Regrip often? Learn to do it yourself and save a few bucks

So, in the interests of keeping more of my hard-earned loot out of Golf Towns grubby hands, Ive decided to build a gripping station in my basement.

I expect Im one of the few people in the world who have taken to heart the grip-manufacturer mantra of regularly regripping my clubs, and after a while, it starts to get expensive.

For starters, off-the-rack equipment typically comes with generally crappy rubber grips that are too small for my meaty paws. Plus, Ive grown rather fond of the feeling of a brand-new, properly sized grip, and Im tired of the disinterested golf-shop club techs ignoring my requests for midsized grips and multiple tape wraps.

So, Im going to try to do it myself.

Step one: Golfsmith. Not only does this U.S.-based superstore stock just about every piece of OEM equipment this side of Tigers irons, but they sell clubmaking equipment and components as well. Plus, there’s a store in Toronto which, being more of a warehouse, makes ordering from north of the border a snap.

A complete regrip kit comes with 13 grips, multiple strips of double-sided grip tape, grip solvent and a rubber shaft clamp “ a vital piece of equipment that will ensure you dont overtighten your vise and crush the club shaft.

Originally, I wanted to go back to the multi-coloured Golf Pride MultiCompound grips, hopefully with an unconventional colour like green or orange. Oddly, only the red ones _ which I already have on an earlier set of irons _ come in midsize.

So, in the interests of consumer journalism, I opted for a set of the new Lamkin sting-free Crossline Tour grips, which _ despite the fact they dont come in a cord version _ look and feel pretty darn good, I have to say.

Assuming I would bugger the whole thing up at least once, I also ordered an extra roll of grip tape.

I made the mistake of going to a certain prominent Canadian retailer with the word Tire in its name to buy a hobby-sized workshop vise “ the kind that clamps to a countertop rather than being bolted down. Problem was, when I got it home, half the vise was missing.

So, back to Crappy Tire I go for a refund and yet another promise to never darken their door again, after which I hope to have a fully functional gripping station _ and newly regripped clubs after that.

Ill keep you posted.

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James McCarten

When James McCarten isn't at the Ottawa offices of The Canadian Press, where he works as parliamentary news editor, he's either on the golf course or putting off his latest freelance golf-writing gig to spend time with wife Lisa and school-age kids Claire and Lucas. With 20 years of experience in Canadian journalism, James also suffers from a financially crippling addiction to all things Scotty Cameron.

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