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  1. That's perfect, thanks for the tip! It looks to me like the sight line is not matching with the position of the COG. Is that how it should be? Should the sight line match the COG position? Or is the camera tilted a little? That's a good idea, thanks for the input! I don't have any more bronze, but could probably order some. I also imagine that a nice clean connection would require making the mating faces very flat and true to one another. I would say my putter is definitely hand made and other than the face which I left factory square minus some light hand sanding that the rest is not entirely flat or square. But I think with some intentional work with the belt sander I could make that happen. I'll consider it!
  2. Thanks guys! This was a super fun project. I am going to add some perimeter weighting. I also want to make a sight line. Serious question - how do you know where the sweet spot is going to be? Hit putts? Measure the center? Center of mass (so in my case slightly toe side)?
  3. Progress. I clamped the putter to my workbench and used the angle grinder to rough out the general shape. Part way through. Closer. I got it down to 407g here. Next I took it to the belt sander with the intention of taking this base shape and smoothing it out. I went a little overboard here. I shaped it quite a lot to get it all smooth and flat and nice looking. I drilled a hole for the hosel. Weighed it again and it is all the way down to 330g! I was honestly quite shocked I had removed so much weight. My target weight is about 400g total. I think going under weight makes a nice opportunity to add some perimeter weighting to increase the MOI. 70g might be too much though. We'll see. I next grabbed a bolt and took it to the bench grinder and angle grinder. I used a drill bit that would fit nicely in the hosel and took that same bit and drilled a hole in scrap wood. I shaped the bolt until it was reasonably tight in the hole. Next I locked the bolt into a vice and took a hammer and smacked it a bunch until it made an S curve. I used a propane torch to heat the bolt some to make it easier to bend. Lastly I used some 220g sand paper to hand sane the whole setup smooth. I'm kinda thrilled with the result so far! The bolt needs some more shaping so it doesn't look so ugly. I would like to add a sight line. I also will be adding some weight back in. Probably by drilling holes or even a channel across the bottom, and then filling it with a mix of lead powder and epoxy.
  4. Honestly finish work is probably my lowest skill and least favorite of any kind of project. A matte polished brass is highly likely. Stamping and paint filling is very likely. I did see a YouTube video where a guy put a scotchbrite circle on the end of a rod and very gently sanded in some round swirl pattern on the face.
  5. LOL I just found that Opinder thread and am rolling. What a legend!!!
  6. Current plan is to drill a hole into the head where I want the hosel to join. I'll use some threaded rod or maybe a long bolt for the neck. Smack it with a hammer to create an S bend similar to a slanted plumber's neck. To connect the neck to the head I can epoxy it in myself. I may also look around locally for someone with a welder to see if perhaps they could do it for me for a beer and a high five. Then fashion a bit of a shoulder to the threaded rod so a shaft sits on it nicely. I am fairly confident I can make something functional. Bigger question is whether or not it will look like it was made by a Silverback Gorilla.
  7. I really like building and tinkering with things. I've built several golf clubs in the past in terms of traditional club making - but I've never gotten into actually manufacturing the heads themselves. I have a workshop with some tools and have done some woodworking. I am a musician as well and have built a lot of music related gear - mostly in tube amplifiers. But I don't have a lot of experience in metalworking. I'm more of a dive into the deep end without much of a plan and see if I can figure it out. I welcome all input as many of you probably know more about this than I do. So if that sounds fun, join me! My plan is to order a solid brass bar and try to end up with something resembling a putter head. I'm aiming for 400g and plan to set it up for arm lock with about 7* loft and a 42" shaft. I found this on amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F80WL80/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 So $25 and 2 days later I have this. It is 1"x1".5". My first impression is that it is not as large as I thought it would be. 5" heel to toe is plenty, but 1" for the face is not extremely tall nor is 1" deep that deep. I think it should be fine though. Here are some pencil marks of the general head shaping I'm going to go for. This would be the front putter face that hits the ball. I did some initial shaping and weighed it. It comes in at a WHOPPING 648g. This bad boy needs to go on a diet quick. My strategy right now is to do the general shaping using a combination of an angle grinder with a grinding wheel attachment, a bench top grinder with a coarse wheel, and a belt sander with 60 grit paper. So far the brass seems nice and soft and I can fairly quickly rough out the shape with these tools. After that I need to remove a lot of material to get the weight down. I thin I may trim some of the face length from heel to toe down. I just measured my favorite TP Mills at 4.5". So I could trim some beef off the heel + toe. Then I will probably start drilling holes from the rear in towards the face. Then use the angle grinder to shape the top line. YOLO!
  8. I have a hankering for a winter build project. I'd like to make a putter head from scratch. Wondering if any of you have ever tried this? First question is on materials. I think a hardwood would be nice to work on. I have done some woodworking and have some tools. Not sure how durable it would be though. I've also contemplated brass. Seems soft to work on, but would be a little more in line with a typical putter. I don't have a milling setup nor a welder. Just an angle grinder, drill press, and several sanders. For design I'm thinking of trying to copy a familiar shape, but most would be a little difficult to get right without a cnc. Weight is a big deal, both overall headweight and perimeter weighting for moi. I'd like an adjustable hose with some offset. I think it would be fun and I'd learn a lot. I'm concerned it would end up looking very hokey and obviously homemade. I'd love to hear some experiences and see some inspiration.
  9. Thanks for this. I have worked on that feel before. Monte's zipper away. Or driving the left hip back and away. I think I'm trying to identify if the right knee stuff I'm looking at can actually play a role in helping accomplish that movement. My knee move seems to be kinda floaty. Minimal pressure into the ground on the right foot. But if I do the 'Normal' drill and feel that re-extend coming down that it might give me some additional grip to drive the left hip back? Clearly they aren't dragging the right foot backwards like Greg Norman, but that re-extension piece seems to be created by a similar pressure push no?
  10. Not sure I'm following you. I'm thankful for your feedback and am implementing these updates. I'm also trying to understand the cause / effect relationship between these different pieces of the puzzle. Am I incorrect in thinking that my right knee movement is a meaningful flaw? Is the drill / feel I showed above helpful in correcting my flaw? Can't both of the above be true? I need to implement your suggestions on setup and takeaway AND implement better right knee pressure?
  11. Thanks for the input. I would acknowledge my takeaway is inside. I have worked with that some. I have worked heavily on trying to feel the right wrist extend / left wrist bow on the downswing and I see it is creeping into the backswing. I'm also curious about the setup information. If I try to flatten my back I usually end up sticking my butt out and it doesn't really help with the right hip / knee moving towards the ball in the downswing. I can implement those feels, but I don't see the cause / effect connection with the early extension move. I.e. I early extend with both setups and takeaways.
  12. Long time early extender. I've tried almost all the common drills. I've made good progress in other areas of my swing (wrist angles, angle of attack, increasing clubhead speed) - but this EE thing is a tough cookie to crack. Here is a full send Driver swing from last week. I have no swing thoughts on this, so this is really my 'default' swing right now. I've been reviewing some of the prior online lessons I've taken and there has been some focus on my right knee. Previously I had excess flex at setup, lock it with minimal extension in the backswing, and then as you see above it really drives forward towards the ball in the downswing. In studying great professionals like Tiger, Rory, Greg Norman, Scottie Scheffler, Bryson - I think you see a pattern of Extend in the backswing - Flex in transition - Extend again through impact. I seem to be pretty off in terms of this as a pattern. So I was reviewing some drills and someone had showed me a drill to try and teach how you torque your right leg pressure. It is a feeling of turning the right foot clockwise or even having the right foot slide backwards away from the ball. So I've been experimenting with this drill as a feel. Also welcome to lunch time with my family. After some extended practice I produce this swing as a result. I'm really trying to feel that last extension move during the downswing. Pushing off the right heel even. In direct opposition to my old pattern where the knee slides forward with no pressure in the ground. Does the concept in the drill make sense to help me work on the Early Extension issue? I know the last swing is really not something that would be functional on a golf course, but it helps me to learn movement patterns at this length and pace.
  13. I am historically a higher spin player. Improving swing mechanics has helped me, but takes time and effort. Regarding your question, I have had a great experience with the Callaway Epic Flash hybrids to the point where I'm experimenting with playing them at 18*, 21*, and 24*. Second I have enjoyed playing the hybrids built slightly shorter and heavier. For example the 21* is 40" in length at 70g stiff shaft. Going to 39" and up to 90g and even a little lead tape on the head. Little slower swing speed, but at the benefit of better strike and face control for me. A little less club speed and a better quality strike higher on the face = less backspin.
  14. I used an armlock putter this year and have completely fallen in love with it. It was a DIY conversion project that I tinkered with for the better course of a month before getting it 'right'. I found it was critical that I could fit the putter to my stroke. Variables like length, weight, loft, and lie angle are extremely important to make it work. I tried three different lengths and I bet I made small adjustments to loft and lie based on feel multiple times per day for about a week. I also found a need to make some adjustments to my stroke. Figuring out ball position, how far forward I press my hands, and how upright I stand took some adjustments as well compared to my previous stroke. It took me perhaps a week to feel comfortable. Longer to get a solid feel for distance control on lag putts. To me it sounds like a fitting problem. Once I got mine dialed in it really helped me.
  15. At age 33 I've come to embrace hybrids. I started the year with two. I'm up to four and may not be done. 18* - 21* - 24* - 28*. I simply hit more greens with them. My handicap has never been better.
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