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#1 dgarland

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:04 PM

OK, just regripped my driver and like a dumbass I put it in a clamp and for some reason I put it too high on the shaft and I heard a crack as I tightened it.  Anyway, I can see a hairline crack in the side of the shaft but there isn't any crease that I can feel even by running a fingernail along it.  My question is this:  If I hit this thing is it gonna shatter in my hands or would you not be afraid to hit it.  I really can't believe I was dumb enough to do this... I've been working on clubs for 10 years and never have I don't something quite that dumb.  If it matters it's a Callaway RAZR Hawk with the Aldila RIP 60.  Thanks in advance for any replies.


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

I guess you could hit a few shots on the driving range and see how it goes.

I would reshaft it ASAP personally.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:16 PM

Odds are you did crack it.  There is a remote chance that you only split the paint, but it is remote (it can happen - I did it to my Fubuki near the head and it never creaked or broke afterward).  You won't know unless it breaks.  I just retired the club and moved on as I didn't think it was sellable and I didn't want to use it any more just in case.

It could break first shot (hope you wear kevlar) or never break.  Just not worth the risk.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:17 PM

 dgarland, on 03 February 2013 - 06:04 PM, said:

OK, just regripped my driver and like a dumbass I put it in a clamp and for some reason I put it too high on the shaft and I heard a crack as I tightened it.  Anyway, I can see a hairline crack in the side of the shaft but there isn't any crease that I can feel even by running a fingernail along it.  My question is this:  If I hit this thing is it gonna shatter in my hands or would you not be afraid to hit it.  I really can't believe I was dumb enough to do this... I've been working on clubs for 10 years and never have I don't something quite that dumb.  If it matters it's a Callaway RAZR Hawk with the Aldila RIP 60.  Thanks in advance for any replies.

It will break eventually and someone could get hurt. Reshaft ASAP

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

Yes if you heard that awful noise when clamped its done...BB

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:47 PM

Hit it and see if it breaks.  Then on the range you can say wow, I guess my swing speed is getting up there.  People will respect and fear you all in one swing.

Tell them you are training for Long Drive.


On a serious note, you probably did crack it and that is not good.  I broke a Made for Cobra Redboard at the range one day. Right in half and the looks I got were priceless.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:15 PM

had a Burner with a slight hairline...couldn't feel it, i could just barely make out a scratch in the paint...  Blew that thing up on the 27th hole...Re-shaft it...  When mine broke the club head with the shatter stump went flying about 30ft...luckily no one was close...

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:31 PM

I've gripped / regripped clubs since '85 and NEVER clamped any of them. I line the grip up in the playing position after sliding it on the shaft.

Different situation if you're using air though.

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