How do you reshaft your golf club? Reshafting a golf club is the process of replacing the existing shaft with a new one. If you broke your golf club’s shaft in half and need to replace it, then you are in the right place.
Furthermore, if you have been using the same golf club for a while, you may have noticed a loss in performance. This loss of performance can come in the form of a dramatic reduction in carry distance from when your shaft was new.
Another major loss of performance possible is the case in which your shots take unexpected flight paths, even when you are sure you aimed well. In fact, this loss of performance can come from micro fractures in the golf club’s shaft, thus changing the way it responses to hitting the golf ball.
If you are experiencing any of these forms of loss of shaft performance, then it is time to reshaft your golf club.
How to Reshaft a Golf Club?
Cotton swabs or toothpicks
New golf shaft
Before starting, make sure all your new parts are compatible with your old ones. For example, make sure your new golf club shaft has the same diameter as your old shaft, or the club head might not fit or stay on the new shaft.
Step 1: Heat the area connecting the club head to the shaft
Take your golf club and heat the area connecting the club head to the shaft. For instance, you can use a heat gun to accomplish this.
The goal here is to soften up the glue connecting the club head to the old shaft.
Note: If you have a graphite shaft rather than a steel one, you will have to be extra careful and gentle, because graphite can shatter easily.
Step 2: Remove the club head from the old shaft
Avoiding the hot areas, pull on the golf club head while holding the shaft in your other hand. You can also secure the head or shaft in a vice, and pull on the other end carefully.
Note: if you already have a ferrule attached to your club head, it might be hard to remove the club head from the shaft. You can cut the ferrule using a Hyde knife, ideally, but other knives might work as well. Exercise caution. Ask your parents to do this for you if you are under the age of majority.
Step 3: Poke a hole in the grip tape of the new shaft
Make sure there is air passing through the end of the grip on the new shaft. When you push the golf club head onto the new shaft, air push back towards the back of the shaft. If there is no way for the air to escape, the air will push back on the club head, and tend to push it off the shaft.
To avoid this issue, poke a hole in the end of the grip tape on the new shaft.
Step 4: Prep the new golf club shaft
Place your club head on the new shaft and mark for far down the shaft the club head goes. Mark the spot with a marker or tape. Then, remove the club head. Next, sand down the small section of the shaft that you marked earlier.
Step 5: Clean the golf club head
You need to clean the old glue out of the golf club head. If the glue is not too hard, you can use a cotton swab to clean the residual glue. Another option you can try to use to clean the club head is a wire brush. Stick it in the club head and scrub the glue off.
However, if the glue is hard, you can use your drill with a drill bit and drill into the glue to loosen it up and remove it. Caution: the golf head often tapers near the end, so do not drill too deep, or you may drill through the golf club head. You do not want to be drilling any metal, only glue.
Step 6: Mix the epoxy glue
Epoxy glue usually comes in two separate solutions that you need to mix before use.
You will only need a little amount of epoxy to attach the club head to the new shaft, so only prepare what you need.
Make sure you mix the two epoxy halves very well, until it is a homogenous solution.
Step 7: Apply the epoxy into the golf club head and on the shaft
Now that your epoxy is solution is mixed, use a cotton swap or a toothpick to apply epoxy into your golf club head.
Try to get enough epoxy on all the surfaces inside the golf club head.
Next, apply epoxy on the new golf club shaft until the marked area.
Step 8: Push the golf club head onto the new shaft
Now that epoxy is applied to both the club head and new shaft, push the club head onto the shaft.
Excess epoxy will likely come out of the club head when you push it on. Once you pushed the club head onto the shaft fully, until you reached the end, take a disposable rag and wipe off the excess epoxy. Dispose of your epoxy rag right away to avoid gluing it to your table.
Verify the fit of the club head. If you are satisfied with the fit and have a ferrule on the shaft, push the ferrule up to the club head and glue it to the club head. Only add a tiny amount of glue.
In summary, you now know how to reshaft your golf club, whether it iss for customization, reparation, or performance enhancing. Remember to verify that your replacement parts are compatible with your old setup, not to use too much glue, and to throw away your epoxy rags right away to avoid a sticky mess!
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