Making a Putter
Any machinists out there?Has anyone here made their own putter? I don't mean picking up a head and a shaft, gluing them together, adding some lead tape, etc. I mean has anyone actually successfully designed and machined a real gamer?
I'm asking because there seems to be a relatively active group of hobby level machinists out there. Some of them must be golfers, right?
A friend of mine and I are making the journey into the 'putting lab' this winter. He is setting up the 'range' and I am building the test mules. The heads are nothing more than simple blocks of 6061 aluminum that will allow weights to be added and moved, faces of different lofts and materials to be added, etc. The idea is a modular design that offers flexibility and is easy to tune. It's actually a fairly simple process, and I'm surprised that no one is doing this. If they are, I can't find them discussing it anywhere. Plus, the raw materials are much cheaper then even garage sale finds.
If nothing else, we should be able to find the right mix of weight, length, balance, etc. that fits our putting styles. With that info we could either mill the final product, or find a commercial putter that matches the specs that we want without buying umpteen putters to get there!
Maybe I'm losing my mind, or setting myself up for a lot of frustration, but it just can't be that much of a stretch to go from lead tape hound to building putters from scratch.
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