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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 club fitter and master club builder who has more than 15 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 located in Toronto. 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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The drivers used by the top-10 most accurate players on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s most accurate golfers use to find the short grass? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving accuracy on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Callaway: 5
  • PXG: 1
  • TaylorMade: 4

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the available specifics of their drivers, shafts and how often their tee shots found the fairway.

10. Jim Furyk

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.2X
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.77

9. Steve Wheatcroft

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.79

8. Emiliano Grillo

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.89

7. Brian Gay

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Shaft: Aldila Rogue MAX 65TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 70.92

6. Kyle Stanley

Driver: TaylorMade M1
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.20

5. Brian Stuard

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.21

4. Ryan Moore

Driver: PXG ZZ
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.94

3. Chez Reavie

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 72.09

2. Ryan Armour

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto 6F5
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Driving accuracy percentage: 73.58

1. Henrik Stenson*

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 62
Driving accuracy percentage: 74.79

*Stenson, as we know, tees off with his beloved 13-degree Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood with a Graffaloy Blue shaft the vast majority of the time.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New Ping G410 Driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from hervygolf21, and it surrounds the new G410 driver from Ping that is allegedly set for release at the beginning of 2019. Our members have found out plenty of information on the latest driver from Ping since the thread began, apparently, and here’s a quick look at some of the features you might expect from the new model (if you take forum members’ word for it).

According to the thread, the PING G410 will be black with red accents, will have a higher MOI than the current G400 model, will still contain the Ping Turbulators and will be offered in 12 degrees without draw weighting. It’s also believed that the G400 Max will remain current until July/August 2019, but at a lower price point.

Here are a few posts in the thread reflecting on the news, but make sure to check out the entire thread and join the discussion at the link below.

  • lc1342: “Love both the G400 LST and G400 Max, but if they are bringing out something better… I’ll take it!”
  • cz13x4: “This sounds like a very interesting update. Not keen on red but very interested to see what comes out.”
  • roho: “Late January?  Sounds like maybe a PGA Show unveil in Orlando.”

Entire Thread: “New PING G410 Driver”

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Ben Hogan adds Ft. Worth “White” to iron lineup

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After the launch of Diamond Black Metal finish Ft. Worth “Black” irons earlier this year, Ben Hogan’s nickel-chrome Ft. Worth irons are back…sort of. The Texas-baed company today announced the launch of Ben Hogan Ft. Worth White irons.

Now with respect to the “White” designation, If you’re skeptical/confused, well, let’s just have a look at a comment on BH’s Instagram post announcing the iron launch and the company’s response…

jonmodica: “Very unclear the changes from previous model… also… white? It’s chrome…..”

Benhogangolf: ”@jonmodica More progressive specific to each club head, a more aggressive V-Sole pattern and the ‘white’ is opposite of the popular and newly designed Ft. Worth Black.”

There you have it, folks. “White” as in contrast to the Ft. Worth Black irons, and the Ft. Worth White is not merely a re-issue of original chrome Ft. Worth, according to the company.

With respect to the changes to the V-Sole system, the company said this in its marketing materials for the Ft. Worth Black.

“Feedback from strong players and robot testing indicated that the leading edge could be increased on certain irons, and trailing edge softened … especially with less-than-full shots in the shorter irons.”

“So, in our ongoing quest to design and manufacture the best clubs in golf, we’ve modified the V-Sole Technology used on the Ben Hogan Ft. Worth BLACK slightly. The sole maintains the same basic design principles as the original V-Sole but has been optimized for each iron in the set. In effect, we’ve strengthened the leading edge from the sole to the face on some of the Ft. Worth BLACK irons, while reducing the trailing edge bounce on others.”

Obviously, the company scrapped the PreciseLoft system introduced with the original Ft. Worth irons. That system offered four loft profiles, all with consistent four-degree gaps. After finding the vast majority of players preferred the “mid-high” launch profile, the company did away with the others…and returned to tradition iron number (rather than loft) stamping on the toe.

The aforementioned lofts in the 4-PW set range from 22 degrees to 46 degrees.

“The Ft. Worth White Irons are illustrative of how Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company interacts with and listens to its customers,” said Scott White, President and CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “On the heels of our sales success with the Ft. Worth Black Irons, we found many ‘traditionalists’ who wanted to play this iron design with the standard nickel-chrome finish, so we accommodated them with this launch.”

Ft. Worth White irons are available for purchase on the Ben Hogan website exclusively for $700.00 per seven-piece set (4-PW).

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