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I don't have the fancy setup, so I was taking my clubs to the pro shop at a local country club. He charged me $3 a club, would usually have it done either same day or next. Seems he was the only one who could do it and he's left. I've called a couple different places and got from $15 to $20 a club. It's not something I need often so I haven't justified the $100+ for a puller. If I'm supposed to pay $15-$20 a club, I guess I'm buying a tool. 🤣 

 

So what setups have you used that aren't too cray expensive? Is the Golf Works budget setup good enough? Thanks for the feedback.

 

https://www.golfworks.com/clubmakers-vise-graphite-shaft-extractor/

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Taylormade M3 driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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5 hours ago, lvgolfer962 said:

It should do the Job

Ive personally never used that one. I think you would be better off/happier getting the next model up (179.00). 

 

I'd even go a step further for beginners at pulling graphite.

 

The spring loading can help keep the shaft from being overheated since it's much more obvious when the epoxy finally releases.  And keep one from applying too much force before the epoxy lets go.  Two ways that graphite shafts can still be easily damaged in a puller.  Pulling too hard, too soon relative to the "right" amount of applied heat - or pulling too late.

 

If one isn't in a hurry, they frequently have e-mail special notifications where this one is at about the same price as the one w/o the spring (~$50 off).   Or at least they used to.  Not sure I've been keeping up with any changes.

 

https://www.golfworks.com/the-golfworks-enhanced-graphite-shaft-extractor/p/gw1009/

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Thanks for the feedback. At $200+ I have a tough time justifying it when I can get another set of shafts for $125 and might not use it that much afterwards. 

 

I mean, I am slated to get one more set of irons, but I might not need to pull any shafts. At least not $200 worth anyway. 

Taylormade M3 driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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15 minutes ago, lefthack said:

Thanks for the feedback. At $200+ I have a tough time justifying it when I can get another set of shafts for $125 and might not use it that much afterwards. 

 

I mean, I am slated to get one more set of irons, but I might not need to pull any shafts. At least not $200 worth anyway. 

 

Depends on what shafts you work with and how quickly you learn to properly apply the heat and pressure.    For some it will be much less expensive to use the cheaper puller - and they will work - they just are not quite as convenient to use.   But all it takes is to make a mistake and ruin one modern premium driver shaft (or a couple premium iron shafts) - and it no longer will be the less expensive route 🙂

 

Don't get me wrong - I understand the thought process and did the same thing for my first puller (although it was the golfsmith economy puller, not the golfworks one).   But it didn't take me long to change my mind about investing a bit more money in a better one.  But I also knew I'd be using it on a more regular basis than maybe you think you'll be using it.

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, I was just thinking of pulling the shafts that are in my blades to put in the Takomo 101's. I've only needed about 8 shafts pulled so far, so it's tough to judge just how often I MIGHT need it later.

 

You can see how $3 a pop was pretty painless. 

Taylormade M3 driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

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7 minutes ago, Stuart_G said:

 

Just a friendly warning.  For some, pulling, building, and tinkering with the clubs can become addictive. 😆

 

 

Yes, well... Not sure all this club swapping has done me much favors, but it really is fun. That's why I decided the Haywood MB's "might" be my last set of irons until at least '23. That gives me 3 sets of irons for each category (Blade, SC, GI) to play with.

 

I have stuck to the same shaft so far because it seems to work well and is affordable. If I feel my swing and game are in a good place by next summer, I might finally get a fitting. If I can find a fitter with more than 2 lefties to try. 🤣

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Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

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While I've technically been golfing for over 30 years, I hadn't played more than maybe 1 round a year since college ('90) until last summer.

 

I admit I went a little overboard redoing my bag, but I will say I'm pretty happy with it right now.

 

Well, the bag is pretty heavy and my pull cart is garbage (was pretty much power cart only until recently), so I might get a better bag and cart this Christmas.

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Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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11 hours ago, lefthack said:

I don't have the fancy setup, so I was taking my clubs to the pro shop at a local country club. He charged me $3 a club, would usually have it done either same day or next. Seems he was the only one who could do it and he's left. I've called a couple different places and got from $15 to $20 a club. It's not something I need often so I haven't justified the $100+ for a puller. If I'm supposed to pay $15-$20 a club, I guess I'm buying a tool. 🤣 

 

So what setups have you used that aren't too cray expensive? Is the Golf Works budget setup good enough? Thanks for the feedback.

 

https://www.golfworks.com/clubmakers-vise-graphite-shaft-extractor/

 

This one works just fine. I bought one years ago and it's been invaluable; paid for itself 10x over.

 

Only issue with it is that the head piece with the three shaft sizes is made to spin freely but after applying heat and torquing the long screw it sometimes binds up and the captured nut on the end tightens down. Have to remove it from the vise and loosen it with a 3/4" wrench - takes 3 seconds - and it works again.

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10 minutes ago, third-times-a-charm said:

 

This one works just fine. I bought one years ago and it's been invaluable; paid for itself 10x over.

 

Only issue with it is that the head piece with the three shaft sizes is made to spin freely but after applying heat and torquing the long screw it sometimes binds up and the captured nut on the end tightens down. Have to remove it from the vise and loosen it with a 3/4" wrench - takes 3 seconds - and it works again.

 

I have the same puller and can verify same issues....but it will work fine for your use.  Been using many years.

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I saw one used sell for MSRP on eBay a few weeks back, so I might get the cheapest one and if I destroy a shaft, at least I know I can resell it. 🤣

Taylormade M3 driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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So this is the one I got. 

 

https://www.golfworks.com/clubmakers-vise-graphite-shaft-extractor/p/ucmvgsr/

 

Not the "value" setup, but not the cool spring loaded one, either. Thanks again, everyone. Hope for the best.

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Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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23 hours ago, Stuart_G said:

For iron shafts, I'm pretty set in my ways as well.   Although as age keeps slowing down the swing, that may change.    I transitioned from shaft ho'ing to really focusing on mechanics instead about 5 years ago - maybe a bit more.

 

Aw come on Stuart.  Don't tell me you're not searching for the holy grail of equipment like the rest of us. 😉

 

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On 10/14/2021 at 2:44 AM, Stuart_G said:

 

I'd even go a step further for beginners at pulling graphite.

 

The spring loading can help keep the shaft from being overheated since it's much more obvious when the epoxy finally releases.  And keep one from applying too much force before the epoxy lets go.  Two ways that graphite shafts can still be easily damaged in a puller.  Pulling too hard, too soon relative to the "right" amount of applied heat - or pulling too late.

 

If one isn't in a hurry, they frequently have e-mail special notifications where this one is at about the same price as the one w/o the spring (~$50 off).   Or at least they used to.  Not sure I've been keeping up with any changes.

 

https://www.golfworks.com/the-golfworks-enhanced-graphite-shaft-extractor/p/gw1009/

 

+1 on this puller 👍

 

On 10/14/2021 at 5:08 AM, lefthack said:

Thanks for the feedback. At $200+ I have a tough time justifying it when I can get another set of shafts for $125 and might not use it that much afterwards. 

 

I mean, I am slated to get one more set of irons, but I might not need to pull any shafts. At least not $200 worth anyway. 

 

I had the same mind set as you when I bought my tension graphite puller about 6 years ago. I thought I would use occasionally but I still spent the $150 (the price back then) because I DID NOT TRUST anyone else to do the job. I've had 2 expensive shafts ruined by so called pro-shops, professional that charge the $10 fee back then... no one works on my clubs anymore.

 

..but,  you know what, I used it more than I thought. Now that I am playing with all graphite irons, got more graphite driver shafts than ever especially with the All-Fit universals and even helped my friends & families who busted their wood shafts. To me, its a good investment, just like a good driver shaft.

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