How to Build Your Own Golf Clubs

By Bill Herrfeldt

You can spend $1,000 or more for a good set of golf clubs, and that's before you have your first lesson. Because the game has become so expensive, people are either not taking up the sport at all or they are finding less-expensive ways to play. One such way to play is to make your own clubs. Not only will you save a boatload of cash, you will also make a set of clubs that especially for you. It's a not-so-difficult task if you follow these simple instructions.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Select shafts that are the right weight and flex based on your strength and abilities. Also, decide on either graphite or steel shafts, all of which will be shortened, depending on the club you are making. Finally, look for grips and club heads by heading online to one of several websites (see Resources).
Step 2
Beginning with your driver, assume your normal driving position with one of your shafts. Set your hands at a position that is comfortable for you, and with a marking pen, make a mark on the shaft at the top of your top hand. Then make a mark 4 1/2 inches further down the shaft to allow for your club head. Measure the distance from that mark to the bottom end of the shaft. You have just determined the length of the shaft of your driver. Do the same for your other clubs.
Step 3
Rough up where the shafts marry with the club heads to make sure they adhere tightly. If you have chosen steel shafts, use a file or sandpaper on the area. However, if the shafts are made of graphite, you must use a sanding belt to remove the coating, after which you can sand the shaft. When you finish, if you determine that the shafts are too large to fit into the hosels of the clubheads, you should ream them with a wire drill bit until they can fit tightly inside.
Step 4
With the epoxy, coat lightly the outside of the shaft and the hosel, then put the two pieces together, making sure that the glue sticks to both surfaces by rotating them slightly. Tap the other end of the shaft on something hard to be sure that it is all the way inside the hosel.
Step 5
After the glue has hardened, which should take a couple of hours, begin shortening your shafts. If you are working with steel shafts, simply saw the shafts to the correct length using a hacksaw. However, if you have chosen graphite shafts, you must first tape the area where you will cut, then do so with a band saw.
Step 6
Put grips on your clubs. Use double-sided tape to wrap the shaft after you have cleaned it with grip solvent. Thoroughly cover the tape with the solvent and slide the grips all the way down the shaft. Using your hands, adjust the grip's alignment, since you will have a few minutes before the solvent and the shafts 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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