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Classical Wood Insert Replacement

The clubs used for illustrating this process belong to a very good player and are extremely rare left-handed MacGregor Jimmy Demaret "Master" models from the 1940's. These high classic period persimmon woods have been refinished, repaired and altered many times since their creation almost seven decades ago.

The original inserts have weathered, warped and loosened and the face surfaces show a lot of waves and variations within the hitting areas.

The Driver has had two giant #12 x 1.5'' screws installed at some point in its past, while the three wood shows a few additional screws added to the top of its insert.

Removing the soleplate

When removing the sole plate from the wood, take great care while extracting the original screws for saving to their correct positions on the plate. These solid brass, Frearson head screws are a very rare find now-a-days, so it is critical to preserve each with great care.

Saving the screws begins with cleaning out all old paint filling and debris from the screw head with the tip of an exacto knife.

This insures crisp edges and deep slots for getting a secure grip and avoid stripping or breakage. Use appropriate drivers for screw slots. If one is advanced with a bench grinder, you can modify numbers 1 and 2 Philips drivers to work.

Safety note: The edges of original screw heads are razor sharp and will cut your fingers. Completely turn-out with a screw driver until very loose.

Run a heat gun on its lowest setting over the surface of the sole plate to soften the adhesives that bond the plate and screws into the club head.
After doing this, if the screws feel too tight, rather than taking a chance on stripping, or breaking off the head, apply heat to the tip of an old screw driver with a propane torch and insert into the screw for a few seconds. This will transfer the heat and soften the bond and will loosen even the most stuborn screws that have been set with epoxy. Once the sole plate has been removed, place the screws into their original hole locations and cover with masking tape to secure.

Extract Insert

Remove screws from insert. If they are very tight, insert hot tipped screw driver and remove one-by-one.
After the screws have been extracted, mask entire face perimeter of insert to protect the wood from chipping, splintering or dis-coloring.

Check for the loosness of the insert by tracing your exacto knife along the inside bottom seam of the insert cavity(sole plate cavity interior).

If the insert feels very tight to its cavity and will not seperate easily from the wood, gradually heat over the insert surface with your heat gun on its lowest setting. (fig 2)

Pry the insert from its cavity by forming a slight upward wedge pressure with your exacto blade, or very thin flathead screw driver, inside of the bottom seam, while gently tapping the top of the insert downward with a tack hammer. (fig 3)


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