How to Make Custom Golf Clubs

By Bill Herrfeldt

You can invest $1,000 or more for a good set of golf clubs, or you can spend a fraction of that amount by making the clubs yourself. It may sound like a daunting task, but actually it's quite easy if you follow some simple instructions. Not only will you have a great feeling of accomplishment, you will have made clubs that are tailor-made for you.

Invest in good graphite or steel shafts, club heads and grips. You will find that graphite shafts are somewhat pricey, but they are lighter than steel shafts, so they will concentrate more of the club's weight in its head. In addition, you should match the flex of your shafts to your particular game. Then buy club heads and grips based on your budget and your preferences.

Start with your driver, because it is the easiest to handle. Strangely, touring professionals use a driver that's a little shorter than those of amateurs, because they believe they are more accurate. However, if you are replacing a set of clubs whose length is right for your game, make your new clubs the same length.

Make sure the club heads adhere firmly to the shafts by roughing up the shafts at the intersection point. For graphite shafts, you'll need to be cautious because it is easier to damage them than it is to damage steel ones. First, you must remove the outer coating of your graphite shaft with a belt sander, then use the sandpaper to make the surface rough. If you have purchased steel shafts, simply file or sand the area that will be inserted into the club head. If you find that the shaft is a little too big to fit inside the connector called the hosel, use a wire drill bit on the inside of the hosel until it fits.

Apply epoxy to both the inside of the hosel and the outside of the shaft and place the shaft inside the hosel. Rotate the hosel gently to make sure that the epoxy adheres completely. Make sure the shaft is all the way inside the hosel by tapping the other end on a hard surface.

Shorten the shaft after the epoxy has hardened. Simply saw steel shafts to the correct length using a band saw or a hacksaw. If you are working with graphite shafts, you must wrap the area to be cut with about 3 to 4 layers of tape to keep the shaft from shattering when you cut it. Then use a band saw to finish the cutting job.

Finish making your clubs by installing the grips. Start by cleaning the area thoroughly with grip solvent, then put on double-sided tape and soak it with the grip solvent. Finally, put on the grips, and make sure they are on all the way. You will have ample time to make adjustments to the alignment of the grips because it will take about 15 minutes for the solvent to dry.

About the Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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