How to Determine Tip Thickness of Golf Club Shafts

By Kevin D. Boehler
The shaft's tip diameter influences its torque and flexibility.
The shaft's tip diameter influences its torque and flexibility.

Determining the tip thickness of a golf club shaft is important when installing a new shaft in a clubhead. Knowing the tip thickness will determine whether or not the shaft will fit appropriately into the hosel of the clubhead. If the shaft tip is too thin, then the epoxy will not form a solid bond, and the clubhead will fall off; if the tip is too thick, it will not fit into the hosel of the clubhead.

How to Determine Tip Thickness of Golf Club Shafts

Examine the golf shaft's tip and make sure it is clear of all debris. Debris that is stuck on the shaft can be cleaned off with a damp paper towel or coarse sandpaper. This will ensure the most accurate tip thickness reading.

Measure how far the shaft will fit into the hosel of the clubhead and score the shaft with a marker at that point.

Use coarse sandpaper to remove the shiny coating from the steel shaft tip up to the mark that was made in Step 2. If working with a graphite shaft gently scrape the shiny coating off using a razor or box cutter.

Measure your shaft tip using a golf shaft identification gauge by placing the shaft tip into the hole that fits most snugly and reading the number that is by that hole. The tip thickness range is from .270 to .370 inch.

Measure your shaft tip using electronic calipers by placing the shaft tip in between the caliper's arms and closing them to fit around the shaft tip. Read the number from the digital screen.

About the Author

Kevin Boehler attended the University of Nebraska, where he attained a bachelor's degree in professional golf management. Boehler enjoys teaching golf to others, helping them not only play better, but love the game as well. He has a vast knowledge of the golf swing and a variety of other golf-related information.

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