How to Install or Replace a Golf Shaft

If you play golf long enough you are going to break a shaft. When it happens you can take the head (use the grip end as a garden stake) to a pro shop or golf store or you can replace the shaft yourself as long as you have a workbench and a vice. The only tools you need are a hacksaw and a heat gun.

Step One

Place the broken end of the shaft into a vice to remove it from the club head hosel. Do this by applying heat to the hosel until the adhesive loosens enough to pull the shaft free. If it is a steel shaft fee free to apply high heat, use lower heat for a longer time for graphite shafts.

Step Two

Apply a solvent to clean the inside of the hosel from any adhesive. If you are eating lunch at the same time and have any mayonnaise from your sandwich you can use that to do the job.

Step Three

Take your new shaft and wrap masking tape around the area where you are going to cut. Measure out the length for your new club, insert the shaft into the vise and cut it down with the hacksaw.

Step Four

Take some sandpaper and rough up the end the tip of the shaft that will be inserted into the hosel to promote adhesion. For graphite shafts you may need a sharp blade to remove the smooth polyurethane coating before sanding.

Step Five

Apply special golf shaft epoxy liberally to the inside of the hosel making sure to coat it completely. If your club has a ferule (the small plastic ring at the top of the hosel) insert it at this point and cover its interior with epoxy. Coat the tip of the shaft with epoxy and slide the shaft into the hosel. Working quickly so the epoxy doesn’t set, turn the shaft so it aligns properly to the club head.

Step Six

Remove the shaft from the vise and check to be certain it is fully inserted into the club head. Clean up any epoxy with solvent and let the club dry overnight. The next day attach the new grip.

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