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When it comes to club repairs, one of the most common problem club builders deal with is steel shafts that have broken at the top of the hosel. When this happens, there is no way to clamp the shaft using conventional methods. Heat is often used to remove the broken shaft, but often times too much heat is used. The result is a damaged badge in the club head.

In one continuous shot, I show the process and tools used to remove a broken steel shaft from a hosel.

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Ryan Barath is a club fitter and master club builder who has more than 15 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf located in Toronto. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. peter collins

    Feb 13, 2018 at 6:18 am

    I was begging him to put the heat back on the hosel,he got there in the end.
    If Ryan Barath is a club fitter and master club builder who has more than 15 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals, then i have nothing to fear.

  2. DaveT

    Feb 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Great video and great instruction. But you could have done it a little easier. Instead of the square EZ-out, use a screw extractor. I’ve always removed broken-off steel shaft tips that way, and never needed to supplement the tool with pliers nor a drill bit.

  3. Keith

    Feb 7, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    This is what happens when you don’t have a grey haired mentor. This can only be described as stumbling through it. No vise pads. They’re cheap. Not seating the ez out (drill out the weight bro. It’s lead) Needle nose players yanking and slipping. Just asking for a scratch. When you have the shaft out the slightest amount, you can slide the smooth end of a just slightly smaller bit inside. Clamp the teeny bit of shaft (supported be the bit from being crushed) in your vise and twist the head off by hand. Old timers just goose the shaft out gently by spinning it out on a drill bit. ( gently). I couldn’t watch the whole video. Cringing. Let me know if I missed anything.

  4. John

    Feb 7, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    If you had used a EZ-Out you wouldn’t have had to pry on it. It would have come right out.

    Check them out at your local auto parts store. I’ve also used them on sawed off shaft extensions and broken bolts. They come in different diameters.

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