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drilling holes & adding melted lead to putter head
I was wondering if I could drill some holes in the soul of the putter head and add some molten lead in the holes to add some weight to it.



The putter is an anser ti, which is cast with a titanium hosel.



The putter is just so darn light, I have tons of tape on it, and would rather do a more perminate solution.



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Scott
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Why not try back weighting it with the drop in weights?

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Whatever the merits of your mods, you won't be breaking USGA rules.

 

As long as you don't change the characteristics during a round, and don't have the shaft too upright (72 degrees or something), you can do what you like. Oh, and there are grip restrictions too.

 

However, if your putter is that light and uncomfortable, why not just get a heavier one?

 

There are dozens of Ansers and clones out there.

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The lead will end up weighing less than the steel that you drilled out.

 

 

Lead (~11 g/cm^3) is denser than steel (~8 g/sm^3), so it would not end up weighing less.

 

Its not a question of physics as much as a question of practicality. The volume of lead that will go into the hole will be significantly less than the volume of the steel you removed. You need something with a larger difference in density. 3 grams per cubic cm isn't going to make a noticable difference. Say by some means we were able to drill out a hole on either side and refill it with the exact volume of lead... you would need a big hole to make a decent difference in head weight.

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The lead will end up weighing less than the steel that you drilled out.

 

 

Lead (~11 g/cm^3) is denser than steel (~8 g/sm^3), so it would not end up weighing less.

 

Its not a question of physics as much as a question of practicality. The volume of lead that will go into the hole will be significantly less than the volume of the steel you removed. You need something with a larger difference in density. 3 grams per cubic cm isn't going to make a noticable difference. Say by some means we were able to drill out a hole on either side and refill it with the exact volume of lead... you would need a big hole to make a decent difference in head weight.

 

I see where you are coming from. I was assuming he was going to drill something like a 1/4" hole, in which case, it would not be hard to pour molten lead into the hole and fill it. I agree if you had a very small hole where the surface tension of the molten lead would not allow it to flow into the hole, then you might have an issue.

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I see where you are coming from. I was assuming he was going to drill something like a 1/4" hole, in which case, it would not be hard to pour molten lead into the hole and fill it. I agree if you had a very small hole where the surface tension of the molten lead would not allow it to flow into the hole, then you might have an issue.

 

I wasn't thinking of hot lead. I think your going to want to epoxy a plug in place. In which case the difference in density isn't enough to make a difference. The Tungsten is definitely the way to go.

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His title said "adding melted lead".

 

The tungsten is denser (~19 g/cm^3) as discussed, but the downside is that you won't be able to melt it and it is really hard and thus difficult to cut. This means you are limited to adding the weight in the billetts as supplied. You will have to drill holes the size of those plugs, which you may or may not be able to do without drilling through the head.

 

The other option is drilling a hole and then doing to epoxy/tungsten powder thing.

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