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August 2008 Golfsmith Clubmaker Back to Main
August Edition of Chip Shots
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August Edition
by: Darron Mauldin
Director of Worldwide Clubmaking

In this edition of Chip Shots:

GCA International Conference 2008

Grip Fitting Goes Digital

Customer Feedback: USS Enterprise


GCA International Conference 2008Back to Top

Sign-Up Today for the 2008 GCA Conference
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Don't miss your chance to attend this year's Golf Clubmakers Association International Conference, October 9th-13th in beautiful downtown Austin, Texas. Our host location will again be the Radisson Hotel & Suites on Town Lake. The exciting 4-day event includes cutting-edge seminars and valuable networking opportunities, plus a demo day at our Austin headquarters range featuring a special preview of 2009 models. Our R&D team and other industry experts are sure to educate and inspire you about what is coming out in the near future. Spousal activities are planned for each day, as well as a golf tournament at the PGA Tour-designed Falconhead Golf Club for all to enjoy.

Click here for more information and to register.

In addition to the education and camaraderie, we will honor the following award winners at the annual Awards Banquet:

  • Clubmaker of the Year for each U.S. state
  • Clubmaker of the Year for each Canadian province
  • Top 10 Worldwide Clubmakers
  • Worldwide Clubmaker of the Year

There is still time to send your application to be considered for these awards, but you must hurry. Applications must be received by August 29, 2008 to be considered.


Grip Fitting Goes DigitalBack to Top

If you frequently navigate around our golfsmith.com Clubmaking site, you'll find that we have a ton of information for both the hobbyist and serious clubmaking and equipment enthusiast. Two tools are particularly helpful in grip fitting.

The first is a Size Chart, which is a simple yet effective tool to measure hand size. The chart recommends a grip size based on this initial measurement, and then refines the recommendation according to longest length. The online illustration makes this one easy to follow.

Another extremely helpful tool is our Grip Selector. With over 200 grip choices available, choosing the perfect model can be a little overwhelming. But by selecting your parameters from the Grip Selector's drop down menus, you can narrow down the choices to just a few and make your final selection. Don't forget to use this powerful innovation!


Customer Feedback: USS EnterpriseBack to Top

We always knew our USS Enterprise putter was much more than just a collectible, but recently we got some confirmation we couldnít wait to share:

Last fall I purchased an Enterprise Putter Head. When I first received the putter head I put it on a standard length putter shaft and used it for a round or two. It was nice but something was missing. Then I found a belly putter shaft we had in our repair shop. (At this point I should mention that I am one of the Golf Professionals at the Marshfield Country Club in Marshfield Wisconsin. I am also a member of the United States Golf Teachers Federation and a graduate of the Golfsmith Clubmaking class. I tool the class in the fall of 1979.) Suddenly BAM! I was making putts from all over the place!! Today I played nine holes at the course I work at as a Golf Professional. In nine holes I had seven, I repeat seven one-putts and shot even par. The Enterprise Putter Head almost sinks the putts itself. Itís like the ball is being beamed into the hole by Scotty! If I am within 20 feet of the hole, I know with the Enterprise Putter Head, itís a two-putt at worst and often Iím sinking 20 footers, which I have never done with any putter I have ever owned. Just wanted you folks at Golfsmith know how I LOVE my Enterprise Putter Head and would recommend it to any of my clients!

Sincerely,
Thomas H. Brockman
USGTF Golf Professional
Marshfield Country Club
Marshfield, Wisconsin

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