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WRX Spotlight: Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co. ferrules

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Product: Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co. ferrules

Pitch: “Since the development of plastics, ferrules have been the final custom touch on a set of clubs. Many of our designs are based in classic patterns but with some twists and splashes of color. When you install BB&F Co. ferrules on your clubs, you’re dressing them with the finest ferrules available and celebrating the rich tradition of classic golf club design.”

Our take on Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co. ferrules

As gear junkies, we love to customize our clubs — stamping, grip sizing, paint fill — the list can go on and on. One of the last pieces to any club build, and my personal favorite part, is the ferrule. And when it comes to ferrules, there is only one name to trust: Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co.

Patrick Boyd, based on his own self-admittance that over the years he got a bit crazy designing and stockpiling ferrules, made the choice at first to just sell through some of that collected stock going all the way back to Scratch Golf. It was a simple Instagram account and the commitment to unique designing, as well as using premium materials, that caught the eyes of club builders and gearheads alike — myself included.  Sure, premium materials sound like something reserved for titanium or carbon steel, but quality plastic in a ferrule can make all the difference. I’ve personally worked with and pulled apart enough clubs to see the absolute worst, from poor dimension quality, and plastic so brittle every third one cracks upon installation, there is great value in paying for quality for both the builder and end consumer.

What started as a business directly through Instagram, Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co. now has developed into a very clean and easy to use website that is constantly being updated with new designs. The prices are reasonable, considering it’s a one-man show offering the best the ferrule business has to offer.

In golf, with the emergence of boutique manufacturers offering everything from small-batch putter designs to one-off custom divot tools, the issue for many is that, although these items are extremely high quality and very cool, they do cost a lot and are often out of reach for the average person. Either that or because of their limited nature, when these items do go on sale, they sell out so quickly that even people that can afford them miss out. Well, with BB&F Co. you never have to worry about that because…well, they’re ferrules, and even at the top-end, you’re only looking at around $40 to do your whole set (plus the cost if you have to pay a builder obviously).

Some BB&F Co. FAQ

Will these ferrules help lower my score? NO

Will these ferrules help fix my poorly fit clubs? NO

Will these ferrules correct for my slice? NO

Will these ferrules make me look cooler? If you are wearing socks with sandals or just golf sandals 100 percent not a chance

Will these ferrules improve the look of my clubs? HECK YES!! Golf is a game and should be fun — have fun with your clubs.

With so many design options, and armed with the knowledge that you are buying a quality part to give your set of irons, wedges, or even a hybrid (something I decided to try recently) that last little extra fun factor to make them stand out, you can’t go wrong with ferrules from BB&F Co.

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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7 Comments

  1. 2putttom

    Mar 14, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    nothing like a good looking ferrule to spice it up, and give it a personal touch

  2. Bob

    Mar 14, 2019 at 7:36 am

    I’ve been doing custom ferrules for many years. They help me love my clubs when my game isn’t lovable. But def a luxury item for equipment tweakers and gearheads. (I have my own Steelclub bending machine too for when I know my lofts are wrong and I’m sure it’s not my game.)

  3. Tim Smalls

    Mar 13, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    $40 for 10? Cmon man, that’s $4 per ferrule, plus shipping, these are the cost of Pro V’s. Really?

    • George MaHarris

      Mar 14, 2019 at 12:16 am

      If you took the time to read the shipping description of any item, you would see that shipping is included in the price for everything listed.

      You pay how much for a custom set of clubs these days, what’s $40 in the grand scheme?

    • Craigie73

      Mar 14, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      What’s $4 per fertile really? I’ve got these and the quality is superb. Like Ryan said I’ve used some crap over the years and these are the best plus they look cool

  4. Fggt

    Mar 13, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Any rainbow ones?

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GolfWRX Spotlight: P2 putter grips

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Product: P2 putter grips

Pitch: From P2: “The patented P2 technology is based on the way the shaft is housed through the bottom of the grip. This effectively elevates the golfer’s hands at address, locks the wrists in place and creates sought after shaft-forearm symmetry.”

Our take on P2 putter grips

Putting is the one part of golf that truly levels the playing field – a sliding two-footer is worth just as many shots as a 345-yard drive, and from beginner to pro, we’ve all experienced the simple agony of missing one we know we really should have made. With so much recent focus on redefining putter technology the one part of the club that is still highly overlooked is the grip — but P2 is trying to change that.

The key part of the P2 design is the Bottom Shaft Housing that positions the grip asymmetrically around the shaft – on the vertical plane (don’t worry the grip are 100 percent symmetrical). This design, fully legal under the rules of golf, has scientifically proven through the use of Quintic, results that show both improved strike pattern on the face as well as getting more putts started on line at the intended target.

Part of the reason this design helps golfers putt more consistently is that it puts the putter more inline and on plane with the forearm to help create a single motion. As much as we would all love a putting stroke that flows as smoothly as Ben Crenshaw or Brad Faxon the amount timing needed in the hands to produce great results through these methods is often too difficult even for the better player to achieve. In a way, the P2 Grip design helps you get into an “armlock” position without fully overhauling your putting technique (and it allows you to keep your current putter).

In my personal testing, I decided to use the P2 Core Classic. This was my preferred grip since it offers the smaller width while giving the full experience of the Botton Shaft Housing tech. My putter specs are generally flatter than most with a lie angle around 68 degrees, when using a traditional grip this results in having the butt end point more towards my belly button and, as I’m fully willing to admit, a more rotational stroke. I never had to adjust any of the specs on my putter to get the grip to do exactly what it says it will. The grip plane became more aligned with my forearm and after a small adjustment period to the new shape, I was 100 percent making a more pendulum stroke with less arc. So far, results inside have proven to be a success, and I’m looking forward to taking it out to the course once the season really gets started.

Within the P2 lineup, there are four shapes and two weight categories to choose from to allow the player to find the exact fit for both grip method and balance. The original “Core” series is on the heavier side of the grip weight spectrum, but for many players using modern heavier putter heads this could be a huge advantage to help give your putter a higher balance point, and at the end of the day, produce a smoother putting stroke. As the current trend of research from multiple OEMs has proven, a higher balance point through weight distribution can lead to some big improvements in stroke consistency.

Whether its a claw, cross-handed, or more of a traditional grip method you use, there is a P2 grip that should fit your style and hopefully help you sink a few more putts.

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WRX Spotlight: Puma polos

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Product: Puma polos

Pitch:  From Puma “A world leader in high-performance sports clothing, Puma launched their first golf collection in 2004 complete with Puma golf shoes and clothing. The collection has gone from strength to strength ever since its creation, with tour pro golfers wearing the range out on the course. With bold colorful clothing to classically sporty and smart pieces, Puma golf is a versatile collection certain to appeal to golfers of all preferences.”

Our take on Puma’s polos

It’s difficult to look past Puma’s 2019 polo collection without seeing its Paradise golf shirt. Showcased by Rickie Fowler during the Island stretch of golf to begin the new year, the unconventional all button up shirt may not be to everyone’s taste, but anyone who pulls the shirt on will likely agree on its comfort. The shirt will channel your inner Ned Flanders, “feels like I’m wearing nothing at all,” and the ultra-lightweight feel combined with the looseness makes it an ideal summer shirt for swinging the club freely on the golf course.

Puma has a lot more polos on offer in 2019 than its Paradise shirt though, and one of the most visually striking shirts of theirs is the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo. The shirt comes in three vibrant colors (blue, white and green), and its camo inspired pattern is subtle and discreet which gives the shirt a cool look without being distracting. Also a lightweight polo, the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo features a clean three button look, as well as a very comfortable fit, and its dryCell technology means you won’t be drenched in sweat this summer.

Then there’s the Rotation Golf Polo which comes in both solid and stripes styles. The shirts offer a very modern feel and look, and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the selection of colors which the shirts come in, with an abundance on offer.

On the throwback front, Puma has you covered with their Nineties Golf Polo, with a striped shirt style and color. There are five different color blocks to choose from which are about as representative of spring/summer as I’ve seen, and the shirts also come with Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is a nice summer touch.

The Faraday Polo is according to the company itself “one of our best”. Lightweight and one of the softest shirts they provide, it’s hard to disagree with them in terms of comfort level. The only off-putting feature of this shirt for me is the odd unfinished lining around the pocket.

The exhaustive selection of golf polos provided by Puma is impressive, and they’ve covered everything you’d want in a golf shirt in each of their styles. Prices range from $50-$70, and no matter what your taste, you’re bound to find a great summer golf shirt to add to your collection from their 2019 lineup.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Glowbal who is on the lookout for sexy, slick, minimal irons ala Scratch Golf’s old SB-1 iron set. Clean, as little branding or markings as possible and lofts instead of numbers on the club, are all the things Glowbal wants from an iron set, and our members have been on hand sharing their suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Fried Slice: “National Custom Works are Scratch. Same grinders and owners I believe. I’m sure they can hook you up. http://www.nationalcustomworks.com 
  • 11forgedblades: “When I was looking for irons without any logo, Geotech blades only had the numbers on them…completely blank.”
  • ivygynonc: “I have a set of Kyoei MB’s black.  They are nicer than my BBs as far as feel and looks.  Look great at set up.  Can’t go wrong with these.  And they are on the low end as far as costs for JDM blades, at least they were when I bought mine.”
  • kmay: “Another for National Custom works, incredible products, and from what I see watching there IG every day, they will make them to your exact requests, any stamping you want (or don’t) any shape muscle you want, sole grinds you want, seems like everything can be customized starting from forged blanks. True craftsmen.”

Entire Thread: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

 

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