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Installing New Grips - Golf Galaxy & Golfsmith


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#1 illini40

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 07:36 PM

I'm curious on people's opinions on getting grips installed at Golf Galaxy versus Golfsmith.  I have access to both stores, side by side, a few miles from where I live.

I am considering getting some new grips, and I am not looking to go at it myself.

So - have you had a better experience/results from one over the other?

Costs - is either one cheaper?  Do they give you a break on install costs if you purchase the grips from them?


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Posted 13 March 2011 - 07:41 PM

NO!

I don't usually use caps, but: AVOID THESE AT ALL COSTS!

Find a good pro shop or smaller golf store near you. These guys USUALLY know what they are doing and tend to have more experience. Plus you can build up a good rapport with them and they will help you out in the future. And they usually will not charge any more than a big box store.

Do a search on this topic, you will find too many horror stories for any sane person to even consider this.

Or, you can just learn to put them on yourself. Its stupid easy and you can guarantee a good job.

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 07:48 PM

+1 with the above. Unless you know the person there doing it personally and have seen their work please avoid these stores. I have seen multiple places screw up shafts being put in and grips being put anything but straight. I do my grips myself, because it is easy and saves money, but if not I know a guy at my golfers warehouse who is an excellent club builder. Find local owned golf shop not a chain store unless you know they do a good job

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 07:51 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys. Looks I need to do some more research on options in my area.

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 07:53 PM

You wouldn't happen to be talking about the two stores in Indianapolis that are side-by-side would you?


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Posted 13 March 2011 - 07:54 PM

I have used both to regrip my clubs.  I wouldn't have a problem with either doing it.  There are a lot of things I wouldn't trust them to do, but grips aren't one of them.  My experience is that they state their prices for the grips & install and don't really discount.  Just curious, are you talking about the Castleton stores?  Those are the ones I've used and they are next to eachother.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 07:57 PM

stevenq and pkshooter - yes, I'm referring to the GG and GS at Castleton.

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:00 PM

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:08 PM

I've used that GG twice on iron regrippings.  I think GS is a much better store, but I used GG because they had what I needed in stock and they were able to do them on the spot.  I watched them and had no complaints whatsoever.  I used GS for a putter grip once because they had a much better selection and no problems there either.  I guess I don't view regripping as very high risk.  Just because you take it to a "smaller shop" doesn't guarantee you will get any better quality work.  There are good & bad clubmakers at big shops and small shops.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:17 PM

I'd agree with the previous post. I've seen how my club's pro shop handled them in the past. They were seen as a pain in the rear, done quickly, never bothered pulling the old tape off. The one assistant pro told me no would ever notice the extra tape.

I like Golf Galaxy because I can stand there and watch them do it. It's also a good test to see if I can trust them to do loft/lies, and any other work. You can quickly spot the guys who know what they're doing vs. those who don't. I ended up finding a GREAT club guy at my GG, but of course he moved to another store 45 minutes away.

Regardless of where it is, I'll never leave them and come pick them up cause who knows what's going on when you're not there. I'd rather not risk being the one who they decide to train the new guy on.


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Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:21 PM

I just do my own, it is really easy.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 03:48 PM

I have a bunch of buddies at my local Golf Galaxy, and I at least know pretty much everyone there. Having said that, there are only two guys I would ever let do work on my golf clubs, and one person that I will wait days for him to come in to get work done. Hope that helps.
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Posted 14 March 2011 - 03:56 PM

I now do all my club work after having a set of irons re-gripped a long time ago and about 3 or 4 had standard grips and the rest midsize.  I wanted all midsize. I had them fix it when I picked them up but really it's kinda hard to not notice.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 03:59 PM

Golfsmith is only charging 98 cents per club for the labor up until March 22nd.  You can even buy the grips elsewhere and they still only charge 98 cents.  IMO, buy your grips off ebay then bring them to Golfsmith.  Youll pay half the price.

PS, do them yourself, you wont have to wait as long

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 04:04 PM

I don't have access to a Golfsmith near me, so my experience is only with GG. I have had them do shaft pulls/installs and grips in the past. They did what I paid them for, but I will note that they don't handle clubs gently. I now do almost all my own club work myself b/c I am real OCD with my stuff.


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Posted 03 March 2015 - 07:25 PM

It's actually very easy just invest in the materials and you will be surprised how easy it is.

I predominantly use Tour velvet with Logo down. Both Golf Galaxy and Golfsmith are great retail stores with quality equipment... but I simply don't trust just anyone working on my sticks.
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Posted 03 March 2015 - 07:30 PM

I've had good luck with golfsmith, but my tech there is this older cat who really knows whats up so I guess it depends on whom you get to work on your clubs.
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Posted 03 March 2015 - 11:48 PM

I installed mine for the first time a few years ago, haven't had anyone else touch them since. Easy!!!
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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:00 AM

I had one experience with golfsmith about 5 years ago (before I started Doing my own grips), the guy put the grips on fine, but they seemed a lot bigger then standard, I ended up removing the grips a week later and the guy left 3 wraps of tape on the shaft and just threw the new tape and grip on top. It obviously varies location to location, but I would definitely recommend investing in the supplies to do your own if at all possible.

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:20 AM

I've had good and bad experiences with GS but in the end it comes down to the employee that does it.  I've learned that i only go with them if the turn around is the same day.  I watch them do the re-grips in front of me.


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:05 PM

If you have a garage and a small vise there's no reason you cant do it yourself. It seems a lot harder then it is. There's a reason golf stores only charge 1.00 per club labor. Check out some youtube videos and give it a try. With a little trial and error you'll be a pro and wonder why you didnt do it before. I regrip all my clubs every spring. I like that new grip feel to start off a new season.

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:50 PM

My experience is its the person doing it, not the store they are employed at.

Big box stores can have quality builders and they can have people that have no business touching peoples clubs. Smaller places are the same. Its the people not the store.
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