How To Re-shaft A Golf Club? [Explained]

We’ve all been there. One too many tops and your heads gone. Golf club over the knee and it’s a clean snap. Ok, maybe not all of us are rage monsters like I am, going around snapping clubs of the reg. But it can happen in many different ways and leave you needing a newly fitted shaft.

Perhaps your swing follow-through hits a tree and the shaft bends. Or maybe you’re playing and suddenly the head comes flying off. It leaves you asking the question, how to re-shaft a golf club so that you’re not club-less for too long?

It really is very simple to re-shaft a golf club and much cheaper than getting someone else to do it for you. In this article, we’ll go through and explain the easy steps for replacing a steel shafted iron, which doing so can save you money.

Let’s get into it and find out how to re-shaft a golf club.

How To Re-shaft A Golf Club?

How To Re-shaft Golf Clubs?

Step 1 – Remove The Ferrule

Before we start doing anything, it’s always important to do these things safely. Make sure you’re wearing gloves to protect your hands and some safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes. (You’ll want both of those to help you play better golf…)

First up we need to remove the old shaft. This might be a full shaft or a half shaft (it could also be that the head came off already so you can skip this step).

Start by putting the club into a vice clamp so that it is nice and sturdy. This will make it easier for you to take the head off.

Warm up the ferrule – which is the little black plastic part at the bottom of the shaft. Use a heat gun or torch to gently heat it up so that it is slightly softened. Don’t overheat it so that it begins to melt or bubble up.

Once it’s softened, use a sharp knife to cut the ferrule off the club.

Step 2 – Heat Up And Pull The Head Off

Next up we want to pull the shaft from the head. To do this, use the heat torch to warm up the clubhead hosel.

Point the torch directly at the hosel for a good 30 seconds to help loosen the epoxy glue from inside the hosel.

After 30 seconds, begin to twist and pull the head off the shaft. Make sure you’re wearing your heat-resistant gloves before you start touching any metal as it will be incredibly hot.

If the head doesn’t come off first try, give it another 15 seconds with the torch and try again until the head is removed.

Step 3 – Clean The Inside Of The Hosel

Now the head is removed, we’ll need to give the inside of the hosel a quick clean. Using a wire brush on a drill, remove any dirt or old epoxy glue from the inside.

Make sure to do this whilst the head is still warm as the glue will be much softer. Get the wire brush all up there and give it a good clean. Alternatively, you can use a power screwdriver to wear away any of the epoxy in the hosel.

Step 4 – Prepare The New Shaft

Now the hosel is all clean and ready for its new shaft, it’s time to prep the shaft.

Get your belt sander and using a medium grit belt, rough up the tip of the shaft. This makes it easier for the epoxy glue to stick it to the head.

Pop the shaft into the head and check it all feels right, checking the shaft length and ensuring the tip size is correct for this size hosel.

Step 5 – Glue The Head To The Shaft

Now we’re all set and ready to glue the shaft to the head with some golf shaft glue.

Choose your ferrule and make sure it matches up well with the head/shaft. Slightly bigger is better than smaller as you can take a bit off it once glued. Add it to just above the bottom of the shaft.

Mix your epoxy resin, adding shaft beads at about a 5% ratio to epoxy. Mix it up for 60 seconds, until it is thoroughly combined.

Pop a small amount of epoxy on the tip of the shaft and inside the hosel. Make it just enough to coat, so that when you put the head on the shaft it doesn’t come oozing out.

Make sure the head is full in and the ferrule flush to the hosel. Wipe off any excess epoxy.

Leave your pot of golf shaft glue on the side. This will allow you to check after 24 hours that the epoxy was properly mixed and therefore your shaft will be secure.

Step 6 – Remove Any Excess Glue

Now it’s time to wait. Leave the club for 24 hours so that it has time to completely dry.

After that time, get a fine piece of sandpaper and get rid of any excess epoxy on the ferrule or hosel.

Finally, finish up by polishing the ferrule with some acetone on a paper towel. This will give it a new shine.

And there we have it, your golf club now has a new shaft. It’s as easy as that.

If you’re still a little unsure on how to re-shaft your club then check out this really good video on how to do it:

Final Thoughts

So there we go, the complete guide to re-shafting your golf club with a new steel shaft. It really isn’t too difficult to do and will save you a lot of money.

Of course, you will need a few tools and a couple of materials to get it done. However, you can easily find most of this stuff at your local hardware store or follow the Amazon links in this article.


Can you Reshaft a driver yourself?

Yes, you can re-shaft a driver yourself, but it’s not as easy as if you were doing an iron. Graphite driver shafts can be more delicate than steel iron shafts, so you need to be careful when fitting them.

Is it easy to change club shafts?

With the correct equipment, re-shafting a golf club can be easy and a great way to save some money.

Ed Welton

Founder, Editor

Ed is the founder and editor at EEE Golf. He’s been playing golf for over 20 years, competing in many top amateur events. He’s played courses all over the world and played with some of the best players in the game. His aim is to help educate people about the game of golf and give insights into the sport he loves most.

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