Whipping coming loose from Louisville Golf driver

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I tried to post earlier but... I bought a refurbished louisville golf 50s classic driver recently and the whipping started to come loose early on with just some range play, in turf mats, which must have started it.

Still, my other woods have never come loose despite heavy range mat use.

They won't respond to my emails and the local proshop can't repair whipping. I added some tape as a last ditch effort but it has loosened further with just a few extra swings.

Is this bad workmanship? It's a shame as their stuff is like works of art. Due to their bad email response times I will be wary to buy anything more from them. Is it worth repairing or will it just come undone again?

Notice the adjacent 1950c Amour 3 wood with perfect whipping.


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  • GolfWRXGolfWRX Warning Points: 0  11 Members Posts: 11 #ad
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  • robert hornemanrobert horneman ClubWRX  1071WRX Points: 107Posts: 1,071 Platinum Tees
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    Excellent step by step process deejaid. Original poster should able to do it. There are some very good vids on You Tube that may also help.

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  • SocratesSocrates Warning Points 1+ WinnipegClubWRX  10068WRX Points: 1,009Handicap: 4ishPosts: 10,068 ClubWRX
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    Let's assume that the whipping job was done correctly. If so, then one common reason is that there is a crack in the wooden hosel and as the club impacts the ball, there is enough movement to force the whipping to come loose. Take off all the whipping and put the head under load and check for cracks in the neck. If that is the case, the shaft has to come out and the head epoxied. Sometimes you could inject epoxy into the crack, but that doesn't always work.

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  • raggal62raggal62 Members  625WRX Points: 136Handicap: 4Posts: 625 Golden Tee
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    Another possibility is the head can be loose. From the photo it appears the club had been pinned, but I have seen in the past where a slightly loose head can result in a separation of the head and ferrule, thus causing a winding failure of the whipping.

    It's also entirely possible the ferrule itself has worked loose, albeit a rare scenario.

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  • SteveNZSteveNZ Members  709WRX Points: 150Posts: 709 Golden Tee
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    Heartily echo what @robert horneman said. That’s a great guide. Terrific stuff DJ.

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  • humphereydumphereyhumphereydumpherey Members  15WRX Points: 6Posts: 15 Bunkers
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    Very helpful guide, which I am grateful for, although unfortunately at the moment I don't have any room or equipment to do any of that myself.

    If it is the head, how did the head get loose so fast? I have read other reports on here at Louisville Golf persimmon heads chipped or cracked. Delicate worksmanship? They won't even respond to my emails. Back to vintage Hogan ...

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  • raggal62raggal62 Members  625WRX Points: 136Handicap: 4Posts: 625 Golden Tee
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    To check for a loose head take the grip in one hand and the head in the other and twist in opposite directions. Confirming a solid connection should rule out that particular cause for the loose whipping.

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  • humphereydumphereyhumphereydumpherey Members  15WRX Points: 6Posts: 15 Bunkers
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    Feels solid, as if just the.whipping is weak but the head for now is rigid. Will the loose whipping eventually loosen the head?

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  • raggal62raggal62 Members  625WRX Points: 136Handicap: 4Posts: 625 Golden Tee
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    No ... loose whipping won't loosen the head itself, but it might somewhat weaken the hosel if not repaired. I would discontinue use until you can get it fixed. Hopefully you can locate an old school repair guy in your area. It is fairly evident they are becoming dinosaurs.

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  • humphereydumphereyhumphereydumpherey Members  15WRX Points: 6Posts: 15 Bunkers
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    Louisville golf says the whipping protects the "neck" from water and potential hairline cracking. Does that mean "hosel"? Hairline cracking to the hosel?

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  • farmerfarmer Members  8597WRX Points: 1,035Posts: 8,597 Titanium Tees
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    The neck is considered the hosel. Without the whipping, the top part of the neck, being very thin, will crack. You don't have to have equipment to do the whipping, I used to do it holding the club between my legs. You don't have to use golf specific cord, heavy fishing line will work. It's really not hard, it just takes some practice.

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  • dg18dg18 Members  21WRX Points: 53Posts: 21 Bunkers
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    Send to izett golf Ardmore Pa. if you can’t fix it .They do beautiful work

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  • ping ratping rat Members  961WRX Points: 50Posts: 961 Golden Tee
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    Where are you located? I would be happy to do it for you if you are around the Houston Tx area.

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  • humphereydumphereyhumphereydumpherey Members  15WRX Points: 6Posts: 15 Bunkers
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    I'll send it to Louisville golf... The local "club doctor" days he hasn't even seen whipping in seven years.

    The era has passed ... The robots won

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