One of the most common repairs a golf clubmaker will encounter is extending golf clubs. Extending a steel shaft is pretty straight forward. That is if you have a 0.600” shaft then you order a 0.600” steel golf shaft extender and install it. However, extending graphite golf shafts it is not so cut and dry. Graphite shafts have a much larger range of butt diameters than steel, plus choosing the correct graphite shaft extender is not based on the outside diameter of the shaft, but the insider diameter. Two 0.600” butt end graphite shafts can have entirely different sized openings depending upon the weight and wall thickness of the shaft.
Eleven is far better than two In the past, graphite shaft extensions have come in two different sizes; standard and oversize. These two were to fit all the different models in the industry by either sanding until it fit the inside of the butt or wrapping masking tape around the stem or insertion end to act as a shim. Hireko is now offering a new extender “system” to properly extend a graphite and even steel shaft. We have 11 different color-coded sizes plus a measurement tool to take out the guesswork and have an extender that fits properly.
The three largest extenders serve double-duty by fitting graphite or the most popular steel shaft sizes (0.560”, 0.580” or 0.600”). Usually this is a no-no with other graphite shaft extenders, but these are made of high-quality nylon blended plastic that is durable enough to extend a steel shaft without breaking.
The beauty of the system What makes this shaft extender system work so well is the Graphite Golf Shaft Measurement Gauge. No more second guessing what size to order. To use, simply insert the gauge into the butt end of the shaft you wish to extend without forcing it in. When the gauge stops you identify the color just above the butt of the shaft and order or choose the correct size shaft extender from your inventory to do the job correctly. This will allow for slight sanding for a better epoxy bond or you can order the color code just below it.
Do I need all the different sizes for my shop? The answer is no if you don’t mind the additional work of sanding the insertion end of the extender to the exact fit of the shaft you are trying to extend. The Gold (0.500”), Red (0.530”) and Black (0.560”) will be the most popular and allow for sanding the smaller sizes and still leaves enough depth of the flutes for additional epoxy adhesion.
Lightly abrade the insertion end prior to installation to give the epoxy a better hold.
Make sure the transition step fits tightly against the very end of the shaft and there is no gap. This will allow for 2” of insertion depth.
Once the epoxy has cured, cut the butt end to the desired golf club length with a friction or hack saw. NOTE: Never extend a graphite or steel shaft more than 2″ (unless it is a putter shaft). Any more may cause premature failure due to stress where the extension is made. If you need longer golf clubs (greater than 2”) it is best to re-shaft rather than risk using one of these graphite golf shaft extensions. The same goes for any commercially available steel shaft extensions.
Never extend a golf club that already has been extended previously.
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Take a look at virtually any grip on the market you will see the manufacturer’s or grip’s name engraved somewhere on the outside body of the golf grip. Typically that name is designed to be in the “up” position or pointing toward the toe of the club at address. This may be in conjunction with some sort of hand placement details to assist with alignment. This practice is done for branding purposes.
Karma has broken every commandment in marketing and has come out with a new version of our most popular golf grip but without the logo in the ordinary position. But why?
1. Ease of Installation For any person new to clubmaking, their first exposure is installing a golf grip onto a golf shaft. While seasoned clubmakers take that for granted, for a newbie this can be a daunting task to get the grip all the way onto the shaft and remember to align it properly before setting it aside to start to grip the next golf club. So the most obvious reason is the golf grip can be installed in any direction and look like it was put on properly instead of crooked.
2. Adjustable Golf Clubs Reason number 2 is there are the millions and millions of potential golf clubs on the market that need golf club re-gripped. For the past several years most OEM adjustable drivers (and even many adjustable fairway woods and hybrids) are equipped with a hosel adapter that can be removed and switched to another position to create a different lie, face angle or effective loft. However, when this occurs the name engraved on the golf grip will no longer be aligned properly at address. In some cases one might be lucky the engraving on the grip is underneath where you are not able to see if and for others it will look unsettling when it is cocked to one side or another.
3. Demo Golf Clubs For professional club fitters, the use of logo-free grips is a wise investment if you are using a system where you interchange heads and shafts such as Club Conex especially their UNI-FIT products for brand name adjustable golf club cluheads. It is one less distraction for your customers to be concerned with so you can fit them to the best of your ability.
The Project X Black golf shaft features reduced weight from the original Project X graphite for explosive power while preserving critical tip stability and low spin performance.
Note: These taper tip version fit some select hybrid heads in the following brands: Adams, older Ben Hogan and Cobra Baffler, Bridgestone, Mizuno Nike, Ping, TaylorMade TP, Titleist (some of which were originally steel-shafted). These will not fit our hybrids or other hybrids on the market with a 0.370″ hosel diameter without using a shim such as our JSSHIM-335.