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How Long Do Golf Grips Last?

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golf grips

Every experienced golf player knows that golf grips cannot last forever, and you eventually need to replace them.

Therefore, you may want to know: how long do golf grips last?

In this article, we will tell you exactly how long golf grips last, how to know when your golf grips are no longer good, and give you tips to make your golf grips last longer.

How Long Do Golf Grips Last?

Golf grips last for about 40 to 50 rounds of 18-hole golf, which equates to about 1 year for the average golfer. If you play less than once a week, your golf grips will last longer. If you play very often, you might be changing your grips every 1 to 2 months.

Golf grips will wear out gradually over time rather than suddenly. You usually reach the point at which you should replace them after 40 to 50 rounds of 18-hole golf. Your grips will wear out fast if you are practicing in driving ranges on top of playing rounds.

It is important to replace golf grips when they are no longer good, because your clubs will start to slip out of your hands when they wear out.

Worn out golf grips can increase your score by as much as 5 shots. This means that getting new golf grips could technically lower your score by 5 shots if your current ones are worn out!

You can refer yourself to the chart below to know how often you should replace your golf grips.

Number of rounds played per weekApproximate lifetime of golf grips
11 year
26 months
34 months
43 months
52-3 months
62 months
71-2 months
Life Expectancy of Golf Grips VS Number of Rounds You Play Per Week

Please remember that you may have to change your golf grips more often if you are practicing in driving ranges on top of playing the golf rounds in the chart.

When Are Golf Grips No Longer Good?

Golf grips need to be changed when they start to feel slippery and lose their grip. When golf grips need to be replaced, they may feel firm, look glossier, feel firmer, be missing graphics and their rubber may be crumbling off.

Golf grips will naturally decay and need to be replaced over time, but certain things accelerate the process tremendously.

First of all, sweat, moisture, oils, dirt and salt will damage your golf grips and make them need to be replace a lot quicker.

Furthermore, UV-rays and extreme temperatures can also damage your golf grips, notably by damaging the graphics on them or by “ungluing” the adhesives attaching your grips to your clubs. If your grips are no longer really attached to your clubs and feel loose, you need to replace them.

The point of using golf grips is to make them grip to your hand when you shoot the golf ball, so if your grips start to feel slippery and lose their grip, it is the main telltale sign you need to replace your golf grips.

Another sign your golf grips may need replacement is if they start to feel firmer than usual. In addition, when your golf grips are no longer good, they will look glossy, and light will reflect more on them than when they were new.

Over time, the rubber on your golf grips will degrade and start to crumble, which is a sign you need to change your golf grips. If the graphics and logos on your grips are cracking or follow off, you should probably replace your golf grips.

Professional golf players play so often that they need to replace their golf grips every 1 or 2 months. If you play in a rainy region, you will need to replace your golf grips more often because the water is bad for the grips.

When regripping your golf clubs, you have two options.

You can pay someone to regrip your golf clubs, and you can get them back about half a day later.

Alternatively, you can replace your grips your self following our guide on how to replace golf grips, and then let the grips dry for at least 24 hours after you installed them to make sure they are on tight.

How To Make Golf Grips Last Longer?

Golf grips can last longer by washing the sweat & moisture off them with soap and water, storing your golf clubs in a temperature-controlled environment, keeping your clubs away from rain, and avoiding gripping your clubs too hard.

Golf grips really decay quicker as sweat, salt and moisture accumulates on them, so you need to wipe your clubs down often if you wish to maximize their lifespan.

After every shot in a round, you can wipe your golf grip down gently with a towel. At the end of your golf rounds, you can wash your golf grips more thoroughly with soap by following our guide: How To Make Golf Grips Tacky Again.

Another primordial elements to extending the life of your golf grips is to store them correctly. If you leave your golf grips in your car trunk or outside, especially in the sun or rain, you are asking for problems.

Store your golf clubs and grips indoors in a temperature-controlled environment  in which sweat, moisture and other contaminants can dry off your grips effectively.

Finally, avoid holding your golf grip too hard if you want to maximize its shelf life. Gripping your grip too hard will also tense up your arms and reduce the effectiveness of your golfing technique. Read our guide to learn how to grip your club correctly: How To Hold A Golf Club Correctly.


There you go! After reading this article, you have learned how long golf grips last, how to know when they are no longer good, and how to extend a golf grip’s lifetime.

With these tips, you will be better able to know when to replace a golf grip so that it does not slip out of your hand while you shoot.

Use the tips in this article, and you will add a bit of lifetime to your golf grips that serve you so well.

How long does it take before you usually change your golf grips? Let us know in the comments down below!

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How To Replace a Golf Grip? – Easiest Method

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replacement golf club grips

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:

Materials Needed:
-Golf club with old grip
New Grip
-X-Acto Knife
Grip Solvent
Double-sided Professional Grip Tape
-Optional: Vice
-Optional: Golf Tee

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!