How to build your own golf driver?
Preparation is key! The actual process of building a golf club or golf driver is fairly simple. But, it is the preparation that makes the difference between a golf club head flying off or staying on in any condition.
Step 1: Prepare your club head
This is one of the most important steps in the process. Use a hosel abrading sleeve to rough up the inside of the hosel. Manually abrade the hosel or use a drill bit on medium speed to reduce burrs and scuff up the hosel for better epoxy adhesion.
Step 2: Prep your golf shaft
Measure the inside of your hosel. Once you have determined the actual depth of the hosel, add 3+/- mm to your measurement. Take this measurement and mark this depth on your shaft with tape or a marker. Painters blue tape works extremely well and is easy to remove. Once your hosel depth is marked on your shaft, it is time to "prep" your golf shaft. Sand off enough paint to show the graphite without cutting into the graphite material. Be very careful on this step. Being too aggressive will weaken the integrity of your custom golf driver.
Step 3: Mix your epoxy
There is many types of epoxies on the market. The majority of options work well, but I prefer a 24 hour epoxy as the overall shear strength is typically much higher than a quick curing epoxy. Mix your epoxy rigorously, 30-40 seconds. A recommend option is to add glass shafting beads. The shafting beads will help create a straight and centered installation of the shaft. A small pinch is all that is needed (10% of the mixture).
Add the shafting beads during your mixing process.
Step 4: Install your ferrule
Measure your depth of the hosel with your ferrule held in place. Mark this depth on the shaft. Once you have done this place a small amount of epoxy on the shaft. Hammer your ferrule onto the shaft, to the depth marked. Clean the epoxy off with epoxy solvent wipes, paper towels or a lint free rag.
Step 5: Install your shaft
The most common mistake during this process, is putting too much epoxy into the hosel. Do not pour epoxy into the hosel of your golf driver head. Take your epoxy applicator and place a moderate amount of epoxy inside the hosel without placing too much in the bottom of the hosel. *Putting too much epoxy inside the hosel will cause epoxy to push upside the golf shaft and create a stiff end that will weaken the shaft and cause the driver to break at the hosel. Coat the outside of the golf shaft with a generous amount of epoxy and place inside the hosel with a slight rotation. Clean the epoxy off.
Step 6: Let it dry! If it is a 24 hour epoxy, let your golf driver dry for a minimum of 6 hours depending on the brand.
Step 7: Measure your golf driver shaft
Using a golf club ruler, place your driver at a 45 degree angle as if you were playing the club. Place the golf ruler underneath the sole of the club. At this point, mark you desired length with chalk or painters tape.
Cut your shaft
Using a hack saw or a chop saw to cut your shaft where marked.
Almost done..Time to put on your grip
Measure the length of your grip. Mark this length minus a few millimeters with chalk. Place double grip tape on the shaft, coat the double sided tape with grip solvent. Spray or pour additional solvent into the grip and swish around. Place your golf grip onto the golf shaft firmly and insure it is straight. Wipe off excess solvent
Kick your feet up, or head to the range to test your new custom golf driver.
Thanks for reading the how to build your own golf driver guide. You should have a completed golf driver in your hands!
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