How do golf clubs get made? It used to be that how golf clubs were made was by simply hammering iron clubs to shaped them and adding grips. Now, the process has changed. In order to get good quality clubs, you must go through a long series of steps. This is known as the manufacturing process. And the current trend is for a high-tech method of how golf clubs get made.
The main ways in which golf clubs are manufactured have changed over the years, with some of them being replaced by other methods. For instance, in the past, how the clubs were made generally depended on whether you were using steel or graphite. Today, the way is different. In general, today most golf clubs are made with titanium as their main material. The titanium is then through either the forging or casting process that, when done, produces the final golf club.
Once forged, cast or hammered, the new clubs get put through what’s called the fitting process. This is where they are “fitted” to the golfer’s hands for proper swing action. With today’s technology, this not only applies to the grip, but to the club itself. Typically, the fitting process includes fitting the shaft to the head of the club, or making sure that the shaft and head are lined up. It may also include putting the swing on the machine and testing it for the proper swing action.
With steel shafts, the entire club is heated and forged. Then, the shaft is drawn through an arc that forcing it to conform to the shape that the maker wants. The forged steel shafts of the golf shafts of today are generally more flexible than their iron counterparts. The flexibility allows more fine lines and ridges on the shafts, which give the look and feel of a natural golf swing.
The next step in the manufacturing process is to cut the wood. After the wood has been cut into the length that the clubs are going to be, the cutting is done with what is known as a mitre saw. Mitre saws are used for this process because they have a blade that will cut into the wood at an angle that is perfect for getting into small crevices. Wood is then sanded to get rid of any excess material from the cuts and the club is ready to be packaged for sale. Today, some golfers prefer to buy all their clubs and equipment direct from the golf shop and buy the club that best fits them and their game.
Next, the wood is put on the putting greens. Wood putters are used to hit the ball into the hole. The putters are typically ground by hand at home or by a machine. Either way, the putters are usually lighter than a driver or wedges due to the materials used. Putting mats are also put in place to help the player control the direction of the ball and help the player to putt with precision.
Once the putters are ready, they are milled to the correct dimensions and then hand painted to seal the surfaces and make them weatherproof. Casting is the next step in the golf club manufacturing process. A mold is taken of the golf club and then a casting machine pours the mold and the materials used to create the club. The castings are then laid out to see if they are smooth enough or not and if the need for smoothing arises, the parts are shot again until they are smooth.
Finally, the finishing process is completed. The rough castings are sent to a press where they are shaped into the exact specifications and then polished to make them ready to be installed. How golf clubs are made can take a long time but it is well worth the effort. A professional player makes his clubs from the very beginning and only skilled artisans can accomplish this.