Golf club reshafting is the process of replacing the shaft on a golf club with a new one. It is a common service offered by many golf shops and club repair facilities. There are a few reasons you may want to reshaft your golf clubs:
- Your swing speed has changed, requiring different shaft flexibility.
- You want to change the weight or torque of the shaft.
- The old shaft is worn out, damaged or broken.
- You want to customize the look and feel of the club.
Reshafting can breathe new life into your old clubs for a fraction of the cost of buying a brand new club. But it’s not necessarily a cheap process. The costs involved depend on several factors. This article will break down everything you need to know about golf club reshafting costs.
What is Golf Club Reshafting?
Golf club reshafting involves removing the original shaft from the clubhead and installing a new shaft in its place.
To reshaft a club, the grip is removed and the shaft is pulled out from the hosel (the narrow cylindrical part of the clubhead where the shaft is inserted). The new shaft is then installed using epoxy to bond it inside the hosel. A new grip is added to complete the process.
Proper reshafting requires expertise so the shaft is aligned, bonded and trimmed perfectly. Most golf shops have technicians that specialize in reshafting clubs. It’s not a DIY project most amateur golfers can take on themselves.
Factors That Influence the Cost
There are several variables that go into the total reshafting cost:
- Type of Club – Drivers and fairway woods cost more to reshaft than irons due to graphite shaft materials.
- Brand of Shaft – Aftermarket premium shafts range dramatically in price from $50 up to $500+ per shaft.
- Labor – Rates per club can range from $15 for irons up to $75+ for drivers depending on the shop.
- Grip Upgrades – New grips cost around $5-15 per grip, plus labor.
- Extras – Tip trimming, loft/lie adjustments, swing weight adjustments all add small fees.
To give you an idea, here are some estimates for reshafting costs by club type:
- Drivers: $80 to $200+
- Fairway Woods: $60 to $150
- Hybrids: $50 to $140
- Irons: $40 to $100
- Wedges: $25 to $75
These are rough averages – costs can deviate higher or lower depending on the specifics. Rare vintage clubs usually entail premium pricing too.
Let’s look closer at the factors that influence costs for reshafting.
The most significant cost is the wholesale price of the new shaft itself. Graphite shafts are more expensive than steel.
For steel, budget steel iron shafts can run as low as $10 to $20. Premium lightweight steel shafts for irons run $50 to $70. Light graphite shafts for irons run $70 to $100.
For woods, budget steel options are around $30 to $60. Mid-grade to premium graphite woods shafts usually run between $100 to $350. Exotic Tour-grade graphite woods shafts can cost anywhere from $350 up to $500.
Keep in mind these are wholesale shaft costs – as a consumer you will pay a markup on the retail price when buying just one shaft through a golf shop. Discount bulk pricing only applies for a set.
Shaft Flex & Specs
The flex, weight, torque, tip stiffness, kick point and other specifications also factor into shaft costs. Stiff and extra stiff flexes add a small upcharge. Premium low torque and low launch shafts add cost. Customized shaft flexes, swing weights, and flex points further increase price. Exotic shafts with premium materials and intricate designs have the highest cost.
Replacing worn grips is recommended. Grips don’t add too much cost – usually $5 to $15 per grip for basic options, and around $15 to $25 for premium grips. Multiply by 13 grips for a full set.
Some choose to save costs by keeping the original grips, but it shortchanges the quality of the reshaft.
Labor is billed per club for the expertise to properly install the new shaft. Costs vary widely based on the region and specific golf shop.
Here are typical labor rates:
- Drivers: $25 to $75 per club
- Fairway Woods: $25 to $50
- Irons: $15 to $35
- Wedges: $15 to $25
- Putters: $15 to $25
Simple iron reshafting can be around $15 per club. Complex driver reshafting with adjustments may exceed $75 per head. Exotic wood reshafting with premium shafts often costs $65+.
Custom Fitting & Adjustments
Some opt to get custom fitting for the new shafts, which involves specialized launch monitors and club fitters. Expect to pay an additional $50 to $75 per hour for access to club fitting technology.
Small additional fees may apply for adjustments like tip trimming, swing weight changes, and lie angle bending.
How Many Clubs to Reshaft?
Budget is often a concern when reshafting an entire set. Prioritize based on your needs and typical use.
Here’s a common priority order for reshafting bag:
- Fairway woods
- 6-iron through pitching wedge
- Remaining irons
Reshafting just the driver and 6-wedge can run $250-$500+. A full bag may cost $800-$1,500+ with premium components. Consider the age and value of the clubs when deciding how much to invest in reshafting.
Most shops take 1-5 days for a basic reshafting job. Exotic shafts or full bag orders may take up to 2-3 weeks if special ordering shafts. Rush orders can sometimes be accommodated for an upcharge.
Reshafting vs New Clubs Compared to buying new clubs, reshafting saves about 50-70% off the cost. It’s an affordable way to optimize your current clubs, especially if the clubheads themselves are still in good shape.
The savings need to be weighed against the clubhead technology though. If your driver or irons are over 5 years old, new models may outperform through improved engineering.
For fairway woods, hybrids, and wedges where technology hasn’t changed as drastically, reshafting to fit your swing makes great sense. Reshafted clubs retain much of the same trade-in value as brand new models too.
Advantages of Reshafting
Here are some of the benefits of reshafting vs. buying new clubs:
- Costs 50-70% less than brand new clubs
- Optimized for your current swing speed and preference
- Customized feel and performance
- Extends life of your clubhead investment
- Fresher, cleaner look improving aesthetics
- Easier process than regripping alone
You get new, ideal shafts and grips to match your game now rather than what worked years ago when you originally purchased. Consistent shafts across the set further optimizes trajectory, distance, and shot shaping.
If you are attached to a certain clubhead model or design, reshafting allows you to retain the look and feel you love while enhancing overall performance.
Disadvantages of Reshafting
Reshafting isn’t perfect across the board:
- Costs add up for a full bag
- Original head technology still ages over time
- Adjusting to new shafts takes practice
- Potential of damaging hosel or head during install
- Some shafts/grips may wear quicker than OEM
- Selling costs may equal outbrand new models
The last point is important – invested reshafting costs don’t necessarily translate to higher resale value. When reselling, buyers are hesitant to pay a premium for reshafted clubs.
Also some shafts and grips from aftermarket suppliers have shorter longevity than OEM stock components. Ensure any parts installed have warranties to protect your investment.
Key Takeaways Here are the key points on golf club reshafting costs:
- Cost varies from $25 to $200+ per club based on type
- Shaft materials and brands cause wide price ranges
- Adjustments, grips and labor add smaller fees
- Prioritize driver and short irons first in a set
- Still around 50% savings over buying new
- Optimized shafts can extend club life
- Doesn’t necessarily increase resale value
Understanding the complete costs allows you to budget properly. Work with your local golf shop to analyze options best suited for your needs and budget preferences.
The Bottom Line Reshafting only the most important clubs in your bag can run $250-$500+ for a noticeable improvement. Going through a full bag fitting and reshafting process expect closer to $1000-$1500+ for 14 clubs. While not cheap, this mid-range investment into strategically reshafting your clubs allows you to optimize their performance for your game now rather than what worked in the past.
Golf club reshafting allows you to upgrade your irons, woods and hybrids with new shafts personalized for your swing and preference. While reshafting costs vary widely, it remains significantly cheaper than buying new clubs. Prioritize which clubs to reshaft first, understanding your budget and the performance benefits. Work with a reputable golf shop that offers professional fitting and reshafting services to extend the life of your clubhead investment.