The other day I needed to shorten a fairway wood by 1/2”. While I was at it I was going to change to a different style of grip. So I placed the club in the vise, cut the grip with the hooked blade, peeled off the grip and then stripped off the tape so I had a clean surface for the grip tape. Pretty standard procedure. Next, I applied a new layer of grip tape and then installed the new grip and set it aside to let it dry.
After a while, it dawned on me. DOH! In my haste, I had forgot the most important part – that was cutting the length off of the butt end. What a bonehead move on my part. By the time I realized it the solvent had evaporated and I could not budge the grip loose. I didn’t have at my immediate disposal a grip shooter or anything else to remove the grip with. Plus, the cost of the grip was minimal and not worth all the hassle. I ended up wasting a perfectly good grip only because I had a spare.
I rectified my problem and now have a shortened fairway wood with a shiny new grip. But I wanted to show budding clubmakers it can even happen to professionals from time to time as we all make mistakes. After all, we are human. It wasn’t my first mistake, nor I am sure will be my last. At least it wasn’t a customer’s club that they had to drive a long way to pick it up with the high cost of gas today or was shipped to a customer that required the customer to ship it back.
Go ahead and share your clubmaking mistake stories with your fellow clubmakers.
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