How To Regrip Golf Clubs

Knowing how to regrip golf clubs makes it easier and more affordable to replace them as and when needed

How to regrip golf clubs
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As a golfer, learning how to regrip golf clubs is really valuable. While you might not think it, something worn out or on its last legs can cost you precious shots, especially in damp and wet conditions.

Cleaning them often will help, but they do have a lifespan, and will eventually need replacing.

However, for those who carry the full allotment of 14 clubs in their bag, cost can often be a major deterrent.

Do you go for a new set of grips or that new wedge you’ve had your eyes on? All too often it will go the way of the wedge.

But changing a golf grip is easier than many golfers imagine.

There will no doubt be subtle variations from pro shop to pro shop, but we suspect the basics haven’t changed much over the years.

How To Regrip Golf Clubs Yourself

You will need the following…

  • New grips
  • Double-sided tape
  • White Spirit
  • A sharp Stanley knife or similar
  • A cloth
  • A receptacle as long as a grip
  • A vice with shaft protector

Step 1: Remove the old grips

First, cut or peel off the old grips, which may or may not be straightforward depending on how long they’ve been on.

With steel shafts you can be relatively ‘aggressive’ with the knife, always making sure to work the blade away from you not towards you. (You may find it easiest to do this with the club secured in the vice.)

With graphite shafts, you must proceed more carefully to avoid damaging them.

Related: The best golf grips 

If you’re lucky, a careful incision at the narrower end of the grip may pave the way to it peeling off easily, but sometimes it will be a painstaking process that you have to carefully repeat as you pick off all the remnants of old grip and tape.

Dab the cloth in White Spirit and rub it up and down the shaft where the old grip was to clean off the final bits.

Step 2: Preparation

How to regrip golf clubs

Make sure the tape is slightly longer than the grip
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Next, starting at the butt end, wrap the double-sided tape round the grip working downwards and allowing sufficient space so that it doesn't start overlapping lower down as the grip gets narrower.

You can also get double-sided tape in sheet form rather than on a reel.

Leave a little extra at the top and don’t unpeel the other side of the tape until you are ready to fit the new grip.

How to regrip golf clubs

It's important to leave a little extra tape at the top
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Wrap the extra bit around the top so it is covered with tape as this will make it easier to slip the new grip on.

How to regrip golf clubs

The extra tape should be folded over to cover the butt end so you can slip the new grip on more easily
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Step 3: Fitting the new grips

Place the club in the vice with the head pointing up, taking care to use a shaft protector (or similar) to avoid damage as you tighten.

Now take one of the new grips, cover the little hole at the end, and pour in a little White Spirit.

Cover both ends of the grip with your fingers and swill the White Spirit around so the whole of the inside is coated.

Place your receptacle under the grip (if your vice arrangement allows you to do so), then, pinching the open end to control the flow, pour the White Spirit over the double-sided tape with any excess falling into your receptacle to re-use.

How to regrip golf clubs

Place a bowl or similar under the grip when pouring on the White Spirit
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Take the grip and slide it on, making sure any alignment tweaks are done quickly, as there is a limited window in which you’ll be able to manoeuvre the grip.

How to regrip golf clubs

Slide the new grip on quickly, aligning it as well as possible
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Take it out of the vice and check it in the address position to make sure it’s correctly aligned, taking care not to damage the head on the ground.

If you’re quick enough, you’ll still be able to make final adjustments at this stage before it sets too firmly.

How to regrip golf clubs

Make final tweaks before it sets too firmly
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Repeat this process a further 13 times if you’re replacing a full set!

Joshua Mayo
Top 50 Coach

Location: Windmill Leisure

Joshua has been playing golf pretty much his entire life with his dad, Paul, being a former Amateur champion and Walker Cup player. He brings a holistic approach to coaching for all ages and abilities and he will use a combination of modern teaching methods as well as the traditional methods. Is an all-round sports fanatic.

Teaching philosophy: 

As a whole I like to consider my teaching to be holistic. With qualifications in sports psychology and strength and conditioning I like to consider myself able to deal with any scenario. On a daily basis I see people need to improve their physical well-being just by watching them swing a club. Some other people have issues that can’t be seen physically and can only be found when you dig a bit deeper into their mindset. Some people just want to have a friendly chat and the smallest of improvements in their golf can make their day. Everyone needs specific and individual attention but from a golf coaching perspective having good posture and trusting your own swing from that point is crucial. 

Assessing a student's needs:

Ask them how they learn best. People learn in different ways. Asking them what job they do can often be a good indicator of how they learn. Some people love seeing video analysis with trackman data whereas other people like to feel the movements and learn from the feedback of the strike and ball flight. Others like to see explanation demonstrations so showing and explaining can be useful. 

Greatest teacher:

My dad, Paul Mayo. He was fortunate enough to play in the Masters with Jack Nicklaus so that alone means he has plenty of experience and stories to tell. His lessons are always engaging and he keeps things extremely simple. He coaches by eye and has an amazing understanding of people's needs. He has developed young golfers as well as elite and lady golfers. His attitude towards the game is inspiring and contagious.