Frequently Asked Questions

How do the telescopic shafts lock so solidly?
What kind of grip comes with my club?
Are the shafts as solid as one-piece shafts?
Are the shafts as durable as regular shafts?
Is the shaft length adjustable?
How can I know if I like the club before I try it?
How long does it take to get a telescopic club?
Can I carry my telescopic clubs on airplanes while traveling?
How do I measure a club's length?
Do your telescopic clubs perform as well as one-piece shafted clubs?
Can I get custom telescopic clubs with different heads?
Do telescopic clubs include the "shaft-hold" feature like the Adjustable Loft Club?
Can I buy telescopic shafts and install them on my own heads?

How do the telescopic shafts lock so solidly?
We make our shafts so that the sections lock within themselves using a "machinist's taper". We cut the shafts using a formula to achieve the desired final length, and the minimum collapsed length, then machine the inner and outer interlocking surfaces to form a perfect male and female locking fit. By definition, a machinist's taper requires more force to unlock or "disengage" than to lock. It is how cutting bits are fitted into machine shop tools which is more secure than a traditional drill chuck.. These bits can withstand enormous twisting force without loosening. A machinist's taper is more secure than splines, pins or threads. Simply stated, there is no other way of fitting metal to metal that is stronger or more solid. When applied to a golf shaft, it maintains the torque and flex that is necessary for optimal performance. Not only would pins, splines, or threaded couplings be less stable, they would interfere with the performance because of the weight and how they would negatively affect the torque and flex...critical elements for golf clubs.

To extend and lock the shaft, you merely pull it apart with a brisk motion, just as with our Adjustable Whole-In-One Club as described and shown here. To collapse it, strike the stainless steel cap that extends through the end of the grip onto concrete. The shock of that impact transfers directly into the shaft and disengages the machinist's taper. It won't come loose from swinging or ball contact. It must be struck DIRECTLY upside down into a solid surface. The machined stainless steel caps are pressed onto the end of the shaft.

If you want to see videos of the extending and collapsing process, click here to see our Whole-In-One Adjustable Instructions.

What kind of grip comes with my club?
We ship our clubs with a standard black and white rubber grip by Karma. If you want a custom grip, you can send us a grip and we will install it at no additional charge. Or, you can remove our grip and install your own at any time. The only customization is that you would have to drill out the hole on the end of the grip so our collapsing cap (above) can extend through. The bit size will vary a little depending on the type of grip material. We use a 3/8" bit.

Are the shafts as solid as one-piece shafts?
Yes. They are absolutely rock-solid. There is no rattle or movement. We know this is hard for people to understand or believe. When we are out on the course or at a demo-day, we often let people hit the club without telling them it is a collapsible shaft since that aspect isn't readily noticeable. They are amazed at how solid it is even with the multiple parts in the adjustable head. Then we show them how the shaft collapses, and their mouth drops open. The “solidness” of the shaft seems to amaze people more than adjustability of the head. This same phenomenon occurs with all our telescopic clubs.

Are the shafts as durable as regular shafts?
Yes. Shafts are carbon steel which is very durable. The outside is chrome plated which is even more rugged. So the taper-lock is carbon steel against chrome. Because nothing is moving during the swing, there is nothing wearing out. In the 20+ years we have been making this club, we have NEVER had a shaft wear out. And we have people who play daily with this club, and collapse it between every round. We also have many in the military who use our clubs in the roughest terrain in the world. The shafts will never wear out.

Is the shaft length adjustable?
No. The shafts are "telescopic" but not "adjustable for length ". In other words, they are either fully extended and locked, or collapsed for travel or storage. The playing length is not adjustable. An adjustment mechanism in the middle of the shaft would cost a lot more, and would diminish the performance of the shaft by interfering with the weight, flex, torque and feel. We actually have prototyped adjustable mechanisms, but the cost and negative affect on performance has kept them on a shelf in the shop. Various adjustable length putter shafts have been offered by various companies over the years, but even with the limited motion of a putter, any minor movement in the adjustment mechanism throws off a putt. They have never become a commercial success. Imagine the forces it would have to withstand with a full swing shot.

How can I know if I like the club before I try it?
We don’t think you should decide whether or not you like the club until after you have given it a full test, including an actual round or two. About half of our sales are to pre-existing customers. The other half are to people who have never hit a telescopic club before, but our satisfaction return rate is less than 1% with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. That is an amazing statistic for a product that people purchase without seeing and touching first, not to mention, actually testing. So we are very confident that you will love the club. Nevertheless, there is no way for you to be able to agree with that until you have given it a thorough hands-on evaluation under real playing conditions. Please click here to read our full guarantee.

How long does it take to get a telescopic club?
It depends on the club. We try to keep the most popular telescopic heads in stock so that we can ship within one business day. These heads include the Tee & Fairway driver heads in both right and left handed, the three putter heads in right handed, the 56 and 68-degree Sand Wedges in right handed, and the 3 and 4-iron Hybrids in right handed. If you order something different than our standard inventoried clubs, we need to order them from our foundry source which takes about 10 days for us to get the head, cut the shaft to match, install and ship it. We are in Ohio, so it takes a couple of days of transit time to the East Coast and 4 or 5 days to the West Coast.

Can I carry my telescopic golf clubs on airplanes while traveling?
Not in America at this time. Since the terrorist attack in New York on 9-11, the Transportation Security Administration does not allow golf clubs to be carried on commercial airplanes. We are continuously lobbying with them to change that rule using the argument that golf clubs would not be used as a weapon since there isn't enough room to swing them, in addition to other logical arguments . However, now that airlines are charging for checked bags, traveling with telescopic golf clubs is MUCH less expensive than a full set. Click here for more about this topic. "Our Clubs Fly Free!"

How do I measure a club's length?
Note that the club length is not the same thing as the shaft length. The club length is the TOTAL length of the shaft plus the head, or at least the heel portion of the head below the bottom of the hosel. The easiest way to measure a club's length is to place the club in the address position with the head on the ground or floor, and place a measuring ruler or tape along the back of the shaft, from the floor to the end of the grip. It is easiest to have someone help you with this...to hold the club while you measure. Because of the variables of getting the end of the tape exactly on the ground at the precise intersection of the heel, being exact is difficult, but it will get you within 1/4 inch which is fine for non-professionals. Because of these variables, we are part of the group of golf club manufacturers who are trying to get the USGA to change the way they measure clubs. It would be much more accurate to measure the way the Long Drive Association (LDA) does it...by standing a club up against the wall and measuring from the floor to the end of the grip. This would include the head no matter how large or odd-shaped it was, and make length a more reliable measurement. But until then, we are following the USGA method.


Do your telescopic clubs perform as well as one-piece shafted clubs?
That is the bottom-line question. The performance of our telescopic shafts is exceptional and perform as well for all but the longest shafted clubs such as drivers and maybe 3-woods which benefit from lighter graphite shafts and can be perfectly matched to your swing. Steel shafts are heavier than graphite. There is no way to make graphite shafts telescopic...they just aren't rugged enough. Fortunately, shaft flex, kick, and torque characteristics aren't as critical for irons as drivers. Our Whole-In-One Adjustable is a 4-iron length, size, and weight, so it matches the 3, 4, and 5 the best, as verified by our customer testimonies and the Iron Byron Robot testing. Every other loft and club in a normal bag is a different weight, size, shape, and length for very specific purposes. The Adjustable can do it all, but it doesn't do it all as well as a full set for some logical reasons which we discuss more fully on a page of disadvantages. Our conventional heads on telescopic shafts perform exceptionally well, and most customers believe they aren't giving up any performance. Of course, installing a 3-wood head on a driver-length shaft as we do with our Tee and Fairway Driver creates a heavier swing weight because 3-wood heads are heavier than driver heads. But other than that, most people can't tell the difference in feel or performance.

Can I get custom telescopic clubs with different heads?
Yes, we build custom telescpic clubs for customers all over the world. Click here to read more about custom options and prices.

Do telescopic clubs include the "shaft-hold" feature like the Adjustable Loft Club?
No. The Adjustable Loft Club was designed to use a .335" diameter tip shaft. As such, the hosel is small enough so that the grip section fits over it. We incorporated the shaft-hold ridge shown here so the grip section holds the head when collapsed. The telescopic drivers also use a .335" tip shaft, but the longer length means the end of the grip section will not fit over the hosel. All the irons, hybrids, wedges, and putters use .370" tip shafts, and the hosels are too large for the grip section to hold them. The shaft-hold ridge is a cool feature because it allows you to carry the collapsed club by the grip without the head-section slipping out. Think of it as a bonus feature for the Adjustable Loft club, but not physically possible with the other heads. You just have to carry the other clubs with the heads upright.

Can I buy telescopic shafts and install them on my own heads?
Some customers want to get a telescopic shaft, with our stainless steel collapsing cap and standard grip, then install it themselves. We can do that, but the cost is only reduced by the cost of the equivalent head from Hireko Golf. Also, if we don't have the head to measure the hosel length and depth, we will not be able to apply our cutting formula to yield the shortest possible shaft. In other words, the grip section might not go all the way down to the top of the hosel and the collapsed length will be longer than necessary. We do not recommend self-install. However, if you want to consider that further, click here to read more shaft-only-self-install options.

Do you have any other questions? If so, please don’t hesitate to ask.


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