Removing the putter head from the shaft can be necessary for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you need to replace a broken or damaged putter head, or you want to try out a new putter head on your existing shaft. Whatever the reason, removing a putter head from a shaft is a relatively simple process that can be done with the right tools and techniques.
Here are the steps to remove a putter head from a shaft:
- Prepare your workspace: Find a flat and stable surface to work on, and gather the necessary tools. You will need a heat gun or a hairdryer, a rubber mallet, a putter vice or clamp, and a wrench or pliers.
- Heat the hosel: Use the heat gun or hairdryer to warm up the hosel (the part of the putter head where the shaft is inserted). Apply heat for 30-60 seconds, or until the hosel is warm to the touch. Heating the hosel will soften the adhesive that holds the head to the shaft.
- Secure the putter: Use the putter vice or clamp to secure the putter head. This will prevent the shaft from rotating while you work on it.
- Remove the shaft: Use the wrench or pliers to grip the shaft just above the hosel, and twist it back and forth while pulling gently. The adhesive should start to loosen, and the shaft should begin to come out of the hosel. Be patient and gentle, as forcing the shaft out could damage the head or the shaft.
- Tap the putter head: Once the shaft is removed, use the rubber mallet to gently tap the heel and toe of the putter head. This will help loosen the adhesive even more, and the head should start to come off.
- Remove the putter head: Continue tapping the putter head until it comes off the shaft completely. Be careful not to damage the head or the shaft as you work.
- Clean the shaft and hosel: Once the putter head is removed, clean the shaft and hosel with a solvent or rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining adhesive or debris.
By following these steps, you should be able to remove the putter head from the shaft without causing any damage. If you encounter any resistance or difficulty during the process, stop and seek professional help from a club fitter or repair specialist.
It’s important to note that not all putter heads are attached to the shaft in the same way. Some putters may have a screw that secures the head to the shaft, while others may have a pin or a different type of fastener. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions or seek advice from a professional if you are unsure of the proper method for removing your particular putter head.
Additionally, when heating the hosel, be careful not to overheat it. Excessive heat can damage the putter head or shaft, and may even cause injury if the hosel becomes too hot to handle. Use the heat gun or hairdryer on a low setting and keep it moving around the hosel to distribute the heat evenly.
When tapping the putter head with the rubber mallet, use a light touch and tap gently. Avoid hitting the head too hard or too many times, as this can cause damage or deformation. It’s also a good idea to place a soft cloth or towel over the head to protect it from scratches or dings.
Finally, after removing the putter head from the shaft, take the opportunity to inspect both the head and the shaft for any signs of damage or wear. This is a good time to clean and maintain the shaft, and to check for any bends, dents, or other defects that could affect your putting performance.
Tools Required for Removing Putter Head from Shaft
|Putter Wrench||Used to unscrew the hosel screw that secures the putter head.|
|Heat Gun||Used to apply heat to the hosel to loosen the epoxy bond.|
|Pliers||Used to hold the shaft while applying torque to the head.|
|Rubber Mallet||Used to tap the head off the shaft after loosening the bond.|
|Epoxy Removal Tool||Used to remove any leftover epoxy from the hosel or shaft.|
Methods for Removing Putter Head from Shaft
|Heat and Twist Method||Apply heat to the hosel using a heat gun, then twist the head off.|
|Soaking Method||Soak the club head in hot water or acetone to loosen the epoxy bond.|
|Cutting Method||Cut through the shaft just below the hosel to remove the head.|
|Drilling Method||Drill a hole through the center of the shaft to remove the head.|
|Hydraulic Press Method||Use a hydraulic press to press the head off the shaft.|
Tips for Removing Putter Head from Shaft
|Use Gloves||Wear gloves to protect your hands from the heat and any sharp edges.|
|Apply Heat Evenly||Apply heat to the hosel evenly to prevent damage to the shaft or club head.|
|Use a Vise||Use a vise to secure the shaft while removing the head to prevent damage.|
|Be Patient||Take your time and be patient when removing the head to avoid damaging the club.|
|Use a Mask||Wear a mask to avoid inhaling fumes from any chemicals used during the process.|
Common Mistakes When Removing Putter Head from Shaft
|Applying Too Much Heat||Applying too much heat can damage the club head, shaft, or epoxy bond.|
|Twisting Too Hard||Twisting the club head too hard can damage the shaft or hosel.|
|Not Using Enough Force||Not applying enough force can result in the club head not coming off.|
|Damaging the Hosel or Shaft||Damaging the hosel or shaft can render the club unusable.|
|Not Removing All Epoxy Residue||Leaving epoxy residue on the hosel or shaft can affect the next re-assembly.|
When to Seek Professional Help for Removing Putter Head from Shaft
|Shaft is Graphite or Composite||Graphite and composite shafts can easily be damaged during removal, so it’s best to seek professional help.|
|Club is Expensive or Rare||Expensive or rare clubs should be handled with care, and seeking professional help can help prevent damage.|
|You’re Unsure of How to Proceed||If you’re unsure of how to remove the club head safely or don’t have the necessary tools, seek professional help.|
|You’ve Tried and Failed to Remove the Head||If you’ve tried to remove the head and failed, seeking professional help can help prevent further damage.|