Regripping, how much does it cost? - Page 2
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I regripped my irons today. Bought the grips, hooked blade cutters, tape, solvent and the rubber vise holder from Golfsmith. Practiced on a metal shaft club first. Did it on my garage at 35F and the first grip was too stiff to slide down. So I warmed them with hot water, and they slid down easily.
Question. Although I used a hooked blade, I was careless on my first try at cutting the grip on a graphite shafts and noticed I had put a light 3' long nick in the first shaft, right at the point where the grip starts. All the rest of the shafts went fine as I took pains to hold the knife at the proper angle. Is that nick like cutting a pane of glass with a diamond scribe, i.e, will the shaft split there under stress? If it's a hazard, I'll just replace that club.
In my experience, if it's a small dent that's mostly in the paint... you're fine. But I've only seen a few shafts like this and not among the strongest golfers with high swing speeds, so YMMV.
Ha ha. You can scratch a graphite shaft like I did as a do-it-ypurselfer. However, I was also re-gripping some old metal shaft Wilsons that I picked up on a lark at a Goodwill Store and would be ashamed to bring to a shop. And after I did, darned if they didn't hit better for me than than my current irons, which weren't very good to begin with. I guess Sam Snead only put his name on quality stuff.
I would take my T/M Burner driver and fairway wood to a shop though. Don't wanna mess those up.
You are only missing the satisfaction of "doing it yourself". I love working on my clubs, and haven't had anybody else regrip a club for me since I learned how easy it is. Nobody cares for your clubs like you do and if you do your own regripping, you know exactly how well it was done. If you use ribbed grips you can adjust each rib to your grip, too. Some guys like their grips/ribs to line up a particular way. When you do it yourself, you get what you want.
- You may not live near a golf store - travel time, gas.
- You may be on a tight schedule - you yourself can re-grip at anytime, say at 2am in the morning if you have to.
- Some shops don't remove the existing layer of tape and/or may do a bad job - doing it yourself ensures a job well done assuming you're experienced.
- If you live in a high COLA (cost of living area) city, it's not $1/per but up to $5/per.
That said, on the rare occasion the "Get a Grip" van is in my home course parking lot after I finish my round - I know he's good and charges reasonable rates, so I'll use him.
If you regrip clubs yourself, it helps to have a vise to steady the club, both when removing the old and putting on the new grip.
You can get a rubber-cushioned shaft clamp for $10 which will hold the shaft securely in the vise, but protect it from damage by the vise.
IF you want others to regrip for you, look for good deals between Thanksgiving and Groundhog Day.
Edited by WUTiger - 8/17/13 at 11:19pm
I regrip my clubs using Pure grips and an air compressor for removal and installation, no vise is required.
That's a fact. The going rate in my area seems to be $3/grip. Combine that with the grips that seem to be increasingly expensive and the cost to regrip get significant. Saving $30-$40 by installing your own grips (which is easy) starts to make more "cents."