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#1 mm2983

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:02 AM

If price is the same, is there a benefit to having a custom club builder get the component separately and build the set rather than buying from the OEM? Obviously this assumes all the same specs are used.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:38 AM

Regardless of whether they are built by a custom builder or some folks at an OEM, the build is only going to be as good as the person doing the work.  There are plenty of custom builders that can't build clubs for squat just as though there are OEM sets that come out way off spec.

Best option is to do the research on who you are asking to build the clubs for you.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:38 AM

Club builder can make specs exact. OEM build will have some acceptable variance.

Whether a person will notice the OEM variance or not is another discussion.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:48 AM

We shall see in the near future, some of the OEM will make it available for the general public to get the golf clubs in component form.
I vision this as a spin off from the Tour Van for custom club building.  
Of course the OEM might set up minimum requirement for their representative and this will be catered to a segment which will scrutinize the workmanship and demanding the top quality of service.  

Demand for high quality custom work = high dollars.  A niche market.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 03:06 PM

If you want control of your specs see a club builder. If you can't get what you want, find another one(also why lots of people DIY).

If that's not for you then go OEM.  

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 03:13 PM

A good clubmaker can assure the specs are exact.  Mass producers are typically pretty close but there is a higher probability of issues.  The OP's question is not a level playing field though because clubmakers don't have access to OEM components.

Also, buying clubs assembled by some unknown builder is a huge gamble.  A lot of guys use dimestore epoxy and don't measure length or swingweight.  Buyer beware.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:15 PM

View Postwkuo3, on 12 October 2017 - 10:48 AM, said:

We shall see in the near future, some of the OEM will make it available for the general public to get the golf clubs in component form.
I vision this as a spin off from the Tour Van for custom club building.  
Of course the OEM might set up minimum requirement for their representative and this will be catered to a segment which will scrutinize the workmanship and demanding the top quality of service.  

Demand for high quality custom work = high dollars.  A niche market.

Most OEM companies have component programs.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 05:07 PM

View Postmm2983, on 12 October 2017 - 10:02 AM, said:

If price is the same, is there a benefit to having a custom club builder get the component separately and build the set rather than buying from the OEM? Obviously this assumes all the same specs are used.

High quality custom club builder have access to a wider range of shafts (so they can accurately fit a wider range of players) they offer better attention to detail, a more personal and convenient support service (e.g. fine tuning loft and lies).

With OEM's it's all about production efficiency, so naturally you get looser tolerances, with initial follow up issues tend to be handled by the retailers.

Edited by DaveMac, 12 October 2017 - 05:08 PM.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 05:45 AM

View PostNessism, on 12 October 2017 - 03:13 PM, said:

A good clubmaker can assure the specs are exact.  Mass producers are typically pretty close but there is a higher probability of issues.  The OP's question is not a level playing field though because clubmakers don't have access to OEM components.

Also, buying clubs assembled by some unknown builder is a huge gamble.  A lot of guys use dimestore epoxy and don't measure length or swingweight.  Buyer beware.

Hey Ness ~~~~ Callaway, TaylorMade, PXG, Miura, and Adams all supply Components to certain club makers who qualify to their standards.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:21 AM

View Postdenkea, on 13 October 2017 - 05:45 AM, said:

View PostNessism, on 12 October 2017 - 03:13 PM, said:

A good clubmaker can assure the specs are exact.  Mass producers are typically pretty close but there is a higher probability of issues.  The OP's question is not a level playing field though because clubmakers don't have access to OEM components.

Also, buying clubs assembled by some unknown builder is a huge gamble.  A lot of guys use dimestore epoxy and don't measure length or swingweight.  Buyer beware.

Hey Ness ~~~~ Callaway, TaylorMade, PXG, Miura, and Adams all supply Components to certain club makers who qualify to their standards.

I didn't realize that Callaway or Taylormade offered components.  Thanks for correcting me.  And while I do realize that there are various niche market products such as JDM companies and boutique brands like PXG are out there, I don't think of companies like these as being OEM brands in the common sense.  You may as well include Wishon and KZG in that discussion if that's the case.  

I know Ping doesn't offer components but what about Mizuno?  Where do guys get the "B" (lightweight) heads from?

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:47 AM

Mizuno do offer component head accounts to club builders (certainly that's the case here in the U.K.)

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:56 AM

View PostDaveMac, on 13 October 2017 - 07:47 AM, said:

Mizuno do offer component head accounts to club builders (certainly that's the case here in the U.K.)

USA as well

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:10 PM

View Posttrhode, on 12 October 2017 - 04:15 PM, said:

View Postwkuo3, on 12 October 2017 - 10:48 AM, said:

We shall see in the near future, some of the OEM will make it available for the general public to get the golf clubs in component form.
I vision this as a spin off from the Tour Van for custom club building.  
Of course the OEM might set up minimum requirement for their representative and this will be catered to a segment which will scrutinize the workmanship and demanding the top quality of service.  

Demand for high quality custom work = high dollars.  A niche market.

Most OEM companies have component programs.

Which one ?  That will allow anyone walks in from the street to order components from OEM for their current models ?
Not aware of any OEM selling components to the public or even all of the mass golf fitters.

Edited by wkuo3, 13 October 2017 - 12:12 PM.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:40 PM

View Postwkuo3, on 13 October 2017 - 12:10 PM, said:

View Posttrhode, on 12 October 2017 - 04:15 PM, said:

View Postwkuo3, on 12 October 2017 - 10:48 AM, said:

We shall see in the near future, some of the OEM will make it available for the general public to get the golf clubs in component form.
I vision this as a spin off from the Tour Van for custom club building.  
Of course the OEM might set up minimum requirement for their representative and this will be catered to a segment which will scrutinize the workmanship and demanding the top quality of service.  

Demand for high quality custom work = high dollars.  A niche market.

Most OEM companies have component programs.

Which one ?  That will allow anyone walks in from the street to order components from OEM for their current models ?
Not aware of any OEM selling components to the public or even all of the mass golf fitters.

"Component programs" refers to a DEALER program that is set up to purchase just components.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 12:51 PM

The perfect fit is to work with a certified clubmaker,fitter, instructor. All of which have many years in the golf business with verified references. This person is in a niche market and very hard to find. But he will know a variety of shafts, their kick and bend points along with tip variance's etc. Probably only work with a few of the top well established and known head component companies that have been around for a long time.

Last but not least. This club or set of clubs will be right around the price of an OEM set, but you will have the best balanced and feeling in a set of sticks you never had before. And they will not fall out of time like the OEM's never ending newest of the new every 4-6 months. They will last you for a very long time and give you new enjoyment. Trust me I know.


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