do yourself, in your own time, although you have the option of getting the club shop to do it if you prefer.

Start by using a sharp craft knife to cut the existing grip, so you can remove it. For safety, always make the cut away from you and if you have a bench with a vice available to hold it steady, so much the better. Use a soft cover over the teeth of the vice if you do this, so that you don’t mark the club itself. Once you’ve cut it, peel the grip away and remove the grip tape from underneath. You’ll probably find that it leaves some pieces behind, which can be scraped off with the knife, and that some of the glue will also remain. A cloth with cleaning spirits on it will soon dissolve this residue, and that’s all you need for this stage.

Take your new grip tape and wrap it around the club shaft, leaving about an inch stuck out over the top. Make sure you get it all smooth, with no creases or bumps in it, as these will make it difficult to get the new grip on or, worse, you’ll feel it through the grip once you start playing.

The new grip will need a bit of help to go over the grip tape. The best ways is to turn it over and, with your finger blocking the hole at the bottom, pour cleaning spirits into it to a depth of about 1/3, and shake it so that the inside gets completely wet. This will prevent the tape sticking to the grip as you put it on, but it will evaporate soon after and allow the adhesive to work.

Remove the backing from the grip tape, turn the excess at the end over and push it inside the shaft, and empty the grip so the spirit pours over the tape. You can then slide the grip on, making sure that you align the markers on the grip with those on the handle; otherwise it really will feel odd when you come to use it. Assuming it’s all lined up to your satisfaction, and is in the right position on the club, that’s the job almost done. All that remains is for you to wipe off any excess spirit and leave the club alone for half an hour or so, after which the tape will be firmly holding your new golf grips.

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