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JERRY CARPENTER
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DISCUSSION: REGRIPPING YOUR CLUBS
The following was taken from the internet discussion on Golf Tips.

The grip provides the golfer his/her only physical contact with the golf club, many golfers are not aware of the importance the shape of the grip has on the outcome of the shot. Many golfers are not aware that grips are available in a round or ribbed shape. The rib grip is created in production where the mold has a flat side. If you peer into a ribbed grip you will notice a flat side. Once installed on a round shaft, the flat side creates a protrusion known as the "reminder" rib. The rib assists in placing the club in a consistent position in the fingers to square the clubface to the target line.

Many better players prefer round grips so they can visually square the clubface to the target line with no outside influence from a rib in the grip. Round grips also make "hooding" and "opening" the clubface easier by not placing a grip rib in an unfamiliar location in the fingers.

The reminder grip is highly recommended for those golfers who have difficulty aligning the clubface to the target or who are generally inconsistent in gripping each club the same way. Of course to the reminder rib to work properly, it must be installed correctly. Generally, the rib should be positioned directly on the back on the shaft. The location can be altered slightly to assist in opening the clubface to counter a hook or closing the clubface to counter a slice. If rotated off-center to accomplish one of these options, the off-center grip actually forces the golfer to weaken or strengthen their hands position on the club.

The shape of the grip is usually recognizable by feel, but if in doubt look inside the mouth of the grip and check the letters and numbers to determine its size and shape. A Professional Clubmaker can show you various shapes and sizes of grips and help determine which is best for your game.

Jerry's Comments: Let me provide a handy step-by-step guide for regripping your own clubs, if you choose.

REGRIPPING YOUR GOLF CLUBS

The following step-by-step instructions are for use with slip-on, rubber composition grips.

SIZING GRIPS

Inside the mouth of each grip is a code that indicates its inside core diameter, whether the grip is for men or women, and if the grip is round or ribbed. Standard grip size will be achieved whenever the grip core is equal to the shaft diameter, using a single layer of grip installation tape (e.g., an M58 grip on a .058" shaft butt will give a standard grip size; as will an L56 grip on a .056" butt). To verify the butt diameter of your shaft, use a butt gauge or check manufacturer’s specifications.

Whenever the shaft butt diameter is greater than the grip core diameter, the grip will be LARGER than standard (e.g., an M58 core grip on a .600" shaft butt, with installation tape, will be 1/64" oversize).

HINTS

While improperly sized grips make it slightly more difficult to achieve consistent wrist motion in the swing, clubmakers should fit the grip size for comfort first and for perfect size second.

"Standard" grip size tends to feel a little too small to most golfers.

For a larger grip size, use a grip with a smaller diameter than the shaft butt.

"Jumbo" or "oversize" grips are usually between 1/32" and 1/16" larger than standard.

Grips can be made 1/64” smaller by stretching them down the shaft 3/4" and holding them in place until they will “stay” by themselves--usually about a minute.

Given the multitude of variables, consistent and proper grip size can be best determined using a grip sizing tool to measure proper left-hand size (2" below the grip cap) and right-hand size (5" below the grip cap)... this assumes a right-handed player. Your professional clubmaker should be measuring each grip to exact specifications at the time of installation to ensure a quality product consistent with the standards you would expect.

STEP ONE

Secure the club in a vise near the grip, using a protective rubber vise clamp. Position the clubface perpendicular to the floor in the playing position.

STEP TWO

For METAL SHAFTS ONLY, remove the old grip using a grip knife, razor knife, hacksaw, or stripper.

USE EXTREME CAUTION because the cutting edge of the blade could slip off the grip and inflict severe injury... always cut AWAY from yourself!

Scrape off the old tape and residue.

For GRAPHITE SHAFTS, remove the old grip using a hook-bladed knife. Peel off the old tape by hand and clean up the residue with a cloth and some grip solvent. DO NOT SCRAPE the graphite shaft because the scraping could cut into the graphite fibers and weaken the shaft.

STEP THREE

Hold the new grip next to the cleaned shaft butt to determine how much area will need to be taped. If you desire a grip size smaller than "standard", this can be accomplished by stretching the grip up to 3/4". Allow for this stretching when determining the length of the tape.

STEP FOUR

Apply build-up/masking tape if the grip is to be made larger than "standard size".

STEP FIVE

Apply one layer of two-sided grip tape, either 2-inch or 3/4-inch. Leave an extra one to two inches at the end to cover the opening on the shaft butt.

HINTS

Apply 2-inch tape vertically centered along the top of the shaft but so the slight overlap occurs along the back of the grip.

Spiral-wrap the 3/4-inch tape up the shaft, making sure you leave a slight gap between spirals.

Always leave sufficient tape to cover the opening on the butt end of the shaft.

STEP SIX

Peel the backing off the two-sided grip tape and cover the opening of the shaft butt with the excess tape (this eliminates the possibility of moisture entering the inside of the shaft through the hole in the grip).

STEP SEVEN

Ensure you have a metal tray to catch the excess solvent as you pour it over the grip-- the solvent may be used again. Insert a golf tee into the hole at the end of the grip. Squirt a generous amount of non-flammable grip solvent inside the grip. Shake to sufficiently wet theentire inside of the grip.

USE CAUTION -- never use a flammable liquid as a grip solvent!

STEP EIGHT

Pour the excess solvent from the grip over the entire length of the two-sided tape. Use extra solvent, if necessary, to ensure all the tape is covered. Then... remove the golf tee from the end of the grip.

STEP NINE

Determine the alignment pattern of your grip. Hold the grip with the particular alignment pattern up and squeeze the lip of the grip to "flare" the grip. This will allow easy installation over the butt end of the shaft.

HINT

If you encounter difficulty, try adding more solvent to the butt end of the shaft.

Slide and twist the grip on quickly while the solvent is wet. If the grip is to be made smaller than "standard size", extra stretching can accomplish this.

HINT

Simultaneously twisting the grip eases this somewhat and helps align the grip’s alignment pattern.

STEP TEN

Push the grip firmly onto the shaft... gently tap the butt end of the shaft with the heel of your hand to ensure the grip cap is up against the shaft butt.

STEP ELEVEN

Make final adjustments to align the grip. The grip can be adjusted for a few minutes after installation and before the tape adhesive starts to dry.

STEP TWELVE

Allow ample drying time... then the club is ready for play.

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