Roll Your Sleeves Up and Get Hands On Into Clubmaking

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 thTeam Logo Putter Gripseir 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.

Download 2015 Hireko Golf CatalogYou 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.

Hireko’s Technical Director Inducted Into the ICG Hall of Fame

International Clubmakers GuildHireko’s own technical director was recently inducted into the International Clubmakers Guild (ICG) Hall of Fame for contributions in equipment & tool design and instruction.

Jeff Summitt Picture Hireko Tech DirectorJeff states, “I was quite honored to have been recognized for his nearly 30 years of service and dedication in the golf club equipment industry, especially with such a well-deserved class of individuals.”

The ICG Hall of Fame has been established to recognize ICG members and sponsors who have made significant contribution to the golf industry in one or more of the following categories: golf clubmaking, golf club fitting, golf equipment & tool design, instruction (repair, teaching, assembly, fitting, etc.), and/or provided noteworthy service for the betterment of the ICG.

Below in alphabetical order are the inductees for the Class of 2014:

1. Charlie Blume
2. Rick Canter
3. Bob Dodds
4. Tim Hewitt
5. Dave Hohnke
6. Don Johnson
7. Ed Mitchell
8. “Doc” Niimi
9. Jeff Summitt
10. Tom Wishon

Hireko Golf Catalog RequestJoin a Clubmaking Organization
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, golf club fitters and club repairmen to PGA professionals, swing instructors, component suppliers, equipment designers, engineers and even golf scientists.

What is the International Clubmakers Guild?
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.

Hireko is proud sponsor of the International Clubmakers Guild.  For addition information on the International Clubmakers Guild, please go to their website at

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