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Golf Club Customization: Hot Melting and Club-Bias Weighting

Golf Club Customization: Hot Melting and Club-Bias Weighting

The Art of Golf Clubsmithing: How custom golf club work can improve your game

“You can talk to a fade, but a hook won’t listen.” – Lee Travino

Words that can easily be understood by golfers who have lost a drive deep out to their weak sides. The question really is: “How do I correct this?” 

There are drills and training aids to help your clubface become more square with the ball on impact. These can help you build good habits, but there is an additional way of going about this. 

Add weight to the toe of your driver.  

With a heavy toe, you could add resistance between you and closing the clubface on impact. Lead tape is a solution, although not one that is as structurally sleek as other options.

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Now, you may hit the TaylorMade SLDR driver, a SuperQuad — or any other driver with adjustable weights. That would mean that you can adjust the sliding/fixed weights to become fade or draw biased.

Fade biased is to help get the ball to hook less from right to left.

And draw biased is to help the ball slice less from left to right (That’s for right-handers.).

To have a club with a fade bias, we would add weight to the toe of the driver. This is to try and help keep the face more open at impact. Thus removing the spin that causes a hook.

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For a club with draw bias, we would add weight to  the heel of the driver. This would try and help close the face on impact. Thus removing the spin that causes a slice.  

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I found a lot of language out on the Internet that really confused me on which was a draw bias and which was a fade bias, so hopefully this will be a bit clearer. 

Now for how hot melting applies to all of this. Hot Melting is a procedure where a driver is internally filled with a specific amount of a special glue/adhesive. If the glue is added to the toe, the club can help you hook the ball less. If the weight is added to the heel, hot melting can help you slice less. 

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There also is an affect on the sound of the club when you insert hotmelt. This soft glue can help take the bang out of your driver by absorbing/dampening the sound waves bouncing around in your driver just after impact. So if your club needs a silencer, you can add some hot melt to the very center of your driver as to not offset the weight of your driver. 

Is there a rattle in your driver? Small pieces of old glue and metal can clang in your head making it seem like you have a long maraca at the tee. With hot melt adhesive in your driver, those loose pieces will stick to the adhesive and stop that jingle-jangle. 

A good question here is: “Does hot melting aid players with straight or very controlled ball flight paths?”

Yes, hot melting is something that is done on tour to help subtle ball-flight adjustments. If we want the ball to have a slight bend to the right, we add a slight amount of hot melt to the toe. The same concept can be applied to your driver with the proper fitting and attention. 

There also is an affect on the sound of the club when you insert hotmelt. This soft glue can help take the bang out of your driver by absorbing/dampening the sound waves bouncing around in your driver just after impact. So if your club needs a silencer, you can add some hot melt to the very center of your driver as to not offset the weight of your driver. 

Is there a rattle in your driver? Small pieces of old glue and metal can clang in your head making it seem like you have a long maraca at the tee. With hot melt adhesive in your driver, those loose pieces will stick to the adhesive and stop that jingle-jangle. 

A good question here is: “Does hot melting aid players with straight or very controlled ball flight paths?”

Yes, hot melting is something that is done on tour to help subtle ball-flight adjustments. If we want the ball to have a slight bend to the right, we add a slight amount of hot melt to the toe. The same concept can be applied to your driver with the proper fitting and attention. 

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2nd Swing Golf offers free fittings for any clubs purchased from us. We use the same hot melting technologies as the TaylorMade Tour Van.

If you want to have an adjustment done on your club, have your club fit at one of our two Minnesota store locations. We can help you find what bias you need.

Or if you already know what you want done with your club, please contact us or our on-staff clubsmith Robert Reitz directly via email at robert@2ndswing.com to discuss what modification you desire and to what specifications. If you would like help over the phone on what works best for you, please call (612) 216-4152.

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Golf Club Specs: Lie Angle

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Golf Club Specs: Lie 

Measuring Lie Angle 

A golf club’s lie angle is a measurement of how parallel the club’s sole is to the ground at address. The measurement, in degrees, is given as being “flat” or “upright” as compared to the club’s “standard” lie angle. The performance of the club during the swing will best determine each club’s proper lie angle:  If the lie angle is too upright, the heel will dig into the ground, and if the lie angle is too flat, the toe will dig into the ground.

Lie Angle Fitting and Adjustment (The flatter against the ground, the better.)

Determining the proper lie angle of each iron and wedge is a crucial part of the golf club fitting process. A lie angle that’s off by even one degree can result in up to 10 yards of side-to-side dispersion from your intended line on a well-struck ball. For example, a tall golfer may desire to stand straighter at address, and thus would require an upright lie angle.  By adjusting the angle 2 degrees upright, for example, the golfer may make a more comfortable address position and thus the club need not be lengthened.

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Adjusting Forged Vs. Cast Clubheads

While it is rare for metalwoods to need lie adjustments, lie angle in irons and wedges may be adjusted by bending the hosel to the desired position.  It’s important to note, however, that clubheads manufactured using the casting method usually should not be bent more than two degrees in either direction (upright or flat).  Forged clubheads are easier to bend and are much less susceptible to breaking during the bending process.

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Greater Enjoyment Of The Game Is Just A Club Fitting Away

Custom club fitting can benefit players at all levels. We work with 20+ handicap
players every day. These players are avid golfers with a passion for the game and
see some of the best results custom fitting can offer.

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Maximum Forgiveness

Golfers who struggle with consistent ball striking will greatly benefit with newer
technology. Research and technology have greatly impacted the club head design.
Manufacturers are producing club designs and placing weight in specific areas to
maximize forgiveness, distance and accuracy. At 2nd Swing, we will identify the
best complement from leading manufacturers for your unique tendencies to deliver
better results.

Improved Accuracy

For many 20+ handicaps, lack of consistent ball striking results in costly lost
balls and higher scores. A 2nd Swing fitting will clearly identify the golfer’s
common swing dynamics and then set up the clubs so they work more effectively for
your unique swing. In many cases, the club configuration can complement your tendencies,
resulting in more consistent and straighter ball flight.

Optimized Ball Launch Angle and Carry Distance

Some 20+ handicaps consistently hit the ball too high because their clubs are not
well suited to their swing, resulting in lost distance and greater inaccuracy. Others
have a hard time getting sufficient loft on their shots, resulting in shorter shots.
Getting custom fit at 2nd Swing will configure your clubs to provide optimized launch
angle and carry distance for each club based on your unique swing.