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 How to spine align a golf shaft - Is Pureing a waste of your money?

There is probably no single subject that is more controversial among golf clubmakers than the issue of whether aligning a shaft a certain way in a clubhead affects the way the club plays.

Call it Pureing, Spineing, spine align, or anything else, they all mean the same: finding imperfections in the golf shaft and then aligning the shaft in the clubhead in a way that eliminates any adverse effects from the imperfections.

First, a little bit of technical information: Steel golf shafts start out as a flat piece of metal; then they are rolled and a seam is welded from the tip to the butt. Similarly, graphite shafts start out as long, multiple sheets of graphite, which are rolled and sealed. Because of their very nature, steel shafts have one seam or “spine,” while graphite shafts have multiple seams or “spines.” These so-called spines may or may not have an effect on the ultimate direction and trajectory of a golf ball.

Read on! Lets look at some facts:

  • The average swing speed for a woman golfer is 62 mph; for the average man it is 84 mph; for the average pro it is 108 mph; for Tiger Woods it is 130 mph.
  • The golf ball only stays on the clubface of a driver for about 0.0004 seconds, regardless of swing speed or club used!
  • At 100 MPH swing speed, the ball is touching the clubface for only 0.7 inch of the swing.
  • But, the most amazing fact is that during that extremely short contact, the clubface can rotate as much as 2 degrees!
  • And, while a 2 degree shift of the clubface may only account for a 4 yard off-center dispersion on a 200 yard drive, it simultaneously causes serious side-spin that can send a slice or hook 50 or more yards off-center (and into the woods)!

To help eliminate the shifting of the clubface during the contact with the ball (and even before the contact), a golf shaft, first of all, needs to have adequate torque (or twisting) resistance (imagine using a shaft that is like cooked spaghetti – it would turn off-center as soon as the ball is struck). Similarly, cavity back clubs add weight to the heel and toe to keep the clubhead from twisting when the ball fails to contact the clubface “sweet spot.” These are, of course, equipment solutions.

Now we approach how to best align (or pure) the shaft itself in the clubhead:

Probably the best method of pureing the shaft to eliminate the effects of shaft irregularities, is the patented method used by the SST Pure Company. Their computerized process is the most sophisticated and accurate on the market. Their services are available through Golfsmith only, and their pureing ranges from $15 - $50 for a single club.

As the next best method of pureing, our Professional Model Spine Finder places stress on the full working shaft length (even with a grip still attached) to quickly and accurately determine the location of the “spine.”

Using our easy to follow step-by-step written instructions and our instructional DVD, you will easily learn how to pure a shaft and then align the spined shaft in the clubhead in under a minute. You can pure your entire set of clubs; every set of clubs you will ever own; your friend’s clubs; and your friend’s friend’s clubs for a one-time cost of less than $60.

And, if you want an even less expensive spine finder, check out our entire line of spine finders starting at less than $30 at www.golfperfect.com . Plus, all of our spine finder alignment tools come with written and DVD instructions and a free full copy of our bestselling Clubmaking / Clubfitting / Swingweight Software!

Make no mistake - this whole subject area is controversial, with some people swearing that pureing a golf shaft is the ultimate alignment method, while others claim that it is totally worthless. And, both sides claim to have the incontrovertible science to back up their opinion! Needless to say, there is no industry standard to settle this issue.

Despite the controversy, all we can say is that we have great feedback from our customers, and those testimonials make us think that shaft pureing / spine alignment is the way to go, especially for the average golfer who may need just a little help curing a slice.

Of course, all of our products come with our Unconditional Money Back Guarantee.


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"Pro Model" Features Comparison

Spinefinder Features:
Heavy Duty Aircraft-grade 6061-T1 Anodized Aluminum
Premium Chrome Steel Precision Sealed Radial Ball Bearings - New Upgrade!
Bearings mounted on independent self-aligning unbreakable polymer blocks
Free-swiveling blocks ensure that shaft rides on all 8 bearings virtually eliminating shaft scoring
Two extra tip bearings included (.6693 inch and .375 inch for those who prefer bearings that fit over the tip)
Accommodates clubs with grip and/or head still attached
Accommodates all oversize shaft butts
All mounting hardware for vise mount included and assembled - New Upgrade!
Ships fully assembled in convenient storage box - not in envelope - New Upgrade!
Uses all premium heavy duty hardware - no plastic parts - New Upgrade!
Vise mountable
Vise Mount Stabilization Screws included - New Upgrade!
Rubberized ends for added protection - New Upgrade!
All precision machining, cutting, fabrication & assembly done in our machine shop here in the U.S.A.
Detailed Spinefinder & Software instructions included
We accept returns - Our competitors do not - New Upgrade!
Lifetime Warranty - New Upgrade!
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Whether you are thinking of planning and building your first set of golf clubs; have your own clubmaking shop; or fit anywhere in-between, this is the user-friendly software for you!

It is the only clubmaking/clubfitting/swingweight software you will ever need!

Rave Reviews from Golfsmith:

  • "This all-in-one clubmaking software package presents clubmakers with a powerful tool for simplifying numerous clubmaking calculations.

  • Input head weight, shaft weight, clublength and grip weight and get an instant swingweight calculation.

  • Or use a number of other calculating modules to predict a golfer's clublength, grip size, shaft flex, swing speed and even calculate specific instructions for matching and modifying swingweights.

  • The Golf Clubmaking Software(tm) can simulate calculations for literally millions of head, shaft and grip combinations, and there is no more simple, accurate and thorough way to calculate finished club specifications or to match the proper club to your customer."

  • Quotes are from Golfsmith catalogs 2002-2005. Now sold exclusively here by Golf Perfect Software, the creator and registered copyright owner.

flag   Overview - Now, planning & building custom-fit golf clubs from components is easier than ever! Use Golf Clubmaking Software™ on your home computer to:

Simulate millions: of head, shaft & grip combinations to design your 'perfect' set of clubs.
Swingweight-match components: before you buy them.
Predict & Adjust the swingweight of any club design: by varying its headweight, shaftweight, gripweight, clublength, or shaftlength with the exclusive "What If" feature.
Fine-Tune clubs: to each other or to any desired swingweight.
Custom fit each club: based upon your personal body measurements & preferences.
Sample component and golfer measurements: are included for all features.
Miscellaneous: No other software contains the features of Golf Clubmaking Software™. And, unlike free calculator programs which may rely on inaccurate generic formulas and do not cover hybrids, Golf Clubmaking Software™ was developed by master clubmakers & extensively tested using actual clubmaking industry tools & tolerances.

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Swingweight Calculators: for assembled clubs & unassembled club components (New- includes hybrids!)
Clublength Calculators: for men's & women's woods, hybrids (New!), irons, wedges & putter
Gripsize Calculators: for men's & women's grips
Swingspeed Calculators: for woods & irons
Shaft Flex Calculators: for graphite & steel shafts
Adjustment Calculators: for custom swingweight matching new and existing clubs to each other

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Woods: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
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Irons: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Pitching Wedge, Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge
Putter: Yes

flag   You can even Adjust & Match your present golf clubs with the included Special Adjustment Feature:

Adjust the swingweight: of your current clubs to any desired swingweight.
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System Requirements:

  • Clubmaking software is compatible with Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, NT, 2000, ME, 98 & 95.

  • Clubmaking software is also Mac compatible with with Macs running a Windows partition using Bootcamp or Parallels.

Our guarantee - We believe in fair dealings. We self-insure your shipment at no cost to you.  If the Spine Finder and free software are lost or damaged in shipping, we will immediately replace them at no additional cost to you. Our Spine Finder and free software comes with our 100% money back customer satisfaction guarantee. If you are unhappy with our Spine Finder, you must return both the Spine Finder and the free software to us within 30 days of your receipt. We will then promptly refund your full purchase price, plus your original shipping cost. You are responsible for the cost of return shipping. No other seller offers this guarantee.

Note to international buyers: We ship internationally by United States Postal Service Express and Priority Mail (depending upon the item and your location). If your parcel gets lost or stolen, we will replace it an no additional cost to you, and we will even pay the postage to ship you a replacement (but not customs fees). Because we are required to fill out a correct customs form listing the true price of the items, you will be responsible for any customs fees or taxes that your country imposes when you receive them. In addition, guarantee terms for international buyers are that if you are not happy with the items, you must send them back at your own cost within 30 days of your receipt. When they are received by us, we will refund your full purchase price plus original shipping, but we will not refund your return shipping cost or any customs fees. We have trust in you and will treat you fairly.

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