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Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to safely and properly re-grip a golf club, and a comprehensive list of the tools you’ll need.

Leave your requests for more “how-to” club building tutorials in the comments below, or Tweet them @RDSBarath.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. geohogan

    Feb 6, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    A tip from Steve Elkington, is to stick a tee
    into the grip end before pushing it over the tape, covered in solvent.
    The grip will go on easier and air will escape after tee is pulled.

  2. Steve S

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Used both air compressor and solvent methods. Use compressor when I’m in a hurry and want to use the club immediately or when alignment is critical and I want to fiddle with the adjustment. Don’t use it with cord grips since it is potentially dangerous and it’s more difficult since they don’t expand well or evenly.

  3. Acew7iron

    Nov 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I tell you what…you have someone blow one on compressor style with masking tape and do in in Texas Or Timbuktu then video tape you coming out of your shoes and making it slip,turn or come off.

    If you have the money to throw away on grips more power to you but Ill never use the sticky icky any more Compressor install = Better

  4. sk33tr

    Nov 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Nice refresher! Thanks! Did you get work setup through Golf Works?

  5. Larry

    Nov 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Great video and a good refresher for me. One observation – when removing the grip. I’ve always been told that removing a grip on a GRAPHITE shaft, to never use a traditional blade as it would score & weaken the fibers of the shaft. I’m assuming you used a hook blade…..but you may want to point that out to those that are new to regripping. Thanks again.

  6. Ryan Barath

    Oct 31, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for checking this out guys!

    The micro torch is used if the tape is really stuck on the shaft. The key is just to not apply too much heat when doing it.

    As far as using air goes, I’ve used it and have a compressor but I MUCH prefer the tape method. A grip is a sunken cost, just like tires on a car. The idea of saving grips is something I’m not a big fan of. I don’t do it with taped up clubs but like I said i cant remove grips with air and use air for sizing once and a while but what about cord grips? they get ruined with air because of the stretching. Ill stick with tape.

  7. alanp

    Oct 31, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    good article, i have re-gripped tons of clubs but its nice to see a refresher. you brought out the torch but never used it, whats it for?

  8. Acew7iron

    Oct 31, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Please…For the love of money do NOT use the old method with double sided sticky icky tape. If you do you will NEVER be able to adjust the grip if you need to and probably destroy the grip if you try to remove it for whatever reason. Grips are expensive in 2017…I recently “sunk” $40 into a SS putter grip but promptly removed it prior to sell the offending putter and replaced it with a $8 special.

    The only way to install grips today is by the air compressor method. Its easier,less messy,versatile and cost effective. Look on youtube for instructions…

    Your welcome

    • BIG STU

      Oct 31, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Ace you are 100% correct. Air is the only way to go especially if you are like me and find a lot of classic clubs with rotten grips. You can switch them out without any effort at all

    • James

      Oct 31, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Interesting take. I’ll stick to the tape as I shouldn’t need to adjust a grip after I install it correctly.

    • C

      Nov 1, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Try using blown on grips when chunking a sand wedge into Texas hardpan. Guarantee that grip will not be straight after that shot. Putter? Fine. But not any other clubs you take full swings with.

    • C

      Nov 1, 2017 at 7:36 am

      “The only way to install grips today is by the air compressor method.” Tell that to the pros. And if you argue that we’re not pros, then go ahead and sell all your name brand equipment because apparently having top quality equipment doesn’t matter to amateurs.

      • Skip

        Nov 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm

        LOL. Yup, just some guy trying to sound fancy. good luck with the grip staying secure, and don’t gimme the BS about PURE grips. There’s no magic about them that requires air installation. Try to name a Tour Pro that uses Air.

        • geohogan

          Feb 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm

          Glue and solvent allows a grip to be pushed over the tape smoothly without having to
          stretch the ID of grip oversize to go over the shaft, which is required with compressed air.

          Grips stay on by compression, not the adhesive on the tape. The more we stretch the ID, the less compression there will be to hold the grip on.

  9. Aaron

    Oct 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Where did you get your re-gripping station? The black catch-tray looks wider than many of the other stations I’ve seen online. Thanks!

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