Update Your Golf Club With a New Shaft
Try a new shaft on your golf club. It's an inexpensive way to learn which kind fits you best. The right shaft can improve your game.
- Steel Shafts: To remove a steel shaft from a metal wood or iron, place the shaft in a super lock tight shaft holder. Tighten the STSL in a vise. If there is a plastic ferrule in place, wrap a wet paper towel around it to prevent burning. While wearing protective leather gloves, aim the flame of a torch at the hosel. After heating the hosel for about 30 seconds, grasp the head with your gloved hand and twist. If the head does not loosen, repeat heating in 15 second increments until it can be removed. Note: Some older heads are pinned in place. If in doubt, visit your local Golf Galaxy retail store for advice.
- Graphite Shafts: To remove a graphite shaft, place the shaft in a graphite shaft extractor following the instructions that came with the tool. Heat the hosel with a heat gun while wearing leather gloves. Slowly turn the extractor's threaded bolt with a box wrench. If the head does not loosen, reapply heat to the hosel. Note: DO NOT TWIST the clubhead when removing graphite shafts.
Steps 2 through 5 apply to both steel and graphite shafts:
- Measure the shaft tip. Most iron shafts have a .370 of an inch tip and most wood shafts have a .335 of an inch tip. Follow the tip trimming instructions to trim the tip end of your new shaft so it matches the size of the shaft you extract.
- After the tip has been trimmed, abrade or roughen the shaft tip. If a ferrule is to be installed, slide the ferrule up the shaft, and then mix the epoxy. Dip the tip of the shaft into the mixed epoxy, making sure that a small glob of epoxy remains on the tip. Insert the shaft into the club head's hosel. Rotate the shaft while sliding it in and out of the hosel, evenly coating the shaft and hosel with epoxy.
- Align the shaft graphics the way you want them by rotating the shaft. Then, tap the butt end of the shaft on the floor to seat the tip against the bottom of the hosel bore. Recheck alignment of graphics. Wipe any excess epoxy with a clean paper towel. The club should be set aside until the epoxy has cured.
- Position the club in the normal playing position. Slide a 48-inch ruler behind the club. Use a felt tip pen to mark the shaft an 1/8 of an inch below the desired playing length. Note: The grip cap will extend the club's length by an 1/8 of an inch.