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The ferrule is one of the smallest parts of the golf club, but it’s also a telltale sign of a quality-built club. Ferrules come in many shapes and sizes, but they almost always need to be turned down to fit just right.

In this video, I demonstrate the proper technique to turn down a ferrule using a belt sander equipped with a fiber belt.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He is a club fitter and master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. tim

    Mar 8, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    why do the ferrules move up on the shaft of my Callaway 3 wood and hybrid (graphite shafts)? They are still tight but there is a gap between the ferrule and hosel. Is this a performance issue?

    • Christopher

      Mar 10, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      No, they’re purely cosmetic. Either the glue wasn’t applied enough or it’s failed. Your local pro will probably glue them back if you ask. Sometimes the ferrule can be glued slightly too low and get pushed up towards the butt when the shaft is attached to the head or adapter, this can also cause a slight gap.

  2. Jasmine O’Leary

    Mar 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Tiger has had his ferrule turned down a few times. Grind it up.

  3. John Quigley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Ok, so- what is belt made of? Only one belt or coarse to finer? What speed is the machine running at? Does any compound need to be used before/during/after to bring up a shine? Does the hosel need to be protected, will the belt damage certain finishes? I’m left with more questions than answers from this video. Booo.

  4. Colin

    Mar 2, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Why not just buy ferrules that fit?

    • Michael P. Ohaneson

      Mar 2, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Hey, Colin. The ferrules will fit the shaft, but they are usually not flush with the hosel, so after epoxying the shaft to the club head, the ferrule will need to be turned down to have that nice, smooth finish.

  5. Joro

    Mar 2, 2018 at 11:09 am

    So I pick up a club, tell you I am going to show you how to turn a Furrel, and do it. In the meantime I really tell you nothing about what I am doing or how I am doing it. And that is informative ? Not a bit.

    The most important thing about sanding Plastic or wood for that matter is to turn the ferrule AGAINST the direction of the belt, which is backwards. That makes it clean and smooth. If you go with the belt it will melt the Plastic and it will turn into a lump and useless. Always against the direction of the belt, I know, I have done thousands of them.

    • peter collins

      Mar 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      tick v/g

    • Michael P. Ohaneson

      Mar 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Good point. He did turn it correctly, but did not explain it as he should have and as you have done. Thanks!

  6. Todd

    Mar 1, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Not saying he’s wrong, but that ferrule is already flush with the hosel.

    • joro

      Mar 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Most ferrules are made to be flush. They are easy to buy the preparer size. If you don’t have a sanding belt use a paper like a 120 grit cut off a 2 inch strip and sand it down by hand and then clean it with Acetone and WALLAH, you’r a club tech.

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New XXIO Prime woods, hybrids, and irons aim for lightweight power

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XXIO’s latest club offerings, XXIO Prime, looks to offer easy distance and easy accuracy for the moderate swing speed golfer, according to the company.

XXIO Prime woods

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XXIO Prime Woods feature a new re-designed hosel structure, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the driver shaft, which is designed to help moderate swing speed golfers to close the clubface through impact.

Forged from Super-TIX PLUS Titanium, the new cup face includes a sweet spot that is noticeably larger than previous designs, which aims to increase distance performance significantly. The Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face is thinner, lighter and stronger than previous additions, creating a maximum COR across the face, which aims to increase ball speed and distance.

According to Chuck Thiry, Vice President of XXIO USA

“The speed increases, higher launch angles, and draw bias of the new Prime will show immediate results from swing one. It’s legit lightweight power for the players that absolutely need it the most.”

Featured in the XXIO prime woods is the SP-1000 shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, which creates a strong but lightweight club. Along with the lightness in the shaft, XXIO has made weight savings in the grip and club head, which aims to produce woods that are both fast and easy to swing.

The XXIO Prime woods feature an expanded toe and narrowed heel, a tungsten-nickel inner weight that is low and deep, a lighter hosel repositioned closer to the center of the face, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the shaft, all with the aim of offering golfers with maximum forgiveness from their woods.

The XXIO Prime woods will be available from March 1 and will cost $579,99.

XXIO Prime hybrids and irons

The new XXIO Prime hybrids feature an expanded COR and a lower center of gravity, which is designed to increase distance and ball speed while delivering a straighter ball flight.

The hybrids from XXIO contain a Forged Maraging Steel Cup Face which includes a large sweet spot which aims to increase distance performance.

Just as with the woods, the XXIO irons also feature the Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face, though along with this, they also contain a CNC milled speed groove, which significantly increases the COR, creating a larger sweet spot, designed to provide greater distance, ball speed and accuracy.

Both the hybrids and irons include the SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin. The hybrids and irons also feature weight savings in the grip and club head, with the aim of increasing swing speed.

With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, plus a crown step that moves weight low and deep, XXIO claim that this is their most forgiving suite of Prime hybrids. While with two high-density tungsten nickel sole weights and an overall profile that is 3mm shorter than the previous model, the company also claims to have created their most forgiving irons yet.

Speaking on the new XXIO Prime series, Chuck Thiry stated

“XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period. People might think that is marketing hype, but they simply haven’t hit Prime yet.”

Both the XXIO Prime hybrids and irons will hit retail stores on March 1. The Prime hybrids will cost $379.99, while a single graphite iron will be available for $259.99.

 

 

 

 

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SPOTTED: 2019 Mitsubishi shafts

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The Diamana shaft line from Mitsubishi Chemical is probably one of the most iconic in the sport. Released in 2005, Blueboard, Whiteboard, and Redboard, were the first generation of shafts.

Photos of the full fourth generation Diamana lineup, offering new materials and technology, along with new names, have surfaced in the GolfWRX forums. Like previous generations, each color shaft offers different ball flight and spin characteristics.

“RF” is the highest launching and spinning in the Diamana line, offering high launch and mid spin, while the “BF” is the mid-launch and mid/low-spin model. Finally, the “DF” is mid/low-launching and the lowest-spinning shaft in the lineup.

All of the fourth generation Diamana shafts use updated technologies and materials that you would expect from a premium lineup. DIALEAD pitch fiber is helps reduce shaft deformation, while still producing exceptional energy transfer.

Each shaft contains MR70 carbon fiber that is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials and Boron fiber for its compression strength and shaft reinforcement. ION plating has been done before in the Diamana line, in vacuum chambers — silver alloy ions are bonded to the shaft to give it a chrome-like finish that can’t be replicated by paint.

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SPOTTED: 2019 Aldila shafts

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With the beginning of the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing on now, we are really starting to see more 2019 gear work it way onto tour trucks, and onto the range for player testing…and into our forums (in picture format, at least).

Some of the most recently spotted pieces are the 2019 Aldila ATX shafts, including what appears to be an 85g hybrid shaft and a 120g iron shaft.

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We can only speculate that the hybrid is a low launch shaft — based on the PGA  Tour testing being done, but this could be a shaft more suited for the growing popularity of the driving iron category vs. wood-like hybrids in the previous couple of seasons.

The 120g iron shaft has a lot of people talking, since Aldila has leaked some information in our picture thread

“It utilizes a custom prepreg made at our facility in Poway that features a “Metal Mesh” material that is combined with Carbon Fiber to help add stability and weight in the irons.”

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By using this custom material, Aldila could be solving the common problem that a lot of people have with graphite, and that is the club total weight — although in this case 120g is similar to a lot of steel iron shafts already being used on Tour. As prototyping goes, this material could be put to use in lighter versions of the shaft and have a greater benefit in the sub-100g category — if they plan on going that route.

For the drivers, if previous versions and colorways are any indication, it looks like we will have some new technology packed into popular bend profiles like the NV (Green) and the VS (Blue).  As some members on the forums have already discussed, these shafts will be utilizing graphene (an extremely strong carbon material) for additional stability. 

We also have new Rogue 130 MSI models following along similar lines with both a black and silver.

Here’s some additional information from Aldila

“Building off of the success of the ROGUE® Limited Edition – which featured 125 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, we have taken ROGUE® to performance to another level by incorporating even stronger 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber. The ROGUE® Silver 130 M.S.I. is a low-launch, low-spin shaft with a low torque tip-section fortified with 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, a higher balance point, and a premium ion plated finish.”

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