A Great Guide On How To Remove Golf Grips
There’s nothing better than finding the perfect club. A great golf club can make golfing a much more enjoyable activity. Like any sport, the right equipment is crucial when you want to perform your best. Tennis players need good rackets, runners need good shoes, and golfers need good clubs.
It’s very easy to spend a ton of money on a good set of clubs but, even with the highest quality construction, it’s possible that it won’t be “just right.”
The golf club grip is how your hand connects with the club and making sure it’s perfect will go a long way towards giving you an expert, comfortable swing. It’s tempting to immediately run to a professional if you need your golf grips changed, but the extra cost and time away from your clubs are pretty unnecessary.
For those who like to do it themselves, this article will give you a step by step guide on your to remove golf grips, giving you the opportunity to replace it with an option that’s perfect for you!
How to Remove Golf Grips: A Step-by-Step Guide
The Supplies You’ll Need
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- A Box Cutter, Hook Blade, or Razor Knife. You’ll be using this to cut off the current grip.
- A Bench Vise with Rubber Pads. The Bench vise will help you secure the club while you’re replacing the grip.
- Grip Solvent or Mineral Spirits. This will help your new grip adhere to the club
- A Small terry towel for wiping off excess solvent
- Double-sided Grip tape. This is important for securing your new grip.
- Grips. Obviously, you’ll need a grip if you’re going to replace your grip!
If you really want professional grade quality, check out brands like Golf works for the materials you need to make this process as easy as possible. Products from these sort of brands will lead to a great fit that will last you quite a while, but if you already have these materials laying around the house, it’s far from necessary to make additional purposes.
For the most part, grip solvent is grip solvent, and the tape is tape. Don’t break the bank to start this process, especially if it’s your first time. If you screw up, you don’t want to be out a ton of money. It’s simple, but it takes a little bit of finesse and attention to detail. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process below.
The first part of the process – the actual removing of the grip – is probably the easiest. It’s also the step with the most potential for injury if you don’t know what you’re doing and you’re not careful.
- Cut the grip lengthwise, making sure to cut away from yourself. Peel off the grip and remove any grip tape that’s stuck underneath. If you’re not comfortable with a knife, try searching the web for knife safety tips, or maybe leave this job to the professionals!
- Next, use the bench vise to secure the golf club. It’s important to use the rubber pads we mentioned in the supplies section, so you don’t accidentally crush your club. The worst thing that could happen is ruining your club while you’re trying to tweak it to perfection!
- Wrap the butt end of the shaft using the grip tape we mentioned above. Make sure the tape covers the length of the area you’ll be applying the grip too to make sure the grip stays put. It would ruin a golf trip if your club went flying on your first swing.
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The process to replace a grip is relatively easy, but if you skimp on quality for any of these steps – especially this one – you’ll likely be in for a world of hurt.
- Pour a little bit of solvent onto the open end of the grip. Like most of the steps above, this part of the process has precautions you should take to make sure you don’t ruin your grip.
During this step, make sure you’re covering the small hole on the other end to avoid solvent going where it isn’t meant to. You should just be able to use an index finger to block the opening, no fancy tools required.
- For the next step, cover both ends of the club and shake to coat the inside of the grip. Ensuring that there’s a nice even coating over the entirety of the inside will make it easier for the grip to slide on and adhere to the club. If there’s any excess solvent, go ahead and let it pour out over the taped end of the shaft.
- Speaking of sliding on, the next step is to put the grip onto your club! Firmly slide the grip on your club and then remove the club from the vice.
- The final step as far as replacing your grip is to turn your club upside down and firmly tap the bottom end of said grip on the floor. Doing this allows you to push the end cap of the grip further into the shaft.
- The last step is clean up! Use the terry cloth towel that we mentioned above to wipe up all extra solvent and clean up your workstation. In addition to making sure your working environment is spic and span, cleaning up any sort of leftover material that’s stuck to your grip or club is essential in making sure you’re left with a quality grip and a solid fit.
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Get Out there and Play
After changing your grip, the only real way to make sure you’ve chosen the best grips for you and that you did a good job of changing it is to hit the course.
After the first couple of swings, you’ll get a sense of whether the grip itself is correct and whether you did a good job setting up the alignment and fit. The last thing you want is to realize that you’ve made a mistake with either grip selection or the grip changing process.
We hope this article on how to remove golf grips was informative and interesting. Most people always think of turning to professionals when it’s time to do maintenance on their golf clubs, but the truth is, it’s relatively easy to do it yourself.
If you have a basic workshop setup, are comfortable using a blade, and can follow a simple step-by-step guide, you’re well on your way towards saving money and time by making these adjustments yourself.
See you on the green!