How to Remove a Golf Club Shaft

By Bill Herrfeldt

Occasionally, the shaft of a golf club will come in contact with an immovable object, and it will break. Or better yet, there is a new shaft on the market that you just have to have. Then there's the case of shafts simply wearing out from years of play. Whatever the reason, you have the choice of spending a lot of money and letting someone else replace the shaft for you, or doing it yourself. If you're like most people, you'll spend the money to have it done for you. But by following a few simple steps to remove the shaft, you can do an equally good job yourself and save a few dollars in the process.


Difficulty: Easy
Step 1
Place the club firmly in a bench vise. If you think you might want to use the shafts again, protect them from scratching by either using a rubber device available at most sporting goods stores or a towel, and placing it around each shaft before you tighten the vise.
Step 2
Remove the screw. If your clubs are more than 10 years old, it is likely that there is a screw on the hosel or the connector of the clubhead to reinforce the bond between the shaft and the clubhead. This screw must be removed by applying the screwdriver in a counterclockwise motion. Set the screw aside because you'll need it when the shaft is replaced.
Step 3
Apply heat to the hosel. The shaft and the hosel are liberally coated with epoxy, and you'll need to soften it before you can remove the shaft. By heating it for about 1 minute with a blowtorch, the epoxy will become liquid, which will make it easy for you to remove the shaft. If after a minute, the epoxy is still firm, as may be the case with older clubs, reapply heat until it loosens. A blowtorch is a dangerous piece of equipment, so make sure you wear protective glasses.
Step 4
Remove the shaft. Once the epoxy is liquefied, simply twist the shaft until it comes loose. Since the clubhead will now be hot, use another towel to hold it as you remove the shaft. Undoubtedly, the hosel will have remnants of the old epoxy. Simply ream out the hosel with a wire drill bit until it is free of debris before attempting to put on a new shaft.

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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