When it comes to golf, your choice of equipment can make or break your game.
If you’ve ever found yourself using an unfamiliar set of golf clubs, you’re unlikely to perform as well, compared to using your own. The main reason for this is that the grips are alien to you.
The more you play, the more familiar you become with your golf club grips – but what happens when those grips need replacing?
Here we have some of the most commonly asked questions about regripping golf clubs, and answers to help inform your decision-making about getting new ones.
What are the benefits of regripping your golf clubs?
Regripping your golf clubs will give you an improved feel, grip and level of control, and help you execute the perfect shot.
Once grips become worn, golf clubs have a tendency to slip in your hand, causing unwanted movement. This can result in erratic, and let’s face it, highly embarrassing shots.
Want to be able to grip it and rip it? New grips will definitely help you there – they require less grip pressure, allowing you to maintain club head speed and longer distances.
Fresh grips can make a world of difference to your confidence and performance in all weather conditions. Knowing you are gripping a club that is fit for purpose, gives you that much needed reassurance standing over the ball as you play your next shot.
How do I know if I need to regrip my golf clubs?
Golf grips are the only part of the golf club that you touch on every single swing. Therefore, it is important they are in good condition, in order to maximise performance.
After hours of practising and playing golf, your grips will inevitably start to wear down. Just like your golf shoes, grips start to deteriorate over time due to a number of factors, including, oil and sweat from your hands, dirt, UV rays and elements of the weather, such as heat, cold and rain.
You may also start to notice a change in the appearance or feel of your grips, such as:
- Becoming glossy or slick
- Feeling firmer than normal
- Paint starts coming off
- Rubber or cord starts to crumble
- Noticeable signs of wearing
- Cracks starts to develop
- Shiny sports start to appear
- Areas of the grip becoming smoother or harder than normal
It is worth noting that even if your grips pass the eye test, you will still want to take into consideration how they feel. And you certainly wouldn’t see the likes of Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson using grips that are starting to disintegrate – so why would you?
Can I regrip my own golf clubs?
Regripping a golf club is a relatively simple, straightforward process. Once you have become familiar with the process, you should be able to regrip your club in a matter of minutes.
Alternatively, you may choose to visit your local golf pro shop and get them to do it. This comes with the added benefit of their expertise and knowledge in which ones will best suit your game. They can also ensure that they meet golf grip standards for competitive golf.
They can guide you through the different options and answer any questions you may have along the way, such as ‘should you replace a worn out grip with the same style, or a new one?’ or ‘what golf grip best suits my game?’.
By taking it to a professional, there could be an additional charge to fit your grips. However, you may see this as money well spent, if it means you get the right grips for your game.
How much does it cost to regrip your golf clubs?
Golf can easily turn into an expensive hobby. However, regripping your golf clubs is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your game, and is certainly cheaper than replacing an entire set of golf clubs with new ones.
The cost of regripping golf clubs will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The type of grip
- The type of material you choose.
- Any labour charges (if you go to a pro shop)
- Any materials or additional tools needed for regripping golf clubs (if you don’t already have them to hand).
The price of each grip will vary depending on the type, size and brand, ranging from a few pounds each up to around the £40 mark per grip.
The best golf club grips will certainly not come cheap. However, you do get what you pay for. It is all about finding the right golf grips for you, your hands and your swing.
How long after regripping golf clubs can I play?
Once your golf clubs are regripped, you will not be able to use them straight away.
Ideally, you should wait at least eight hours before hitting any balls. The best advice would be to get them regripped at night and let them dry overnight.
This allows for the bond between the grip, tape and solvent to fully set, and helps to ensure that the grip lasts and is stable.
Using them before they have dried will cause the grip to move out of position, meaning when the glue does dry, they won’t be aligned with the club and you will have to get them regripped again – an additional expense you could probably do without!
Additionally, the grip can become loose if the solvent does not dry properly, which will impact your swing and performance – again, another undesirable outcome.
What are the different types of golf club grips?
Broadly speaking, there are three main types of golf club grip: jumbo, putter and ribbed.
- Jumbo golf grips are the largest type of golf club grip you can buy and are designed for those with larger hands.
- Golf putter grips are specially designed to improve your putting stroke on the greens.
- A ribbed golf club grip has a pronounced rib on the underneath that acts as a guide for where to place your fingers when holding the golf club.
In addition to this, today’s manufacturers use a variety of natural and synthetic materials to construct golf club grips.
Deciding on the right one for your game will come down to how they feel, their durability, and their level of tackiness. Furthermore, at a more advanced level, you may consider their ability to absorb shock upon impact and the level of resistance they offer.
In terms of material, golf club grips fall into one of the following categories:
- Wrapped – genuine leather grips remain popular. However synthetic materials are now used by manufacturers as they are less vulnerable to extreme variations in weather conditions.
- Rubber – are the most popular as they are more economical, and offer the stability golfers crave.
- Corded – are coarse and provide much-needed traction in adverse weather conditions. These are more suited to those who play in wet or hot and humid conditions, and those with a swing speed.
- Hybrid – a blend of rubber for comfort and corded for control.
Of course, not all golfers play the same or demand the same from their clubs. Regardless of whether you are an experienced or beginner golfer, your decision has to be on a case-by-case basis in order to suit your game.
How often should you get your clubs regripped?
Short answer: it depends.
I know that sounds like a bit of a cop-out, so a good rule of thumb is once a year. Some super keen golfers, and even regrip in the Spring every year, so they start the golfing season off fresh.
There are many factors to consider when deciding how often to get your golf clubs regripping, including:
- How often you play – the more rounds you play, the quicker your grips will wear out.
- Whether you wear a glove – the compound in the rubber soon breaks down with sweat from your hands.
- Prevailing weather conditions – for example, hot and humid climates cause grips to wear out faster.