do you still dimple shafts before installation?
Nope. I rough up the shaft tip…wire brush the hosel…and trust the epoxy. Dimpling has, I believe, gone the way of the drift pin where club assembly is concerned. The only time the procedure has failed me was with a putter head and a painted shaft. I re-assembled, with greater diligence, and that was that.
Personally I do not, and we do not in our own manufacturing. You still can, and some club builders do, but you have to be careful on some of the new alloy, lightweight steel shafts. They will crack, not dimple. Standard weight, traditional steel shafts you can still dimple if you want. Also, as good as epoxies are today, it’s just one step that most people think is not necessary anymore.