Is it Worth Reshafting My Irons? (5 Reasons why you should)

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Is it Worth Reshafting your Irons?

According to most golfers, it is worth reshafting irons if your iron shaft is damaged, or if the shaft is not suitable for your swing.


When your Iron shaft is broken

If your golf club’s shaft gets damaged or broken while playing golf,  buying a new golf club isn’t your only course of action.

Buying new golf clubs can be very expensive. If your irons are still quite new,  it’s worth considering a reshafting them instead.


When your getting poor performance out of your golf club

This can happen to many players out there. Sometimes, you can see that the ball is not getting hit the way you want it to. This can happen to most experienced players as well.

Every person has their own way of playing, and the golf club should be fitted to each person’s playing style.

In case the swing is not performing well or the ball is getting hit the wrong way, it is time to think of getting the shaft replaced.


Changing the swing style 

I think every player has their own way of playing and swinging. Also, over the years of playing, players tend to keep changing their play and swing. So, if you plan to change your gameplay, it is better to get a new shaft. Choose one that will suit the way you want to hit the ball.


Can golf irons be reshafted?

Yes, just like other types of golf clubs, golf irons can also be reshafted using a golf repair service.


Reasons for Reshafting Irons

You may think that reshafting is expensive. But, there are certain situations where it is better to get the irons reshafted than buying new ones.

  1. The golf club is new, but the shaft is not working well for your playing style.
  2. Your swing has changed drastically and is now negatively effecting your game
  3. The club is perfectly fine, but the shaft is broken.
  4. You won’t change the way you play, so you want to adjust the flex.
  5. You want to shift from a steel to graphite shaft (or vice versa).


Advantages of reshafting irons

For the golf players, golf club shafts play a major role in how they deliver their shots. Therefore, getting the club reshafted can change how you deliver the shot and change the way you play.


Improves your swing

It is crucial to improve the swing, which depends on how the shaft transmits the golfer hand’s swing to the clubhead. An improperly fitted shaft can reduce speed and accuracy. I think getting the right kind of shaft for the club can make a huge difference.


Improved speed and distance

Players tend to have different speed ratings, and for that, they should have the right shaft. The flex of the shaft decides what speed they can deliver. From extra stiff flex ratings to ladies flex ratings; shafts will show how the far the ball will go. Reshafting will help in achieving speed and distance easily.


Reshafting irons can save you money

This can be quite helpful if a person damages a shaft or needs a new shaft for their already new clubs. Golf clubs are expensive, and if you can save a few bucks by simply getting a new shaft, then why not? But you shouldn’t get the club reshafted if the iron needs to get changed in a few months. Then, buying a new one is a much better choice.


Should I reshaft irons or buy new ones?

This depends on the two points of whether your golf club is fitted and new, or is old and unfitted. If your golf clubs are old and unfitted, then go for a new set of golf clubs. But if the clubs are new and fitted, then you should have them reshafted.



  • If you are planning to get the golf club reshafted, choose carefully between graphite and steel.
  • In case the golf clubs are too old, get a new set since it is more economical.
  • Getting new shafts is not entirely cheap.
  • There will be labor charges included in the reshafting bill.
  • Do not go with the DIY route even if you are confident because it can ruin the club.


Pros of Reshafting 

  • You can get a better shaft that suits your playing style.
  • You can choose the shaft with suitable flex and weight.


Cons of Reshafting

  • Reshafting can be expensive.
  • If not done properly, it can ruin your play.


How much does it cost to reshaft irons?

Reshafting a golf club will cost you $50 to $250. This price depends on the type of shaft you choose, the labor charges, and the other fees charged by the repair company.

The cost of reshafting includes the cost of the shaft, the labor charges, and some additional costs pile up. It is better to be wary of how much you want to spend.

A good quality shaft will cost up to $200. The new club will cost around the same. To change the shaft of the entire club set will make the price go even higher.

Therefore, unless the used club heads and drivers are fitted and customized, it is better to buy a new set.



If you are planning to get the club reshafted, here are a few things that should be kept in mind:

  • Do not do the reshafting if you are confident.
  • Do not do reshafting on a club that is way too old.
  • Choose a graphite shaft if you want to increase speed.
  • Choose steel if you want a stiffer shaft for better control on the swing.
  • Take into account the flex, bend point, and weight of the shaft before choosing.



  • If the cost of reshafting an entire golf set is $900- $1000, it is better to purchase a new set.
  • Branded shafts will cost around $200.
  • Non-branded knock-offs can cost around $50-$60.
  • A club head type of iron will also decide the shaft cost.
  • Along with the shaft, you will have to get a new grip, which can cost up to $15 to $20.
  • The cost of iron shafts will be around $30- $40.
  • The cost of the driver shafts will be from $50- $400.


Reshafting costs by various golf repair companies

  1. The golf works –$19.95 + $9.95 for re-boring the clubhead + cost of the shaft
  2. The golf pit– $25 + $10 for re-boring the club head + cost of shaft
  3. Austads– $20 + cost of shaft
  4. Golfdom –$20 +cost of shaft (all five clubs in a set – $16/ club + cost of shafts)


Do I need stiff or regular shaft irons?

Golf clubs’ accuracy is decided by whether the shaft is stiff or regular. This depends on the swing speed and power of the player.

Stiff shafts are for those who swing with more speed. Regular shafts are better for golfers who swing with less speed.



  • Shaft choices depend on the flex that is exhibited.
  • More flex means the shaft is regular and less flex means the shaft is stiff.
  • For those who swing the club powerfully and with speed, they need more control over the club. That is why they tend to choose stiff shafts.
  • Those who have a less powerful swing need to choose regular shafts to flex the hit.
  • Heavy shafts or stiff shafts can sometimes make it difficult to gain speed.
  • Lighter and regular shafts can sometimes cause the club to swing early and cause more misses.



Certain things should be known about the golf shafts:

  • Length of the shaft: depends on the height of the person and the swinging style
  • Shaft torque: measures the twisting of the shaft while swinging
  • Kick point of the shaft: the point at which the shaft flexes the most
  • The material of the shaft: steel or graphite


Difference between stiff and regular shafts

  • Flex rating

– Stiff shafts have less flex rating.

– Regular shafts have more flex rating.


  • Swinging power

– Stiff shafts are for higher swing power.

– Regular shafts are for lower swing power.


  • Control 

– Stiff shafts provide more control while swinging.

– The regular shaft provides less control while swinging.


  • Swing speed

– Stiff shafts are recommended for 90-105 miles/hour.

– Regular shafts are recommended for 80-95 miles/hour.


  • Material

– Stiff shafts are mostly made of steel.

– Regular shafts are mostly made of graphite.


  • Driver distance

– Stiff shafts are for those who can cover a driver distance of 240-260 yards.

– Regular shafts are for those who can cover a driver distance of 210-240 yards.


How to reshaft irons

You can save labor charges by reshafting the club on your own. Choose the right shaft, uninstall the current shaft, and then follow the steps to install the new shaft.


Important things to consider before reshafting an iron

  • The part right above the clubhead is called hosel.
  • After the hosel, there is ferrule that holds the hosel and shaft together.
  • Check the shaft tip and make sure to measure everything properly.
  • Installing steel and graphite shafts tend to have a different process.


How to remove a steel shaft

  1. Place the shaft in the shaft holder tightly.
  2. Tighten the vice.
  3. Wrap the ferrule in a wet paper towel.
  4. Flame the hosel and then twist the club hand.
  5. The shaft will come loose.


How to remove a graphite shaft

  1. Place the shaft in the extractor.
  2. Use a heat gun to flame the hosel.
  3. Use a box wrench to turn the extractor.
  4. The shaft will come loose.


  • Match the uninstalled shaft tip with the new shaft tip. Trim the tip.
  • Abrade the shaft tip.
  • Insert the ferrule in place.
  • Mix the epoxy mixture and dip the shaft tip in it.
  • Now, insert the tip in the hosel. Turn and slide the shaft in the hosel to make the epoxy coating even.
  • Align and realign the shaft graphics and then tap the shaft on the ground to ensure it sits properly in the hosel.


Reshafting irons from steel to graphite

Steel shafts are heavier and can be a problem for those who have hand and shoulder issues, especially among older players and women, as they tend to have less speed. That is why it can be quite effective for them to shift to graphite shafts.



  • Take into consideration the shaft’s weight.
  • Make sure that the shaft isn’t compromising the speed and accuracy.
  • If you are intermediate to a beginner, then graphite will be a good choice.



  • Steel shafts are much more durable than the graphite shafts.
  • Steel shafts are heavier than the graphite shafts.
  • Steel shafts give more vibrations than the graphite shafts.
  • Steel shafts are cheaper than the graphite shafts.


Pros of steel shafts

  • They vibrate which many players enjoy.
  • They provide more control to the swing.
  • They are more durable.
  • They cost less.
  • They are beneficial for fast swingers.


Cons of steel shafts

  • It lessens the swing speed by 40 miles/hour.
  • It lessens the swing distance by 10 yards.
  • It can cause the arm to ache.
  • It is not suitable for those who have chronic shoulder pain or injuries.


Pros of graphite shafts

  • They are lighter in weight.
  • They increase the swing distance by 5 yards.
  • They increase the swing speed.
  • They are less painful.
  • It’s easy to swing for older players and women.


Cons of graphite shafts

  • They are more flexible and cannot be controlled easily.
  • They affect accuracy.
  • They are more costly than steel shafts.


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