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#1 Equipto

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 11:00 PM

Alright I am sure there have been 1000 questions like this before so please spare me...

If I want to cut a shaft at the butt ( not tipping to add stiffness),  what is the best method?

Also, besides maybe a swing weight change should I be cautious of anything else?



Btw it’s graphite for a driver.


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#2 ChipNRun

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 11:58 PM

Here's a link from Hireko Golf Equipment that talks about butt-cutting a graphite shaft.
https://www.hirekogo...fts-efficiently

Especially note the advice to wrap masking tape around the area to be cut. It will:
  • Allow you to clearly mark where you want the cut to be.
  • Lessen chances the shaft will splinter near the end of the cutting process.
After you measure and mark the shaft for trimming, be sure to secure it in a vise, with rubber vice pads to protect the shaft.

As for swingweight change: for every 1/2" of shaft you trim, you lighten the swingweight by 3 points. Without doing drastic things to the clubhead, you can recapture the swingweight by:
  • Adding 6 grams of balance weights (screws) in the head. This may alter clubhead dynamics, launch slightly. (+2 grams recaptures 1 SWt.)
  • Go with a grip that is 15 grams lighter than the original. (-5 grams in grip weight = +1 SWt point).
  • Some combination of actions 1 and 2.

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Driver:  Calla XR16 Pro 10.5° (set open) / Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 R-flex 63 gr.
FWs: Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W / GraphiteDesign G60 R-flex 60 gr.
  or Calla Alpha 815, set 16° + 20° / Fuji Motore Speeder 665 R-flex 62 gr.
Hybrid:  Cobra FlyZ 3H 19° + 4H 22° / Matrix VLCT Altus Lite flex 73 gr.
Irons: Calla X20 Tour 4i-9i / NS Pro 8950GH R-flex 97 gr.
Wedge:  Calla MD3 48°/8.SS + 54°/12.WS - KBS Tour R-flex 110 gr. |

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Putter:   Ping B60 / 34" w. Winn ProX 1.8 grip
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#3 Equipto

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:04 AM

Thanks for the link, and data insights.  That’s why I love The WRX community.

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 03:36 AM

A dremel tool with a cut-off wheel can do a nice job and is a popular choice.   Despite what the article says, a hack-saw can work quite well - you just have to be patient and keep the pressure light.

And for swing weight - forget those general rules -  that is not the context those rules were designed to be used.  You don't want to even try to "maintain the same swing weight" in that context - shorting the playing length of a stock driver.  In fact forget the swing weight scale/value all together and just get some lead tape and follow this tutorial:

http://www.golfwrx.c...up-diy-fitting/

Edited by Stuart G., 12 March 2018 - 03:36 AM.


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 11:08 AM

I bought one of those small chop saws from HF and it is a nice piece of equipment (knock on wood) for me so far. It makes nice quick cuts and makes cutting shafts much cleaner and time saving. Only thing I'm working on is trying to find a way to contain the debris I can't even see. Luckily it isn't too messy.


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 11:24 AM

Cheap way that works for me is a rod saw blade in a hacksaw, cuts like butter. I found that the teeth of the regular hacksaw blade can catch on the graphite and cause splintering.
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Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:01 PM

View Posthalfsumo, on 12 March 2018 - 11:24 AM, said:

Cheap way that works for me is a rod saw blade in a hacksaw, cuts like butter. I found that the teeth of the regular hacksaw blade can catch on the graphite and cause splintering.
This is a good option, and is mentioned in the Hireko article.
What's In The Bag *...

Driver:  Calla XR16 Pro 10.5° (set open) / Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 R-flex 63 gr.
FWs: Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W / GraphiteDesign G60 R-flex 60 gr.
  or Calla Alpha 815, set 16° + 20° / Fuji Motore Speeder 665 R-flex 62 gr.
Hybrid:  Cobra FlyZ 3H 19° + 4H 22° / Matrix VLCT Altus Lite flex 73 gr.
Irons: Calla X20 Tour 4i-9i / NS Pro 8950GH R-flex 97 gr.
Wedge:  Calla MD3 48°/8.SS + 54°/12.WS - KBS Tour R-flex 110 gr. |

   MD.PM 60°/10 - KBS TourV-W 125 gr.

Putter:   Ping B60 / 34" w. Winn ProX 1.8 grip
Bag:      Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag
Ball:    Calla SuperSoft
   * Either 7W or 3H left out, depending on course.

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 08:47 PM

Dremel
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:25 AM

View Posthalfsumo, on 12 March 2018 - 11:24 AM, said:

Cheap way that works for me is a rod saw blade in a hacksaw, cuts like butter. I found that the teeth of the regular hacksaw blade can catch on the graphite and cause splintering.

View PostChipNRun, on 12 March 2018 - 12:01 PM, said:

View Posthalfsumo, on 12 March 2018 - 11:24 AM, said:

Cheap way that works for me is a rod saw blade in a hacksaw, cuts like butter. I found that the teeth of the regular hacksaw blade can catch on the graphite and cause splintering.
This is a good option, and is mentioned in the Hireko article.

This is the method I've used 4 times. Works like a charm. I recommend taping the area with masking tape and marking your cut line with a sharpie. Have noticed it prevents cracking/fraying and offers more friction and stability than cutting right on the shaft material itself.
Current Setup in Bold
913d2 9.5* ---> 10.25* Diamana D+ 70 X-Stiff

913h 17* ---> 16.25* (@ 16.25*) Diamana D+ 90 X-Stiff
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:44 PM

I use a 4 1/2 in grinder with carbon cut off wheel.....in construction and already had 3 of em so....easy peezy

Edited by dunn, 13 March 2018 - 12:45 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 01:08 PM

I also use the angle grinder with a cut-off disc.  Used to use the Dremel, but the butt end of most shafts are just a bit larger than the radius of the Dremel cut-off disc, so I'd have to come at it from the opposite side after making the first pass.  With the angle grinder cut-off disc, one pass and done.  Correctomundo -- easy peezy!

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 02:12 PM

I use masking tape and hacksaw. Vice the shaft lightly at first so you can turn the shaft while cutting. This scores the shaft and helps in making a clean cut.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 12:51 AM

Way easier: use a pipe cutter

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 02:34 AM

View PostTMAG_GUY, on 16 March 2018 - 12:51 AM, said:

Way easier: use a pipe cutter

For graphite?   I wont say it can't be done but definitely NOT recommended.

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