Getting That “Just Right” Feel
Every golfer has had the experience of picking up a club that “just felt right.” Similarly, we’ve picked up clubs that felt terrible. Both experiences are likely related to swing weight.
Swing weight is an under-discussed topic among golfers, but it has a huge impact on how a club feels and plays. In this edition of Golf Club Building 101, Club Champion Founder Nick Sherburne will teach you how to build your clubs to your perfect swing weight.
Tools & Supplies You Need
Swing weight scale
The Tools You Want
Hot melt gun or syringe
Step 1: Get your “dry” swing weight. The is done by putting the club head on the shaft – which has already been cut to length and gripped – without epoxy. Place the club on your swing weight scale and see where you stand.
Step 2: Account for ferrule, glue, and plastic wrap. Adding the ferrule and glue will add about one swing weight point. If you’re building a new head, the plastic wrap can add between 1/3 of a point (for an iron) and 1 point (for a driver). Make sure to consider all this before going forward.
Step 3: Determine your target swing weight.
Step 4: Add weight to the head. Adding two grams to the club head will raise the swing weight by one point.
If you’re working with a steel shaft, the easiest way is to add tip weights. Tip weights are typically sold in weights of 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 grams. Install the weight into the shaft with epoxy before gluing on the head.
If you’re using a graphite shaft, tip weights can be more difficult to use because the interior diameters of graphite shafts are inconsistent. Because of this, Nick prefers tungsten powder. Tungsten powder is mixed with the epoxy to add weight and raise the swing weight.
Finally, for adding weight to woods, you can use hot melt.
Step 5: Install the club head. Get the full breakdown of how to do this properly HERE.
If you want to skip all this messiness, you can use good old lead tape. Some players don’t like the way it looks, but others prefer it. The nice thing about lead tape is that it’s not permanent. You can add a few grams, try it, and go back to a lighter swing weight by simply peeling the tape off. To get off the sticky tape residue, I use Goo Gone.
Bad math. If you’re not confident in your ability to do the swing weight math, do an extra dry measurement with the tip weight installed but not glued in. Once you’ve glued it together, you can add more weight via lead tape, but you can’t remove weight without taking the club apart. Measure twice, glue once.
Make sure that the surface you’re using for measuring swing weight is level. If the surface is tilted, your swing weight measurements will be off. Additionally, keep your swing weight scale in the same location for consistent measurements.
Nick also notes that using tungsten powder in your epoxy is a tough skill to master and should probably be left to experienced builders. This process is largely about trial and error, and there’s no way to shortcut experience. If you want to try this method, experiment with some expendable clubs before using it on your gamers.
Watch the Video HERE
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