You've been golfing for some time now, and you're attached to the clubs you've been using for years. They're comfortable and fit you and your swing to -- pardon the pun -- a tee. But using worn golf clubs can affect your golf game, in a bad way. You probably don't want to spend a fortune on new golf clubs, and the good news is you don't have to. With proper care and do-it-yourself retooling, your clubs can be as good as new.

Since the golf grip is the only direct contact between you and the golf club, its condition is extremely important. Good golf grips can actually help lower your scores, and worn or damaged grips can do the opposite. In this article, we'll tell you how to inspect your golf clubs for wear and tear. Then we'll take you step-by-step through regripping a club. Finally, we'll show you how to refinish your woods.

Let's get started with the materials, tools, and steps for regripping a golf club. The details are on the next page.

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