Jeff Summitt Expounds His Regripping Wisdom
For those fortunate to live in the southern climes to enjoy golf year-round, you might be surprised that many golf courses in the Midwest, Northeast and for our friends above the 49th Parallel still have not officially opened yet. But for those that have already worn out the grips on your snow shovel this year, I am sure you are in great anticipation of the upcoming golfing season. Before going out for the first time, right now is the perfect time to have your clubs re-gripped. It has been proven that slick or worn grips can cost you valuable strokes on the course. As a preventative measure, re-gripping is relatively easy and inexpensive to do yourself or for a local shop to perform this service for you.
Clubmaking books, including Hireko’s The Modern Guide to Clubmaking, give detailed step-by-step instructions for the proper installation of grips. The tools necessary to re-grip are often inexpensive and in many cases, home shops already have some of the equipment on hand.
All you need is a vise, paint tray (to catch run-off solvent), utility knife with hooked knife blade, grip tape remover tool and Rubber Vise Clamp (RAVC $1.60). You will also need grip tape and a liquid to act as a lubricant to help slide the grip onto the tape and then evaporate. Many tapes are solvent-based and most solvents are flammable causing a potential hazardous situation without the
proper safeguards in check. Hireko offers a non-flammable, non-toxic solvent in an easy-pour quart container just for this purpose.
For hobbyists who are concerned about dangerous chemical that small children or animals could come into contact with, we offer individual strips of water re-activated tape. This tape is designed to work with a couple tablespoons of dishwashing liquid mixed in a quart of ordinary tap water. However, we found if you use Windex® (with ammonia works best) or any type of glass cleaner straight out of the container and onto the tape, this works great! Clean up is easy, it is safe and evaporates quicker than the soapy water solution.
More TipsWhen removing your old grips, make sure to use a hooked knife blade. A regular knife blade can damage a graphite shaft. Also clamping the shaft too tightly in the vise can cause a lightweight steel or graphite shaft to crack. Both situations can lead to a much more expensive repair and neither is warranted by the manufacturers.
You want to remove the old grip tape for a fresh foundation for the new tape. Take a hair dryer or heat gun on the high setting and heat the tape for 20 or 30 seconds. This will soften the adhesive in most cases so you can simply peel it off the shaft. This is safe for all shafts with this short duration of time. You can also scrape off the old tape with a grip tape removal tool.
New CAD Designed Driver Features Elongated Breadth For Exceptional Distance.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA, April 2, 2008 – Hireko Golf introduces the new Power Play Caiman Driver with a unique geometric shape to provide unparalleled distance. The inspiration is based on the Amazonian Black Caiman. This powerful beast preys mostly on birdies and eagles and is fearless in devouring the competition on golf courses around the globe.
“Several iterations of this driver were drafted using CAD software until we were able to optimize the CG location for the best results.”, states Technical Director Jeff Summitt. “The elongated breadth, coupled with internal weighting produce an extremely stable, high moment of inertia design for exceptional raw distance and control.”
“In addition to the performance benefits, we also concentrated on providing a pleasing sound and solid feel that will appeal to a wide range of golfers. All too often uniqely shaped heads have a “tinny” sound that golfers have a hard time overcoming regardless of how accurate they might be.” states Summitt.
Rounding out this design is a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating creating not only an extremely durable finish, but also provides a lustrous black appearance. The process involves the deposition of titanium carbon nitride under low vacuum conditions.
The Power Play Caiman Drivers are in stock and available in right hand 10.5 and 12 degrees and left hand 10.5 degrees. Golfers can custom build the Caiman Drivers online starting at $106.59 each or purchase the Caiman Driver Clubhead for $59.95 each at www.hirekogolf.com or by calling 800-367-8912.
How DNA Testing Can Help You Score Lower
In a soon to be published article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Hireko is proud to announce a sneak peak into how golf clubs could be fit in the very near future. To begin, let’s examine the background setting prior to when our project began. In April of 2003, under the coordination by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Energy the Human Genome Project was completed with contributors from universities across the United States and five international partners from around the globe.
The international researcher’s 13-year effort set out to determine the sequence of the human genome and identify the genes that it contains. A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all of its genes. Each genome contains all of the information needed to build and maintain that organism. DNA is made up of four bases (or building blocks): adenine (A), cytosine (C), thymine (T), and guanine (G). The order of these bases is called the DNA sequence. Human DNA consists of about 3 billion bases, and more than 99 percent of those bases are the same in all people.
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