So you're thinking about buying golf grips and regripping your own clubs. It's really not hard and you'll save some bucks. New grips will also save you about 4-5 strokes per round experts say. When buying on eBay remember that grips are rubber and get brittle with age. Buy from someone that has FACTORY FRESH grips. Here's some things you need to decide:
Which brand? The three largest grip manufacturers are Golf Pride, Winn and Lamkin. All three make a wide variety of styles, textures and rubber compounds. They all do a big job of advertising on television and in print ads. The only problem with that is, the consumer is the one that ends up paying for that advertising. Next are the companies that make premium quality grips but don't do much national advertising. These are the companies that will give you the best quality grip for your buck. Those include Avon (played on every pro tour), and Tacki-Mac USA, making premium grips in the USA for over 35 years. These companies also make a wide variety of styles to fit most everyone's preference. With the increase in golf play in this country a number of overseas companies have hit the US market. Some of them probably make decent grips but as with many imports, the quality of materials may not be up to top standards.
What size? There are Junior, Ladies and Men's outside diameters. The men's include undersize, standard, midsize (+1/16") and Jumbo (+1/8"). A good rule of thumb to determine the correct size: if you wear a men's or cadet medium/large or large golf glove you should use oversized golf grips. Arthritic or stiff fingers and hands will also benefit from oversized grips and Tacki-Mac makes a special arthritic grip that requires less grip pressure. Standard junior club shafts are .500" diameter. Ladies .560" and men's .580 or .600". Men's golf grips come in .580 and .600" inside diameter. .580 grips can be used on .600 shafts but will finish very slightly oversized. .600 grips work well on .580 shafts by adding a layer or two of common masking tape as buildup tape under the new grip tape.
Tools required to regrip: a bench vise or "C" clamp and a rubber golf shaft clamp to hold the club while installing grips. A utility knife with a "hook blade" to remove old grips. Golf grip tape gets slippery when activated with mineral spirits to help the grip slide on. The Airgripper (tm) is the easiest way of all, using compressed air so the grip glides on with no effort. A good grip supplier will include detailed regripping instructions. Give regripping a try, you'll be glad you did.
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