Golf Club making/repair for fun

In 1994, I discovered the wonderful world of golf club making and repair. While there is no substitute for professional knowledge for some procedures, club making and repair can be a rewarding hobby for many active golfers, and the materials and tools are inexpensive and readily available. The best internet resource on the topic is the Dave Tutleman's clubmaking guide. What follows are my personal notes on club making for the ammateur hobbyist

Basic Supplies and Tools


What got me into this was discovering that it was possible for anyone to buy the components to make a club. These are

The beauty of component club making, is that you can mix and match and make a club that looks and feels exactly the way you want it. The Dunkin archives list a wide variety of suppliers. For the most part, the components are very standard (i.e. all iron heads accept one or two shaft diameters, and all grips likewise), allowing you to make up millions of combinations.

How to order

With millions of combinations, the key is finding something you like. With Clubheads, the considerations are cosmetic and matching your game. Here are some considerations:

Shafts are probably the most important component. Critically important is to buy the right tip style (unitized or constant diameter is far more common but some heads take tapered shafts). Here are some of the critical components

With grips, cosmetics are the main issue. Be sure, however, you order a grip that is compatible with your shaft diameter. You can install mismatches (and get bigger or smaller grips) but installation is tougher. Grip size is about the only real technical issue. All catalogs tell you how to measure your ideal size, but personal preference is a large part of it. Using weighted or lightweight grips to impact swingweight is bogus, don't worry about it.


Here is what I bought/used to start club making:

I later bought, since I was interested in this as a hobby, a swingweight scale ($50), lie check mat ($10), swing speed indicator ($15), and lead weighting tape ($3). Not necessary for simple assembly and repair.

Assembly tips

Here are some things I learned that were helpful

Warren Montgomery