How to Remove a Golf Grip With an Air Compressor

by M.L. Rose

    If you’re removing an old, worn out or damaged grip from a golf club, cutting it off is an easy option. But if you wish to save and reuse the grip – or perhaps you just don’t want to wield a knife around the club’s shaft – you can literally blow the grip off the club, using an air compressor. The grip will slide off easily and be available for reuse.

    Items you will need

    • Vise with rubber insert
    • Hollow tube

    Step 1

    Place the club in a vise with a rubber insert to avoid damaging the shaft. This is particularly important if the club has a graphite shaft. Special golf club vises are available from golf retailers and pro shops.

    Step 2

    Put a sleeve around the shaft. You can use the plastic sleeve that sometimes comes in a golf bag to help organize your clubs, or the cardboard insert from a roll of paper towels. Leave about 2 inches of space between the top end of the sleeve and the butt end of the grip.

    Step 3

    Poke the air compressor’s nozzle through the vent hole in the end of the grip.

    Step 4

    Grasp the end of the grip and the top of the tube firmly.

    Step 5

    Pull the air compressor’s trigger, while simultaneously twisting the grip forward and back on the shaft. The grip will begin to loosen as the air from the compressor fills the inside of the shaft and forces the grip to expand.

    Step 6

    Pull the grip straight off the shaft when you hear air escaping from the vent hole, which should only take a few seconds after you begin filling the shaft with air.

    About the Author

    M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. He has contributed to a variety of national and local publications, specializing in sports writing. Rose holds a B.A. in communications.

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