How to Install Golf Shaft

Installing a golf shaft can seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and steps, it can be done easily. Here are the steps to follow for installing a golf shaft:

  1. Gather your materials: You will need a new golf shaft, a shaft adapter, grip tape , grip solvent, a vise, a heat gun, a rubber vise clamp, and a shaft puller.
  2. Remove the old shaft: Using a shaft puller, remove the old shaft from the clubhead. Be careful not to damage the clubhead or the shaft adapter.
  3. Prep the clubhead: Clean the inside of the clubhead to remove any debris or old adhesive. This will ensure a proper fit for the new shaft.
  4. Install the shaft adapter: Apply a thin layer of epoxy to the inside of the clubhead and the shaft adapter. Slide the adapter onto the new shaft and align it with the clubhead. Tighten the adapter using a vise and rubber clamp.
  5. Heat the shaft: Using a heat gun, heat the tip of the new shaft until it becomes pliable. This will make it easier to insert into the adapter.
  6. Insert the shaft: Insert the heated tip of the shaft into the adapter, aligning it with the clubhead. Hold the shaft in place until the epoxy dries.
  7. Add grip tape: Apply double-sided grip tape to the area where the grip will be installed. Wrap the tape around the shaft, overlapping slightly at the end.
  8. Add grip solvent: Apply grip solvent to the tape, making sure to cover the entire area. This will help lubricate the tape and make it easier to install the grip.
  9. Install the grip: Slide the grip onto the shaft, aligning it with the clubhead. Twist the grip as you push it onto the shaft, making sure it is straight.
  10. Let it dry: Let the grip dry for at least 24 hours before using the club.

Additional Tips:

here are some additional tips and things to keep in mind when installing a golf shaft:

  1. Check the shaft specifications: Make sure the new shaft you are installing is the right length, flex, weight, and tip diameter for your swing and clubhead. These specifications can affect the performance and feel of your club.
  2. Use a shaft extractor carefully: When removing the old shaft from the clubhead, be sure to use a shaft extractor tool carefully and follow the instructions. Improper use can damage the clubhead or adapter.
  3. Use the right epoxy: Use a high-quality epoxy specifically designed for golf club repair. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing and application. Allow the epoxy to cure for the recommended time before using the club.
  4. Heat the shaft properly: Be careful not to overheat the shaft tip, as this can damage the shaft. Use a heat gun on a low setting and heat the tip gradually. Test the flexibility of the tip before inserting it into the adapter.
  5. Use a vise and rubber clamp: A vise and rubber clamp will help secure the clubhead and adapter in place while you install the shaft. Be careful not to overtighten the vise, as this can damage the clubhead or adapter.
  6. Cut the shaft to length carefully: If you need to cut the new shaft to length, measure and mark the shaft carefully before cutting. Use a high-quality cutting tool and follow the instructions. Make sure the cut is straight and clean.
  7. Re-grip other clubs: While you have the grip tape and solvent out, consider re-gripping your other clubs if they are due for a replacement. This will save you time and effort in the long run.

Tools and Materials

Material/ToolPurposeSpecificationsApproximate CostWhere to Buy
Golf shaftReplacement shaftFlex, weight, length$30-$200Golf retailers, online stores
EpoxyBonding agent24-hour cure time$5-$15Hardware stores, online stores
Shafting beadsShaft alignment0.015-inch diameter$3-$8Golf retailers, online stores
FerruleCosmetic cover, shaft stabilityMatch shaft diameter$1-$5Golf retailers, online stores
Grip tapeSecuring gripDouble-sided$2-$8Golf retailers, online stores

Golf Shaft Measurements

MeasurementDescriptionIdeal ValueUnitsTool Required
Shaft LengthLength from the end of the grip to clubheadVariesInchesTape measure
Shaft Tip DiameterDiameter of the tip of the shaft0.335/0.350InchesCalipers
Butt DiameterDiameter of the shaft where the grip starts0.580/0.600InchesCalipers
Shaft WeightWeight of the entire shaftVariesGramsDigital scale
Flex PointPosition along the shaft where it bends mostMid/Low/HighN/AShaft profiler

Golf Shaft Installation Process

StepDescriptionTime RequiredDifficultyTool Required
1. RemovalRemove old shaft and clean hosel10-20 minEasyHeat gun, shaft puller
2. Tip PrepSand and clean shaft tip5-10 minEasySandpaper, cloth
3. FerruleInstall ferrule on the shaft2-5 minEasyHeat gun, cloth
4. EpoxyMix epoxy and apply to shaft and hosel5-10 minEasyMixing stick, container
5. AssemblyInsert shaft into hosel and align clubface5-10 minMediumAlignment tool
6. CureAllow epoxy to cure for full bond24 hoursN/AN/A
7. Grip InstallInstall new grip on the shaft10-20 minMediumGrip tape, grip solvent

Golf Shaft Installation Troubleshooting

IssuePossible CauseSolution
Misaligned clubfaceShaft not properly alignedReinstall shaft, ensuring proper alignment during installation
Shaft feels looseEpoxy not properly mixed/appliedRemove shaft, clean hosel, and reapply epoxy
Shaft doesn’t fit into hoselIncorrect shaft tip diameterEnsure shaft tip diameter matches the clubhead hosel
Ferrule not sitting correctlyImproper installation or sizeReinstall ferrule or use a correctly sized one
Grip feels loose or twistedImproper grip installationRemove grip, apply new grip tape, and


By following these tips and steps, you can install a golf shaft with confidence and have a well-performing club on the course.


  • Ray Barnes

    Ray Barnes, our Senior Staff Writer and a Golf Analyst with a PhD in Sports Analytics, is a beacon of insight in the golfing world. With a deep understanding of the sport's nuances, statistical analysis, and a talent for demystifying complexities, he provides in-depth analysis and captivating narratives that engage golf enthusiasts worldwide.

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