How To Regrip A Putter?
If you are like me you love golf and if you love golf, there is a good chance that you also love golf equipment. I bet there is a set or two out there that you look at longingly every time you step into a sporting goods store.
Unfortunately, even after you have picked up your dream set of clubs, you will still find that occasional maintenance is required. Don’t worry, it’s not as high maintenance as taking care of your car, but I would go so far as to say that there is the golf equivalent of a flat tire, that being, the worn-out grip.
If you play enough, and I hope for your sake that you do, you will eventually notice that your grips have gotten sloppier than they used to be. Luckily, regripping your clubs is relatively simple and inexpensive (by golf standards anyway) but if you opt to have it done professionally you will be paying a lot in service fees.
Save yourself some money, and read on to learn how to regrip your putter from the comfort of your own home!
What you will need:
Unfortunately, there is a little bit of startup cost when it comes to regripping your golf clubs. There is a lot of equipment involved, and not everything is standard supplies that you are likely to find in your garage. That said, you can count on saving money in the long run. Let’s take a look at what you will need.
- New grip (of course)
- Bench vice (for holding the club in place)
- Rubber shaft holder
- Double sided grip tape
- Knife with a hooked blade.
- Grip solvent
- An old rag.
How to Regrip Your Putter:
Let’s just get right into it, shall we?
Step 1: Remove the old grip: I bet you guessed that would be the first step, didn’t you? Well, you were right. The whole point of this exercise is to get rid of the grip that is past the point of its prime, so that will be the first thing we do.
To remove the grip, you are going to need to take the hooked utility knife that we mentioned earlier and cut across the length of the grip. I’m somewhat sentimental so the sheer brutality of how we must dispose of the grips that we were at one point fond of used to bother me but it is how it has to be done.
While you cut, always be sure to move the knife away from your body, and be sure that no appendages are liable to be injured should you make a mistake with the knife.
Once this is done simply peel off the old grip.
Step 2: Get rid of old grip tape:
With the grip removed you will find a lot of tapes beneath where it once had been. You are going to need to remove it now so that you can put on a fresh layer.
Ideally, the tape is going to come right off as you pick at it (its tape after all—if you’ve ever removed the tape, you will be able to remove this) but it can at times be a little bit difficult. Just do your best to scrape and pick it all off. My guess is that you won’t have much trouble with this step.
Step 3: New Grip Tape:
Now that you have taken the tape off, we are going to put some more on. At this point, you are going to want to secure the shaft of your club in the rubber holder, and then the table vise, tightening it gently to the point that it will not be too loose. You’ll, of course, want to be careful not to damage the shaft.
After your shaft is secure, you may then apply the tape to the length of the club allowing for an inch of overhang at the butt end of the club. Once you have done that, you may fold the overhang in, and remove the strip of paper from the back end of the double-sided tape.
Step Four: Pour the Solvent on the Grip:
For this step, you are going to want to have something around to catch runoff, as there is basically a guarantee that some solvent will spill on the floor.
Once you have made provisions to eliminate the possibility of making a mess, plug the rear relief hole on the bottom of the butt of the club with a tee, and slowly pour the solvent into the grip.
You will then pour that solvent from the grip over the length of the grip tape that you have just applied. Remove the tee and then proceed immediately to the next step.
Step 5: Put on the New grip
Like I said, do this step immediately after finishing up with the last one. You are going to want gently slide the grip over the solvent covered grip tape, of course making sure that it is properly aligned.
Step 6: Check yourself:
You’re almost done. The last step is simply to gently remove the club from the vice, and carefully grip it as though you were addressing the ball. Keep in mind that since the solvent has not set yet it will be easy to misalign the club, so be careful.
With this step, you just want to make sure that the grip is aligned how it is supposed to be. Once you determine that it is, you can set the club aside for a few hours while the solvent hardens, and rest assured that you have done a good job. Way to go, now you know how to regrip a putter!
Of course, these steps will transfer easily to any golf club.
So now you know how to regrip your clubs. Whether you decide to use this information, or you have reached the conclusion that it is worth it just to pay the pro, I think that it is something every player should be aware of.
Golf is so much a game of feel that I think it is nice to have the personal connection to your clubs that regripping them provides. If you decide to go this way, be warned—do it yourself club modifications can be addicting, and once you start working on your own gear, it becomes a lot harder to blame the equipment for a bad shot.