The Ping G5 driver was manufactured by Ping Golf in 2005. As the driver ages and if it has a steel shaft, you might need to replace it. Attempting to extract a graphite shaft without expensive professional club-building tools such as a graphite shaft extractor can permanently damage the club head. However, installation of a graphite shaft can be performed at home without special tools or equipment. The process for the installation of a graphite shaft is the same as a steel shaft, with the exception of differing shaft prepping instructions. The Ping G5 driver has a .350-inch hosel bore, so a .350-inch shaft is needed for installation.
Secure the golf club with a vice equipped with a rubber clamp.
Remove the ferrule by cutting it off with a razor blade or utility knife. Avoid injury by cutting away from your body.
Break the bond of the club head epoxy by heating the hosel of the club with a propane or a butane torch.
Twist the club head after breaking the epoxy bond. Do not allow it to cool. It might give the epoxy time to reset and form another bond.
Clean the inside of the hosel with a hosel honing tool or cone-shaped steel wool brush. This removes any dried and hardened epoxy from the previous shaft installation. That debris could cause the new epoxy bond to be weakened if not cleaned and removed.
Abrade the tip of the graphite golf shaft with a belt sander and tip prep belt. For steel golf shafts, use 80-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the tip of the golf shaft. This process produces a rough surface so the epoxy can form a strong bond.
Remove all graphite dust or steel shavings generated during the shaft tip preparation from the shaft, as this debris will cause the epoxy bond to be weakened.
Apply the epoxy around the tip of the golf shaft evenly.
Push and twist the golf shaft into the hosel. Twisting the shaft into the hosel prevents pushing the epoxy to the bottom of the hosel.
Align shaft graphics to the desired position. Shaft graphics usually indicate the location of the "spine" of the golf shaft. Read the installation instructions that accompanied the shaft to determine which way the shaft graphics should be installed (facing the golfer or facing the ground).
Set the club on a flat surface for at least 30 minutes to allow the golf club epoxy to cure and harden.
Things you need
- Utility knife
- Propane torch
- Hosel honing tool
- 80-grit sandpaper (if replacement shaft is steel)
- Belt sander with tip prep belt (if replacement shaft is graphite)
- Golf club epoxy