Before you hit the golf course . .
Golf is one of the most popular sports around.
And it's not an easy game to master . . . . . believe me I've tried.
Oscar Wilde once said of golf, that it was "the best way to ruin a good walk."
Now don't be discouraged, if your game hasn't improved, or your slicing every shot, I'm sure it isn't you, more likely your equipment.
Maybe you just need a new set of golf grips on those old clubs!
So here's how it is done.
Gary Tozer, is a golf professional at
Aussie Custom Golf in Newcastle, and
also golf club builder and fitter,
specialising in custom built golf clubs.
Gary gave me some of his time recently,
and showed me the importance of a properly
fitted grip to a golf club.
The first step is to ascertain the correct shaft
diameter for each player. The club shaft diameter
can be increased by adding layers of masking tape
to build up the size of the shaft before fitting the
grip. Using the new grip as a guide, cut off the
correct length of Husky 1200 masking tape and
apply it to the new shaft.
Once you have the right diameter, the next step is
to apply the double sided tape. Gary prefers to use
Kikusui 185 tape, as it doesn't add too much
thickness, and has proven it's reliability over the
years, in all conditions.
Always ensure the club head is lined up correctly
before fitting the new grip.
The Kikusui 185 is applied the same as the
masking tape. Using the grip to measure the
length, cut the tape and apply the tape along the
shaft. Then wrap the tape smoothly around the
club shaft. 48mm wide tape should fit perfectly.
You can't slide the new grip straight onto the
double sided tape, it will stick before you can
get it all the way on. Firstly spray the Kikusui 185
tape with some white spirits or suitable solvent
and then spray a little inside the new grip and coat
the inside. Before sliding the grip on, pour out any
solvent over the grip.
Kikusui 185 has a rubber solvent adhesive,
and applying solvent directly onto the adhesive,
makes it much easier to slide the new grip onto
the golf shaft. After a short time, the solvent will
evaporate and the adhesive will be back to
normal, and securely hold the grip in place.
With a new set of grips, your on your way to your
It might be worth paying a pro to fit the grips for
you, and maybe checking that the clubs, and the
shaft length are right for you.
I'm sure Gary and his team would be happy to set
you up and give you a few lessons to help improve