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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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