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Old Jan 22, 2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Default Putting grips on with air compressor

I just put new grips on my clubs with an air compressor. No tape and no solvent. Just rubbed the shaft with a little soapy water, started the grip on the shaft, put the compressor nipple into the hole on the end, applied gentle air pressure, and voila. It bubbled and farted itself right on.

Was it ever easy!! I should have tried this ten years ago!!

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 04:04 PM   #2
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I've been doing my own grips this way for a few years now. Really fast and easy.
I like to try different feeling grips (thats why I love Golftown's Annual grip sale) and I hate destroying grips the old way when I can re-use them.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 05:08 PM   #3
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Will any air compressor do just fine? Any recommendation on the amount of pressure needed to throw the grips on?
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 07:53 PM   #4
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Will any air compressor do just fine? Any recommendation on the amount of pressure needed to throw the grips on?
Most any compressor will do to pop them on. I find about 40-50 psi does the trick depending on the grip.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:10 AM   #5
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Default Re: Putting grips on with air compressor

I have been doing grips with the compressor for a while too. It is great! Never had a problem with slipping or twisting, and nice and clean install.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:21 AM   #6
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search youtube if you're looking for a video on how to do this. lots of great examples.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:43 AM   #7
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Question: If I like to put additional wraps of tape then the compressor way is a no go?
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:47 AM   #8
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Question: If I like to put additional wraps of tape then the compressor way is a no go?
you should be able to do additional build up wraps with no problem. I once even used some duct tape lol
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 10:22 AM   #9
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i have tried this method, and experienced the grips slipping from the club over a number of swings. Works great on a putter though.

Tried putting a layer of masking tape as many suggest, no help.

Ended up getting a roll of grip tape and doing it the old fashion way.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:02 PM   #10
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I've also had slipping issues and have since gone back to tape and solvent.
The advantage of the compressor method is ease of removal when you're experimenting with the type of grip or underwraps ... but once you've got things dialed in, you might as well make it permanent.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 02:47 AM   #11
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Interesting regarding the slippage (I've never had that issue). I don't understand why going back to solvent would make it better as the purpose of the solvent is to help the grip slip over the tape (same as the air). The solvent doesn't improve grip.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:59 AM   #12
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Interesting regarding the slippage (I've never had that issue). I don't understand why going back to solvent would make it better as the purpose of the solvent is to help the grip slip over the tape (same as the air). The solvent doesn't improve grip.
http://golftips.golfsmith.com/solven...ips-20100.html
Since you're using double sided tape and solvent, I believe the solvent evaporates and the adhesive nature of the tape returns.

That's why you only have a couple minutes, if that, during which you can adjust the grip.

The adhesive nature of the tape will prevent the twisting.

Without tape/solvent, using the air method, the grip slides on over the metal shaft, the air provides enough space between the two allowing you to move it on to the shaft. But as soon as you stop the air flow the rubber of the grip touches the metal and prevents it from moving.

So rubber against metal will have have more possibility to "twist/slip" than rubber-tape and tape-metal.

Especially if you blow on a 0.600 grip on to a 0.580 shaft.

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Old Jan 30, 2013, 09:59 AM   #13
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I've also had slipping issues and have since gone back to tape and solvent.
The advantage of the compressor method is ease of removal when you're experimenting with the type of grip or underwraps ... but once you've got things dialed in, you might as well make it permanent.
Guys, you got to keep in mind that some grips are to thin or light to use air only. Grips like tour velvets are generally thinner material and will require tape.

Check out Pure grips or Star grips.

Even when I use tape I still use the compressor. I just give a small skirt in the grip and the blow it on in the usual manner. No Mess no fuss . The compressor blow the small amount of solution across the tape to activate it and all is good.
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you guys are putting me out of business. Ha Ha Ha
been doing grips for people for years, now everybody wants to do there own.
Look out welfare here I come.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 08:52 PM   #15
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you guys are putting me out of business. Ha Ha Ha
been doing grips for people for years, now everybody wants to do there own.
Look out welfare here I come.
There's really something wrong if you're making a living installing grips.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 05:16 AM   #16
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There's really something wrong if you're making a living installing grips.

absolutely impossible to do. You can't make a living installing grips with air.
When I had my Delco compressor running I was doing freebies for friends and neighbours. According to their logic "air is free". If they showed up with a six pack to share that was a bonus.
The compressor busted at the end of last season and I have no plans as yet to go back to it.

I found some excellent ultra thin Double sided tape at the dollar store for $2 that is enough for at least 2 sets.
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I just put new grips on my clubs with an air compressor. No tape and no solvent. Just rubbed the shaft with a little soapy water, started the grip on the shaft, put the compressor nipple into the hole on the end, applied gentle air pressure, and voila. It bubbled and farted itself right on.

Was it ever easy!! I should have tried this ten years ago!!

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I just finished doing a set as you described, amazingly easy
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