Looking down at your golf club grip, you may notice that it is starting to look worn out.
In golf, it is primordial to have a golf grip that is in good condition.
In fact, the golf grip is your direct interface with your club; it directly impacts how well you can hold your club, and how well your golf performance will be.
In the article down below, you will learn exactly how to replace a golf grip with the easiest method possible.
How To Replace a Golf Grip?
Replacing a golf club grip is a fairly simple process, but there are a few items you will need, listed down below:
Although the Double-sided Professional Grip Tape can be replaced with regular double-sided tape like the one you can find at the department store, it is recommended to use the golf-specific double-sided tape, like Golfwork Double-Sided Grip Tape.
Down below, you can read the steps to use the materials above and install a brand new golf club grip onto your golf club shaft.
Steps to Replace a Golf Grip
Down below are the steps to replacing your old golf grip with a brand new one. Make sure to read the details for each step to get the best installation possible.
Step 1: Cut along the old golf grip
Before you start the whole process, protect your floor by placing a bucket onto your floor, beneath where your golf grip will be installed. You could also use dirty rags or old newspaper placed on your floor.
Next, using your X-Acto knife, you will need to cut into the old golf grip along its length.
This means that you will need to cut into the old grip by following the line of your golf club’s shaft.
You can hold your golf club into place if you wish, pressing it against a table or some other hard surface to secure it.
Alternatively, you can secure your golf club into a vice, making sure to wrap the clamping point on the golf club with rags or a similar apparatus that will protect your club. Using a vice will make it easier to cut into the old grip.
When you cut into the old grip, make sure to not press so hard with the knife that you cut into the material of the club shaft. Only apply as much pressure as you need to get through the old grip.
A great way to make sure you do not cut into the club shaft is to gradually “score” the old grip.
This means that instead of trying to cut through the grip in one single cut, you will pass over the cutting line with the knife many times (10-30 times), slowly cutting into the old grip until you fully get through.
Scoring is more gradual and safe for both you and your golf club shaft.
When you have finally made a full cut along the old golf grip, go to the next step.
Step 2: Peel off the old golf grip
With the cut fully going through the old grip, it is time to peel it off.
However, pulling off the old golf grip may prove difficult, because of the adhesive agents bonding the grip to the club shaft.
If required, apply grip solvent to your old golf grip, and try to get it to drip underneath the old grip. The grip solvent will temporarily de-activate the adhesive agents bonding the old grip to the shaft, allowing you to slip grips on and off the shaft.
A good grip solvent to use is called the Brampton HF-100 Golf Grip Solvent.
With or without grip solvent, finish peeling off the old grip from the club shaft, and move on to the next step.
Step 3: Peel off the old tape from the club shaft
Now that the old grip is off the shaft, you need to peel the old tape off.
It might be easy to peel off the tape just like that, but if you have a hard time, you can try using the X-Acto knife cautiously to cut into the tape without cutting into the shaft metal.
Another tip you can try if the tape does not peel easily is to use grip solvent to temporarily de-activate the sticky characteristic of the tape.
Step 4: Install new tape onto the club shaft
Now that the old double-sided tape is gone, you need to attach new professional grip double-sided tape to the club shaft, like the one that was there beforehand.
The best option to use is professional grade double-sided grip tape.
You could also try using regular tape from the dollar store or the hardware store, but it might be less efficient than the professional golf tape.
Try to get the double-sided tape to fully cover the area that the golf grip will be installed onto.
Step 5: Install the new golf grip onto the club shaft
When you are ready to install the actual golf grip onto the golf club, you first need to apply grip solvent into the grip.
To prevent the solvent from dripping out of the golf grip, you can plug the hole with your finger or with a golf tee.
After that, you also need to apply grip solvent to the newly-installed double-sided tape in order to de-activate its adhesive properties until the new grip has been installed.
To apply grip solvent to the new double-sided tape, you can remove your finger or tee from the filled up grip, and let the solvent drip out of its hole and onto the double-sided tape.
The rags or newspapers you put under the grip installation area are meant to catch any grip solvent drops that fall and to protect your floor.
You can also apply grip solvent directly to the double-sided tape, without letting it drip out of the new golf grip.
Once grip solvent has been applied to both the new golf grip and the new double-sided tape, slide the new golf grip onto the club shaft.
Make sure the little hole at the end of the new grip is unobstructed to let air out. If you obstruct the hole, you will not be able to slide the grip onto the club shaft.
Keep pushing the grip onto the shaft until you the end of the grip, while making sure to not ruffle up the tape.
Step 6: Set the final position of your golf grip
With the new golf grip now installed, rotate it around the golf club shaft until it is in the position you would like to stay in.
Many people like to have the logo on the new golf grip facing directly upwards.
Once you have set the golf grip into the right rotational position relative to the golf shaft, do not move it anymore.
Step 7: Let the golf grip dry for 24 hours
Once the golf grip is in your desired position, let it dry for 24 hours.
Leave your newly gripped golf club in a safe location where the grip does not risk moving around on the shaft.
After 24 hours, the grip solvent will have subsided, and your golf grip should be securely locked onto your golf club shaft, allowing you to perform optimally when you are shooting golf balls.
There you go! After reading this article, you have learned how to change a golf grip on your golf club to replace it with a new golf grip!
If you see that your golf grip is not completely worn out yet, but that it has lost its tackiness, you can read our article to help you with that issue: How To Make Golf Club Grips Tacky Again?.
How often do you replace a golf grip? Let us know in the comments down below!