Is it worth reshafting drivers?
It is worth reshafting a golf driver when the driver shaft is broken or when you notice a sudden change in your swing speed.
- When your driver shaft is broken
- When you notice a sudden change in your swing speed
- When you experience repeated ballooning of the golf ball
Driver shaft is broken
If the driver shaft is only slightly broken, you can consider getting it reshafted instead of opting for a new driver. Most golf repair companies reshaft drivers if the breakage is only a maximum of six inches on any one side.
Change in swing speed
If you have noticed a sudden significant decrease or increase in swing speed with your driver, then you may have to get it reshafted. However, it’s often worth doing this reshafting only if the change is consistent and takes place repeatedly.
Ballooning of golf ball
If you notice the golf ball ballooning repeatedly, you may consider having your driver reshafted. When you encounter ballooning, the ball launches very low and moves up higher and higher resulting in a a steep fall followed by very little roll. Often, ballooning takes place due to excess backspin and deprives players of carry distance and roll.
Can golf drivers be reshafted?
Yes, it’s possible to reshaft golf drivers.
However, if you’re planning to reshaft the driver to change from one shaft to another, you might first consider playing with another driver a few times that has your preferred shaft to see if it works well for you.
Advantages of reshafting drivers
There are two key advantages of reshafting your driver. Reshafting helps in boosting your performance in the game considerably and can be less expensive than buying a new driver.
- Can boost your golf performance
- Less expensive than buying a new driver
Boost the game performance
Reshafting the golf driver has helped players to show a considerable improvement in their game. This is especially true for golfers who find it difficult to have consistent swing speed. If the swing speed starts becoming overly high or low all of a sudden with the golf driver, reshafting the driver can help to get the original swing speed back on track.
Most drivers come with graphic shafts. Such shafts are often more expensive than iron shafts. When you opt to do a reshaft and you’re not particular about a branded shaft, it can be far less expensive than investing in a new driver.
Should I reshaft drivers or buy new?
If the golf driver is only slightly cracked or broken at any one of the two sides, reshafting the club may be a good option. However if the driver is broken in the center or either side, you should instead buy a new driver.
Whether you should consider reshafting your driver or buying a new one is a matter of personal choice. However, there are some aspects that you can take into consideration to help you make an informed decision.
Another important aspect that you must analyze is the club head. Check if the shaft that you have in mind for reshafting fits your club head correctly. If it doesn’t fit and changing your driver is necessary, I recommend buying a new driver instead.
If you’re looking for a driver that absorbs vibrations or renders a very high launch, make sure that the shaft you’re considering for reshafting offers that feature. You can do this by trying out an existing driver with the shaft of your choice at a local golf club fitting shop before implementing it on your own driver.
A major advantage of reshafting is that you get to use a shaft that matches your playing style. Reshafting also gives you the liberty to choose a shaft with suitable weight and flex that works best for you. On the flip side, if you opt for a branded shaft, the reshafting process can be a pricey deal. Also, if it is not done properly, it can have a negative impact on your game.
Should I reshaft my broken driver?
You can decide if you want to reshaft your broken driver based on the extent to which it’s broken. For example, reshafting the broken driver may be a good option if it’s broken only on one side and the breakage is not more than six inches. On the other hand, it may not be a wise idea to reshaft a driver that is broken in the center.
Reshafting an adjustable driver
It’s possible to reshaft an adjustable driver just like you would do to a non-adjustable driver. However, some adjustable drivers need a ferrule for reshafting.
The ferrule is often more pliable and softer than standard ferrules. It also has a specific outer diameter and a specific inner diameter that makes the ferrule more suitable over standard ferrules.
You must consider checking that the ferrule is of good quality before doing the reshafting in order to get the best results from your adjustable driver after reshafting.
For example, adjustable drivers of the Ping G series use a G series replacement ferrule for reshafting the present Ping adaptor.
How much does it cost to reshaft drivers?
The cost of reshafting a golf driver is between $15 and $45 USD.
The labor cost of reshafting is usually around $20 USD. However, the actual overall cost can also depend on the materials used as well as the type of grip and shaft you are looking at. While non-branded shafts can be less expensive, branded or reputed shafts can cost as much as USD 500.
Another thing to keep in mind is that graphite shafts are more expensive than steel shafts. The drivers offered by most reputed golf club manufacturers come with graphite shafts. So, if the new shaft is also going to be a graphite shaft, reshafting your driver can turn out to be expensive.
If you choose a steel shaft instead, the cost will often reduce by 10 percent to 20 percent.
The following list gives the reshafting charges (excluding the price of the shaft and grip) of some top and popular golf club repair companies in the United States for golf clubs.
- The GolfWorks – USD 19.95
- Titleist – USD 17
- Ping – USD 20
- Austad’s Golf – USD 20
- Dick’s Sporting Goods – USD 80 (for a set of eight clubs)
- Golf USA – USD 20
- Tee Time Golf Complex – USD 15 (graphite shaft) / USD 10 (steel shaft)
- Tark’s Indoor Golf Club – USD 25 (Standard head) / USD 35 (Bore through head)
How long does it take to reshaft a driver?
It takes 24 hours to reshaft a golf driver.
The actual time depends on the epoxy used for this process. If you use an epoxy such as the Tour epoxy, you can get done with the reshafting process really fast and your driver will be ready to use in about half an hour.
However, there are 24-hour epoxies that work best and provide assurance of good bonding if you allow them to sit for an entire day. It’s also worth noting that players have reshafted their drivers with such epoxies and used them after eight hours by curing them at a high temperature.
How to reshaft a driver
There are two ways to reshaft your driver. One way is to get the assistance of a golf club fitting company to do it for you for a fee. The other way is to do it yourself using the right materials. However, remember that this can be moderately challenging.
Tools required to shaft a golf driver:
- New driver shaft
- A sharp knife
- Shaft epoxy
- Piece of cardboard
- Craft stick
The following steps guide you on how you can proceed with the driver reshafting process.
- Scrape off the polyurethane and paint at the tip of the new driver shaft using a sharp knife. Take care to ensure that you don’t produce a flat spot or cut too much into the shaft accidentally with the knife as you go about the scraping process.
- Mix the shaft epoxy on the cardboard with the help of the craft stick. Remember to do the mixing as per the instructions that are mentioned on the epoxy bottles.
If you’re using a professional shaft epoxy, keep in mind that it comes in two parts. Do the mixing of the two parts as per the specified instructions.
- Put some of the mixed epoxy inside the ferrule and slide it onto the driver shaft by starting with the narrow end.
- Position the club head above the ferrule and rest the grip end of the driver on the floor by placing the driver upright.
- Keep the grip pressed by pushing the club head downwards. This helps to ensure that the ferrule is secured at the right depth on the hosel of the driver.
- Break the craft stick widthwise into two halves and use one half of the craft stick to apply some epoxy inside the club head hosel.
- Apply some epoxy on the shaft as well. This helps in producing a firm bond that is quite essential for a driver irrespective of the material used to manufacture the shaft.
Using the width of the craft stick for the application has an advantage over using the stick lengthwise. You’ll be able to spread or apply the epoxy more uniformly inside the hosel.