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When do heads need to be re-glued back to shaft?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

My 4 iron felt funny the other day so before I took another swing, I checked the head. It was loose (not lose a3_biggrin.gif) so I was lucky I didn't take another swing.

 

Club maker experts, would you recommend that I reglue all my irons or will it usually be obvious and I can just tell when the head is about to come off? I don't know how old my clubs are, they're second hand.

 

Typically, how long do heads stay on, assuming your typical US NE 4 season weather change?

post #2 of 12
Good question. My understanding was they were good forever provided no abnormal damage but then I lost the head off of a seemingly well maintained 7 iron. Looking forward to hearing from the club makers.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

I forgot to ask.

 

What equipment do I need to remove and glue the head back on myself? The local golf shop charged me 10USD for one club.

 

If the cost to DIY makes economical sense and it's easy enough I'll learn. I don't have a problem re-gripping my own clubs, I would guess re-attaching the head shouldn't be that much more difficult. Or is it?

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by nevets88 View Post

I forgot to ask.

 

What equipment do I need to remove and glue the head back on myself? The local golf shop charged me 10USD for one club.

 

If the cost to DIY makes economical sense and it's easy enough I'll learn. I don't have a problem re-gripping my own clubs, I would guess re-attaching the head shouldn't be that much more difficult. Or is it?

 

you will need a utility knife to cut off the old ferrule, a propane torch to heat up the glue and remove the head from the shaft. 

 

To reassemble everything you will need some sand paper and a club head brush to clean out the old glue bits, a new ferrule, and epoxy.

 

The DIY tools would probably set you back around $20 and you can probably pick up everything at a golf store.  If you don't have a plumbing torch, that will set you back another $15 or so. 

 

Be careful when applying heat.  If you have heads with emblems / weights glued into the back of the head, those are likely to come out as well. 

post #5 of 12

$10 for a professional repair with a warranty, sounds like a god deal to me.
 

post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by teed off View Post

$10 for a professional repair with a warranty, sounds like a god deal to me.
 

+1

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by teed off View Post

$10 for a professional repair with a warranty, sounds like a god deal to me.
 


If you are going to do one club, its worth it to have them do it.  However, if you are going to do it often, it isn't difficult at ALL to pull clubs apart

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
What is the ferrule for, a layer between the head and shaft for protection? Plus aesthetics?
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by nevets88 View Post

What is the ferrule for, a layer between the head and shaft for protection? Plus aesthetics?


just aesthetics, but you will think the club looks funny if it doesn't have it, so make sure you get one.  They are like $4 for a 10 pack

http://www.hirekogolf.com/golf-components/clubmaking-tools-supplies/ferrules.html

post #10 of 12

I was golfing with a friend of mine many years ago and the head from my 7 iron flew off during a shot. Luckily his grandpa was a club builder and he repaired it for me. He taught me how to build clubs and we soon struck up a friendship that lasted many years. The initial components I purchased were from Golfsmith. Golfsmith has a "how to" instruction booklet on beginner clubmaking that is well put together. I recommend you start with that which will also show you what tools are needed. It's a fun hobby that can easily turn into a small business.

Good Luck!     

post #11 of 12

Use a decent 12 hour drying time, 2 part epoxy glue. Check out  golfclubshaftreview.com  for a guide on reshafting which will give you the step by step method to re-glueing

post #12 of 12

Heads should not come off but it does happen. I wouldn't think you need to start taking off and reattaching heads just because one came off. I have clubs that are 20 years old and the heads are perfectly fine. But if you want to do it for fun, have at it.

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