Unfortunately, much like anything in life, our golf clubs deteriorate over time, and not just the club face and shaft, but the grip too.
If our gloves and grips are doing their job right, they create a huge amount of friction when in contact. It’s this friction that keeps us from throwing our clubs behind our heads and knocking out the caddy, but it’s the very same force that wears our grips out.
True, a worn grip doesn’t exactly have to equate to a slippery golf club, but it will change your hand position, which causes a domino effect that can influence every aspect of your swing. So, needless to say, renewing our grips from time to time is essential.
How Much Does it Cost to Regrip a Golf Club?
Typically speaking, you could be looking at paying something to the tune of $10 to $15 to have a single club regripped, but there are a few factors that come into play that will affect the overall cost.
The labor costs of having a golf club regripped will never be too high as it’s an incredibly easy and quick job for a professional fitter. It’s normally something as little as $3.
Materials and Grip Type
There are three main different types of golf club grips, and many more subtypes within these three categories, so material costs can vary.
Ultimately, the cost of a particular grip will be decided by the brand. You’ll be able to control the overall costs by selecting either a low, mid, or high-end product.
The number of clubs you want regripping will be the biggest determiner when it comes to costs. Some pro fitters may offer a discounted rate to regrip clubs in bulk, but otherwise, it can be extremely pricey.
If you have the maximum 14 clubs in your set, and you want them all regripped in one session, you could be looking at paying out just over $200, which is a huge chunk of change.
My advice is to always ask for a quote before you book your golf club set in with a pro fitter, just so there are no unwelcome surprises when the bill comes through.
When Should You Regrip a Golf Club?
There are no rules set in stone that dictate how often you should regrip your golf clubs. It depends on how often you play, how often you use each club, and what the club is used for.
For example, the driver is typically the second most used club after the putter, but being that drivers weather the most force of any other club, the grip will inevitably wear out much quicker than a putter’s.
A full regrip once a year is a good rule of thumb if you want to keep your gear in tip-top condition, but to save money, you could keep regripping your least-used clubs to once every couple of years.
There are; however, a few instances that require more urgent action…
Altered Hand Positions
If for whatever reason, your grips have worn down exceptionally fast, and your clubs feel a little awkward in hand, it’s absolutely time to get them regripped.
As I mentioned earlier, even a slight change in height of the contact point between your hand and the grip can have a huge impact on the quality of your swing.
Whether you’re buying a brand-new club from the shop or you’ve picked up some awesome second-hand ones, it’s a good idea to have them regripped to suit your play style before you hit the links.
Granted, new clubs arrive with a fresh grip most of the time, but it might be too big or too small for you.
A grip that’s too big for your hands will impede wrist flex at the base of your swing which will inevitably take a few yards off your long game, and reduce accuracy throughout.
If a grip is too small for your hands, you’re at risk of over-flexing your wrists and hands, which will completely destabilize your shooting.
You’ll also need to assess how firm or soft they are. Firm grips aren’t as comfortable, but you can hold them with less pressure, relaxing your hands.
The same principles apply to second-hand clubs, but as they’re likely already experiencing some wear and tear, it’s even more important to treat them to a spot of TLC.
If you’re finding that your current grip just isn’t up to scratch, and you’re finding it hard to keep hold of it, it’s time to try something new.
Can You Replace Your Grips Yourself?
If you want to save yourself a few pennies, you can always try and regrip your clubs yourself. There is no shortage of grip sets available online, a particular favorite of mine being this SAPLIZE golf grips set.
Once you’ve chosen the grips you want and invested in a golf grip kit, you’re good to go. There are some really handy tutorials on YouTube too.
However, if you’re a beginner, I’d highly recommend just booking your clubs in with a pro fitter. Yes, it’ll cost more, but it’s guaranteed to be executed perfectly every time.
Types of Grips – Finding The Perfect Style for You
Rubber grips are the most common of the lot. They’re easy and inexpensive to produce, and they provide a comfortable hand feel throughout your swing.
Braided grips are also made of rubber, but they feature a braided material that provides a little extra traction when the weather turns, and you get caught in a drizzle.
Wraps are all about bringing the classic leather look from bygone days into the modern game; however, instead of leather, a high-tech leather-look substitute is used. It’s both softer and more grippy than traditional leather wraps.
Regripping often gets treated as an afterthought, but seeing as a worn grip can completely ruin your game, it’s an important aspect of club maintenance to keep on top of.
A single club will cost around $15 to get regripped by a pro fitter, and you should book them in on an annual basis.
Alternatively, you can try and master the art yourself, DIY-style, and truly fine-tune your grip to suit your game.