Installation Tips for Hireko Counterweights

Counterweighting golf clubs may greatly improve your game.

Download Hireko Golf CatalogFor the past 5 years, Hireko has sold an assortment of counterweights for steel and graphite shafts as well as steel putter shafts. There are a number of reasons to counterweight such as moving the balance point of the club closer to the player’s hands to help increase swing speed, helping delay the release of the club and even to help square the face up at impact rather the watching the ball fade or slice away from the target.

In other cases counterweighting can help reduce head heaviness when building longer-than-normal length clubs or create a putter promoting more of a pendulum stroke. So counterweights are a staple for any clubmaking operation and as such we want to point out some installation tips.

counterweight anatomyAnatomy
First, here is a quick primer on the anatomy of the counterweights. There are three parts to the counterweight. The stem is the portion that goes into the interior of the shaft. The lip or head sits atop the very butt of the shaft preventing it from falling inside. Lastly, there is air vent hole passing through the center.

Make sure to measure the shaft first
One thing to note ahead of time is our counterweights will not fit every single shaft on the market since there are no standards for butt diameter, shaft wall thickness or how much can be taken off of the butt end to achieve the final length. So it is important for the clubmakers to first measure the inside diameter of the cut shaft with their calipers or micrometers or they can test fit the counterweight if they have them on hand.

The stem of the counterweights for steel shafts and putters are @ 0.550” (14mm). These will fit the vast majority of steel shafts with a 0.590” butt diameter or larger. Do not try to force one of these into the butt end of a 0.580” steel shaft otherwise you could split the shaft. Also, if you are using the longer putter counterweights, check to see if there is a step down or knurl on the shaft where it will reduce the inside diameter of the shaft and prevent the counterweight from penetrating the full length.

The stem of the counterweights for graphite shafts are @ 0.472” (12mm). Here it is very important to measure the inside diameter since wall thickness (not outside diameter of the shaft) will dictate whether the stem will fit. In no case should you ever try to force a counterweight into a shaft with an inside diameter smaller than this. For ultra-light or constant tapered graphite shafts you may find they fit loose inside the shaft, but there is a solution for that.

Notes:

  1. These counterweights will likely not fit into a shaft that has been extended, especially if using extenders made of plastic, aluminum or using old graphite shafts.
  2. If a steel shaft was cut with a tubing cutter, this can cause the shaft to pinch inwards and this is where you want to use the flaring tool inside the butt of the shaft. You may also find the flaring tool useful to remove burrs left inside when cutting the shaft with a motorized tool.

Tubing cutter flaring toolThese are a permanent solution
Our counterweights are designed to be more of a permanent solution to counterweighting as opposed to the Tour Lock Pro system which can be readily removed and re-inserted into the butt of the club. The reason they are considered permanent is these are installed prior to the grip. Once gripped, you will not have access or even know a counterweight was installed. So it is important to know how much weight you need ahead of time.

Each 4 grams of weight will reduce the swingweight by one point. For the longer putter weights, it will be slightly more.

Plug Weight Swingweight Reduction
8g 2
12g 3
16g 4
20g 5
24g 6
28g 7
32g 8

To epoxy or not to epoxy; that is the question
To prevent an unwanted rattle, the counterweights should fit tight inside the shaft. For steel shafts, I would encourage you to use epoxy (fast-setting is fine in this application) to hold them in place. That will ensure no vibration can occur. For graphite shafts, you could do the same, but if you ever wanted to remove the weight at a later date, you might consider an alternative.

Frequently on a graphite shaft, the counterweight will be loose. You can add ordinary masking tape around the stem so it matches the inside diameter of the shaft. This will prevent the counterweight from rattling in the butt as you still have the lip against the butt end and the grip tape and grip to further supporting the counterweight.

Speaking of masking tape, I mentioned before the steel counterweights will not fit a 0.580” steel shaft. You could take the counterweights for graphite shafts and build up the stem with masking or lead tape to match the inner diameter of the steel shaft. See, there is often a simply solution to everything.

Removal
In the event you want to remove a counterweight, here is the best advice we can give. If you epoxied the counterweight in a steel shaft, simply use a heat gun or torch to break the epoxy bond. Then place the head or lip of the counterweight into your vise and you can twist it out. With graphite shafts I would discourage using any significant heat as it could compromise the integrity of the shaft since they are held together by epoxy resins. This is the reason why I like the masking tape method.

Don’t worry if you see rust
These counterweights are made out of carbon steel and if exposed to humid conditions they can start to create surface rust. Don’t worry as it will have no impact on the usage. Light sandpaper prior to epoxying or adding masking tape is all that is necessary.

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Hireko is Putting the ALL in Aldila Shafts

If Aldila offers it, now we can likely get it!

While just a few weeks ago we added the much anticipated Aldila Rogue and Tour Red series to our website, we didn’t make mention of what else we had added. The “what else” were all – and I mean all – the other Aldila shafts we hadn’t listed on our website previously. We can’t expect to sell any of these shafts unless you know we can get them for you, so here is a quick synopsis of those offerings.

Aldila Taper Tip ShaftsTaper tipped iron shafts
There are a lot of irons currently in play that require taper tip shafts, most of which are steel-shafted. As golfers get older and look to lighten up their clubs, many look toward graphite shafts. We do offer some taper tip graphite iron shafts from the likes of Aerotech and UST-Mamiya, but we were still missing some holes. For instance, we no longer offered any senior flex shafts. Sure, you might be able to soft-step a regular flex shaft to make it slightly softer. It just isn’t the same as if you had dedicated A-flex shafts like we now have in the NV Comp 85 and the VS Proto 85. Those same shafts are available in R, S and X-flex shaft too. The other taper tip iron shafts from Aldila are the:

  • NV 105 (R, S and X-flex)
  • VS Proto 100 (R, S and X-flex)
  • RIP 90 (R, S and X flex)
  • RIP 115 (R, S and X-flex)

This provides a matrix of different weights and flexes to cover a wide range of golfers looking to retrofit their existing OEM irons.

> CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR ALDILA NV COMP 85, VS PROTO 85, NV 105, VS PROTO 100, RIP 90 AND RIP 115 TAPER TIP SHAFTS

Aldila Pink NV 55 ShaftMore parallel tip iron shafts too
We didn’t just add taper tip shafts, but also all the parallel tip shafts that will fit our irons and wedges too. These will include the aforementioned NV Comp 85, VS Proto 85 and 100 (in the same flexes) as well as the pink NV 55 shaft for ladies. These would be a nice addition to the iBella Obsession iron. In each of these cases the shafts are a dedicated length for a particular iron head or wedge rather than a master shaft that is tip trimmed like most other parallel tip shafts.

> CLICK HERE TO BUY THE ALDILA NV COMP 85, VS PROTO 85/100 AND PINK NV 55 PARALLEL SHAFTS

Aldila NVS 55 OrangeLook at all these 0.350” wood shafts
For those that know me well, I eschew 0.350” shafts as it doubles up our inventory. Plus most of the heads you can use them for have adjustable hosel adapters or can use special conversion ferrules to reduce the diameter to use 0.335” shafts. However, we get a number of requests and we want to service our customer based the best that we can. So we have added all following shafts that are offered with a 0.350” tip.

  • NV 55 Pink (L-flex)
  • NV 55 Green (A, R and S-flex)
  • NV 65 Green (R, S and X-flex)
  • NV 75 Green (R, S and X-flex)
  • NVS 45 Pink (L-flex)
  • NVS 45 Orange (L and A-flex)
  • NVS 55 Orange (A, R, S and X-flex)
  • NVS 65 Orange (R, S and X-flex)
  • NVS 75 Orange (R, S and X-flex)
  • VS Proto 60 (R, S and X-flex)
  • VS Proto 70 (R, S and X-flex)
  • VS Proto 80 (R, S and X-flex)

> CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR ALDILA .350 TIP SHAFTS

If you can’t find a weight or flex you need, then I am sorry you are out of luck.

Aldila VS Proto Hybrid ShaftMore hybrids including the hard-to-find 0.355” tapered models
Yes, we have all the Aldila hybrid shafts too in both 0.370” parallel tip and 0.355” taper tip. If you are wondering who in the Sam Hill uses or had used taper tip shaft in hybrids, you have the following: Adams, older Ben Hogan and Cobra Baffler, Bridgestone, Mizuno Nike, Ping, TaylorMade TP, Titleist (some of which were originally steel-shafted). The ones below with asterisks next to their name are the one which are also available with the 0.355” taper tip. Note some listed here we have before but include the missing flexes we didn’t offer before.

  • *NV 55 Pink (L-flex)
  • *NV 85 Green (R, S and X-flex)
  • *NVS 85 Orange (R, S and X-flex)
  • RIP Phenom 65 (L, A, R, S and X-flex)
  • Tour Blue 85 (R, S, X and Tour X-flex)
  • Tour Green 85 (R, S, X and Tour X-flex)
  • *VS Proto 80 (R, S and X-flex)
  • *VS Proto 95 (R, S and X-flex)

> CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR ALL ALDILA HYBRID SHAFTS

Opps, I think we went batty and added even more 0.335” wood shafts
In several of the wood lines we did not offer a flex or Aldila added one mid-year that was not included in our 2014 catalog. In other cases we dropped the ball completely and never listed a particular model. Those include in no specific order: NV 44 Magnum, RIP Phenom 50, 60 and 80, NV 55 Green, NVS 45 and 55 Orange as well as VS Proto 60, 70 and 80 woods.

Another way to think of it, if Aldila offers it, we can likely get it for you. As you can see, we added more shafts than you can shake a stick at. But we want to prove once again that Hireko is your one stop source for all your component needs.

> CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR ALL ALDILA SHAFTS

Introducing the Graphite Design YS NanoReloaded

One of the most popular shaft models on the PGA Tour over the past decade, the Graphite Design YS+ series, is getting an exciting makeover.

Graphite Design YS SeriesThe venerable Graphite Design YS+ series of shafts, long known for its distinct feel, is now infused with the same high performance, Nano-alloy materials as their premium Tour AD shafts also known as “DI Technology”, to create the YS NanoReloaded. When I first heard of the name, the first thought that poured through my head was the movie Matrix Reloaded and in some way they tie together. You see graphite shafts are made of a matrix of different composite materials and epoxy resin. What make a shaft perform and give it the distinct feel is all about the materials along with its geometry.

YS+ versus YS Nano Reloaded
In a blog I did a few months ago called Serious Shafts for Serious Players, we went over the differences between the YS+ and some of the Tour AD models including our deflection profiles. Let’s now look at how the YS+ (in this case the 60 gram S-flex) compares to the new NanoReloaded.

Graphite Design YS Profiles
As you can see in the deflection profiles, the two shafts are nearly identical from roughly the 15” position from the tip all the way to the butt. The blue line represents the YS6+ and the red line is the new NanoReloaded version. This should come as no surprise as Graphite Design used the exact same mandrel and materials pattern. The difference occurs in the tip region where the Nanomaterial used in the Tour AD series is positioned. This should produce a shaft that lowers the launch / spin slightly, but still provide the smooth center section that players have come to expect from the YS+ series.

Download Hireko Golf CatalogNot your poor man’s Tour AD DI
If you think that by adding the same material in the tip as the Tour AD DI (orange line) that YS NanoReloaded (red line) will become a lower cost version of it, you might be let down. These are two different shaft profiles. If there was a shaft that would be more comparable it would be the Tour AD BB (light blue line). Here the dissimilarity is the YS NanoReloaded would have more flex than the Tour AD BB in the tip and mid sections.

YS Tour AD BB
Lighter options
While the YS6+ and YS7+ have been readily available for a decade, many might not remember Graphite Design made other weights in the series. For golfers looking to squeeze out more distance a lighter shaft might allow one to muster a little more speed at impact. The YS NanoReloaded Five (yes they spell out the number) is available in some of the softer flexes as well.

We have been working on a newer and better way of putting a number on stiffness to help fit golfers. Today I want to unveil what our swing speed range would be based on our deflection readings.

Model / Flex Swing Speed Range
YS-Five NanoReloaded L-flex 64 – 73 mph
YS-Five NanoReloaded A-flex 75 – 86 mph
YS-Five NanoReloaded R-flex 81 – 94 mph
YS-Five NanoReloaded S-flex 90 – 103 mph
YS-Six NanoReloaded R-flex 86 – 99 mph
YS-Six NanoReloaded S-flex 93 – 107 mph
YS-Six NanoReloaded X-flex 103 – 118 mph
YS-Seven NanoReloaded R-flex 88 – 102 mph
YS-Seven NanoReloaded S-flex 96 – 110 mph
YS-Seven NanoReloaded X-flex 103 – 118 mph

Don’t forget the hybrids too
There is a 75 and 85 gram hybrid offering in this series as well. According to our testing, these will be more flexible or possess a lower frequency (added feel) than any of the other current Graphite Design hybrid shafts. That is with the exception of the very tip section where the Nanomaterial has been added (for stability).

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Aldila is Going Rogue with Two New Shaft Lines

Aldila Rogue ShaftsWhat is the hottest shaft on tour? If you don’t happen to read industry press releases or visit golf equipment forums on the web it might be a shaft you haven’t heard of yet. That shaft is the Aldila Rogue and is built on Aldila’s ultra-successful new “tour” platform.

It uses the same tapered tooling and Nex Gen Micro-Laminate Technology that was utilized in Aldila’s Tour Green and Tour Blue. All of these models comprise of ultra-thin layers of premium, low resin aerospace grade materials.

Aldila Rogue Shafts

 

 


Are they really using Unobtainium in the Aldila Rogue?
Maybe not, but Aldila is competing with the aerospace industry for use of a new advanced, rare and extremely expensive “Graphitic Carbon” material. On tour, the typical graphite fibers used in graphite shaft construction have a range in modulus of 33-55 million pounds per square inch (MSI). The Rouge incorporates material that is much stiffer. For instance, the Rogue Black uses 95 MSI material and the Rogue Silver 110 MSI. They also make a special Limited Edition – Made in USA version that uses 125 MSI materials.

What this allows is for Aldila’s engineers to create a shaft that is stiffer and lower torque without adding any additional weight. At the same time more material is positioned in the upper third of the shaft to help counterbalance the shaft, permitting for either a heavier head weight or for a longer assembly length without yielding an excessive swingweight. Those my friends are two factors that can help squeeze out more distance off the tee.

Now that same technology and performance will be available for sale to custom clubmakers and to the general public. We will be offering two versions of the Rouge. The Silver is the low-mid launching version like the Tour Green. It will be available in 60 and 70 gram weight options for woods. Then there is the mid-high launching Black. It will be available in weights of 60, 70 and 80 for woods as well as an 85 gram hybrid model.

> CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR THE NEW ALDILA ROGUE GOLF SHAFTS

Aldila Tour Red ShaftExpanding the fitting spectrum: Green, Blue and now Red
Aldila’s Tour Green (mid-low launch) and the Tour Blue (mid launch) where released earlier this year and have been well received on tour plus as options in some popular name brand driver on the market. Now available is the new Tour Red utilizing the same high-end materials and tapered profile. The dissimilarity is the Tour Red is offered with a softer tip section to launch the ball higher than the Tour Blue. It will be available in a lighter weight 55 gram version as well as 65 and 75. Coming soon there will be a 75 gram matching hybrid shaft.

> CLICK HERE TO SHOP FOR THE NEW ALDILA TOUR GREEN, BLUE AND RED SHAFTS

Winn Fishing Grips Now Available at Hireko Golf!

Winn Fishing Grips

Winn is the first manufacturer to bring premium polymer fishing grips to fishermen.

Winn Fishing Grip’s superior polymer grip technology puts control and comfort quite literally in the angler’s hand and provides tacky sure-grip security even in cold and wet conditions!

Tackier & More Shock Absorbent - patented polymers achieve a wide range of firmness, texture, sensitivity, weight and design options

Most Technologically Advanced Rod Grips - the end result is longer casts, increased sensitivity, reduced fatigue, heightened casting accuracy and, above all, increased hours of enjoyment

WinnDry Technology - Provides tacky, non-slip performance in all weather conditions including rain, snow and sub-freezing temperatures

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Taking the Wraps off the 2015 Lamkin Grip Line

2015 Lamkin GripsIt is that time a year for manufacturers to start unveiling their 2015 product lines and our first company to do so is Lamkin grips. Here is a quick look at what you will soon be able to get your hands on.

2015 Lamkin UTx Wrap
The UTx line made its’ debut last year and was well received. Lamkin is now introducing a new offshoot version of it. Over the years I found there are two types of people out there. No, I am not referring to Democrats and Republicans, rather golfers that either prefers a smooth surface or the texture of a wrapped grip. Now the UTx family covers both. The new UTx Wrap will be available in standard and midsize in both black and a blue version (sorry no red like the standard UTx).
If you are not hip to the UTx performance advantage, here is a quick look. They offer their Tri-Layer technology which is essentially blending different materials for better results. These give you the traction of a corded grip without the harsh feel.

Lamkin UTX Compared

Speaking of Lamkin UTx, there is also a new jumbo putter model. Lamkin will introduce two other putter grips, but we will talk about those in a future blog.

> SHOP FOR NEW 2015 LAMKIN UTX WRAP GRIPS HERE

Another new grip line to “wrap” your fingers around, the new 2015 Lamkin Wrap-Tech Grips

Lamkin has had a long line of followers with their Perma Wrap families over the years. With the departure of the Perma Wrap Ace with 3GEN after the inventory runs out, Lamkin will soon have the new family called the Wrap Tech. This differs from the Perma Wrap grips of the past as Lamkin engineers added a high-traction band between the grooves in the simulated wrapped pattern. So you get the tacky feel you have come accustomed to with the Perma Wrap grips of the past but with some extra traction.

These will be available in standard, midsize and oversize (jumbo) grip sizes, while the standard model will be available with 3 different accent colors to color coordinate with today’s most popular clubs.

Déjà vu

If you think you are seeing double on our website in regards to many of your popular Lamkin grips, don’t worry. Lamkin is slowing changing over from the long-time script logo to their new one. You can get some good bargains now on some of the older logoed grips so act fast before they are gone. For clubmakers, you may want to look at your inventory and see if you might need some fill-in pieces so you can complete a set before they are all gone.

Lamkin Logos Compared

Well, that’s a wrap on the new 2015 grips from Lamkin.

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