How to Build a Golf Driver
Building a golf driver is actually easier than many people think. While a fairly simple process, it is very important to properly prepare and execute the build. In this case, the necessary components are: a Grenade golf driver head, Matrix golf shaft, Pure golf grip, and an all-black ferrule.
1 - Hosel Preparation
The hosel is the part of the golf driver head that the shaft attaches to. Sand the interior of the hosel with a medium grit sand paper. The best method for doing this is with a sanding drill bit. Then apply some acetone to a brush and rub the sanded area until clean. This is the most important step to ensure a good build as it prevents the club head from ever flying off.
2 - Mix the Epoxy
The epoxy bonds the golf shaft to the hosel. Here at BombTech, we use a GolfWorks maximum strength epoxy. While not the cheapest, this 24 hour cure epoxy definitely works better and results in a higher quality product than any quick curing epoxies. So, mix a generous dab with a pinch of golf shafting beads in a 2:1 ratio for about 45 seconds. Using the golf shafting beads provides more stability in the bond and helps to create a straight and centered installation on the golf driver shaft.
3 - Measure Hosel Depth
Measure how deep the interior of the hosel is by placing a clean stirring stick fully inside of it and mark it off an 8 th of an inch on above the hosel line. This ensures there is enough room to properly attach the ferrule.
4 - Shaft Paint Removal
It is very important to only remove the paint, and not any graphite, from the tip of the golf shaft. Lucky for BombTech, Matrix already preps our shafts with this done. However, for those interested, all you do is mark the length on the shaft that matches the stirring stick and use a superfine (microgit) sandpaper to remove the paint up to that point. This creates a better surface for the epoxy to adhere to. When done sanding, lightly wipe with acetone to ensure cleanliness.
5 - Apply Ferrule
Tools exist to make this step easier, but they are not necessary. All you need to do is tap the ferrule down on the sanded tip of the golf shaft until it fits the diameter of the golf driver shaft. You will know when that point is reached when the ferrule stops moving.
6 - Apply Epoxy in the Hosel
Take the curing epoxy and gently rub a small amount on the interior of the hosel. If done properly, this should result in a light coating on the interior walls while still allowing you to see the metal sole of the club head as it is not covered in any extra epoxy. Using too much epoxy during this step is bad… really bad. Extra epoxy can go up inside the shaft tip and create shear points in the structure. This can easily result in a broken golf driver.
7 - Apply Epoxy on the Shaft
This time, generously apply epoxy to the exterior of the sanded portion of the golf shaft. Ensure that there is enough epoxy present that the central hole down the golf shaft is covered. With epoxy on both parts attach the hosel to the shaft by rotating them together through about 5 complete rotations. Once finished, wipe the surface clean of any extra epoxy. Align the graphics on the shaft with the golf driver head at address and let it dry for 24 hours.
8 - Polish Ferrule
Remove the club from the drying area and finish the ferrule by rubbing the raised plastic edge with an acetone wet paper towel. Once smooth, do this again to polish it.
9 - Cut the Golf Shaft
Using a table top ruler, measure the golf club to length. For example, when looking for a shaft length of 45 inches, measure it out to that and mark it 1/8 th under that 45 inches, so 44 and 7/8th inches; cut it there. If you don’t have a table top ruler you can use another means of measuring. Place the club on the ground as you would to address a golf ball, at a 45 degree angle, and measure from the ground up to the desired location. View the video for reference. Then, simply cut the shaft ensuring it is clean with no graphite fragments peeling off.
10 - Attach Golf Club Grip
Place the golf shaft in a vice, ideally a golf specific vice, and slide it into a tight position. Here you would normally apply grip tape or another adhesive, but being that Pure grips do no need any of that, all you need to do is slide the grip on. The easiest way to do this is use some compressed air by blowing air into the top hole of the grip as you push it down the shaft. When it is in place and the compressed air is removed the grip tightly wraps around the golf shaft, holding it firmly in place.
And that is it! This is how BombTech builds all of its golf drivers and it is definitely the best method for anyone else to use.
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