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Golf Bead Stroke Counter - Make your own
What do you need
1. About 10 beads of about between 10mm - to 15mm (choice is yours, go wild!)
2. Cord, no more than 1mm in thickness.
3. 3 smaller beads or rondells to break up into sections if you like
4. Fastening, I went for lobster clip, but you could get a different sort, as long as you can fasten it to you bag or belt.
Why make your own?
I am a beginner at golf and so sometimes forget how many strokes I have played. I realised you can buy stroke counters, they range from plastic counters were you just move a lever to keep count, to electronic counters. But, I had seen these bead counters, a bit like a keyring, they hang off your belt or bag, and each stroke you take you just move the bead down so you can easily remember how many shots you have taken.
I found them all ether plastic and red, or you can buy them for ladies that are quite pretty and made with coloured beads or crystals, these although nice, seemed to be a bit expensive just to count your shot. And, the other downfall was the fact that I don't live in America, in the UK, you are restriced to the choice of about one! But they did seem easy to make.
So I made my own to match my bag colour and it works great.
How to assemble a stroke counter
Firstly threat through the lobster clip and make a larger loop over the top of it, this is so you can loop and clip on to larger things. I doubled my thread to make it a bit stronger.
Then tie off with a knot at the bottom of the clip.
Thread your first bead, thread through once, then double back over the bead and thread through again, looping over the bead, this will mean it will stay were it is but also be able to move up and down.
Then thread your other beads in the same way. Threading from between 5 and 10 beads on the thread, depending on how good you are at golf!
leave plenty of room for movement of the beads and test to make sure they will move along the thread and stay where they are too. If they don't then may be your thread is a bit slippery, and you will need to get a different type of thread or cord.
When you get to the bottom, I put on a round bead, and then looped over a few time, then tide the thread around the top of the bead to secure it. I then put on a dot of glue, just to make sure it would not slip.
That is it, you are ready to go!
ThreadingClick thumbnail to view full-size
Which beads would you choose
Would you choose natural, glass, plastic?
There are so many different sorts of beads you can use, you are only limited by your own idea's.
I choose glass beads, but you could make out of-
Crystals - semi precious stones.
Wood - you can buy wooden beads either natural or coloured, a man may like this style
Plastic - Even coloured plastic beads would work too, especially for a child or young person learning golf, you could use fun and bright colours.
acrylic - you can buy beads that have numbers or letters on them, again good for young players
Seeds - you can get beads made of seeds,
Metal - There are all sorts of metal beads that can be mixed to create a pleasing design, and again a man may quite like this sort of counter.
Swarovki crystal - for a glam look on the golf course
Mix it up, use wood and seeds, metal and glass, there is no limitation on the type of beads you can use.
As long as the beads are large enough and you have made it well, it should last for ages.
A really nice gift idea for a golf player, a personal gift that will be unique to who ever you have made it for.
How it worksClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to use
Clip to your belt, or bag, and each stroke you take just move a bead down one, this way you don't loose count of how may shots you have taken.
They look nice and it is easy to use.
There are many different types on the market, you can of course, just buy one, but I did like the idea of making my own to match my golf bag.
Making a bead counterClick thumbnail to view full-size
Things to think about
- Use a thread that is light, but strong, not too thick, as you have to double thread the beads.
- Make sure the hole in your bead is large enough to thread twice.
- Use a bit of clear glue to secure the knots
- I found my beads a bit large, maybe smaller beads would work better, as mine is a bit long. Although you don't want them too small and fiddly
- Make as colourful as you like with different coloured threads and beads
- You could use a keyring type clip to fasten to your belt or bag.
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