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A customer recently asked me a equipment related question about whether the Rubber Golf Club Pickup item we sell conforms to the Rules of Golf. If you are not familiar with it, the simple device attaches to the end of your grip and acts as a suction cup for the purpose of picking the ball off the ground or from the bottom of the hole so you don’t have to bend over.
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If you read the Rules of Golf booklet very carefully, you will find there is a small exception to Rule 1a in Appendix II. It allows for attachments to the putter as long as they don’t affect the performance of the club. So as long as you have the Rubber Golf Club Pickup affixed onto your putter grip and no other club in your bag, plus it is not removed and re-attached during the round, it if fine.
There are many things that golfers can do to golf clubs, whether they are existing or building from scratch that could make a club non-conforming. For instance, you could add lead tape anywhere on the head, except for the face as that would be a no-no. Or you could add a coat hanger underneath the grip. What, someone actually thought of doing that to a club, and better yet – why? Well, the purpose is to create a raised rib on the grip. While ribbed grips are allowed, the diameter of the coat hanger would be too great as there is a limitation (0.040” or 1mm) to how raised the rib can be.
So if you like to tinker on clubs, it is important to know the rules!
Are you a clubmaker looking to advance your knowledge, skills and network with fellow clubmakers? If so, there is an organization for you called the International Clubmakers Guild (ICG). This non-profit organization was founded to serve a wide array of individuals from golf clubmakers, club fitters and club repairmen to PGA professionals, swing instructors, component suppliers, equipment designers, engineers and even golf scientists.
The ICG is an independent; member owned and operated organization, where the membership determines the benefits and programs of the organization. The organization is open to professionals and hobbyists alike, which is a great way to foster growth. So if you want to learn more about the crafts of clubmaking, club fitting and repair this would be a great place to join.
Also, for professional clubfitters, don’t forget to look at our exciting new QuikFit system. It is a way to fit your customers not only quicker, but more economically and efficiently the first time and take out all the guess work. For more on the QuikFit, go the QuikFit link: http://info.hirekogolf.com/quikfit-clubfitting-system/
You may have noticed in our catalog and website that Hireko stocks both 0.370” parallel and 0.355” taper tip versions of many of the steel iron shafts from True Temper, Project X, KBS and Apollo. For those that may not know the difference between a parallel and taper tip shaft, then you may want to pay close attention before ordering a shaft.
What size fits Hireko clubs?
First off, only 0.370” parallel tip shafts fit Hireko’s irons, wedges and hybrids. In many cases the code to order the shaft will tip you off – look for the U. If you look at the first letter in the steel shaft code and it starts with the letter U, that is short for unitized. Actually it means the shaft has a 0.370” parallel tip shaft and will fit into any of our irons, wedges and hybrids. Those that do not have a U at the front mean that they have a 0.355” taper tip shaft. These will not fit any of our irons, wedges or hybrids as they will be too loose for the epoxy to hold. The only exception is the Apollo steel shaft line where they are all parallel tip except for the Hump in the X-flex only.
Then why does Hireko carry taper tip shafts?
Not all clubmaking shops make their money solely from building clubs from component parts. Most shops offer re-shafting and the repair of broken shafts as their second most common procedure only after re-gripping.
Many name brand companies offer taper tip shafts in their pro-line irons and wedges. For instance all of Cleveland and Titleist wedges use taper tip shafts, while companies such as Ping and Mizuno offer them exclusively in their irons and wedges. Some companies elect to use taper tip shafts in their better player’s irons and use parallel tip shafts in their game improvement clubs for the everyday golfer. TaylorMade, Cleveland and Wilson come to mind.
It is the responsibility for the clubmaker or customer to measure the tip diameter of the shafts or hosel bores before ordering. But don’t take for granted a certain brand of iron or wedge will be taper tip even if you have worked on them before. It is possible that the clubs could have been worked on by someone else who re-bored the hosel to accept a parallel tip shaft. Not common – but it is a possibility.
What is the difference between a taper and parallel tip shaft?
Taper tip shafts are just that – they taper! They gradually become larger from the very tip up to a certain point on the shaft. A 0.370” parallel tip shaft will start out at 0.370” at the tip and remain that way for an extended distance. In taper tip construction, the shaft tip will be 0.355” at the very tip and approximately 2” up the shaft tip will become 0.370”.
Are there playability differences between a taper and parallel tip shaft?
This all depends upon the model. Some shafts such as the Project line of shafts, there is no difference in playability between the parallel and taper tip shafts. All that happens is the shafts for the taper tip starts out as parallel tip but are swaged or squeezed to form the taper tip section.
In other cases such as the venerable True Temper Dynamic Gold or a KBS Tour, the taper tip and parallel tip versions can be much different. One thing to look at is the weight. If the shafts are all the same weight regardless of their length (also called constant weight), expect to see differences. These differences could occur in the overall weights of the clubs, balance point (typically higher swingweight with same weight heads), frequency slope and tip stiffness.
With parallel tip construction, the shafts progressively become lighter as more it trimmed from the tip to accommodate the head. As in the case of the Rifle shafts, they have been pre-tip trimmed by the manufacturer.
Why do you need different lengths in taper tip shafts?
Each raw length is designed specifically for a different head. The reason for this is the flex is built in to compensate for the head weight. The beauty of the system is this allows the clubmaker or manufacturer to skip one step in the assembly process by not having to tip trim the shaft. Essentially the manufacturer has already performed this step for them so all they have to do is epoxy the club and butt trim to length.
Below is a list of the taper tip shafts Hireko offers with their raw lengths and suggested club to go into. The sole exception is the Apollo Hump X-flex which comes in a 39” raw length and is simply butt cut to the desired length due to the unique enhanced tip section.
Do you have to use the suggested raw length?
No, there are processes called soft and hard stepping to create different flexes. To explain, let’s start out with soft-stepping. This process involves taking a longer recommended length shaft and installing it in heavier head for the intent of decreasing the flex. For instance, a 40” Dynamic Gold shaft is designed for a 3-iron. If you put that 40” shaft in the 4-iron, the shaft will be ¼ flex more flexible. The reason is the 4-iron head is heavier than a 3-iron. By soft-stepping twice or putting the 40” raw length shaft into a 5-iron, then the club becomes ½ flex more flexible.
Hard-stepping is just the opposite in order to create a stiffer flex. For example, a 38.5” Dynalite Gold SL shaft is designed for the 8-iron. If it was installed into a 7-iron, then it becomes ¼ flex stiffer. The problem with hard-stepping is you will run out of raw length for the wedges if building a full set.
When re-shafting, you may find the major manufacturer had used a different raw length taper tip shaft than suggested by the shaft manufacturer. Now you know why as this was more likely part of their custom program.
So the next time you are ready to re-shaft a steel-shafted iron or wedge you will now have a better understanding of what to order and possibly how to install it to achieve your desired results.
What is the QuikFit Adapter system? It is a fast, affordable and realistic solution to custom fitting. The QuikFit Adapter system works this way. Using current Acer, Dynacraft, Power Play and iBella branded heads, the hosel is bored and threaded to accept the black anodized QuikFit adapter. The QuikFit adapter is tightened by twisting it into the hosel and resembles a professional finished club with a ferrule. The difference is once a shaft is epoxied and fully cured into the QuikFit adapter, it can be interchanged with several other heads to show how the head works in a controlled manner.
The weight of the head plus the QuikFit adapter as well as insertion depth is nearly identical to making up the same demo club the conventional way providing reliable results. Extra adapter are available so that a custom fitter can have nearly unlimited potential in providing a comprehensive fitting system that rivals any OEM fitting cart on the market today. In addition, the club fitter can pick and choose the components they want rather than what the manufacturers says that they require.
In the past, custom clubmakers have relied on storing dozens if not a hundred demo clubs to fit potentially any customer that would walk into their shop. Not only is finding ample storage and labeling the clubs easily a logistical nightmare for a shop limited on space, but there is also the high cost of a head, shaft and grip for each club. With the escalating price of shafts and even grips, providing your customer with choice is becoming cost prohibitive.
While there are options on the market to be able to interchange shafts to heads the weight, insertion depth and position the shaft seats in relationship to the ground is not the same as building the club from scratch. Consider the cost for these adapters for an iron is much more expensive than the QuikFit system which includes the head.
With the QuikFit system you can fit your customers quickly. While a QuikFit wrench is available, the shafted adapter can be screwed onto the head by hand in seconds and allow the player to hit real golf balls. The QuikFit system is affordable as you can share gripped shafts onto each QuikFit adapter. Plus this solves storage issues. A handful of shafted QuikFit adapters and a small box of heads can do the same as rack of clubs and become portable at the same time. Best of all, with the QuikFit system you can fit your customers accurately with the correct combination of head, shaft and flex from your arsenal as the customer will see the results.
|View Hireko’s Technical Director Jeff Summitt’s Videoblog explaining the new Quikfit Clubfitting System!|
Turn a full rack of demo clubs into a portable and condensed fitting system costing a fraction of the cost.
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It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…No, it’s the Acer XF Thriver
What was Hireko’s best selling driver in 2010? Let me give you a clue, it was only 44” long had 14º of loft and split more fairways than a John Deere riding mower. While light and long driver may be the trend in golf today, many players paid attention and went against the grain to improve their driving and toward a lower score with the Acer XDS Insider Thriver.
So for are missing fairways off the tee on a regular basis you are probably asking yourself what exactly is a Thriver? If you combine the terms Three Wood + Driver you get Thriver. A 3 wood is more lofted and this cuts down on side spin, plus is shorter to enable you to have more control. On the other hand, a driver is approximately three times the size of a 3 wood which makes it much more forgiving on off-center shots. Plus you have the large confidence building, thin face that produces maximum distance. The Thriver has the best of both worlds when it comes to these two heads.
Check out Technical Director Jeff Summitt’s Video blog on the new Acer XF Thriver! Press play above.
Based on the overwhelming response and success we have had with the Acer XDS Insider Thriver, we have now added the Thriver option to our Acer XF line. This now adds a 4th distinctive version to address yet another common challenge that faces golfers today.
The Acer XF line goes from soup to nuts. Our best selling driver so far this year (Leggera) is lighter to make the club longer for potentially more distance – that is at least for golfers who can handle the longer length. The Acer XF Thriver is just the opposite as it weighs a full 10g more than a normal driver to allow for a shorter, more controllable length that now has the proper amount of weight in your hands.
Hands down, the XF line by far the most comprehensive driver line in the golf industry. The new Acer XF Thriver is just another example how Hireko is providing cutting edge designs and concepts to help golfers that other companies dare not.
Loft 14 degrees
Lie 58 degrees
Weight 210 grams
Face Angle 1 degree closed
Face Height 55 mm
Volume 460 cc
Which Acer XF Driver Is Best For My Game?
Acer XF Thriver Maximum control off of the tee
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