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a few questions
As the title says, I am thinking of designing my own putter. I'm doing just for the fun of it. I do however have a few questions.

First, how do I design the shaft attachment point? I plan on doing a newport 2 style neck.

Secondly, if I do actually complete this will it be legal for tournament play?

Any other tips would be well recieved as well.

thanks.
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As long as it conforms to USGA rules, it should be legal for tournament play. With a putter this is very easy-it must be longer (heel-toe) than it is wide (front-back). It can't be more than 17cm in length (Ping Doc 17 is at the limit). Other rules are here:club rules

 

If you want to really do it right try to get your hands on some CAD software. If you can, get one with Solids modelling as opposed to 2 or 3-D wireframe only. I use Solid Edge for all design work. With this tool you can check the headweight (you input a density, the program knows the volume and gives you a mass), center of gravity location, moment of inertia etc and get a good idea of what the final product will look like.

 

Are there any other specifics I can help you with?

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As long as it conforms to USGA rules, it should be legal for tournament play. With a putter this is very easy-it must be longer (heel-toe) than it is wide (front-back). It can't be more than 17cm in length (Ping Doc 17 is at the limit). Other rules are here:club rules

 

If you want to really do it right try to get your hands on some CAD software. If you can, get one with Solids modelling as opposed to 2 or 3-D wireframe only. I use Solid Edge for all design work. With this tool you can check the headweight (you input a density, the program knows the volume and gives you a mass), center of gravity location, moment of inertia etc and get a good idea of what the final product will look like.

 

Are there any other specifics I can help you with?

 

 

Thanks a lot! Great info...

 

I am going to use SolidWorks, I've been working with it for the past 4 years so I'm all set there. I am planning on cutting it on CNC.

 

This should be a really fun.

 

thanks again!

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Nice! Although I've never used it, the word is that Solid Works is very similar to Solid Edge but with an easier to use assembly program. Are you going to convert it via MasterCam, Gibbs, or something else?

 

Have you ever used Pro Engineer? I tried it a while back (2000 I think), and it was ridiculously complicated.

You'd select an option, get 10-20 more options from a drop-down menu, select an option from there and get another 10-20 options. Crazy.

 

Be sure to show us the results.

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I usually use SolidCAM. Its a plug in for SolidWorks that generates G-code.

 

I have used Pro-E. It has gotten easier, WildFire edition, but its still not SolidWorks easy.

 

From what I have heard that guy that wrote the kernel fro Pro-E split off and started SolidWorks.

 

There are a lot of things that Pro-E can do that you need a plug in for SolidWorks to do, but the solidworks plugins usually do it better. From where I stand it seems SW is becoming the new industry standard.

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