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i finally built a full set of woods/hybrids last night, finishing about 4:30 am.  I was so proud of myself until I just put them in my 2nd golf bag and realized the sizes were wrong. After all the measuring and precautions I took to get everything right, I ended up putting the wrong shafts into the wrong clubheads, so now I have a 3 iron the length of an 8 iron and other mismatches.  I'm using the Pro Cure epoxy that says 24 hours for final cure, though only 1 hour before it says you can use the clubs.  And the expoxy was solid after about 30 minutes.

What is the best fix? Get a blow torch or heat gun, melt the expoxy, clean with drill and drill bit, sand the expoxy off the shaft tips, and re-epoxy them?

I have only assembled new clubs, never pulled used ones, so please mention the tools I'll need so I can go to the hardware store and buy them. I do not have a blow torch or power drill. I do have 2 cleaning bits that I bought from Golfworks when i bought supplies last time.  Please let me know the easiest and cheapest way to fix this screwup. I can't believe I did this.

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Yeah you are going to need to redo. I am assuming these are steel shafts. You will need:

- Those cleaning brushes above
- A torch (butane is fine)
- Alcohol or Acetone (to clean the hosels and shafts)
- Some sandpaper to sand the steel shafts again to clean them up

You likely don't need to use a drill bit to clean up the hosels, those brushes put in a power drill should work

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To add to @dlow206  if they are steel shafts you won’t need a puller. Apply heat and twist off. If they are graphite shafts you “SHOULD” use a shaft puller. I say should like that because I recommend it but some more experienced club builders can manage without one. 

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When I did my first build a few weeks ago I was very careful to arrange all the shafts in order and all of the club heads in order because I was worried about doing this exact thing.  Sounds like other than some extra labor on your part there won't be any lasting consequences from the mistake.  A butane/propane torch is always handy to have around anyway....I dont' even know why I got mine to begin with but I've used it dozens of times since.  

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21 hours ago, blackngold_blood said:

To add to @dlow206  if they are steel shafts you won’t need a puller. Apply heat and twist off. If they are graphite shafts you “SHOULD” use a shaft puller. I say should like that because I recommend it but some more experienced club builders can manage without one. 

Unfortunately they are graphite shafts. So a butane torch, electric drill, and shaft puller and I'm set? I need to buy those tools anyway if I'm going to reshaft older clubs in the future, which I plan on doing. 

 

Thanks for the help, guys.  I can't believe I did that after being so careful with the measuring, cutting, taping, laying out the club heads, etc.  But I never even gave it a thought when it was time to epoxy the shafts in.  Live and learn.

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Update:  after checking out the prices of a shaft puller, I've decided against buying one. I'll have to make it work without one. Maybe just a good clamp to secure the clubhead while I heat up the hosel and hopefully I can pull the shaft with just my own strength.

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29 minutes ago, Pro-V-None said:

Update:  after checking out the prices of a shaft puller, I've decided against buying one. I'll have to make it work without one. Maybe just a good clamp to secure the clubhead while I heat up the hosel and hopefully I can pull the shaft with just my own strength.

Don't try to pull graphite shafts without a shaft puller, it usually doesn't end well

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32 minutes ago, Pro-V-None said:

Update:  after checking out the prices of a shaft puller, I've decided against buying one. I'll have to make it work without one. Maybe just a good clamp to secure the clubhead while I heat up the hosel and hopefully I can pull the shaft with just my own strength.

Good luck with the that plan, it’s not going to end well 

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1 hour ago, Pro-V-None said:

Update:  after checking out the prices of a shaft puller, I've decided against buying one. I'll have to make it work without one. Maybe just a good clamp to secure the clubhead while I heat up the hosel and hopefully I can pull the shaft with just my own strength.

Not to be that guy.  But how about having a trained professional do it.  I’m all for guys having hobbies and fun.  But if you’re trying to do it and help your play. I’d suggest all us Am’s and higher caps(including myself in this) let the experts do it. 
 

Seems to be a lot of examples of late of guys messing up clubs trying to DIY. 
 

But if you’re just doing it for fun or and don’t care about the quality or use ability, then have at it. 

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5 minutes ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

Not to be that guy.  But how about having a trained professional do it.  I’m all for guys having hobbies and fun.  But if you’re trying to do it and help your play. I’d suggest all us Am’s and higher caps(including myself in this) let the experts do it. 
 

Seems to be a lot of examples of late of guys messing up clubs trying to DIY. 
 

But if you’re just doing it for fun or and don’t care about the quality or use ability, then have at it. 

That's probably referring to me lol

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Regardless of what we consider my status to be regarding club building, with club building you can get into some unusual situations that are not the standard. For example, you pull a bunch of irons and then all of a sudden there comes a long an iron that seems like its un-pullable. I am sure more tenured professional club builders than me would have successfully pulled the clubs, but it wouldn't have been easy for anyone. And this was with proper equipment, I have a Mitchell Golf commercial grade shaft puller. 

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1 hour ago, dlow206 said:

That's probably referring to me lol

Not just you  I’ve noticed it more of late here and other places.  FB for isntance

but like I said  if it gives you pleasure and serves as learning experience, then by all means go for it  

But know I wouldn’t play any club in a round that means anything that I did the work on. Someone might get injured by flying components 😜😜

 

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3 minutes ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

Not just you  I’ve noticed it more of late here and other places.  FB for isntance

but like I said  if it gives you pleasure and serves as learning experience, then by all means go for it  

But know I wouldn’t play any club in a round that means anything that I did the work on. Someone might get injured by flying components 😜😜

 

I probably wouldn't do shafts on full swing clubs (although I might),  but I will do grips and anything with a putter since it doesn't move that fast and have the potential of flying down the course.  🙂

 

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5 hours ago, Pro-V-None said:

Unfortunately they are graphite shafts. So a butane torch, electric drill, and shaft puller and I'm set? I need to buy those tools anyway if I'm going to reshaft older clubs in the future, which I plan on doing. 

 

Thanks for the help, guys.  I can't believe I did that after being so careful with the measuring, cutting, taping, laying out the club heads, etc.  But I never even gave it a thought when it was time to epoxy the shafts in.  Live and learn.

I’m with the other guys here saying do not pull graphite shafts without a puller. As I said earlier some more EXPERIENCED club builders can get by but I would bet money they would still recommend using one. 

Know this upfront, if you get the shafts too hot or twist in any way you will ruin your shafts and that is undeniably more expensive than taking them to a professional. 
 

If you want to do the install yourself just have someone with a puller pull the shafts. Then after prepping the shafts and hosels put the clubs together temporarily so as you epoxy them in you grab the shaft and head together. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

Not just you  I’ve noticed it more of late here and other places.  FB for isntance

but like I said  if it gives you pleasure and serves as learning experience, then by all means go for it  

But know I wouldn’t play any club in a round that means anything that I did the work on. Someone might get injured by flying components 😜😜

 

i've run into a couple of issues recently with disassembly, which at times can be finicky for various reasons. But with assembly, as I have gained more experience, i completely trust my builds with how meticulous i am with each step. i know in the back of my mind that each build step was performed properly. have seen some really crappy jobs come out of professional shops. 

1 hour ago, cnosil said:

I probably wouldn't do shafts on full swing clubs (although I might),  but I will do grips and anything with a putter since it doesn't move that fast and have the potential of flying down the course.  🙂

 

as long as you are meticulous, assembly is not that scary. i am more worried about installing a mounted TV and ensuring i hit the middle of the studs so that the TV doesn't topple over and fall on someone than not properly assembling a golf club. 

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1 hour ago, dlow206 said:

 

as long as you are meticulous, assembly is not that scary. i am more worried about installing a mounted TV and ensuring i hit the middle of the studs so that the TV doesn't topple over and fall on someone than not properly assembling a golf club. 

I know and have done a few adapters.  I know I can do it and I take my time;  just worry that I might hurt someone.   It is why I don't have a practice net at my house;  too worried that I will miss.  

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With graphite shafts I'd recommend using a heat gun instead of a torch.  You can do it with a torch but the difference between just hot enough to pull and so hot you burn the shaft is very very small.  Unless you have a lot of experience a heat gun is much more forgiving.

I'll put another recommendation for an actual shaft puller.  It's not a cheap investment, but it doesn't take too many wrecked shafts to pay for itself.  

One thing not mentioned is that it's hard to save the ferrules when pulling a shaft.  Again it can be done, but it's usually much easier to just buy new ferrules for the rebuilding vs trying to save them.

Remember while it sucks you put the wrong heads on various shafts, you haven't wrecked anything yet.  Don't take shortcuts now and end up having to buy more shafts and do them all over again anyway.

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Never thought I would be "upgrading" from the Mitchell commercial puller, but got this thing on the way. 3000 pounds of thrust plus 700 pounds of compressed spring. 

https://www.golfworks.com/golf-mechanix-reverse-thrust-shaft-puller/p/gm1068/

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2 minutes ago, dlow206 said:

3000 pounds of thrust plus 700 pounds of compressed spring. 

that was the bio on my tinder profile. 

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if you go the channel mcgolfcustomclubs and search pulling a golf shaft there a few examples of pulling various shafts and some by hand.

I didnt look to see if the shafts were graphite or steel, both are addressed in the list.

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