How to Replace a Golf Shaft

By Bill Herrfeldt

Rather replacing a shaft on a golf club, many golfers choose to buy another club than go to the effort. What they don't realize is that it is easy it is to do, and it's a lot less expensive than buying a new club.Follow these easy steps and you'll upgrade your club at a fraction of the cost of either sending it out to be repaired or buying a new club.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Start by removing the old shaft. That can be done by melting the glue, or epoxy, that holds the shaft to the head of the club. Use a blowtorch or a heating gun for this purpose. Aim it at the hosel, or the connecting part of the head,. until the epoxy softens and you can easily remove the shaft.
Step 2
Cut the shaft to the proper length, depending on what length of club you are modifying. There are websites that can help you with this. One such website appears under Additional Resources below.
Step 3
Roughen up the tip of your new shaft before inserting it into the hosel of the club head. If the shaft is made of steel, simply use a piece of sandpaper to do the job. If you are inserting a graphite shaft, it would be best to use a belt sander rather than sandpaper because you can easily damage it. Also, rid the residue of the old epoxy for the hosel by using a wire drill bit.
Step 4
Apply epoxy to the tip of the shaft and the inside of the hosel of the club head and insert the shaft into it. Make sure that all surfaces of both are completely covered. Also, to seat the shaft, rotate it inside the hosel then tap the butt end of the shaft against a firm object to make sure that it is all the way in.
Step 5
Finally, prepare the shaft for its new grip. Place double-sided tape on the shaft where the grip will be placed and soak it with grip solvent. Also, pour a small amount inside the grip, then swirl it around until it is completely covered. Pour out the remaining solvent onto the double-sided tape, then put on the grip, making sure that it is firmly set on the butt of the club. Then adjust the grip to your liking during the 15 minutes, or so, that it takes for the grip solvent to dry.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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