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How to remove a tip weight that has crept up the shaft?


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#1 e-man

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:26 AM

I just bought a set of used steel shafts. They look great, except for the fact that they have tip weights in them approximately 2 inches up the tip of the shaft. Is there an easy way to remove them?  Heat?  Compressed air at the butt end?  Self tapping screw?  Long push rod?  Thanks.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:39 AM

Sure they are tip weights and not epoxy?
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:02 PM

Here is a picture.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:10 PM

I would see if I could punch (tap) it up the shaft toward the butt.
That looks like the butt you've photographed?
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:14 PM

No, that's the tip.  Just a close up though.  Good idea about pushing it out the other way.  I may need to heat it to break any epoxy but it should come out the other end I would think.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:56 PM

If they are lead, which is what they appear to be, then you should be able to melt them right out with a little heat from a propane torch.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:59 PM

Probably a weight that was added after assembly by inserting it in the butt end with a dab of epoxy and shoving it down with a ram rod. I would apply heat (taking care not to blue the shaft) and knock it out (towards the butt end as mentioned above) with a rod and hammer. Make sure the rod is of a diameter that just fits inside the shaft and has a flat end because a lead weight can expand if hammered with a small tipped rod and that may lock it in place instead of knocking it out.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:30 PM

Might be able to heat the shafts a little and just tap the butt on a block of wood.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:04 PM

After heat, should I be trying to remove the weight from the tip end or butt end?

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:08 PM

View Poste-man, on 12 October 2017 - 02:04 PM, said:

After heat, should I be trying to remove the weight from the tip end or butt end?
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:22 PM

View Poste-man, on 12 October 2017 - 02:04 PM, said:

After heat, should I be trying to remove the weight from the tip end or butt end?

After you heat up the tip, if the lead weight did not melt and drip out by itself, push it in from the tip so it'll come out the butt end.  (push it from the tight end so it'll come out the larger opening. )   A lot of the golf club work could be based on common sense if you think about it for a sec.

I have a steel rod bought in the hardware store which works well or you could use a long Philip screw driver to push it down the shaft.   I use the steel rod to push out things got stuck farther in.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:28 PM

Correct.  Common sense should have prevailed here.  I stuck a screwdriver in the tip end of the shaft and the weight popped out the butt end.  I didn't apply really any force.  I'm kind of surprised it wasn't being held in with epoxy.

Anyway, thanks for all the helpful replies.  Much appreciated.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:36 PM

E-man, if I may be allowed to hijack your thread momentarily now that you've managed to get the tip weight out....

Does anyone know how to get dried epoxy that managed to crawl up a graphite shaft?

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:20 PM

View Postgibbiesmalls, on 12 October 2017 - 09:36 PM, said:

E-man, if I may be allowed to hijack your thread momentarily now that you've managed to get the tip weight out....

Does anyone know how to get dried epoxy that managed to crawl up a graphite shaft?
Take off the grip and shake it out.  Failing that, pull the shaft and use a rod to push it one way or the other.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:44 PM

Socrates, thanks for the response.

I should have been more descriptive. I pulled the shaft and see there is epoxy inside the tip of the shaft.  It's not lose but rather epoxied inside the tip of the shaft due to excess epoxy during install.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:38 AM

View Postgibbiesmalls, on 12 October 2017 - 10:44 PM, said:

Socrates, thanks for the response.

I should have been more descriptive. I pulled the shaft and see there is epoxy inside the tip of the shaft.  It's not lose but rather epoxied inside the tip of the shaft due to excess epoxy during install.
If it won't push out, you need to get a long drill bit (1/8") and carefully drill up the shaft until it clears.  There really is no other way if it won't push out.  I rarely find epoxy in graphite shafts that won't push out since most guys are never going to clean up the inside of a shaft before they epoxy and good bonds are tough to come by in there.

Go to a hardware store and buy a 4 ft long (1/8") piece of brass rod and slide that down from the butt end. That pushes out 99% of any epoxy plugs I encounter.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 10:05 AM

View Postgibbiesmalls, on 12 October 2017 - 10:44 PM, said:

Socrates, thanks for the response.

I should have been more descriptive. I pulled the shaft and see there is epoxy inside the tip of the shaft.  It's not lose but rather epoxied inside the tip of the shaft due to excess epoxy during install.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:07 PM

View Postgibbiesmalls, on 12 October 2017 - 09:36 PM, said:

E-man, if I may be allowed to hijack your thread momentarily now that you've managed to get the tip weight out....

Does anyone know how to get dried epoxy that managed to crawl up a graphite shaft?

Always warm up the old epoxy before either drilling it out or pushing it out, much easier if the epoxy is pliable.
When drilling it out, use a drill tip which is smaller than the opening, sometimes the heat generated from the drilling will loosen the bonding of the epoxy.  If the epoxy is stubborn, start with a smaller drill bit then move on to larger bit.  Graphite shafts are so expensive these days, you don;t want to damage the tip.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 09:14 AM

Thanks all for the recommendations.

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