Twenty years ago I was fortunate to be part of a special team that taught clubmaking and clubfitting classes at the Dynacraft Clubmaking Institute.
Back then most of the attendees were in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s who were looking for something to do as a hobby or to supplement their income as they neared retirement. Many of those I taught I still keep in touch with and now they are in their 60’s to 80’s. Last week I had a nice conversation with one of those former students about the age of those in the craft today. The gist of it was we are seeing fewer younger individuals to replace those who are getting up in years as they hang up their aprons and no longer build or repair golf equipment.
My father was part of the greatest generation and someone who experienced first-hand the hardships of the Great Depression. Let me tell you people from that era could fix or build anything – sometimes out of necessity. It is no wonder I grew up knowing the value of a tool and working with my hands. Through the generations I feel some of that knowledge and enthusiasm has dimmed as less and fewer individuals are rolling up their sleeves and getting hands on.
You might argue there is no need for as many craftsmen as we live in a disposable society. Well it is that kind of attitude why people here in America don’t manufacturer diddly-squat today. However, there is always going to be a need for people to build and repair things including golf club equipment. Building and repairing golf clubs may not be a lucrative career move, but few are. For those who like golf and are good with their hands might find an enjoyable new endeavor.
People who enter the craft start out building golf clubs for themselves and yes some of those will take their hobby to the next level and create a side profession making clubs for family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. But you have to start somewhere and today might be that day. Replace that worn grip on your wedge or build a new putter – those things aren’t hard to do. If you take my challenge, I feel that you will experience the self-satisfaction and economic advantages that clubmaking affords.
If you are interested more into clubmaking, visit or join an organization like the International Clubmaking Guild (ICG). For clubmakers deciding to call it quits and finally wanting to enjoy retirement, become a mentor and pass down some of what you have learned especially if you are in an area where you established yourself are the place to go.
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New this year is an addition to True Temper’s latest family – the XP. Joining the XP 95 and XP 105 is their heavier counterpart the XP 115, which is as they say – “bridges the gap between standard weight and superlight performance.”
We will show why in a moment. These are offerings to retro-fit OEM irons requiring taper tip shafts. The following chart is a quick overview of where the XP 115 fits in in terms of cut weight (of a mid-iron) and trajectory including the Project X lines, which True Temper manufactures as well.
Each model in the XP line shares the same unique step pattern, but each weight brings something different to the table. The lightest shaft (XP 95) provides for the highest trajectory and geared more for those with smoother swings. The XP 105 is heavier and subsequently a little stiffer and provides a little bit lower ball trajectory than the XP 95, but still fairly high in the True Temper / Project X product mix.
The XP 115 is more mid-launching in the scheme of things with the biggest difference being the middle portion of the shaft is stiffer in deflection than the XP 105. This is data accumulated using our shaft profiler. So those wanting more feel, but don’t want to sacrifice accuracy might consider this model. This is the reason it bridges the gap within all their shaft patterns.
For those familiar with the True Temper shafts of the past, the True Temper XP 115 will most favorably compare with the Dynalite Gold XP in terms of weight and ball flight as illustrated by the deflection curves. The subtle difference is the XP 115 is slightly softer in frequency and should provide a smidgeon more feel.
If you or one of your customers is looking to re-shaft one of the many OEM heads requiring a 0.355” taper tip shaft, here is a shaft that fits the proverbial middle of the shaft spectrum. It is lighter weight shaft (but not too light) and mid-launching and could be a great choice for many with average to above average swing speeds.
SAN DIEGO, 18 February 2015 – Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – would like to congratulate brand ambassador Brandt Snedeker on his impressive win at the PGA Tour AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this weekend.
Snedeker, using Lamkin’s Crossline ACE grips on his clubs, was a model of consistency in carding a 67 on the final round having shown incredible control across the tournament to only card one bogey in all 72 holes.
Snedeker finished the week on 22 under par, a new tournament record, breaking the previous best he set himself in 2013.
The grip Snedeker used on all his swinging clubs to record this victory is a variation on the company’s best-selling Crossline grip. The Lamkin Crossline ACE grip features a distinctive, densely spaced pattern that promotes light grip tension and provides superior lateral traction. Snedeker’s grip utilizes Lamkin’s proprietary ACE compound, delivering a super-tacky, secure connection to the club, perfect for the light grip pressure required for the best golf shots.