GolfSmith's Beginner's Clubmaking Class
By Kickntrue on 12/18/09
I was tooling around GolfSmith.com and found a pretty cool thing they offer in stores. If only I lived close to a store.
For an introduction into clubmaking, attend a clubmaking workshop at your local Golfsmith store for only $15! The Golfsmith program is a one-of-a-kind experience, offering expert instruction in a hands-on working environment.That just sounds like some good old Saturday morning fun, and for only $15! Sounds like a perfect Christmas present to give every golfer you know.
Does anyone know of any other golf store doing something like this? I know there aren't Golfsmith's all over. If anyone has done this- please post your experience. Is it as cool as it sounds?
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Looks like they have additional clubmaking courses beyond just the beginner. Not sure it's worth the drive to Connecticut, though.
I took the beginners class and had a great time! We made a gap wedge instead of a sand wedge though. The components themselves were worth around $25 on top of the $15 dollar DVD. It was well worth the price. I got to do most of the work, with the exception of the shaft cutting because of liability issues. Time passed really quickly and I seemed to be done too quickly, probably because I was having a good time. I like it so much that I took the week-long Complete Clubmakers class last December.
Luckily, I only live 5 miles away from the headquarters here in Austin so I only had to pay the class fee. It was around $500, but I got to keep the driver and wedge we built. The components for both were around $200 so in my mind the class was less than $100/day. They let me pick the loft and shaft flex that fit me best and I still use it every time I play. The Complete class covered club fitting techniques, all the aspects of building a club including putters, swingweighting, and several aspects of club repair including steel and graphite shaft extraction. It was well worth the price and I would recommend it to anyone interested it in. I can easily tell the difference between my old "off the shelf" clubs and my new set of custom fit clubs. I custom fit my dad recently and he loves the difference. It’s my hobby right now (I just made a new Tom Wishon 7 iron to test), but I would like to turn it into a side business someday. If anyone has any specific questions I would be happy to answer them.
3 friends & I took the course about 5 years ago. Our instructor was great & shared alot of good practical information. The other 3 haven't really done aything with the training, but I really enjoy it & have become the repair guy for about 25 guys I golf with through the year. I have about 20 sets to "tune-up" before the snow melts here in Michigan.Well worth the $15 & a Saturday morning!
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