Whether you are just starting your golf journey or already a pro, you need a custom golf club to experience a higher level of performance.
Yes! The level at which you perform on the course depends on how well your golf club fits you. However, it’s pretty pathetic that only a few of those golfers you see play with a custom golf club. I know you might ask why most golfers do not play with custom golf clubs. Well, I would like to pick one of the general answers I have received for that same question over time – ‘Custom clubs are pretty expensive.’
But, should that be a complex puzzle to solve? This guide has provided a straight answer to that – No!
Getting a custom club does not have to be unnecessarily expensive. Before you get to the end of this step-by-step guide, you would have learned a cheaper way to make your custom golf club without breaking your pocket. And, you don’t have to worry about poor quality or performance. This guide will help you make a top-quality custom golf club that matches the ones they showcase at standard golf stores.
So how do you go about it? Simple. Let’s begin with the step-by-step guide.
Step 1: What do you need?
If you check the internet, you will a lot of blog posts telling you which type of shafts, irons, and grips can work best for you. Well, they can also be helpful. But let’s get to it.
Every golfer is different. That’s an unbeatable fact. So you might need to make your selections according to your style and unique personality. More so, you need to note that you might have a more precise evaluation of yourself. For instance, you might be as good as you think. Hence it is not advisable to buy tiny blades or super stiff shafts unless you can handle them.
In a nutshell, you will need:
- Eight shafts – this might be steel or graphite, depending on your choice. Eight will give you a 4-SW set. Furthermore, you have to make sure that the head you want to use matches your shaft tip size. For instance, 370 shafts are suitable, with 370 hosels bore on the club heads.
- Club heads. Although this guide focuses on irons, the instructions are also applicable to woods and hybrids.
You will also need:
- bench vise and rubber shaft holder
- grip tape and solvent
- shafting epoxy
- tubing cutter or hacksaw
- Dremel or any rotary tool with a sanding drum
- masking tape, paper towel, small wooden stick, rags or old T-shirts and sharpie marker
- The GolfWorks catalogs
Step 2: Selecting and cutting the shafts
You can get a decent steel shaft for as low as $10. Although there are expensive shafts in the market, since the keyword here is ‘cheap,’ i will recommend that you stay within your budget.
Don’t forget I said earlier that you should not buy stiff shafts, except you can swing at 100mph or more when it comes to selecting your shafts, your height matters. So, if you are around 5ft 9inches to 5ft 11inches, you can use the factory standard length.
However, if you are taller than 6 ft or shorter than 5ft 8inches, you will have to find the right shaft that fits your height.
Moving ahead, determine the length of your 5-iron. The following line of action is to put on your golf shoes and measure the distance between your wrist and the ground. Get the measurements and calculate the average. Note that each larger or shorter iron differs by half an inch.
Next, know the actual length of your golf clubs and ensure you cut the shafts ideally using your saw or tubing cutter. Note that it is wrong to use a tubing cutter to cut graphite shafts. Also, note that the shaft length is not the same as the clubhead.
Once you cut, mark each shaft with masking tape to avoid putting the head into the pitching wedge shaft.
Step 3: Test fit your club heads
Now, test fit the clubhead to know the shaft goes into the head. Don’t forget to mark with a marking tape. Sand your shaft tip with a Dremel tool until bare metal surfaces.
While test fitting the club heads, you also need to mark how the ferrule would go into the shaft. How do you go about it? It’s simple. Use a functioning heat gun to warm up the plastic ferrules to soften them up. That will make it possible to get the ferrules up the shaft. Cover the clubhead and ferrule with tape.
Step 4: Attach the head to the shaft
The shafting epoxy has two-part. Squeeze the same amount of both into cardboard and mix thoroughly. Note that the epoxy can get all over everything. So, you have to be careful enough to keep a paper towel very close to you. You can cut the towel into squares so that you may use and discard a square at a time.
Now, use a toothpick or a stirring stick to pat the epoxy mix carefully into the shaft tip. Meanwhile, don’t strain yourself. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Clean up the surplus epoxy and the golf club on a cardboard box.
Step 5: Wait some minutes
After you have installed the club heads into the shafts and you have cleaned up the surplus epoxy, the next thing you need to do is to lay the club and the head somewhere. Also, make sure you permit nothing to touch them for 24 hours.
Step 6: Install the grips
Use the rubber shaft holder to set the assembled club into the vise. Then, cut a grip tape smaller than the grip size and wrap it around the shaft’s butt end. You have to know that you might have a little difficulty putting in the grip. Yet, you need to make sure that you tuck it into the shaft.
Wet the grip and the tape thoroughly with spray solvent. It doesn’t get too much, so you can lavish it for a better result. Line up the grip according to your preference and push the grip into the shaft. If you use enough solvent, it will make this process easier for you.