reshafting irons

How To Reshaft Irons

Equipment needed to reshaft your irons

In this step by step guide we are going to go through the process on how to reshaft irons.

Things you will need:

  • Blowtorch
  • Shaft clamp
  • Vice
  • Wire brush
  • Drill with sandpaper dowel
  • Sandpaper
  • Cotton buds
  • Gloves
  • Scale
  • Pipecutter
  • Tape measure
  • Epoxy
  • Shafting beads
  • Mixing cup
  • Shafts
  • Ferrules
  • Grips

Time needed: 1 hour

Step by step guide on how to reshaft golf club irons.

  1. Step 1: Pull the old shafts and prep the heads

    The first step is to remove the old shafts from the iron heads. Take your blowtorch and heat up the hosel of the shaft. The heat from the blowtorch will break the bond of the epoxy from the steel. Using gloves, twist the shaft while holding the iron head and pull the shaft.

  2. Step 2: Prep the heads

    Take the wire brush and clean out any residue epoxy in the hosel. If there is any epoxy left stuck to the inside of the hosel then take your drill with a sandpaper dowel and remove any remaining old epoxy.

  3. Step 3: Prep the shaft tips

    When reshafting irons, it is important to prep inside the hosel as well as to prep the end of the new shafts. This is to ensure that the epoxy has a rough surface on both ends for a strong bond. This is done by lightly sanding the tip of the shaft.

  4. Step 4: Measure the shafts for length and weight

    Once the tips have been prepared, measure the shafts out with the matching heads to the desired length. Refer to our standard golf club length table for guidance. Once measured and marked, cut the shafts to length. Remove any leftover residual steel that may have ended up inside the shafts. You don’t want a rattling sound coming from your clubs after you told your friends you followed Ecaddie’s how to reshaft irons guide. This is not a good look for both of us.

  5. Step 5: Measuring swing weight

    Next, weigh all the iron heads and grips and write down their respective weights. The grip weights should be relatively consistent within a gram or so. Once you have weighed the iron heads and grips you can dry fit all the components together (head, shaft, ferrule and grip) and calculate the swing weight. The main concern with your swing weight is that your irons should be at that same range of weight. Tip weight any shafts that require additional weight to bring them in line with your desired swing weight.
    To dry fit, place the shaft into the hosel. Then take a grip and attach it to the end of the shaft with a rubber band and simulate how the grip would be attached to the club.

  6. Step 6: Epoxy and assembling the components

    Clean the inside of the hosel with a solvent, removing dust, grease and any oils that might negatively affect the epoxy bond. So at this point, mix up some epoxy and glue them together. Remember to install the Ferrules!
    Mix the epoxy in the correct ratio. Apply epoxy inside the hosel and to the outside of the shaft. For shafts with tip weights apply a small amount of epoxy inside the shaft or on the tip weight to hold it together. Wait 24 hours for the epoxy to cure.

  7. Step 7: Sanding and polishing the ferrules

    Properly installed ferrules with a nice shine will complete the look of your golf club. You can add personality to your golf clubs by buying and installing unique looking ferrules. Lightly sand down the ferrules until they are flush with the hosel. Feel the ferrule and hosel with your fingers for any high spots and then sand these areas again. Once the ferrule is flush with the hosel switch to the higher grit sand paper and once again sand the ferrule smooth. Apply some solvent to a paper towel and lightly wipe the ferrule to bring back the shine.

  8. Step 8: Installing golf grips

    Finally install your grips onto your clubs. We won’t cover regripping in this how to reshaft irons guide but you can learn how to regrip your clubs in this article.

Time to test your new shafts

Thats it, you have sucessfully learn’t how to reshaft irons. Head out to the range and test your new shafts.


Can I reuse my old grips?

If you plan to reuse the grips on your current shafts then remove them after you have pulled the shafts. Leaving the grips on allows you to get a better grip when pulling your shafts! You can learn how to remove your grips and save them in this guide.

Should I use shaft beads?

Shaft beads can be used to keep all your club components even and level.

How much epoxy should I use?

When it comes to applying the epoxy, you don’t need to slather it into your hosel and onto your shaft. Apply a fine coating covering the surface.

How do I know if I used too much epoxy?

Excess epoxy will come out when you squeeze the components together.

How do I know the epoxy has cured the following day?

Leave the mixing cup you used to mix the epoxy with your reshafted golf clubs. Check the epoxy in the mixing cup has cured hard before handling your clubs again.

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