How To Replace A Golf Club Shaft? Step-By-Step Guide

Does something seem off about your favorite iron? Perhaps the golf shaft is excessively rigid, disrupting your swing. Maybe you've discovered the ideal replacement golf shaft at a reduced price, but the idea of bringing your golf club to a store seems like a hassle. 

Well, stop worrying! We’re going to walk you through a reasonably easy do-it-yourself project that can save you money and breathe new life into your reliable golf club - replacing a golf shaft.

Before we dive into how to replace your golf club shaft, it’s important to understand the reasons doing so can help improve your game.

Why Replace a Golf Club Shaft?

  1. Performance Upgrade: Swing speed, accuracy, and distance can all be greatly impacted by different shafts.
  1. Damage Repair: Your club can function at its best again by replacing damaged or broken golf shafts.
  1. Customization: Your whole playing experience can be improved with a better feel and control from custom golf shafts made to fit your swing.

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Materials and Tools Required

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Before you get started, make sure your golf shaft is the right kind and flex for your game.

You will need the following equipment and supplies to replace a golf club shaft:

  • Fresh Golf Shaft: Select a golf shaft that balances the flex and swing weight of your device.
  • Ferrule: Make sure the tip size fits the new golf shaft.
  • Sandpaper: To roughen the golf shaft to improve the adhesion of the epoxy.
  • Nylon Brush (also called Wire Brush): To clear the clubhead's socket.
  • Q-tips and Acetone: To get rid of any remaining epoxy in the socket.
  • Razor Blade: For small quantities, this is a disposable option for mixing epoxy.
  • Heat Gun: To carefully undo the old golf shaft's clubhead attachment.
  • Gloves: To shield your hands from the heat when welding.
  • Cardboard: A single-use surface for mixing epoxy.
  • Epoxy: For golf clubs specifically, it forms a solid connection between the golf shaft and clubhead.
  • Marker: To mark the depth of insertion on the new golf shaft.
  • Paper Towels: To eliminate any extra epoxy.

Now that you’re aware of the tools required, let’s dive into how to replace your golf shaft!

How To Replace A Golf Club Shaft?

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Warm Up the Previous Connection:

Put on your gloves for welding and start the heat gun. For two to five minutes, apply heat to the hosel (the point where the golf shaft and clubhead meet). The epoxy holding the golf shaft in place is loosened as a result.

Bid Farewell to the Old Golf Shaft:

Once the hosel is hot, remove the old shaft by carefully twisting and pulling the clubhead. 

Pro Tip: Only steel golf shafts should be used with this technique. It is recommended that you leave the removal of a graphite golf shaft to an expert.

To learn more about the difference between graphite and steel golf shafts, check out our blog. Which Is Better Graphite golf shafts vs Steel Golf Shafts

Tidy Up the Plug:

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It's time to prepare the socket for the new golf shaft after the old one has been removed. To get rid of any remaining epoxy residue, use the wire brush. Use acetone and q-tips to thoroughly clean the area afterwards. A strong bond with the new golf shaft is ensured by a clean socket.

Mark and Roughen the New Golf Shaft:

Using a marker, mark the insertion depth of your new golf shaft. This guarantees that the golf shaft is inserted at the correct distance. Sandpaper the designated area to make it more of a surface for the epoxy to stick to.

Slide The Ferrule On:

The ferrule shields the golf shaft tip and provides a final touch. Slide the ferrule onto the new golf shaft, smaller end first.

Put The Clubhead Back On:

Gently insert the new golf shaft with the ferrule into the clubhead's cleaned socket.

Time For Epoxy:

It's magic time now! On your cardboard palette, mix a small amount of epoxy with the razor blade. Make sure the epoxy covers the entire insertion area by generously applying it to the socket.

Put In And Tidy Up:

To guarantee correct alignment, insert the shafted clubhead with caution, giving it a small twist. Using a paper towel, remove any extra epoxy that manages to squeeze out. It always looks good to have a clean finish!

Allow The Epoxy To Cure:

The key is patience! For a full cure, let the epoxy cure for at least ten minutes, but preferably overnight.

Congratulations! You’ve learnt how to replace your golf shaft. With your golf club restored, you can now return to the course and give it your all.

Bonus Advice

It's possible that the ferrule is marginally bigger than the socket. Should you find this small aesthetic flaw bothersome, you can meticulously sand the ferrule down to ensure an ideal fit.

First and foremost, safety! When using the heat gun, wear gloves at all times, and handle epoxy carefully.

When you're at it, think about changing the grip for a total club makeover. Look up how-to guides online to replace your grips on your own.


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Always remember to seek professional advice if you have any questions at all regarding any step in the process. Nevertheless, you can take on this do-it-yourself project and give your beloved golf club a new lease on life with some planning and the help of this guide.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is the cost of replacing a golf club shaft?

The price may differ based on the kind of shaft and whether you work alone or employ a pro. For materials, a do-it-yourself project may cost $20 to $50, whereas hiring a professional might cost $50 to $100.

How long does it take to replace a golf club shaft?

The replacement process itself may take one to two hours. However, it could take up to 24 hours to complete the procedure, including the curing period.

Can I replace the shaft on any type of golf club?

Yes, any club, including putters, drivers, and irons, can have its golf shaft replaced; however, the procedure might be a little different for each.