Grip Installation


Excited with your newly purchased grips? Great! Proper installation will allow you to enjoy maximum benefits the grips have to offer without voiding the manufacturer warranty.

Before proceeding with the installation information, please take note of the following:

IMPORTANT NOTE : Do *NOT* allow solvents to contact with the grip's exterior leather surface. Depending on the solvent that you use, it could alter the surface significantly including color change. We recommend using Air-Based, Rubber Cement, and Brampton HF-100 Grip water based solvent methods to install the leather grips.

SOLVENT : We recommend using a *WATER BASED* solvent.

CLEANING : Do *NOT* use any leather treatments, solvents or chemicals. Use only clean water with a damp sponge or cloth.

TEMPERATURE : It is important to allow the grips to reach room temperature to allow optimum flexibility during installation to avoid damaging the grips.

WARRANTY : Improper grip installation will void manufacturer's warranty. If you are not an experienced grip installer, it usually is safer to go to local golf shops as they most likely have the proper tools and supplies to have the grip installed.

ALLIGNMENT : The winding tension for the leather places a slight torque on the grips. When fitting a wrapped grip to any shaft, if there is any clockwise rotation during installation, it is necessary to repeat a degree of anti-clockwise rotation at the collar end of the grip which will assist in the aligning of the logo or reminder rib back to square with the face of any club.


To install a grip :
Clamp the shaft in a vise, apply 8"-10” section of masking tape to shaft covering the butt, flip over grip protector / grip guide located at the mouth of the grip. Place mouth of grip onto shaft in usual way and put blowgun nozzle tip into vent hole of the grip, hold grip near mouth, apply burst of air while guiding the grip mouth onto shaft. The grip will slide on. It takes a little practice to learn how long the burst of air should be. Air goes down inside of shaft, tries to escape out of the grip, grip expands and will slide on. Remove the air gun from the vent hole while holding the grip fully down the shaft. To align a grip, apply a short burst of air while rotating grip to desired position. Start it right and you can skip alignment! No special tools are needed for this installation.

To remove a grip :
Place the "protector tube" (IMPORTANT) over grip, punch through tape behind the vent hole, put the blowgun nozzle tip into vent hole, apply long burst of air, the grip will expand in the "protector tube" as the air bubble travels down the shaft and tries to escape from the mouth of the grip and "pop" out the mouth. If air doesn't reach the mouth of grip, remove the blowgun and reapply solvent or roll back the mouth of the grip, rolling it back to the original position before applying air. Once "popped" you can remove the "protector" apply bursts of air while twisting and gently pulling the grip off the shaft. Twist while applying air! You will know where the twisting is needed (if not needed, grip will just slide off shaft). If grips were installed by using MASKING TAPE as explained above you can easily save your Grip Master grips. Grips on regular double stick have a save rate of approx. 90%.

Side notes:
Shafts that have been butt cut with a tube cutter may be rough edged and require smoothing or covering the butt with masking tape before starting a grip. Make sure to flip over grip protector / grip guide located at the mouth of the grip during installation, lead the grip on close to the mouth end while applying air.

With Grip Master Grips you must add small bursts of air until the butt of the grip is freed from the shaft. Continue to give small bursts of air to the grip while gently twisting the grip in the direction that does not un-wrap the grip. If you encounter resistance of air travel through the grip cover the air gun nozzle with a rag and remove the air gun from the grip. Once the air gun is removed from the grip you should add grip solvent through the grip vent hole and continue the removal process.

The “protector tube” (8 inch x 1.5 inch PVC Pipe) will fit over all grips except jumbo oversized putter grips. These grips have extremely thick walls and can be removed in the same manner as The Grip Master Grips.



What you will need to install:

  1. Authentic The Grip Master Leather Grips
  2. Brampton HF-100 Tape Activator Solvent
  3. Grip tape or masking tape
  4. Vinyl shaft clamp
  5. Bench vice
  6. Hooked blade razor knife, sheetrock or carpet knife
  7. Straight-edged knife, or heat gun to remove old tape.
  8. Drip Pan

Installation Steps:

Step 1: Position the golf club in a vinyl shaft clamp and place it in a vise. Point the club head straight up.
Step 2: Use either hooked blade razor knife, sheetrock or carpet knife to cut through the old grip and peel away the sides to remove the grip. For your safety, we recommend using the hooked blaze razor knife. Try to keep the blade parallel to the shaft during the cutting motion.
Step 3: Use the straight-edge knife or heat gun to peel off the old tape. Alternatively, use label removing solvent to clean the remaining tape. Make sure there is no burrs or sharp edges from the butt end to avoid tearing the grip.
Step 4: Apply standard grip tape to the shaft. Use enough tape to cover the length of the grip and extend 0.25" over from the butt end of the shaft to close the shaft opening. We do not recommend applying more than 2 tape layers. Do not leave any gap on the covered area.
Step 5: Position a drip pan under the shaft.
Step 6: Spray a small amount of HF-100 on the grip tape evenly and inside the grip.
Step 7: Push the grip into the shaft from the taped end. Use one hand to gently pull the grip on to the shaft, and the other hand to guide the grip. Place good care to avoid bending the grip as this dislocate the strapping or tear the underlisting. In the case of strapping dislocation, if the underlisting is not torn, the strapping can be re-tensioned back to normal. Put on right-handed grip with a clockwise motion.

Step 8: To position the grip correctly, counter rotate both ends to align the cap and grip logos with the club face. If applicable, position the grip rib facing down and the logo straight up.

Step 9: Wipe off excess HF-100 with a dry cloth. Allow at least 15 minutes to dry.