Friday, February 12, 2010

For the do-it-your-selfer, changing your own golf grips can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be frustrating and humbling if you are not properly prepared and adequately set up. There is a reason most people will pay a professional to do the work.

\n \nBut if you take pride in changing your own oil or performing minor household repairs, you're probably up to the task, and you may already have some of the tools and supplies you'll need. Here's our list:

\n • A razor knife, box cutter, or hook blade

\n• A bench vise and rubber pads

\n• Double-sided grip tape

\n• Grip solvent or mineral spirits

\n• Grips

\n• Small terry towel

\n \nGolfsmith and Golfworks sell variations of these products designed for golf if you really want to set up a pro workstation, but you can definitely get by with run-of-the-mill versions of the above items.

\n \nFirst you'll need to remove the old grips by cutting them lengthwise and peeling them off. (Remember to always cut away from yourself.) We recommend removing any existing grip tape for a smoother installation and better feel.

\n \nNext place the club shaft in the bench vise and clamp it firmly without crushing the shaft. (This is what the rubber pads are for.) Wrap the butt end of the shaft with double-sided grip tape, the length of the grip. Pour a small amount of solvent or mineral spirits into the open end of the grip; be sure to cover the small hole on the other end with your finger.

\nCover both ends and shake to coat the inside of the grip evenly with solvent, then pour the excess over the taped end of the shaft. Firmly slide the grip on and remove your club from the vise. Turn the club upside down and gently tap the butt end of the grip on the floor to seat the end cap of the grip into the shaft. \n

\nWipe all excess solvent off of the club and grip, and then check the grip for proper alignment and straightness. Complete these steps for all of your clubs and voila, you've got new rubber on your wrenches!\n

\nGood luck and good shots!\n

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