Regular use of your badminton racket eventually causes the grip to lose its tackiness. When you feel it begin to slip in your hand during play, change the grip tape. The wrapping process includes three steps: removal of the old tape, cleaning of the handle and applying the new grip. Fortunately, you don't need to take your racket to a sporting goods store for repairs. You can complete the wrapping process at home.
Items you will need
- Utility knife
- Staple remover
- Cloth towel
- Rubbing alcohol
- Badminton grip tape
- Electrical tape
Inspect the handle to see if the tape has any nails or staples used as fastening devices. If so, use a hammer or staple remover to pull them out. Then, use a utility knife to cut a small section of grip tape. Use the small cut to begin unwrapping the tape from the entire handle.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean cloth and clean the handle. This removes any excess dirt or debris that may have gotten stuck underneath the grip during use. Rubbing alcohol also removes any remaining adhesive from the old grip tape. Dirt and adhesive can prevent the new tape from adhering to the handle properly.
Unwrap the new badminton grip tape and remove the protective covering. This exposes the adhesive side of the tape. Move slowly to prevent the tape from sticking to itself.
Hold the badminton racket securely in one hand and apply the new grip tape with the other. Start at the bottom of the handle and wrap upwards. Slightly overlap each previous row of tape so none of the handle remains visible. Continue wrapping until you reach the top of the handle. Cut the grip tape at a 45 degree angle and apply the last section of tape.
Fasten the very top of the grip tape with several layers of electrical tape. This prevents the top of the grip, the most susceptible to unraveling, from unwrapping during game play. Cover the bottom of the grip with electrical tape as well to complete the re-gripping process.
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