How to remove the shaft from a Bullseye Putter

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Joseph S


the shaft of my bullseye putter has been bent in two half way from the grip.  how do i remove the shaft and insert a new shaft and grip.  i have an old bullseye standard putter, with a good standard leather grip and shaft, that i picked up at a garage sale. 

i was told to heat the shaft tip about an inch above the blade hosel to about 280° for five minutes and them twist the shaft out.   the shaft extraction tool does not work because there is no lip to force against ( if i try to use the extraction tool, it digs into the brass putter head).  either i am doing it wrong or i don't have enough strength to twist it out.

for heat, i've used a heat gun, propane torch, and a natural gas flame, rotating as i heat.

i picked up a bullseye prop balance blade only.  my plan is to buy another bullseye putter, with the same 35" length, and with a good shaft and leather grip, then install that shaft on my prop balanced blade.

sounds good on paper....but i have to find out how to remove the shaft first.

help

Joseph S


thanks ken.

it may be oxidation or i just need a set of younger arms for twisting.   i'll try (with help) again.   i may try squirting a little p.b.blaster down the shaft to loosen up the possible oxidation?

as soon as i find the solution, finishing up my bullseye putter collection should be a piece of cake....i'm only missing one style (see attached).   i've found a couple but either the putter was in terrible shape or the owner was asking way too much.

David Browning


Sometimes it just takes a while. As in, put some heat on it around the area that the flare tip ends, up about 2"+. That way, the whole thing will be heated up and the epoxy will loosen up eventually. I wouldn't mess with PB. You don't need it. Some of the older clubs epoxy just takes a while longer to heat/loosen up. Just keep twisting. If it doesn't move, more heat/time is needed. Twist again. Eventually it'll twist easily and come right off.

Joseph S


Success!  

Thanks for all the tips.  The method that worked for me was to heat up about an inch and a half of the shaft quickly (the brass blade acts as a heat sink and will take more time to get hot).....about twenty seconds or so.  The difference in expansion is enough that a quick twist will separate the shaft from the brass hosel.  Too much heat and the brass hosel  will expand into a tight fit again.

Except for the one Bullseye mallet, my collection is complete now; all of the models with 35" shafts, Bullseye logo caps and Bullseye leather of simulated leather grips.

My three non-Bullseye putters are and Otey Chrisman (my first putter), a Ray Cook Mallet (the putter I use while on the army golf team) and a png Pal (a gift from my family).

I use all of my putters.   Right now (probably until the end of the season), my Bullseye of choice is the wide flange with a T-slot.

Thanks again for all the help.  Thanks Acushnet and Titleist for the Bullseye putters.

Ken W


Good to hear that Joseph. Few things are more satisfying than finishing a hands-on project.  The first new putter I ever bought is an Old Standard with two sightlines. I still have it both for sentimental value and practice. I absolutely believe it is the reason I became a decent putter. You have to be disciplined and hit the ball squarely to control distance and direction. Plus, Bulls-Eyes are just beautiful to look at!

David Browning


Joseph S

Success!  

Thanks for all the tips.  The method that worked for me was to heat up about an inch and a half of the shaft quickly (the brass blade acts as a heat sink and will take more time to get hot).....about twenty seconds or so.  The difference in expansion is enough that a quick twist will separate the shaft from the brass hosel.  Too much heat and the brass hosel  will expand into a tight fit again.

Except for the one Bullseye mallet, my collection is complete now; all of the models with 35" shafts, Bullseye logo caps and Bullseye leather of simulated leather grips.

My three non-Bullseye putters are and Otey Chrisman (my first putter), a Ray Cook Mallet (the putter I use while on the army golf team) and a png Pal (a gift from my family).

I use all of my putters.   Right now (probably until the end of the season), my Bullseye of choice is the wide flange with a T-slot.

Thanks again for all the help.  Thanks Acushnet and Titleist for the Bullseye putters.

Glad to hear that you finally got it.