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Welding class putter project

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Hi everyone. The advanced students in my welding and fabrication class have designed and built a putter (with a bit of guidance from me) as their final project for the semester. One of the students suggested we post it online to get some real world feedback.

So here it is...machined using a 100% manual mill from a piece of 1018 cold rolled steel, we made our own nickel electroplating system to plate it, hand stamped and paint filled.

Thank you!

-Brad

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5 minutes ago, Club Rat said:

Nice work, what is the weight of the putter head?
Also, have you checked the head for a balancing point?

The weight is 332 grams, we have not checked it for a balancing point (and wouldn't really know how to do so) this was much more a "proof of concept" project for the students, however we will be testing it out after the thanksgiving break. The left handed version is pictured, we have an identical right handed version.

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Nice work.

3D programs can show you where the CG is, I believe. That’s important. It’s gotta be close to that dot or it’s bad.

I like the texture on the back.

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I second modeling this in 3D CAD to check the CG.  Could also help with MOI analysis in case y'all want to do a few more of these projects (hint hint)

This is really cool, kudos to your students.

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19 hours ago, fearthebeard said:

we will be testing it

How did you decide which type of putter head to design?
Also, did you consider the face angle when milling?
Putters need to have about 9* loft, I believe.
And was the putter head project taken from an available design, or did the class actually draw and spec the project?

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14 minutes ago, Club Rat said:

How did you decide which type of putter head to design?
Also, did you consider the face angle when milling?
Putters need to have about 9* loft, I believe.
And was the putter head project taken from an available design, or did the class actually draw and spec the project?

The students researched designs and drew blue prints. We voted as a class on our favorite. The loft is milled at 4* and the lie is 70. When the shaft is installed it will play at 34.5"

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3 hours ago, Club Rat said:

How did you decide which type of putter head to design?
Also, did you consider the face angle when milling?
Putters need to have about 9* loft, I believe.

9 degrees of loft!!!!????

3-4° is standard. Mine has about 2.75°.

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7 hours ago, iacas said:

9 degrees of loft!!!!????

3-4° is standard. Mine has about 2.75°.

I almost died too when I saw 9 degrees:-D

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10 minutes ago, fearthebeard said:

If the students ever go into production I'll be sure to let you know.

BTW, they shouldn't. Everyone and their brother who wants to get into the golf business makes either some lame training aid or a putter. They don't have a reputation or anything unique to market.

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On 11/15/2018 at 2:50 PM, fearthebeard said:

The weight is 332 grams, we have not checked it for a balancing point (and wouldn't really know how to do so) this was much more a "proof of concept" project for the students, however we will be testing it out after the thanksgiving break. The left handed version is pictured, we have an identical right handed version.

Thanks for the additional info. I found myself wondering why you would make left handed putters! 

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