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SIMPLE DIRECTIONS FOR BUILDING A SIDESADDLE PUTTER


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PUTTER-HEAD PLAN
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CAN BE USED RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED
USING EITHER THE
SIDESADDLE OR CONVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES

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IRON-ON PATTERN

MATERIALS LIST

ALUMINUM, BRASS OR BRONZE PLATE 5/8" THICK
(1) LONG PUTTER SHAFT
(1) CONVENTIONAL GRIP AND (1) MATCHING MID-GRIP OR (2) CONVENTIONAL GRIPS WITH THE SMALL HOLE IN ONE OF THEM ENLARGED TO EXCEPT DIAMETER OF SHAFT. (WORKS QUITE WELL AND MAKES THE MIDDLE GRIP LONGER IN CASE YOU CHANGE LOWER HAND POSITION LATER)
STRONG EPOXY AND OTHER MATERIALS FOR FASTINING FACES IF YOU DESRIRE A STRONGER BOND.

BRAZE, WELD OR USE A STRONG EPOXY TO AFFIX THE FACES TO THE ENDS OF THE CENTER PIECE. DRILLING AND USING SCREWS, PEGS OR RIVETS GROUND FLUSH TO FACES WILL RESULT IN A STRONG BOND BUT IS NOT NECESSARY IF YOU DON'T BANG IT AROUND A LOT.

FILL THE ALIGNMENT GROOVES WITH PAINT IF DESIRED, AND WIPE OFF SURFACE WHILE STILL WET; YELLOW, WHITE OR BLACK ARE GOOD.

CUT THE SHAFT AT THE TOP TO LENGTH IF DESIRED. MOST WILL USE THE FULL LENGTH HOWEVER.

IMPORTANT:BEFORE YOU PUT THE GRIPS ON, HOLD THE BLANK SHAFT IN YOUR HANDS THE WAY YOU INTEND TO PUTT WITH IT. TAKE NOTE AND MARK THE POSITION OF YOUR LOWER HAND SO THAT YOU KNOW HOW FAR DOWN TO PLACE THE MID-GRIP.

EPOXY SHAFT INTO THE PUTTERHEAD.

NOTE: IF YOU USE ALUMUNUM, YOU MAY WANT TO ADD SOME WEIGHT. I USED EPOXY TO GLUE A 1/4" X 1" X 2" LEAD STRIP UNDERNEATH THE CENTER PIECE. YOU CAN USE ANYTHING HANDY SO LONG AS IT DOESN'T EXTEND BELOW THE SOLE.

THAT'S IT. NOW GO SEE WHAT A GOOD PUTTER YOU REALLY ARE.


ALTERNATE METHOD

If you wish, you can substitute the center piece with 3 lengths of brass, bronze, steel or other heavy metal rods with a diameter of about 1/2 in. Position one (You might make this one of a smaller diameter for more heel/toe weight.) in the center and the other two toward the heels and toes of the faces...as far apart as the diameter of the rods will allow. It's easier to drill the hole for the shaft in the center rod before you assemble it. Just position the hole 1O% or more from straight up when you put the faces on. The best way to bond the pieces is welding or brazing, but if you drill holes in the faces for the rods, you can use epoxy. You could even drill the holes all the way through an grind them flush to the face.
This method is a little more difficult to assemble but somewhat easier to find materials for. It will give you a heavier head and more heel-toe weight especially if you use aluminum faces.

Just make sure the assembled head is no deeper from one face to the other than the distance from heel to toe on the faces in order to conform to USGA.