Golf Club-Making Components

By George N. Root III
Making your own clubs allows you to custom fit them to your swing.
Making your own clubs allows you to custom fit them to your swing.

If you ever wanted to make your own golf club, all you need to do is gather the right components and put them together. Building customized golf clubs is not as difficult as it sounds, and with a little experimentation you may be able to create clubs that are perfect for your game.

Golf Club Regulations

First, become familiar with the rules surrounding golf club making. You can make any kind of club you want, but if your clubs are not within the regulations of the United States Golf Association, you are using illegal clubs and your rounds won't count toward your handicap numbers and you can't use your clubs in tournaments. The guidelines for club making are in the official rule book of the USGA. They deal with such things as club head weight, club head size and club length.

Club Head

The first thing you need to build your own club is a club head. If making a wood, decide between a metal wood or a standard wood. The wood club heads used to be attached to the staff using some glue and a wrap of tightly wound string. Today, club heads are attached using glue or, if you want to make your club head interchangeable, you can use screws to attach the club head. Iron club heads are attached using a strong adhesive.

Shaft

A golf club shaft is made up of steel or graphite. A steel shaft is more rigid and offers more control, but a graphite shaft offers more movement in the club--which results in greater distance. The more rigid the shaft on your club, the better control you have. Experiment with the different shafts to find which one best suits your game. Golf shafts come in a variety of lengths, so you'll have to experiment here as well. Remember that the longer the shaft of your club, the more power you generate with greater distance. This is great for woods and long irons, but when you need more control with clubs such as middle irons and wedges, you need a shorter shaft.

Grip

Until recently, the only choice you had in grips was the grip that felt like tape wrapped around the club shaft--or the standard green- or white-colored grips with ridges running down the sides. Today, grips can be short or long, fat or thin, and any color you like. Many people are starting to use the thicker grips because they are comfortable, but experiment to see which grips really work for you. Thicker grips are fine for putters and wedges, but you still want to feel the shaft of the club in your hand when swinging the long clubs.

About the Author

George N. Root III began writing professionally in 1985. His publishing credits include a weekly column in the "Lockport Union Sun and Journal" along with the "Spectrum," the "Niagara Falls Gazette," "Tonawanda News," "Watertown Daily News" and the "Buffalo News." Root has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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