How to Refurbish Golf Clubs

Golf clubs are some of the most expensive equipment in the sporting world. The price of a new golf club ranges from $200-$400. It also depends on the type of golf club and the quality you seek to purchase. Some professional golf clubs are priced as high as $1000 and even higher prices for those made from iron. 

On that note, some golfers find it less expensive to refurbish their worn-out golf clubs. A club has three main parts, the shaft, the clubhead, and the grip.  You can replace each one of these parts with new parts.

Parts like the driver are often prone to scratches. In such a scenario, removing the scratches is a better option than going for a new driver or club head. This guide will show you the best way, so let’s learn how to refurbish a golf club by replacing damaged parts with new ones. 

 How to Replace a Golf Club Shaft 

Having the right type of shaft can potentially improve your game performance. It would help if you take the time to pick the right shaft. You can also decide to take your golf club to a repair shop or choose to do it by yourself. Described below is a procedure you should follow for golf club regripping. 

Step 1. Breaking the Epoxy

  • Assuming you have already purchased your new shaft, the next thing you need to do is heat the epoxy that is holding the old shaft to the clubhead. A torch blow or a heat gun provides the best result. You must be careful not to destroy the entire club. Within a minute, the epoxy will weaken, and you can gently twist the clubhead from the old shaft. 

Step 2. Cleaning the Epoxy Residue

  • What remains inside the hosel after removing the shaft is epoxy residue. If epoxy remover isn’t readily available, you can use a round file to remove the residue. Once done, use propanone or acetone to remove any grease residue. 

Step 3. Installing the shaft

  • Before installing the shaft, you need to prepare it for installation. Use the correct measurements to cut it to the required length. Some shafts are made of steel, while others are made of graphite. If you purchased the steel one, then using a sandpaper scrub around the tip to make it a bit rougher. 
  • If you purchased a graphite shaft, you need to gently remove the paint from the tip using a kitchen knife or a blade. Take the necessary precautions because you don’t want to destroy the graphite fibers. 
  • At this point, the hosel and the shaft are ready to be attached. But first, you need to apply epoxy on the tip of the shaft and the inside of the hosel. Attach the two while ensuring that the shaft sinks deep into the hosel. 

How to Install Golf Club Heads

Purchasing a new golf club is quite expensive, and that’s why most golfers prefer to replace the head when it is the only part damaged. You can easily do the replacement yourself; however, if it feels challenging, you can take it to a repair shop near you. The below step-by-step guide explains how to install a new clubhead. 

Step 1. Removing the worn-out Golf Clubhead

  • Older models are attached to the hosel with tiny screws which need to be removed. New golf club models are not connected using any screws. Use a heat gun or a blow torch to weaken the epoxy that connects the shaft to the clubhead. Within a minute, the epoxy will break down, and now you have to remove the club head from the shaft gently. 

Step 2. Preparing the New Club head for Installation

  • Club heads are prone to scratches; therefore, you need to protect them by covering them using tape. Remove the epoxy residue using a round file.

Step 3. Installing the Clubhead

  • Apply epoxy at the end of the clubhead where it goes inside the hosel. You should also apply the epoxy inside the hosel. Once you are done, gently push the shaft into the club head’s hosel. 
  • Ensure that it goes all the way inside to the base. Make use of acetone to clean out excess epoxy spills and residue. The epoxy will take a maximum of 16 hours to dry up completely. At this point, the golf club will be ready to take a swing. 

How to Regrip Golf Clubs

The grip is usually the only point of contact between the golf club and the player. It is, therefore, very important that you ensure your grip is on top-notch performance, otherwise you can experience a terrible game. A correctly griped golf club will give you the desired feel to excel in a game. Below is a step-by-step guide you can follow to regrip golf clubs. 

Step 1. Removing the Old Grip

  • The first step is to cut off the old grip from the top downwards using a blade or any suitable cutting equipment. If your shaft is made of graphite, be careful not to cut off the graphite fibers. Make sure you protect your hands with protective gear, so the blade doesn’t cut you. Gently remove the old grip from the shaft. 
  • Remove the double-sided tape using the same blade. Once you have finished removing the old grip and the tape, clean the shaft using a grip solvent to remove any residue and debris. 

Step 2. Applying the Double-sided tape

  • Some golf grips usually come with their double-sided tape for regripping. Some grips, however, don’t come with the tape and therefore you have to outsource them from other sellers. Start by wrapping the tape around the shaft in a spiral formation. Ensure that you start from the top and move towards the bottom for more effective results. 
  • Once you finish, remove the backing of the tape so that you expose the glued part. 

Step 3. Preparing the New Grip

  • Clean the inside of the new grip using grip solvent. This process requires you to cover one end of the hole with your hand and pour the solvent through the opposite hole. Shake the grip with the solvent to ensure that it is applied generously. Use a tray to catch any excess solvent that may spillover. 

Step 4. Applying the Grip

  • This step is the most important and final step of grip replacement. With the alignment pattern facing upwards, push the grip to allow the shaft to enter through it smoothly. Ensure that the end of the shaft is firmly attached to the end of the grip. Finally, align the grip with the pattern on the clubface and let the grip dry. 

As a golfer, you need to understand when to refurbish your golf clubs and when to get new ones. Refurbishing is the least expensive option and still leaves your golf club as effective as before. Rather than spending a lot of money on new clubs, changing their parts seem to be the best option. 

The only three parts in a golf club that one can change are the shaft, the clubhead, and the grips. All this can be done by following the steps described above to refurbish your golf club. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does it cost to refurbish golf clubs?

Refurbishing a golf club depends entirely on the parts you want to refurbish. Some parts and accessories vary depending on quality, size, and material used. If you want the best quality, you will probably have to part with more money. 

Q: Can you get golf irons refurbished?

Refurbishing your irons involves polishing the sole and toe. You can paint off the scratches using metal polish or car paint. 

Q: How often should I clean my golf clubs?

It would be best if you clean your golf clubs after every two rounds. Other golfers prefer to clean their clubs after every six months.

Q: How do you make your golf clubs look new?

The best way to change your clubs’ look to a shiny look is by changing the worn-out parts and polishing the surfaces to look brand new.

Last Updated on March 3, 2021 by Tom Fiore

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Hey ! I'm Tom. I have been playing Golf for most of my adulthood and have an experience of about 10+ Years. I love to guide people on their golf journey and share my experience of playing Golf, using products and all the tips I have for people out there ! Thanks for reading my blog.

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