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I'm thinking about getting into clubmaking. From assembling clubs, regripping, reshafting, adjusting lie and loft. The works. I really enjoy making things by hand and I take pride in doing it. What clubmaking specific tools should be on my short list to get up and running quickly?

 

Also, where do you get your club heads? I've looked at GolfWorks and think its a good place to start, but do you have any others?

 

All help is appreciated.

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Golfsmith and golfworks both have all the stuff to get started. Golfsmith friends and family sale that they have twice yearly is a good time to pick up items for significantly cheaper. Getting started will depend on what your budget is. Below is a link to some of the starter kits. You can see the items you will need. Some are definitely needed and others make things much more simpler.

 

http://www.golfworks.com/category.asp_Q_pc_E_4_A_c_E_47_A_c2c_E_ln

 

http://www.golfsmith.com/products/RTK08/Golfsmith/Reshafting_Tool_Kit

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The starter kits are a solid idea, but for an absolute beginer I'd say start with a good vise. As you get a little deeper into you it, think about a shaft puller,and some sort of benchmount belt sander. If you get really serious about clubmaking you'll be looking to add things like bending machines, and flex/frequency analyzers. The line between club repair and clubmaking is not a fine one. Building a near perfect set of clubs is infinitely more complex that a head, a shaft, a grip, and a little epoxy. It takes years to learn and a lifetime to master.

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The starter kits are a solid idea, but for an absolute beginer I'd say start with a good vice. As you get a little deeper into you it, think about a shaft puller,and some sort of benchmount belt sander. If you get really serious about clubmaking you'll be looking to add things like bending machines, and flex/frequency analyzers. The line between club repair and clubmaking is not a fine one. Building a near perfect set of clubs is infinitely more complex that a head, a shaft, a grip, and a little epoxy. It takes years to learn and a lifetime to master.

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One thought would be an air compressor w/grip tool. I've been doing my own grips for a few years and am really tired of peeling grip tape and splashing grip fluid everywhere, so I'm switching to blowing grips on and off. I'll update this when I get the tool in and give it a run through with my start of season regripping.

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I certainly want to go to several classes, for sure. I also have a few older clubs laying around I can "practice" with, so that's not a problem.

 

As for NEW items (club heads, etc), I've looked at GolfSmith and GolfWorks, but are there any other OEMs out there to look at?

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Adams RPM 3 Wood

09 TaylorMade Rescue #3 19 deg

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Depends on what your goals are.

 

If you just want a very small business, then you are better off getting less expensive equipment and tools.

 

If you want to be a top notch fitter/clubmaker and operate the business yourself, then you will need to find equipment that is very precise and allows you to do things quicker and more efficiently.

 

I've been thinking about this as well for my possible future. I would start off with a good lie/loft bending machine, a vice, a heat gun, a shaft puller, and a swingweight scale.

 

One thing I'm particular about is shaft frequency. I'm not sure what you can do about a shaft that is nowhere near the frequency it's supposed to be, but I like to know what all of the specs are.

 

 

 

 

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Golfsmith and golfworks both have all the stuff to get started. Golfsmith friends and family sale that they have twice yearly is a good time to pick up items for significantly cheaper. Getting started will depend on what your budget is. Below is a link to some of the starter kits. You can see the items you will need. Some are definitely needed and others make things much more simpler.

 

http://www.golfworks.com/category.asp_Q_pc_E_4_A_c_E_47_A_c2c_E_ln

 

http://www.golfsmith.com/products/RTK08/Golfsmith/Reshafting_Tool_Kit

 

Im trying to remember... when are their Friends and Family sales?

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The starter kits are a solid idea, but for an absolute beginer I'd say start with a good vice. As you get a little deeper into you it, think about a shaft puller,and some sort of benchmount belt sander. If you get really serious about clubmaking you'll be looking to add things like bending machines, and flex/frequency analyzers. The line between club repair and clubmaking is not a fine one. Building a near perfect set of clubs is infinitely more complex that a head, a shaft, a grip, and a little epoxy. It takes years to learn and a lifetime to master.

 

Is there a particular vice or type of vice you'd recommend?

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Is there a particular vice or type of vice you'd recommend?

 

Just your average run of the mill benchtop vise from Sears or Home Depot should work fine. When you mount it, make sure you leave yourself enough room to work from multiple angles. A regripping set will come with a shaft clamp for use in a vise. Many fullblown regripping stations, as well as other tools (spinefinders, measuring tools, etc.) are also designed for use in a benchtop vise.

 

As you progress a bit more and find yourself doing things like pulling broken shafts, or drilling stubborn epoxy out of a clubhead, the vise will prove itself as a remarkably versatile (and necessary tool).

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Im trying to remember... when are their Friends and Family sales?

June-ish and a second in the winter. No sale this winter yet as far as I know though...

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What equipment you get will depend on how involved you intend to get and what your budget is. I've built up to what is pretty much a full service shop in garage. If you are going to get real involved and do high quality work you will need to get a good loft/lie machine (I have a true blue unit), frequency machine, and 42 inch belt sander just to name a few. If you want to do a little work here and there on your own clubs you can get by with much less. I would recommend getting some of the basics and start trying things out to see if it is really something you want to get involved with.

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I posed this question to our resident clubbuilder/repair specialist, and his recommendation was

1. Bench Vise

2. Box Knife

3. Swing Weight Scale

4. Yard Stick

5. Saw

Driver -   :srixon-small: ZX 7 9.5° Ventus VeloCore Blue S
Fairway -  Tour Edge Exotics CB2 15° Grafalloy Prolite 35  S

Fairway - Tour Edge Exotics CB2 18° Grafalloy Prolite 35  S

Hybrid - :srixon-small: ZX 18° GD Tour IZ S

2 Iron - :srixon-small: ZU65 18° AeroTech SteelFiber 110icw S

Irons -  :srixon-small: ZX7  Aerotech SteelFiber 110icw  4-Pw 1° flat
Wedges - :cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore Raw 50° 54° 58°  TTGDTI S400 1° flat

Putters -   Cameron Phantom 5x/Odyssey Toulon Stroke Lab Austin/Odyssey 2 Ball DFX/ TaylorMade Spider
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If you're talking about component clubs, I've heard nothing but good things about SMT and KZG.

 

KZG does not make components....assembled only.

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Guys,

 

I'm thinking about getting into clubmaking. From assembling clubs, regripping, reshafting, adjusting lie and loft. The works. I really enjoy making things by hand and I take pride in doing it. What clubmaking specific tools should be on my short list to get up and running quickly?

 

Also, where do you get your club heads? I've looked at GolfWorks and think its a good place to start, but do you have any others?

 

All help is appreciated.

 

If you want to get the basic tools to get you started, and want to keep the budget ultra low, then I recommend the following...many of these items you may have around the house:

 

Vise

Vise clamp

club making epoxy

sandpaper/emery board

Tape measure

masking tape

Lamp oil

pipe cutter

granulated sugar

rubber mallet

lint free cloth (like gun cleaning cloths)

WD-40 (or similar silicone spray)

 

If you want to spend a bit more and make your experiment a bit easier, then buy:

 

Dremel tool

chop saw

gram scale

 

Bear in mind with these "tools" it will provide you all the shop tools you'll need to get started to do a few clubs at a time....nothing special...but will be a low cost way for you to decide if you want to move on or not.

 

 

Good luck!

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Just your average run of the mill benchtop vise from Sears or Home Depot should work fine. When you mount it, make sure you leave yourself enough room to work from multiple angles. A regripping set will come with a shaft clamp for use in a vise. Many fullblown regripping stations, as well as other tools (spinefinders, measuring tools, etc.) are also designed for use in a benchtop vise.

 

As you progress a bit more and find yourself doing things like pulling broken shafts, or drilling stubborn epoxy out of a clubhead, the vise will prove itself as a remarkably versatile (and necessary tool).

 

Thanks for the reply. That was very helpful.

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Cobra Baffler Rail H Hybrid 22* Fujikura Motore

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Ping Redwood ZB Putter, WRX Starshot, 35"

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If you want to get the basic tools to get you started, and want to keep the budget ultra low, then I recommend the following...many of these items you may have around the house:

 

Vise

Vise clamp

club making epoxy

sandpaper/emery board

Tape measure

masking tape

Lamp oil

pipe cutter

granulated sugar

rubber mallet

lint free cloth (like gun cleaning cloths)

WD-40 (or similar silicone spray)

 

If you want to spend a bit more and make your experiment a bit easier, then buy:

 

Dremel tool

chop saw

gram scale

 

Bear in mind with these "tools" it will provide you all the shop tools you'll need to get started to do a few clubs at a time....nothing special...but will be a low cost way for you to decide if you want to move on or not.

 

 

Good luck!

 

Ok, you've got to explain what the lamp oil and sugar are used for. I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to this stuff, but I recognized the utility for everything on that list except for those two. LOL.

Callaway FT-9 Driver 10.5* Grafalloy Prolaunch Axis Blue

Callaway FT-9 Driver 9.0* Grafalloy Prolaunch Platinum

Cobra Baffler Rail F Fairway 15.5* Fujikura Motore

Wilson FYbrid 19* UST Proforce AXIV Core

Cobra Baffler Rail H Hybrid 22* Fujikura Motore

Ping I15 Irons 5-UW AWT

Ping Tour-W 56*,60* DG Spinner

Ping Redwood ZB Putter, WRX Starshot, 35"

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