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PUTTER GRIP INSTALLATION & CARE (Part 1) In this first installment, we lay out the simple steps for installing a putter grip. If you are someone who enjoys Do-It-Yourself projects, you will find this process fun and rewarding. If not, you may want to head to your local pro shop and let them do the heavy lifting. Supplies you will need for installation: Bench Vice Rubber Shaft Clamp Utility Hook Razor Blade Two Sided 2" Grip Tape Grip Solvent Spray Bottle Shop Towels Small Paint Tray ***CAUTION*** Always perform grip installations in a well ventilated area to avoid a hazard. Step 1: Firmly secure your putter shaft into the vice. Secure the putter firmly into the vice. Be sure to apply only enough pressure to secure the putter from twisting during installation. Next, place the paint tray beneath the grip end of the club to catch all excess grip solvent. Expert Tip: Make sure that the putter is squarely lined up, with the toe pointing up at the sky. This will make alignment easy when it easy when it comes time to install the new grip. Step 2: Remove the old putter grip. Using a utility knife, with a hook blade razor, make a straight cut the entire length of the putter grip starting at the narrow end of the grip. Next, peel away the old putter grip and any grip residue, leaving only the old grip tape on the handle. Step 3: Remove the old grip tape. Remove the old grip tape at your own pace. You may use the utility knife, a heat gun or hair dryer to make this step faster easier. Be sure to remove all traces of glue from the shaft handle. Expert Tip: Use heat and acetone to remove any stubborn glue remnants. Step 4: Apply the new grip tape. Measure out a strip of grip tape 1" longer than the length of your grip and cut. Apply the adhesive side of the tape lengthwise to the handle, leaving the 1" inch excess tape overlapping the butt end of the handle. Next, peel away the tape backing and proceed to wrap tightly over the handle. Twist the excess 1" of overlapping tape and plug it into the shaft butt end. This will keep all debris and solvent out of the shaft after installation. Expert Tip: Be sure and check the core size of your new putter grip and your shaft handle diameter before performing installation. Most putter shaft butt ends will measure at .580 inches, and most putter grips will have a M58 core size. This combination will create a perfect standard size fit. However, there are some putter grips that have a M60 core size. If you run into this situation with a .580 shaft butt end, make sure that you use a couple of extra wraps of tape under the right hand of the grip. As this will allow for a perfectly fit. Step 5: Apply the grip solvent to the grip tape. Pour (1) cup of grip solvent into a spray bottle. Hold the new putter grip vertical with the butt end in your hand. Using your finger, cover the hole in the grip butt end and spray 5-7 sprays of solvent into the grip. Also, use the spray bottle to wet the new grip tape with solvent. Next, with your finger still over the hold in the grip butt end, use a finger from your opposite hand to cover the large grip hole and proceed to mix the solvent inside of the grip. After the solvent is mixed, dump out all excess solvent onto the new grip tape. Step 6: Install the new putter grip. With the grip visually lined up squarely to the putter toe, slide the new grip over the grip tape and towel off to dry any excess solvent and avoiding contact with the leather portion of the grip. Expert Tip: When installing the new putter grip, make sure that the grip tape has been liberally treated with solvent. If you do not use enough solvent the grip may get stuck half way on during the install process. Step 7: Align your putter grip. Remove the putter from the vice and visually make adjustments to your new putter grip to assure that your grip is aligned properly. You will have approximately 5-10 minutes to adjust the grip to make sure that it is properly aligned. Expert Tip: Use a door jam to squarely brace the putter face while you adjust your putter grip. Step 8: Let the new grip set. Allow the grip to dry for at least 15-20 minutes before use. Step 9: Don't brag. Be cautious, if you proceed to brag about your new found skills to your friends, you may become their go to guy for grip installation. http://www.aceofclubsgolfco.com/blogs/news/14736493-leather-putter-grip-installation-care-part-1
LEATHER GRIP INSTALLATION & CARE (Part 2) In this next installment, I discuss some preferred methods of caring for your leather golf grips and making them last for years. Leather putter grips are very easy to maintain and care for, but this process may require persistence in order to maintain that soft, supple feel. Over time, the natural oils from your hands and other foreign substances that your grip comes into contact with on the golf course takes its toll on the condition of your putter grip. So we recommend regular scheduled maintenance to keep your grip soft and your confidence up. Key Thought: Confidence is the key to remember in this process. You will not be able to perform to your maximum potential on the putting green if you are uncomfortable in any way. If you complete this cleaning process and do not like the way your grip feels in your hands, stop cleaning your leather grip. Just keep in mind that you may have to replace your leather grip sooner rather than later if you do not care for your leather grip on a regular basis. Supplies you will need for maintenance and care: Saddle Soap A Soft Cloth or Towel Small bucket of Water Step 1: Clean the leather putter grip. While applying liberal pressure, wipe down your leather putter grip with a damp, soft cloth to remove all dirt, dust and debris. The grip should be completely free of dirt before the soap is applied. Step 2: Prepare the saddle soap for application. Dip the damp cloth into the saddle soap and work into a good lather. Step 3: Apply the saddle soap. Rub a small amount of saddle soap into the putter grip and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Expert Tip: Apply the saddle soap in small, circular motions to ensure full coverage. Much like waxing a small car. Step 4: Wipe off the excess saddle soap. Using a clean, damp cloth wipe off all excess saddle soap. Expert Tip: Be sure that no remaining soap is left on the grip, as this can cause dryness and cracking. Step 5: Condition the leather grip. Apply a small amount of leather conditioner to a clean dry cloth and rub in with a small circular motion until you covered the entire grip. Expert Tip: This step is optional depending on the level of tackiness that you prefer to feel in your grip. Step 6: Store the leather grips in a safe place. Avoid storage in direct sunlight, extreme heat or an area where carbon monoxide is present. Expert Tip: If you are taking the time to regularly clean and care for your leather putter grip, be sure store your golf clubs in a cool, dry area to avoid drying and cracking. http://www.aceofclubsgolfco.com/blogs/news/14780757-leather-putter-grip-installation-care-part-2