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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.

Please tell me what the sugar is for... I'm guessing shaft centering...

Driver -   Ping G400 9° Project X HRZDUS Yellow Handcrafted 65 S
Fairway -  Tour Edge Exotics CB2 15° Grafalloy Prolite 35  S

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

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

3 Iron - :srixon-small: Z585  TTDG TI S400 1° flat

Irons -  :srixon-small: Z785  TTDG TI S400 5-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
Tour Black/Ping Anser F/Scotty Cameron TeI3 Sole Stamp Newport 2. All with different grips, weights, and lengths.

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I think Indacup has left us. I will try to do some research on it and report back.

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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If I were in a hurry and needed to fit a .335 shaft into a .350 hosel I might actually raid the kitchen for the granulated sugar and mix it with the epoxy. :lol: ;) However, I think talcum powder makes for a better filler. I'd be afraid the sugar would melt away in the next rainy day golf session. :lol:




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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?



The only other component brand I trust* other than those you mentioned is Hireko. They're prices are a little lower and they have a better lefty selection. Their Dynacraft slot-back blades got high reviews from this website. I personally game their Acer XK line: driver, 3 wood and hybrid; XK Standard 4 and 5 irons; XK Pro 6-PW and XB wedges. I really like them.


* Tom Wishon Technologies makes components, but you have to "join the club" to be able to receive catalogs or order from them. If you're super-serious (or just curious), you could check these guys out. However, you can build some high-quality, well-performing clubs from Golfworks, Golfsmith and Hireko.

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I'm lucky enough to have a big lockable shed that my wife isn't interested going in. I am purely a hobbist and this is what i have so far.


5m x 5m Lockable shed with concrete slab and appropriate lighting and Power - effectively the MAN SHED

Compressor and regripping attachment

Shaft trimming and assembly equipment

Shaft puller, similar to the JB puller

Swing Weight Scale

Frequency machine including tipweight with built in laser (for FLOing)

Spining Tool

Shaft gauge

Club length ruler

Heat Gun

Bench Grinder

Good cordless drill (pref 18V) + good drill bits in correct sizes


Shaft clamp

Peg Board


Still a couple of things in the list I'd like to pickup including a L/L machine but they will come in time.



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Find a good vice with a nice anvil section, you'll thank me later for that when you start stamping. Get a good set of jaw pads for it.


Another essential, if you plan on doing tape and solvent grips, is a grip station.


Want quality? Get yourself a Mitchell catalog and go nuts. Want cheaper stuff, golfsmith is your way to go. Golfworks is between the two, and sell Mitchell equipment as well, just cheaper to order from the manufacturer.


I'd also recommend, if you plan on doing sole grinds, etc, buying a JET grinder. You'll save money in the long run because you'll find that the cheaper rock grinders are a waste of time and money. Get the JET with the polishing wheel on one side and the grinding belt on the other. It's around $350 and worth every penny.


Those were the first items I bought for my home equipment station.

In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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I'm lucky enough to have a big lockable shed that my wife isn't interested going in. I am purely a hobbist and this is what i have so far.



Shaft puller, similar to the JB puller



Ahh... the "Fortress of Solitude"... If I were to put a TV in mine, I might never come out! :lol:



What type of puller did you get, Chappy? I'm in the market for one, and you've piqued my curiosity.

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As I live in Australia, it is often extremely expensive to get things such as pullers shipped to OZ and teh local market is a little sparse, so I made my own.


Pics below, excuse the mess in my workshop.





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As I live in Australia, it is often extremely expensive to get things such as pullers shipped to OZ and teh local market is a little sparse, so I made my own.




I wonder if, when you go to the checkout screen at the Golfsmith-like places, under shipping charges is says "arm & leg" or "first born" instead of a dollar amount?


Pretty neat puller, though. That's some impressive ingenuity! I don't think I'm that mechanically inclined, though...

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Justin it is amazing what you can achieve when you are strapped for $$, but still have a mulitude of bibs and bobs at your disposal.


The only thing I needed assistance on to put that contraption together was welding the shaft tip guide. Rest I was able to carry out myself. :angry:



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You have to hold the club in just about every thing you do with a club so a vice is needed.

Elevate the vice to put it in a better more ergonomic position.

IF you are looking to save time then a clamp to set in the vice is needed. Look at the speed clamp. if not a rubber clamp is just as good.


doing grips requires a catch pan, utility knife (hook blade), tape, clamp (see above) solvent( not gas, lamp oil, etc) get the real solvent and catch it in a pan then recycle to save the money. you may need to build up a grip so a brown paper packing is best but others can work.


pulling a shaft requires heat and a puller. I suggest a butane torch, and good puller, this is worth it weight in gold for time and effort.


assembly requires you measure length, frequency, loft and lie to begin with. A top mounted ruler unit is the way to go but to get started a 48 inch ruler works too. Frequency is measure with a freq machine from either GW or GS I prefer the GW model. loft and lie can be done with a bending machine but an actual loft lie machine is the way we do it.


Finishing clubs needs the ferrules done that can be the clamp and sand paper and acetone or a 1 x 42 sander and acetone.


glue is an important part of bldg. I use cardboard and a wooden coffee stix. a more GREEN ides is a flat bald screw driver and wipe it off when done. USE shafting beads.


cutting shafts can be done with a tubing cutter for steel and abrasive saw blade for graphite or a cut off wheel for both.

Driver - 44.5" 5.0 flex 10.5 deg ACCRA tour Z GP MCC4+ 1 deg closed

Irons - 5-pw, GW stnd length 5.0 flex same grip 1 deg flat. Type low medium offset cavity back, no diggers

Wedges - 56 and 60 tour grind wedge spinner and mcc4+ grip 2 flat 10 and 8 in bounce

Putter - 33" 3 deg loft 70 lie, lrg slight line slightly toe hang

Ball - truvis

Carried in a Sun Mountain C-130 USA bag - BE PROUD.

HC - LH but 85 is a good number, playing in Ohio.

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For a sweeter swinging club?


I would guess centering/shafting beads as well because they add to the stickiness factor. How do those hold up over time?


Wow, I forgot all about this thread! Sorry for not getting back sooner!


Granulated sugar is a cheap substitute for shafting beads...

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