Re: Regripping, how much does it cost?First, you pretty much have to have a vise to hold the club. There's a little rubber doohickey you can buy for a couple of bucks that fits onto the clubshaft to protect it, so no special vise is required.
Second, you can get a grip removing tool (it's just a small hooked blade) for a few bucks if you don't have an air compressor.
Third, a can of lighter fluid is cheaper than the solvents the golf stores sell, and quite frankly, I trust inhaling lighter fluid fumes a lot more than the weirdo chemical solvents they sell that are "safe". I don't plan on blowing up the garage when I change grips, and the smell of the "special solvents" absolutely terrifies me. There is no chance whatsoever that they have been tested for all the health problems they might cause (think lawn chemicals). Better the devil you know than the one you don't as they say.
Third, if you know what kind of grips you like, by them by the cargo load and they're a lot cheaper. Most people don't change grips often enough anyhow, so don't be one of them. Grips don't rot in the box, so load up. If you get a new club or few, you'll be able to change the grips immediately. (Clubs rarely come with a grip I like...)
Fourth, load up the solvent! Don't be shy!
Fifth, in most how-tos, they show wrapping the grip tape in a spiral down the shaft. BAG THAT! Merely take the two-sided tape and drape it evenly over the end of the grip, with 10 inches or so running straight down each side. Smooth it down. When you remove the cover tape, push the tape that's draped over the hole at the end of the shaft down inside flush so it doesn't snag when you push the grip on. Works fine and saves a LOT of time. If you need bigger grips, start with bigger grips, don't put extra wraps of tape on the shaft.