How to Remove a Golf Shaft From the Head


Building or rebuilding your own golf clubs can be a fun and lucrative endeavor, but without the right tools and expertise, you could end up with more questions than answers. Removing a club head from its shaft is a simple process with the right tools.

Remove a Golf Club Head

  • Remove any ferrule your golf club might have using a utility knife. Make sure you cut with the blade away from you, being careful not to cut so deeply you might damage the shaft.

  • Lock your club's graphite shaft tightly into a shaft extraction tool. If you are working with a steel-shafted club, you can lock it into a vise using the rubber vise clamp.

  • If you are using the shaft extractor, slide the hosel collar that best fits the shaft over the club. Tighten the tool and apply some pressure against the neck of the club head.

  • Use an electric heat gun or propane torch to apply heat to the entire surface of the hosel of the club. This will soften and melt the epoxy inside the hosel.

  • Increase the tension on the shaft extractor and continue to apply heat until the epoxy softens enough to remove the club head.

  • If you are using the vise and pulling the head by hand, be sure to wear heat-resistant gloves. Continue to apply heat evenly and twist the club head off the shaft as the epoxy becomes soft enough.

  • Remove the heat source as soon as the head is removed so as not to damage the club head or shaft.

Tips & Warnings

  • Steel shafts hold up to excessive heat much better than graphite shafts. Breaking the epoxy bond with an electric heat gun can take three minutes or more. A propane torch is hotter and works faster, but it can damage graphite shafts quite easily.
  • Make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from the heat of the torch and the club head. Apply heat evenly to avoid damaging graphite shafts. Remove all epoxy from the shaft and club head before reshafting either item.

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