Holiday Gift Giving Suggestions

Afraid to give that pair of slacks to your uncle because you don’t what size he is?  How about a sweater for your little niece that was waist high 3 years ago since the last time you saw her?  Ah the dilemma.  On one hand you would like to give them a gift they can open at Christmas, but on the other hand you don’t want it returned because it doesn’t fit.  So you wimp out and give them a gift card.

Golf clubs can be no different.  While Hireko does offer gift certificates, I am sure your loved one would love to open that big ol’ box old box underneath the Christmas tree with new golf clubs like the Dynacraft Prophet Tour irons or Power Play Caiman driver.  For clubmakers out there, you may have a simple solution that you may not have thought of to avoid the gift from not fitting.

Here is Santa’s little secret.  Build up the clubs as you would normally would, except don’t cut the butt end of the shafts to length just yet.  Then place the

Dynacraft Prophet Tour Blade Irons $35.95 per club with Apollo Steel Shafts and Karma Grips

Dynacraft Prophet Tour Blade Irons $35.95 per club with Apollo Steel Shafts and Karma Grips

grips inside the box and wrap it up.  On Christmas day, the golfer can open up their box of shiny new clubs and they can have them sized when you get a chance to see them in person. To finish it off, you can put the grips on the clubs whether it is the ones that were in the box or another style.

Thanksgiving Holiday Wishes

What for many individuals will be an extended weekend visiting with family and friends carving the turkey and passing the cranberry sauce, don’t forget what Thanksgiving is all about.

Maybe you are a recent retiree who is able to squeeze in an extra round before the cold settles in and the clubs are put away for the season with his son or daughter who is just visiting for the holiday.

Maybe you are a 17 year beating balls and honing your skills in an open lot inspiring yourself to be the next Anthony Kim or Michelle Wie instead of watching the Green Bay – Detroit game on TV.

Or maybe you are one of our servicemen who can hit balls in Iraqi dessert knowing when you leave it will be a much safer place than when you arrived.

Whoever you might be, young and old alike golf is a game for all generations. Take your time walking the course soaking up the beauty of your surroundings while lamenting what you should be grateful for.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Hireko Golf.

We Need Your Comments! What Kind of Webinars Would You Like Us To Host In 2010?

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Our webinars in 2009 were a great success! We had hundreds of attendees learn clubmaking from the comfort of their home. We’d like to get some feedback from you as to what other kind of webinars you would like to hear.  More advanced clubmaking? Clubfitting? How about a roundtable of clubmakers discussing the issues and challenges they face?

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Simple Method of Measurement for Golf Club Bounce

Measuring bounce is simpler than you think

I recently had a nice long conversation with a professional club fitter regarding the bounce article that I had written a couple years ago that prompted me to write this Blog posting. One of the questions he had was related to finding a way to accurately measure bounce. While this might sound like an easy answer, it was not. You really need to have pictures there in front of you to explain it better, after all a picture is worth a thousand words.

bounce_1To measure bounce, we first need to measure the loft of the club with the shaft perpendicular to the ground line. This is often done in a specification gauge or even in a good quality loft and lie machine. If you take a look at the diagram to the right, this is the same view as how you would measure the loft, but upside down. We will show you why in a second.

If there is bounce on an iron or wedge, then the contact point of the sole will not occur in the center of the sole. If there is positive bounce, the contact point with the ground or surface will be toward the trailing edge of the club and negative bounce the contact point of the sole will be nearer the leading edge.

bounce_2To measure the bounce we want to mark the center of the sole. Start by measuring the width in the center of the sole with your calipers or a very good machinist ruler. With a Sharpie pen, place a small mark on the center of the sole. Double check that you mark is indeed located in the center. If not rub off the mark and try again.

bounce_3There are commercially available bounce gauges that can run in the couple of hundred dollar range. While extremely accurate, most club fitting shops will not have invested into one. So what is the simple solution?

I had a machinist protractor that I picked up at my local hardware store a few years back. I am sure I didn’t spend more than $20 on it, but it has come in handy many times. One use is for measuring the bounce angle of a golf club.

Place the base of the protractor against the flat face of the iron or wedge. Loosen the wing nut or thumb screw so the arm is free to move. Adjust the club in the protractor so the face is good and tight against the base of the protractor and the arm of the protractor is just making contact with the mark you made on the center of the sole. It might take a little practice to make sure that it is just touching that mark and not to one side or another as it will through off your reading.

Next, measure the angle. Chances are the protractor will measure the supplement angle so you will need to subtract the reading from 90 degrees. For example, this was a 4 iron. The protractor read 69 degrees, therefore 90 – 69 = 21 degrees.

bounce_4To obtain the bounce measurement, we simply take the loft reading (either from our specification gauge or loft & lie machine) and subtract the loft we obtained in the machinist protractor at the center of the sole.

If the loft was originally 23 degrees, this means the bounce of our club is 2 degrees. See, there is always a simple and often inexpensive solution to everything. The only time it doesn’t work is in the case where you might have a wedge with a concave sole, which are far and few between.