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Re-gripping (DIY or PAY)

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I've been doing my own regripping for about 5 years now. It's simple and less expensive than having it done.

And....you can do them in the evening and play them in the morning without having to wait for them in the shop.

Tools are simple.

1. Bench vise

2. Rubber shaft adapter

3. Razor knife with hook blade

4. Grip tape removal tool

5. Grip tape

6. Mineral spirits

7. Paint roller pan to catch drippings

8. New grips

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I love doing everything myself specifically because I know that I will make it right. I love learning new things and there is always room for improvement. I have had things done by other people that was less that stellar. Sometimes I end up redoing things myself after I already paid someone to do it for me....especially haircuts. 

It doesn't take much to be able regrip by yourself. You can do it with some pretty basic stuff. You can also spend a lot of money and get some nice equipment. 

I like trying different grips and so normally I just blow the grips on with an air compressor and use masking tape on the shaft. I don't have any issues with the grips coming off though sometimes they do twist a little bit. If I find a grip that I like a lot then I'll use grip tape and fix it on there nice. 

 

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When I originally posted in this thread a few weeks ago it reminded me it was time to regrip my irons for 2019. The whole process took less than an hour and they look great using the tape/solvent method I’ve used before.

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Also thought I’d try blowing on the grip to my new Ping Sigma G Kushin putter. It was a whole lot easier than I ever imagined. I’m still unsure about blowing on irons/woods. Afraid I might lose the club at impact. Lol but for putters it’s perfect.

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Always DIY. I like fresh grips, so I change them every few weeks. If I paid to have them done I'd go broke!

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I have typically paid to have my grips done.  I'm about to DIY for the first time this weekend.  Grabbed a deal on the grips (Golf Pride CP2 Pro Midsize) and gear on Amazon.  Already have a vice.  Will let everyone know how it goes.  Fingers crossed.

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Always DIY. I like fresh grips, so I change them every few weeks. If I paid to have them done I'd go broke!

 

I think changing your grips every few weeks is enough for you to go broke as is. Idk anyone who changes them that frequently lol

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I re-grip my own now.  As others have said, it's pretty easy.

To make quick work of taking off the old spent grips, use a hook blade in your utility knife.  You'll find them at you local hardware store. Be especially careful not to cut graphite shafts with a knife blade. To avoid that, insert the hook under the end if the grip with the blade tangent to the shaft, and keep it tangent while you slit the grip open.

The toughest part for me has been getting the old tape off. There are tape removal tools that make that a lot easier, such as these from Golfworks and Brampton, or you can make your own from an old shaft.  It also helps to warm the tape a bit before you try.  A propane torch works well for that, if used carefully.

Grip solvent will take off what you can't scrape off.  By the way, paint thinner works as well as grip solvent for that job.  It also works just as well for installing new grips over fresh grip tape.

That is all easy enough, but it's messy and you need to wait a few hours for the adhesives to set.  But I think I've found a better way.  (Thanks to the friend who led me to it!)
Now I use a compressor to blow the old grips off and the new grips on.  Instead of using grip tape (with adhesive on both sides), I now use pieces of 2-inch wide masking tape cut to the length of the grips.  That way, if I'm only replacing worn grips with new of the same model, I don't even have to take off the old tape. How to air-install them is shown in this video.

Instead of that special airgun shown in the video,  I just use one that came with this $15 air compressor starter kit.  To help keep the grip from flopping around and buckling during installation, I slip a piece of PVC pipe over it that is a couple of inches shorter than the grip. (1 1/2-inch Schedule 40 PVC pipe has an average inside diameter of 1.38 inches; it fits nicely over my midsize grips

I have been using Pure™ DTX grips.  That is the same brand as used in the application video.  I like the way they feel and they last a long time. Two years ago when I last bought grips, they were pretty economical two years ago ($60 for 13), but the price about 50fi higher now.  I have heard that grips of other manufacturers can be applied the same way.

I blew on my first set of grips with a $15 12-vdc emergency tire inflator. It worked, but it was a bit of a struggle. Since then, I purchased a pancake compressor for other reasons.  It can deliver 2.6 SCFM at 90 psi and it works much better on installing grips.

 

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I’ve always paid, but I usually kick myself for not going the DIY route when I see how easy it is. Lots of good info in this thread about the DIY route so I may ween myself off paying and start doing it myself the next time I need a grip refresh.

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I’ve always paid, but I usually kick myself for not going the DIY route when I see how easy it is. Lots of good info in this thread about the DIY route so I may ween myself off paying and start doing it myself the next time I need a grip refresh.
Bring your sticks by my mom's place and I'll show you how easy it is to use compressed air. Just threw 3 of these on, using my crappy little 2-gal compressor, my 4i, 8i, and 56 today:

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Bring your sticks by my mom's place and I'll show you how easy it is to use compressed air. Just threw 3 of these on, using my crappy little 2-gal compressor, my 4i, 8i, and 56 today:

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Dude those TV Plus4s are awesome. My new favorite grips!
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