How to Build
Your Own Putter


One example of an online supplier of golf club components is Golfsmith. What you will need:

  • Shaft
  • Tool to cut shaft (see below)
  • File, sandpaper
  • Head
  • Solvent
  • Grip tape
  • Grip
A. - Shafts are usually available in only one length and need to be trimmed to fit specific clubheads. If tip trimming is necessary, find the trim location with a ruler, tape measure or a golf club rule. Mark the spot on the shaft with a felt-tip pen. For graphite shafts, you need to first wrap the shaft with two to three layers of masking tape then mark the location.

To trim a metal shaft, use a tubing cutter or shaft cutter, using steady, constant pressure throughout rotation until the tip is cut all the way through. For graphite shafts, use an abrasive cutoff wheel or hacksaw. Special shaft-cutting blades are made to fit a hacksaw. The masking tape is to keep the shaft from splintering when cutting.

B. - The shaft needs to have a rough surface to adhere properly. Steel shafts have to be abraded to provide this rough surface. Use a rough file or rasp, or 100 grit sandpaper. On graphite shafts, strip the polyurethane coating with a surface conditioning belt. To maintain the shaft manufacturer's warranty, remove only the paint and finish. Be careful not to damage the graphite fibers as this will weaken the material. Rough only that part of the shaft that will be covered by the hosel. If the fit is too tight, do not sand a shaft to fit in the head. In this case, you would need to ream or bore the hosel.

C. - Use a two-part epoxy to coat the inside of the hosel and the surface of the roughened shaft. Insert the shaft into the hosel and rotate it slightly to make sure all epoxy is covering both surfaces. A helpful hint is to turn the club upside down and firmly tap the end of the shaft several times on a piece of hard wood. This ensures that the shaft is inserted all the way into the hosel.

D. - After the epoxy has fully cured, measure the club for final length. After determining correct length, wrap masking tape around the shaft and mark the cutting point at the butt end. Trim the butt end as described in step "A" above.

Installing the grip

E. - Using a solvent such as denatured alcohol, clean the butt end of the shaft the distance that will be covered by the grip plus a couple of inches. Wrap the shaft in a spiral fashion with double-sided grip tape. Wrap to a point a couple of inches longer than the grip will cover and leave a small gap between wraps.

F. - Pour enough grip solvent into the grip so that as you shake it around it coats all surfaces (remember to hold your finger over the vent hole). Then pour the remaining solvent over the double-sided tape. With the tape still wet, slide the grip all the way up until it stops. You will have a few minutes to adjust the alignment of the grip before the solvent sets.

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