Does one of your Golf clubs need reshafting but you’re not sure how much it should cost? Could you do it for free, saving yourself the extra cash? Everything will be explained in this article.
Most retailers will charge $15-$25 to install a shaft, once a club is re-shafted it needs a new grip which ranges from $3-$12, the average cost to replace a golf shaft is $18-$37 per club. Clubs are either graphite or steel, reshafting a graphite club is far more expensive.
I will explain the cost of reshafting a club in more detail, plus explaining the process how to reshaft a Golf club yourself.
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How Much Does It Cost To Get Golf Clubs Reshafted?
|Reshaft (Steel or Graphite)||$15.00 plus price of shaft|
|Reshaft (Bore Through)||$25.00 plus price of shaft|
|Customer Provided Reshaft Steel or Graphite||$25.00 per shaft|
|Customer Provided Reshaft Bore Through||$35.00 per shaft|
The following figures are from the Golf website Golftown, you can see what prices they offer for other services like resizing Clubs grips here to get an idea of what you should be paying.
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How Much Does It Cost To Reshaft Irons?
Expect to pay anywhere between $40-$100 reshafting a graphite shaft, if the shaft is steel expect to pay anywhere between $20-$75 per shaft, every replacement shaft needs a new grip which costs $8-$15, and labor costs $5-$35 depending on where you live.
Really these prices are just guesses, so re-shafting a Golf club price will vary as there are so many variables involved, some shafts can cost well over $400! To clarify, if you re-shaft a club you’re talking about replacing a shaft as opposed to shafting a new clubhead.
Labor costs vary as much as the price, most retailers will charge $15-35 but it can even be as high as $100, will grip installation costing around $3-5 in most Golf shops, the ProShop mention above charges $3 labor per grip.
Can You Re-Shaft A Golf Club Yourself?
I will explain how to re-shaft a Golf Club yourself later in this post, but before you go rush to be Mr/Mrs. DIY I’d be cautious.
You need various supplies and tools to do a proper job, the following list are Amazon links for your convenience in case you want to do the job yourself
Tools & Supplies You Need To Re-Shaft A Golf Club
- Tube of shaft epoxy ($10-$12)
- Double-sided grip tape ($8-$12_
- Grip Solvent ($4-$5)
- Graphite shaft extractor ($18)
- Tube cutter ($12-$16)
All these items will cost between $52-$63 which is okay if you re-shafting a whole set but very excessive for one club, not to mention the risk of damaging your expensive clubs and the time it takes to learn to re-shaft clubs properly.
The risk lies in people using what they have in their Garage rather than buying Golf specific items like the items listed above.
Epoxy(glue) come in different types and have different uses, not all of them will work for keeping a Golf club together. Yes, you could use lighter fluid instead of grip solvent but they make the grip smell like gas for a long time.
You have to cut a shaft to a specific length with a tube cutter, it’s even more difficult with one, you could cut the shaft off and drill out the club’s hosel(where the shaft is inserted). If your club has a bore-thru head it involves other tools and a adequate level of skill and experience to get it right.
A Golf store owner posted on an internet forum here how he sees customers come into the store and think working on clubs is easy, often people get half way through the project and realize it’s too difficult for them, having to get the store owner to fix the mess they created!
Especially if it’s only 1-2 clubs I recommend taking them to a professional Golf store who knows what they are doing, you could spend WAY more money purchasing all the tools above and end up breaking your clubs only to repair them again!
Doesn’t sound smart does it?
Someone else on the forum posted this, if you live in a hot and humid climate like Florida or South East Asia getting your golf clubs re-shafted by a professional is even more important as the humidity will ruin the epoxy faster.
A friend of mine who’s a golf pro tells the story of a friend of his (another golf pro) who re-shafted his clubs himself. He then took them out to the Far East to play on the Asian Tour, where it is rather warm and rather humid. At the end of the first round he played only 4 or so clubs in his bag still had their heads attached to the shafts.
However even you want to try it for fun and money isn’t important to you, please keep on reading!
How To Reshaft A Golf Club
Tools To Re-Shaft A Golf Club
- Dremel tool with cut-off wheel
- 2-part epoxy
- shaft puller
- leather gloves
- electric head gun
- new ferrule
- Make sure the shaft your want matches the shaft you’re replacing, most drivers are 335″ if you have calipers check the ID or check online for the specific specs
- If taking off a steel shaft, use leather gloves and use the heat gun for 20 seconds to heat the hosel until you can twist and pull the lead off, make sure to move the heat around the hosel, face, and sole of the club repeat until it’s done
- If taking off a graphite shaft, it’s more difficult but repeat the process but use a shaft puller(get it on Amazon) and pull straight off
- If the shaft breaks use a handheld drill, a device and an 8.6 bit can too clean the hosel out
- Once the shaft is removed the inside of the hosel needs to be cleaned, use sandpaper to clean it inside, wrap some around a dowel rod slightly smaller than the inside of the hosel, and dip it around, tap any powder left inside and dip a q-tip in acetone to finish.
- You must know how far the tips of the shafts go, most drivers are 1″ but it varies to 1.25″
- For every club refer to websites like Hireko Golf or GolfWorks but generally, a shaft going into a 3 wood needs to be trimmed 1″, Woods 2″ but check to every club differs.
- Let’s assume it’s 1″ standard, prior to inserting the shaft you must remove the paint on the tip, if the insertion depth is 1″, remove 1-1.25″ of paint, use a fine (220+) grit sandpaper (get it from Amazon here). If it’s hand the shaft should be in a vice and you will use a shoe polisher motion to ensure everything is even.
- Clean the tip and mix the epoxy, specific club shafting epoxy is best(like this one) for best results let it fit for 24 hours to achieve maximum bond strength any epoxy with a lap shear of >2,500 will work.
- Slide the ferrule into the shaft, if your struggling plug a hole with your fingertip, and drip a little acetone inside the ferrule if you get ferrule into your hand rinse with soap and water to get. it off.
- After, rotate the shaft in the glue and insert into the hosel, rotate it around and in and out a few tips to ensure the glue is all over the tip. Pull out the shaft and see if there is an even amount of epoxy around the tip. Don’t use too much and cause a mess
- Reinsert the shaft, now align the shaft graphics to how you want, let it rest in the playing position for 24 hours. After, apply some acetone to a paper towel and hold the towel to the ferrule and spin it. Don’t forget to check for leftover epoxy on the hosel, it’s best to clean it whilst it’s set, if you don’t catch it until it’s dry scrape it with a knife.