What tape is used for golf grips and why do you need it?


Having a family owned golf store regripping golf clubs has always been a daily task. But from time-to-time customers would come in inquiring about installing golf grips themselves. Honestly, it’s a pretty easy job. I learned how to regrip golf clubs when I was a young boy spending my summers at the country club my father was the assistant pro at. So, getting the items needed for the customers was never a problem. The first question asked was always best grip related. The follow-ups were usually, What type of golf grip tape is needed? And, Do you have the golf grip solvent? After that, I usually was asked about the proper golf grip and swing tips and so on and so forth.

So, I figured I’d sit down and do a little grip tape write up and answer the question…

What tape is used for golf grips?

This is a loaded question with a few views, let’s start with the simple answer… Double Sided Tape is the golf grip tape of choice. It’s loaded because you can find forums of golfers who claim:

  • Just use an air compressor and masking tape
  • If you can’t duct it…
  • Painters Tape
  • Golf grip tape is not needed, except for the edge to slip the grip onto the shaft.

Using air seems to be the most popular choice and if you have an air compressor already, it’s worth trying. But, I’m by no means suggesting you run out and buy one just to change your old grips.

Golf Grip Tape 101

While there is definite room to argue which method is the best style for golf club regripping, for the purpose of this article we’re going to focus on the double sided tape. Also, keep in mind when purchasing golf grip tape you have a few choices:

  • Amount of tape you purchase
  • The size of the width of the tape
  • Solvent or water based activation.

Should you buy a roll or strips?

For the amount of golf grip tape, you can purchase the two most popular options either a 36-yard roll or individual strips. The roll is the better choice if you plan on changing lots of grips, either for yourself or friends and family. The individual strips are the better option if you only plan on doing your set, or a handful of clubs in the bag.

36 yard roll of 2 inch wide golf grip tap

Does size matter in width for grip grip tape?

The two choices you have in width size of grip tape is either 2 inch or ¾ inch. Both work just fine, although I will say developing the spiral spin technique took me some time compared to the double wrap (that’s for laying the tape without a single crease). The video below shows the technique needed when using ¾ inch tape.

Source: GolfSmith

Chemicals or Water?

As long as I can remember I have always used paint thinner (mineral spirits) so you can say I prefer the solvent based tape. Yes, I’m aware of the dangers of inhaling volatile liquids, along with the fire risk (And you should be too while doing this job) But, I personally despise the water based tape. If you don’t use a little dishwashing soap with the water activated tape good luck. But if you use the soap, just go ahead and make plans for the next 24 hours that do not include swinging the club(s) because that how long it MIGHT take to dry.

Regardless, with the solvent style tape, you’re not subjected to only paint thinner. You can also use lighter fluid or a special golf grip solvent. The choice is yours. Just make sure you reuse the liquid to get the most use and be safe when using these liquids.

What does the liquid do to the Golf Grip Tape?

Instead of me trying to creatively reword something, check out this screenshot from GolfWrx. HateTheHighDraw nailed this point and I don’t think it could be said any better.

ScreenShot of Forum pointing out what golf grip tape solvent does to grips and tape

Here’s the link to the whole thread for anyone who’s interested. It’s an oldie but goodie with some regripping nuggets in there.

Golf grip tape to build up the grips… You betcha!

While it’s definitely cheaper to build up the grips with masking tape (and recommended) you can use double sided tape. Now, here’s where I would advise you to have the 2 inch tape regardless if using masking or golf grip tape. Actually, I would advise you to buy the correct size grip needed, i.e. mid-size, or jumbo/oversize and strip the shaft down of the old residue and throw the new bad boy on there. When you start building up the grips with tape, depending on how technical you want to get, there are calculations that must be considered.

Plus, putting a standard grip on built up tape will stretch the rubber and shorten the life of the grip. This isn’t a major problem, and I don’t want to fear monger, but it is factual and needs to be stated.

With that being said, I’ve built up thousands of grips in my career and haven’t had anyone complain that I shortened their grips life.

Fun Fact… did you know the old Golf Pride Tour Wraps could fit onto the TaylorMade Bubble shafts from the 90’s? I mean, they only lasted 1 season, at best. But hey, they went on… with a gallon of solvent and that grip expander thingy.

Let’s Tape It Up?

Hopefully, your questions have been answered regarding what tape is used for golf grips, along with which kind of liquid to use. Of course, if you still have some questions, or feel I didn’t explain something well enough leave a comment below and I’ll be more than happy to address it. As stated at the beginning, regripping golf clubs is pretty easy… if you have the right tools. Golf grip tape and either solvent or water are essential to do the job! Pick up your 2 inch roll or strips at Howard’s Golf.


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