Are you tired of your putter grip slipping or losing its tackiness? Then, it’s time to change and re-grip your putter grip.
This guide will show you how to replace your old grip with a new one and get your putter feeling brand new again.
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Choosing the Right Putter Grip
Before you start changing and re-gripping your putter, choosing the correct grip for you is essential.
Putter grips come in different sizes, shapes, materials, and textures, so finding one that feels comfortable in your hands and helps you maintain a consistent putting stroke is vital.
If you have larger hands, consider a thicker grip, whereas a thinner grip may be more suitable if you have smaller hands.
Putter grips come in different shapes, such as pistol, round, and square, so it’s worth trying various forms to find the best work.
Materials used in putter grips range from rubber, synthetic, leather, and cord.
Rubber grips are the most popular, as they offer good durability and tackiness, while synthetic and leather grips are generally softer and more comfortable.
Cord grips are the least popular but provide excellent traction in wet conditions.
Tools You’ll Need
To change and re-grip your putter grip, you’ll need the following tools:
- Putter grip
- Solvent (such as mineral spirits)
- Double-sided grip tape
- Grip solvent
- Hook blade knife
- Vice or clamp
- Towel or rag
Step-by-Step Guide to Change and Re-Grip a Putter Grip
Now that you have your tools and new grip let’s start with the step-by-step guide on changing and re-grip a putter grip.
Step 1: Remove The Old Grip:
First, use a utility knife to cut the grip lengthwise along the shaft to remove the old grip.
Be sure to cut only the grip and not the shaft to avoid damage to the club.
Then, use a grip solvent or rubbing alcohol to loosen the grip and peel it off the shaft.
Be sure to clean the shaft thoroughly before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2: Clean the Shaft
Before re-gripping your putter, cleaning the shaft to remove any dirt, debris, or residue from the previous grip is essential.
This will help the new grip adhere better to the shaft and provide a better bond.
To clean the shaft, you can use a clean cloth and some rubbing alcohol or solvent to remove any dirt or oil.
Let the shaft dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
Step 3: Apply Double-Sided Grip Tape
Double-sided grip tape is used to secure the grip to the shaft and prevent it from slipping or rotating during use.
To apply the grip tape, remove the protective backing from one side of the tape and wrap it around the shaft, starting at the top and wrapping it down towards the club head.
Be sure to overlap the edges slightly to create a seamless bond.
Then, remove the backing from the other side of the tape and prepare it for the grip.
Step 4: Apply Grip Solvent
Grip solvent lubricates the grip tape and provides a slippery surface to help slide the grip onto the shaft.
To use grip solvent, pour some solvent into the open end of the grip and swish it around to coat the inside.
Then, pour the excess solvent onto the grip tape and use it to coat the entire length of the tape.
This will help the grip slide on more efficiently and create a better bond.
Step 5: Prep the new grip:
Before installing the new grip, it must be prepared by removing any protective packaging and inspecting it for defects or damage.
Check the grip for any alignment marks or logos and ensure they are positioned correctly.
If the grip has a hole in the bottom, plug it with tape to prevent any grip solvent from leaking out.
Step 6: Slide the new grip onto the shaft:
Once the new grip is prepared, and the shaft is clean and dry, it’s time to slide the grip onto the shaft.
Align the grip with any alignment marks or logos and slide it onto the shaft, twisting slightly to help distribute the grip solvent evenly.
Be sure to slide the grip down to the butt end of the shaft.
Step 7: Let the grip set:
Once the new grip is in place, hold the club steady and let the grip set for several hours to ensure that it adheres properly to the shaft.
This is an essential step, allowing the grip tape and solvent to bond strongly with the shaft.
Use the club only after the grip has fully set and dried.
In summary, changing and re-gripping a putter grip is integral to maintaining your golf equipment and improving your putting game.
By following these steps and using the right tools and materials, you can easily replace your old grip with a new one and get your putter feeling like new again.
Remember to choose the proper grip, clean the shaft, apply double-sided grip tape, use grip solvent, and hold the club steady while the grip sets.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much does it cost to replace a putter grip?
The cost of replacing a putter grip can vary depending on the type and quality of grip you choose, as well as where you have it done. On average, a putter grip can cost anywhere from $5 to $30. If you have it done by a professional club fitter, they may charge an additional fee for their services. However, re-gripping your putter yourself can save you money on labor costs.
How long does it take to change a putter grip
The time it takes to change a putter grip can vary depending on your level of experience and the tools you have available. If you're a beginner, it may take up to 30-45 minutes to re-grip your putter. However, if you're experienced and have the right tools, it can take as little as 10-15 minutes. It's important to take your time and follow the steps carefully to ensure a proper grip installation.
How often should you change your putter grip?
It's recommended to change your putter grip every year or every 40 rounds of golf, whichever comes first. However, the frequency at which you should change your putter grip can also depend on factors such as how often you play golf, how much wear and tear your grip experiences, and your personal preferences. If you notice that your putter grip is starting to lose traction or wear down, it's best to replace it sooner rather than later to maintain consistent putting performance.
Why is it important to change and re-grip a putter grip?
Over time, putter grips can become worn and lose their traction, leading to poor putting performance. Re-gripping your putter can help improve your grip and overall putting game.
Can I re-grip my putter myself or should I have it done by a professional?
Re-gripping your putter can be done yourself, but it's important to follow the steps carefully and use the right tools and materials. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, it's best to have it done by a professional club fitter.