True Temper Shaft Sale!

Check out these best selling True Temper Shafts now on closeout! Supplies are limited so buy now!

Description Model # Old Price Sale Price!
Grafalloy ProLaunch Blue Hybrid #GRFMPLHY $38.65 $31.10
Grafalloy Pro Launch Red Fairway #GRFMPLRFW $58.60 $39.95
Grafalloy ProLaunch Blue 55 #GRFMPL55 $100 $51.85
Grafalloy ProLaunch AMP Graphite #GRFMAMP $89 $60.70
Grafalloy Pro Launch Platinum Axis Graphite #GRFMAXP $93.50 $75.35
Grafalloy Pro Launch Red with Axis Tech #GRFMAXR $93.50 $75.35
Grafalloy Pro Launch Blue with Axis Tech #GRFMAXB $93.50 $75.35
Grafalloy Epic Hybrid #UEPICHY $79.95 $59.95
Grafalloy Epic 70 #UEPIC70 $99.95 $69.95
Rifle Steel #URIFM $22.10 $18.70
Rifle Flighted Steel #URIFMF $23.90 $20.20
Rifle Flighted Steel – Tapered Iron #RIFMF $23.90 $20.20
Project X Rifle Spinner Wedge Steel – Tapered Iron #RSWEI $23.90 $20.20
Project X Rifle Spinner Wedge Steel #URSWEI $23.90 $20.20
Rifle Steel – Tapered Iron #RIFM $22.10 $18.70

 

 

 

Extending a Putter Shaft to Belly Length

Due to the overwhelming amount of phone calls and emails I have received about how to change a conventional putter into a belly length, I decided to show all of you a quick tip.  If you look at the average putter length today, it is 34”, while the average commercially available belly putters are 43” meaning that you can simply add an 9” extension to your present putter to convert to a belly length if you did not want to re-shaft. This is especially important if your putter is already equipped with a curved or bent putter shaft where an elongated version is not available.

Most standard length putters utilize a shaft with a butt diameter that ranges between 0.580” and 0.600” therefore you will need to know what size you have first. A good product to use is our steel shaft extenders which are available in two sizes.  If your shaft measures 0.590” you will want to use the smaller size.  Although these are designed to extend two clubs as they are double butted, it will serve our purpose well with only one minor modification.

Once you epoxy one end of the extender into the shaft (high strength, fast setting epoxy is fine), let it dry.  You will find that you have 6.5” of the extender that remains parallel.  On the 0.580” extender, the part at the end measures 0.545”, while the 0.600” extender is 0.565” at the end. But that can be built up with 2” wide masking tape.  You will find 4 complete wraps will bring it up to body of the extender.

Before you add the tape, you (or your customer) can try putting with the club “as is” which would be 9.25” longer than before.   If if feels too long, gradually cut it down until it feels correct and then your ready to add the masking tape and finally the putter grip.

In case the putter head is too light or you find that the belly putter is not for you (or your customer) the process is completely reversible. Just remove the grip, heat and peel the tape from the club. Next heat up the butt end of the steel shaft with a heat gun or torch to break the epoxy bond to remove the extender. Now you have your original length / putter set up that needs re-gripped.

Steel Shaft Extenders #EX $2.75

New Lower Prices on Lamkin Grips!

Effective Thursday, September 1, 2011 Hireko is lowering the prices on the following Lamkin Grips. Kudos to Lamkin for lowering their prices! Remember these prices will not be in effect until Thursday, September 1, 2011.

Name Model# Old Price New Price Effective September 1, 2011
Lamkin N-DUR 3GEN White/Black #RL152 $7.49 $5.99
Lamkin N-DUR 3GEN White/Red #RL153 $7.49 $5.99
Lamkin N-DUR 3GEN White/Blue #RL154 $7.49 $5.99
Lamkin N-DUR 3GEN White/Black Midsize #RL168 $7.99 $6.29
Lamkin R.E.L. 3GEN #RL169 $4.99 $4.79
Lamkin Perma-Wrap Classic #RL64 $3.99 $3.49
Lamkin Mid Perma-Wrap Classic #RL65 $3.99 $3.79
Lamkin O/S Perma-Wrap Classic #RL66 $4.49 $3.99
Lamkin Perma Wrap #RL32 $3.99 $3.49

 

New Karma Scented Ladies Golf Grips Just Arrived!

These golf grips really smell, but at least they smell good!

In 2009, Hireko Golf introduced another golf industry first – a line of scented golf grips for women.  Before you say “What were you guys thinking?”, I’ll have to admit even I was a bit skeptical at first when it was mentioned by our product planning committee.  After all, I am not exactly the target market for these products. The idea of the Karma scented grip spawned that different fragrances could be mixed into the rubber compound and each scent would provide a different therapeutic benefit.

When I got home, I entrusted my wife to give her honest assessment of what she thought about the idea.  Boy did I open up a can of worms.  She went on to explain aroma therapy, what is does, how it works, just how popular it is.  Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…for 30 minutes explaining what a great idea it was and why hadn’t anybody done it before.

Then it dawned on me when I looked around our living room area.  In ever nook and cranny laid a jar, votive or a decorative vessel holding some sort of smelly candle or bouquet of potpourri. If it works at home, there must also be a thriving market for the Karma Scented Series grips when women are out on the course.  If men can enjoy a smelly cigar while playing a round of golf, women have every right to neutralize that smell with something a little more pleasant.

At the 2010 PGA Show, we brought samples of the original 3 scented grips to our booth.  I didn’t think we would get reaction since most of the attendees are men and most people come to our booth for the heads.  But surprisingly, we got a lot more positive feedback than we imagined.  The smelly grips, as liked to call them, were a hit.

For those of you out there who don’t believe in all this aroma-therapy mumbo jumbo, you have to admit at the least that these colorful designs that will appeal to a lot of female golfers. However, I am still waiting after nearly 3 years for my bacon-scented men’s grips.  Mmm…bacon!

The Karma Scented grips are available in five colors and fragrances with all new updated graphics and texture.

Pink (Rose)
Calms feelings of anger and frustration and helps to overcome tiredness.
$1.19 each #RF116
Green (Jasmine)
Calms the central nervous system reducing anxiety and leads to enhanced mental functioning and acuity.
$1.19 each
#RF114
Purple (Lavender)
Reduces muscle tension and encourages deep relaxation for a soothing, calming and reassuring mood.
$1.19 each
#RF115
White (Vanilla)
Well known to produce a very comforting sense of inner peace and a relaxing feel.
$2.39 each
#RF117
Brown (Chocolate)
Well, that kind of goes without saying…
$1.19 each
#RF113

Belly Putter History or an Asterisk

I have seen several mentions that history was broken equipment wise this past week.  Not to take anything away from Keegan Bradley’s win at the 2011 PGA Championship, but he wasn’t the first to win a major with a belly putter.  That accomplishment goes to Angel Cabrera at the 2009 Masters, or does it?  Cabrera used a belly putter but held it with two hands on the end like a convention putter.  So is a belly putter only a belly putter if it is anchored to the belly and the hands are held lower on the grip?  That is for historians to argue about.

Still, no one has won a major with a long putter.  However, in the same week as Bradley’s well-deserved win, the winner of the LPGA Future Tour Eagle Classic won with a long putter.  To my surprise it was an older Dynacraft model (DT-50) that many of you might remember.

If you or one of your customers are looking to make a belly putter and need a good clubhead choice from the Hireko line up, take a look at the Acer CB7.  This center-shafted model takes a straight shaft has an adequate weight for a belly putter.

Acer CB7 Putter – Custom Assembled Starting at $34.95 each  
Karma Belly Putter Grip $5.99 each

Introducing the Acer Superleggera Shaft

Ever since the Acer XF Leggera became available to the public and we got an immediate indication it was going to be a huge seller.  That’s when we began working on an affordable, super lightweight shaft that could be matched with it.  The name is a mouthful, but states exactly what the shaft is.  Leggera translated from Italian to English means “light” so we are talking about a shaft in the super lightweight category (50g) and the kicker is this shaft will be in the sub-$20 category.

You might be skeptical that a shaft this inexpensive will be any good, but remember house brand shafts can’t demand anywhere near the retail prices as the branded shafts because there is no advertising budget to justify it.  Secondly, you cannot make a shaft this light without using higher modulus or specialized materials in order to achieve the strength and durability so you are getting a quality product.

The Acer Superleggera Shaft is available in four flexes (L, A, R and S) and the colors were picked to match the Acer Leggera driver head. But the neutral black/pearl white/black color scheme could be used for any driver. The raw length is 45” long and the beauty of this length is that it may not require any trimming at all to achieve a super light (270g) / super long (47”) driver for maximum speed and distance.

Here is a matrix to show you approximately what the swingweight and overall weight will be at various lengths using standard weight and Winn Lite grips as well as standard weight (200g) and the Acer Leggera (190g) driver heads. Please note that Hireko’s recommended length for the Acer XF Leggera driver is 46” with a mid 60g shaft and with a standard weight head (200g) is 45” allowing shafts this light to be assembled as much as 1” longer than standard and maintain normal swingweights.

The DSFI ranges are as follows:

L-flex 71-82
A-flex 79-91
R-flex 85-98
S-flex 90-104

The Acer Superleggera is mid launching shaft with a stable tip section.  It joins the growing number of products in the ultra lightweight category that Hireko carries from the likes of Aldila,  Apollo, Grafalloy, Graphite Design, SK Fiber and UST.  If your goal is more speed and distance, the Acer Superleggera is yet another option to choose from.

Acer Super Leggera ShaftAvailable Wood A, L, R, S $19.95 each

New Independent Review On Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC Forged Irons

Check out the independent golf club review from Worldgolf.com’s Senior Editor Kiel Christianson on the Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC Forged Irons.

READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged irons are bargain-priced beauties

By Kiel Christianson,
Senior Writer

The name Dynacraft has long been synonymous with the highest-quality component clubs in the business. This quality was not diminished in the least when Hireko Golf acquired Dynacraft several years ago. In fact, it may even have gotten better.

The Dynacraft Prophet Tour cast irons were a rousing success when they were introduced a couple years ago, so Hireko Golf decided to up the ante with a forged, CNC-milled version for single-digit handicappers looking for both workability and power. The resulting Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged irons ($45 apiece, custom assembled) are arguably the least-expensive, highest-quality, tour-caliber irons on the market today.

How the Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged irons play

The Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged irons are a rare combination of feel and power. Each clubhead is forged from a single block of super-soft carbon steel. Weight is shifted low and to the back of the clubhead, and the CNC milling is used to create an undercut pocket between the back of the face and the bulk of the weighting. The result is remarkable feedback and a weighting system that hoists the ball well up into the air.

Out on the course, I found these irons to be almost startlingly powerful. Unlike a number of “players” irons I’ve tested, the high ball flight and extreme distance seemed to come naturally, without feeling like I needed to “jump” on the ball to get maximum power. Off-center contact was certainly felt, but it was not as badly penalized as it is with more traditional blades or even the newer generation of “muscle-back” blades.

In fact, I cannot think of any other forged irons I’ve ever seen with the same sort of low-positioned weighting scheme. It’s almost like a “block” of soft, heavy carbon steel precisely behind where I normally hit the ball — somewhat low on the face and a smidge toward the toe.

Workability was exceptional. When my swing was right, I was able to shape shots right, left, high and low. This wonderful control was especially welcome on numerous punch-outs from among the trees, where the Prophets produced some quite impressive (and extremely effective) low 30-yard hooks around trouble that found their way onto or very near the greens.

Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged irons: The verdict

Super-low handicappers might object to the minimal progressive offset through the set, from 0.8 millimeters in the pitching wedge to 4.3 millimeters in the 3-iron. But for typical single-digit players, this feature adds to the appeal, providing some extra forgiveness and control.

The Dynacraft Prophet Tour CNC forged irons by Hireko Golf come with standard Apollo shafts and Karma black velvet grips. An assembled set (pitching wedge to 3-iron), including shipping and handling, will run you less than $370. There are countless big-name forged iron sets out there that cost three times this amount, but their quality and playability are no better.

For more information, visit www.hirekogolf.com.

August 2, 2011

Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland.

Re-shafting Tips

One of the many things my dad has taught me over the years was anytime you put something away, make sure it is clean otherwise you end up taking twice a long the next time you want to use it again.  Well, in today’s tech tip I am going to give you some fatherly advice on a common clubmaking task – re-shafting a golf club.

If you search our Blog, you can find out how to remove a graphite or a steel shaft from a club.  But there is more to this process that should be done immediately afterwards as I will explain that will save you valuable time and without the added frustration at a later time.

Hosel Clean Up
First, let’s go over the head.  After all, if it is to be re-shafted, the prep work starts now.  You will find the old epoxy it best cleaned while the epoxy is still warm as it will be much easier to remove.  But please make sure to have all your tools handy before you every start the re-shafting process. Plus don’t forget the clubhead will be hot so wear protective heat resistant gloves.

Hosel clean up can be accomplished using of a number items – one of which you will probably find what works best in your shop. To remove the remaining epoxy that is left in the hosel bore you can use an appropriate sized drill bit, a reamer or sandpaper rolls in your hand drill or manually by hand using a hosel cleaning brush. If you wait until the epoxy completely cools and re-hardens, you will have the more laborious task and may have to use either the drill bit or the reamer first, followed by the sandpaper rolls or the hosel cleaning brush.  Lastly, it may not hurt to swab the inside of the hosel with a Q-Tip soaked in acetone to remove any oil or left over debris.

Before you go onto the next head and starting this process all over again, don’t forget about the shaft!

Shaft Clean Up
At this point the shaft will have cooled enough to handle, but the epoxy will still be warm or easily removed from the shaft tip.  It may be as simple as taking a paper towel or rag and wiping the epoxy off or it may take a quick swipe with a knife or a few twists with a strip of sandpaper to remove what is remaining from the shaft tip.  The ferrule on a graphite shaft will have been removed by now, but you may elect to remove it from the steel shaft at this time.

Often times the inside of the shaft tip will be filled with something.  If you ever want to reuse the shaft for another project or repair the tip passageway must be cleared in order for air to escape.  Let’s start with any tip pin (plug or weight) that might be present from when the club was swingweighted.

Tip pins cannot be reused as the vent hole will be filled with epoxy and there will be no where for the air to escape.  I find it best if I put the head of the tip pin in my vise, carefully clamp the jaws just tight enough and then twist the shaft away from it.  You may find pliers are just as easy.  But if you run across a tip pin from a steel shaft you just can get from the tip end (the head of the tip pin is usually thinner), you can try knocking it out from the butt end. Use a long 1/4” diameter ram rod as it is small enough to fit through the tip opening.  You won’t even have to remove the grip as the ram rod will fit through the vent hole cap.

To remove epoxy, a hand drill works just fine.  A 6” long 1/8” diameter drill bit is best for graphite shafts.  For steel shafts, a 1/4” bit will suffice.  In lieu of a drill bit, a ram rod can be used to knock out an epoxy plug from the butt end.  Just be very careful with graphite shafts as the opening is very small.  I have used for years portion of a CB antenna just for that purpose. The tapered rod measures only 1/8” at the tip end.

Label, Label, Label
Bundle like shafts up by taking a rubber band or masking tape and then labeling what you have, even if there are shaft labels (steel) or graphics (graphite) already on on the shafts  Nothing is worse than having a bunch of shafts to sort through or to guess was this shaft for the 6 iron or the 7 iron?  When it comes time to repair a broken club or even re-shaft an entire set, the shafts will ready without all the additional work.

Once you get in a routine, these steps will become second nature and should streamline your clubmaking operation for years to come.