May 28

How to Cut a Driver Shaft

Golf Club Fitting


So you're looking to reshaft your golf clubs.

You go out and buy that fancy shaft (maybe a Penley?), or something not as expensive, and you're ready to install it.

Do you have what you need?

Before you learn how to cut a driver shaft, first, let's go over the things you'll need to properly install it.

Before You Cut Your Driver Shaft Checklist:

  • Two-part epoxy.  Anything with a lap shear strength greater than 3,000 will do.  This actually includes some 5-Minute glues; just allow them to cure for 23 hours and 55 minutes longer before hitting balls.
  • Something to mix the glue.  A small strip of 2" masking tape is enough.  A popsicle stick will work as the stir stick.
  • A new ferrule.  If you're installing your new shaft with a tip adapter, you might not need one.  Cobra, for example, has theirs built in.  Others, like Callaway, have the adapter and a ferrule, so make sure you have both.
  • A new grip, grip tape, and either grip solvent or Naptha.  Most grip solvents are just repackaged Naptha, which you can find at your local hardware store.  If you have "water-activated" tape, use Windex instead of straight water.

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Ready to Cut Your Driver Shaft?  Not Just Yet!

Slow down!  First, let's measure it.

Most (but not all) driver shafts are made 46" long.  This gives you a little "wiggle room" will building to a desired length.

Basically, it allows you to make a driver up to the limit of 48"... but most of you shouldn't be doing that.

Most drivers today have a standard BBGM.  Unless you want to hard-step it, you don't have to bother tip-trimming it when installing it in a driver.

Wait... what's "BBGM"?

Really, all you're going to do is butt-trim it to length.  Like this:

Measure length BEFORE cutting the driver shaft!

REMEMBER: Measure Twice, Cut ONCE!

If you don't have a measuring tool, you can use a 48" ruler you can buy at your hardware store.  Just be careful; you want to measure it while in the playing position to get the best results.  

If you're handy, and want to be USGA/R&A-Compliant, you can make your own 60-degree stop measuring tool, like this one from Dave Tutleman.

Now, Let's Learn How To Cut Your Driver Shaft!

What do you need to do the job?

Well, you have options.

Option #1: A Handheld Rotary Tool (aka: Dremmel Tool)

See that flat, round accessory in the center of the picture?  That's a metal cut-off wheel.  This tool, available on Amazon for less than $30, can be all you need as long as you use that wheel. 

While this is the less-expensive option, you need to exercise care when going this route, as the tool can get out of control if you're not paying attention.  Yes, that's speaking from experience...  Fortunately, though, it was my club I eff'd up!

Option #2: 4.5" Angle Grinder

Your next option to cut your driver shaft is the 4.5" angle grinder, like this Bosch (available on Amazon).  

Personally, I feel this is a better option, but that's because the bigger size makes me feel like I have more control over the device.

Just make sure to buy metal cut-off wheels, like these.

Option #3: Chop  Saw
how to cut a driver shaft- use a chop saw!

This is my preferred method: the chop saw.  I like this Ryobi because it also has a ruler on the flat part (where you'd place the shaft), so you can double-check your measurement.  You can get a renewed model for a more affordable price than what I got mine for here on Amazon.

Again, make sure you have metal cut-off wheels!  I can't stress that normal "toothed" saw wheels won't work; stick with thin metal (or masonry) cut-off wheels to make your life simpler.

Couldn't I Get a Fancy Tool?

Yes, you could get something fancy.  You could get a Golf Mechanix tool that cuts shafts and collects dust... if you want to spend over $600 for something you might use a few times in your life.

But if you don't plan on making a living out of reshafting your own golf clubs, why not get something that not only costs less, but will perform double-duty for projects around the house?

When You Cut a Driver Shaft, or Any Shaft, Let the Tool Do The Work!

I don't normally beg, but this time I'm gonna: if ever you cut a driver shaft, use extreme caution!

The metal cut-off wheels are designed to do just that: cut metal.  That means they'll easily glide through carbon fiber.  Let the tool do the work for you, and keep all of your fingers!

Keep a Steady Hand

When you're measuring, depending on the pen/pencil/marker, you're going to have thickness to your line.  Make sure you know which side of the line will give you accurate results.  For me, because I'm left-handed and right-eye dominant, I make my mark to the left of where I need it.  That way, I can chop straight down on the line I made and it'll come out to the correct length.

Same goes for when you're cutting the shaft; if you feel your hands start to get shaky, by all means, stop.  There's no sense in messing up the shaft- or worse, hurting yourself.  It isn't going anywhere, so just take a break and come back to it later.


Now, On To You!

Do you have any successful reshafting stories?  How about any nightmare scenarios?  Tell them to me in the comments!

About the author 

Justin Blair

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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