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    Default Homemade heeling stick

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    After reading through this thread, I thought I would make my own following Evan's directions. The whip cost $14 with tax at tractor supply co. I cut it just a tad longer than he recommended for now. I can shorten it if i want to in the future. I will plastidip the tip once I decide on the length. 34.5" overall right now. I could have bought a 34" from GDS that would have cost about the same once it was shipped. This is my first time to use a heeling stick though, so I am not sure what stiffness I will like.


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    Nice job Jack! One thing about all the heeling sticks is that the shaft is fiberglass, which shatters with impact over time. To extend the life of the stick I snuggly wrap them with black electrical tap up and down the length of the shaft, starting about an inch down the grip. About 2 thinknesses. Then I dip the tip a total of 3-4 times; dip & dry in sequence. My sticks last about 10+ years on average (provided I don't lose them!).

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    Evan - do you wrap over the rope sleeve, or do you cut that off and wrap the bare fiberglass shaft?

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    Over the rope sleeve. That also helps to stabilize and reinforce the shaft. The wrap is spiral back and forth.

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    You could also make one out of pex pipe and a golf grip!

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    Looks good. I don't dip mine though. I found lunge whips on the internet for around $8, they used to be $5.

    3M makes a heat shrink tube that shrinks to 1/3 it's original size. It has some kind of hot melt glue in it too. I put a piece about 1 1/4' long on the end and shrink it on, then add a piece about 2" long over that. While things are still hot pinch the very end closed. So far it has held up well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by logy View Post
    You could also make one out of pex pipe and a golf grip!
    For a total cost of $5.00
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    While your project was a good idea consider the idea of learning how to train without a stick.
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    I use the plastic rods that come with mini blinds. They work just fine as long as I don't lose them. I have also found fresh mesquite roots pretty effective too.
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