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How to Make Golf Grips Tacky? – Best Method

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How to Make Golf Grips Tacky? To get the most performance out of your golf club, you need to have the best grip possible on your golf handle. In fact, your hands are the only parts in contact with your golf club, so you need those points of contact to be adhesive and tacky.

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If your golf grips are not tacky enough, you will risk the golf club slipping in your hands, which will directly impair your performance. You could compensate the lack of tackiness by holding the golf grip extra firmly, but your muscles will overcompensate and your body will be too stiff, making you lose control and consistency.

When you buy a new golf grip, it starts out adhesive, and tacky. However, as time goes by and you use your golf clubs, the grips start to lose the tackiness. Fortunately, you do not need to look further than down below for the best and easiest method to make golf grips tacky again.

How to Make Golf Grips Tacky?

As your golf grips accumulate playing hours, oily and salty residues start to build up, and these make the grips more slippery. To make the golf grips tacky again, you need to clean the residues off. Whenever you notice your golf grips lost their tackiness, usually every 1 to 2 months if you play often, clean them. Your grips will almost feel new; you will thank yourself, and so will your handicap.

To remove oily, salty and other residues from your golf grips, you will need the following items:

Materials Needed:
-Golf club with old grip
-Container or bucket
-Soft Brush
Mild soap or dishwasher soap
-Cloth or towels
-Warm Water
Medium Grit Sandpaper (optional)

Steps to Make a Golf Grip Tacky

Step 1: Fill a container with warm water

When you fill the container or bucket with water, use lukewarm to warm water. Do not use water that is too warm, or you risk burning yourself or destroying the golf grip’s glue.

Step 2: Add soap to the warm water

Only use mild soap, or dishwashing soap. Do not use any bleaching agents or abrasive soaps.

Step 3: Plunge the brush into the water and scrub the golf grip

Dampen the soft brush in the soapy water, but do not plunge the golf grip into the water. The only water and soap going onto the golf grip should come from your brush.

Gently scrub your golf grip with the soapy soft brush. Scrub the entire surface of golf grip for a couple minutes, until you think it is clean.

Make sure you use a soft brush over an abrasive brush (e.g. a brush with hard metal bristles). A more abrasive brush could damage your golf grip.

Step 4: Dampen a towel and wipe the soap off the golf grip

Pass a clean towel under water to dampen it and use it to wipe the soapy water off the golf grip. Make sure there is no soap left before moving on to the next step.

Step 5: Dry the golf grip with a dry towel

Take a dry towel and wipe off the water left on the golf grip. In addition, make sure there is as little water left possible on the golf grip, and no water left at all on the golf club shaft. Excess water can make the metal rust.

Step 6 (Optional): Use sandpaper to sand down the golf grip

If the golf grip is still not tacky enough, you can try sanding it down with sandpaper. However, some golf grip brands advise against sanding, so verify with your brand if sanding is a good option.

Do not use sandpaper that is too gritty; opt for soft or medium grit sandpaper instead.

Once you are ready, rub the sandpaper lightly against the golf grip. If the sandpaper is not creating enough abrasion, try experimenting with more pressure. Stop when the golf grip feels tacky enough and do not overdo the sanding.

Step 7: Store your golf club in a temperature-controlled environment

Do not leave your golf clubs in your car trunk, or in your garage. Instead, store your golf clubs in a temperature-controlled environment. This will prevent excess moisture and humidity from entering your equipment and your golf grips, avoiding the deterioration of the grip glue and the appearance of rust.


After reading this article, you now know how to make your golf grips tacky! Thanks to the newfound tackiness, your golf grips will not harm your game anymore and increase your handicap! Happy golfing!

If you are cleaning your entire golf clubs at the same time, check out our related article about cleaning your golf clubs: How To Clean Golf Clubs? !

Do you have other good methods for making your grips tacky? Let us know in the comments down below!