Whether you’ve been playing hard and broken a shaft or you just feel like your current iron setup isn’t working for your play style, a reshafting should be on the cards.
Reshafting is one of those things new players on a budget tend to put off, but as you improve as a golfer, the issues with your current clubs are only going to intensify.
But the problem is that, unlike regripping your golf clubs, reshafting your irons can be a costly process. It’ll leave you pondering whether it’s really worth it, so let’s discuss a few key factors to help you decide.
The Cost of Reshafting Irons
Reshafting irons is never really all that cheap, but there is a distinct difference in price depending on the material of the replacement shaft.
As you’re probably aware, there are currently two materials used to craft golf club shafts, and these are lightweight steel and graphite.
Graphite is by far the most expensive of the two shaft materials, partly because it costs more to produce, as it’s a compound of carbon fiber and epoxy resin. This manufacturing process is slightly more complicated than the forging of steel shafts.
Another reason graphite shafts cost more is that generally speaking, they’re higher-performing bits of gear.
Steel exhibits incredibly low torque rates, a stiffer tip section, and doesn’t rotate much during a swing, but graphite is lighter and has a high torque rate and a flexible tip, amounting to a more forgiving launch and a faster swing speed.
As such, for reshafting graphite, you could be looking at spending something to the tune of $40-$100 depending on the particular shaft you choose and where you book to get the job done.
Reshafting steel, on the other hand, may only set you back between $20 – $75, so if you’ve got a full set of irons that need reshafting, steel stands to save you a tidy sum.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the cost of the reshaft alone isn’t the only expense you’ll have to cover when you book your favorite irons in for a spot of TLC.
You’ll also need to factor in the cost of a regrip too, the reason being that it’s nigh on impossible to salvage the grip from your old shafts for reapplication on your shiny new ones.
Even if it could be done, your grip would suffer some sort of degradation or deformation in the process, so it’s really not worth even attempting.
The price of a regrip is determined by a number of variables including grip type, brand, and which fitter you book in with, but it will typically cost something along the lines of $8 – $15.
For a full overview of the costs of regripping, check out our article on regripping golf clubs.
It’s also important to bear in mind that different establishments may charge vastly different sums for reshafting your irons. For instance, your local country club will most certainly be more expensive than your small local sports shop.
Then again, a larger establishment may charge even less than the small shop.
The best advice I can give you is to shop around and ask for some quotes. If you can get your reshafting done for less at one place, and the quality of the fit will be the same, there’s no reason you shouldn’t take advantage of it.
Ultimately, to have one iron reshafted by a pro might cost anything between $15 – $100, so if you’ve got the standard 6, 7, 8, 9 irons in your beginner/intermediate set, expect to fork out between $30 – $400 for a total shaft overhaul.
Can Shafts Be Repaired? (And Is it Cheaper Than Reshafting?)
Unfortunately, once a shaft has been damaged, there’s no going back. Even if someone attempted to repair one, it’s just not going to have the impact it used to, which will harm your game.
However, that doesn’t mean reshafting is your only option. You can also simply look into purchasing some brand-new irons.
To figure out whether it’s worth your while to reshaft or replace, you’ll need to get a quote from your fitter of choice, then compare the quote with the cost of a new set of irons minus the sum you could earn by trading your old irons in.
For example, the cost of reshafting your current set of irons may come to $400, but if you can trade-in your current irons for, say, $380, a whole new set is looking the more enticing prospect.
Can I Reshaft My Irons Myself?
Technically, you can reshaft your own clubs, but it’s a fairly risky process, especially for beginners. Besides, once you’ve bought the necessary tools such as a rubber vise clamp, a golf club brush, ferrules, golf club epoxy, and a heat gun, you’ll be just as out of pocket as you’d be if you’d chosen to book with a professional. Then, of course, there’s the learning curve you’ll have to master in order to get the job done well.
Reshafting steel is a fairly easy process, and regripping isn’t too difficult either once you know how it’s done, but it takes an experienced fitter to align the new shaft precisely for high-performance golfing.
How to Choose a New Shaft
Choosing shafts can be difficult if this is your first rodeo. The only real piece of advice I can give you is to try out as many types as possible and assess their performance and feel.
As you’re unsure what works for you, it’s best to reshaft your irons one at a time in case your tastes change as your skills grow.
Have your 8 iron reshafted and play with it for a few months to see how you gel.
Final Thoughts – Should You Reshaft Your Irons?
As a set includes a number of irons, the cost of reshafting can be a real pain, but if your current shafts are damaged, or you’re sure reshafting will improve your game, it’s 100% worth it.