How to Cut a Golf Shaft

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2023

How to Cut a Golf Shaft

Sometimes, you need to shorten a golf club in your bag, but you don't want to waste your time driving to the golf store and paying money to do it.

Written By: Zach Gollwitzer

Posted in: DIY Clubmaking

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Before Starting

  • Have you made your measurements?
    • I know this might seem obvious, but be sure to measure and mark off the point at which you are cutting. Especially while tipping a shaft (you can't undo this), it is important to have precise measurements. Use a sharpie to make your marks on the shaft. Here is a tutorial on how to measure golf clubs.
  • Are you cutting a steel or graphite shaft?
    • When cutting a graphite shaft, it is important that you use a hack saw, or put in the special graphite shaft cutting blade on the Golfworks Shaft Cutter.
  • Are you cutting the butt end or the tip end of the shaft?
    • The butt end of the shaft is grip end. If you are shortening or extending the length of a golf club, this is where you will cut. If you want to change the play-ability of the club (feel, flex to a certain extent, spin rate, dispersion), you will be cutting the tip end of the shaft.
    • To read more about the effects of tipping a golf shaft, here is an article on Golfworks that explains it well. In general, tipping the shaft 1 inch will make the club 1/2 a flex stiffer.

Okay, you're all set! Let's get started.

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About the author: Zach Gollwitzer

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Hey, I‘m Zach, the founder of The DIY Golfer! I created this site while playing D1 collegiate golf with a simple mission—I wanted to learn the golf swing and get better at golf myself.

Fast forward a few years, and my “journal“, The DIY Golfer, has been viewed by millions of golfers worldwide looking to do the same with their games. my mission is to make golfers more consistent in just a few hours a week through advanced practice strategies and timeless, first-principle golf instruction.