How to Build Custom Golf Clubs

By Bryan Rose

As a golfer, you know that buying new golf clubs can be expensive, but you may have never thought of building your own. By putting together your own set, not only can you save money, but you can build a set of clubs custom made to your size and preferences.

The Shafts

Take a measurement of what your ideal shaft length will be. Start by standing with arms at your side. Measure from your wrist down to the floor, and that is the basic length the club shaft should be. Another way to measure is by taking the length of your leg and making that the length of the club shaft. Test it out by cutting two shafts at those respective lengths and seeing which one feels the best.

Use the measurement you just took, and cut the shafts to the desired length. See Step 1 for the basic measurement for club length. You can lengthen or shorten your clubs as you see fit. The longer the club, the further you will be able to hit it, but the less control you will have. The shorter the club, the more control you will have, but the less distance. Do not lengthen or shorten the clubs by more than an inch, though, as this will throw your swing out of whack.

Cut the shafts, measure from one end and mark the cutting point with a pencil or with the masking tape. If cutting graphite shafts, the masking tape will keep the shaft from splintering as you cut it with the hacksaw. For metal shafts, use the pipe cutter to cut to size. The tape is not needed.

Cut the woods to your ideal size. As you move down the irons, be sure to make each shaft ½ inch shorter as you go. If you are starting with a 3 iron, it would be 1 ½ inches shorter than the wood shafts. The wedges are all the same size as the 9 iron.

Installing the Clubheads

Prepare to install the clubheads. Take the shaft and gently sand the area where the clubhead will be attached. This makes it easier for the epoxy to grip the rougher surface.

Insert the dry shaft into the hosel of the clubhead, and mark where the hosel comes to on the shaft.

Take the ferrule (the small rubber ring that sits above the clubhead), and place it in warm, soapy water to make it loose and slippery. Put the ferrule on the shaft, and move it up the shaft to the mark where the hosel will go. You can use the hosel to push the ferrule up the shaft, or there are tools specifically designed for installing ferrules.

Make sure the ferrule is in place. Then, prepare the epoxy, and put a small, thin coating down the entire length of the hosel and on the club shaft. Be careful not to use too much epoxy so that it pools in your club or too little so that it does not adhere correctly. You should see a thin layer and no streaming down the hosel or shaft.

Place the shaft into the head, making sure to push the shaft all the way into the clubhead. Wipe off any excess epoxy, and allow the clubs to sit overnight, preferably resting against a wall with the clubhead on the ground and the shaft pointing in the air.

Installing the Grips

With the epoxy completely dry, place the club into the vise using the rubber vise grips. The rubber vise grips keep the shaft from getting scratched.

Measure where the grip will go to on the shaft, and mark it with a pencil. From there, wrap the double-sided tape around the club to the point where the grip will end.

Pour a little of the tape solvent on the tape to act as a lubricant. Use a very small amount so you do not wreck the adhesiveness of the tape.

Pull the grip on the shaft, making sure it goes all the way into the shaft. Remove the grip from the vise, and rotate it until any logos or other markings are in the desired position. Let dry and continue with the remaining clubs.

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