I wanted to build a couple smaller clubs for my nephew and I think he would benefit from the lighter weight of graphite shafts. I have some hybrid type irons that I wanted to build but I don't have any .370 graphite shafts.... I do have a bunch of .335 graphite and a few .350 and .355 graphite.
Without any brass shims or bushing ferrules, any suggestions for a homemade shim ?
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Someone on here, probably @LBlack, told me to cut a piece of a beer can. Worked for me!
Any aluminum drink can will do
Best aluminum can is one filled with beer.
Wrap it with mesh drywall tape.
Aluminum can is clean and works well, specifically if you plan to pull the shaft in the future.
FREE beer is in the best aluminum can 😎
I've used the beer can method several times with good results. Just be sure to toughen both sides and thoroughly smear both with epoxy.
And, yes, full cans are the best, unless they become empty and need to be replaced...and so on. 🙂
First club I ever built was with a 0.335" shaft I pulled from an Orlimar Trimetal FW (0.370" hosel). That one had fine copper wire wrapped around the tip for a shim.
glebert it's so encouraging to see folks here recycling used aluminum cans
Cut can in strips and wrap over tip?
I have made these from aluminum cans. Just like the ones you buy.
Another option is to cut a 1/8" wide strip of masking tape and do a candy cane wrap on the tip. Use shafting beads also and you are good to go.
Can I assume you've had success with this?
I can feel a little more comfort in knowing my six year old nephew doesn't have a 115 MPH swing speed.
TheBlade Can I assume you've had success with this?
I have actually never tried that but this used to posted frequently by others on FGI that have tried. I have used the brass "finger shims" and they are a bit of a PITA to use. If you use homemade or bought finger shims fit the shim on the shaft dry and put it in to set the ferrule. Then pull it out then add your glue. If you don't you will end up with a gap between the hosel and the ferrule. My favorite shims are the one piece shim/ferrule combo. Easy to use and less mess.