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18-year-old Wes Burton creates eye-catching headcovers for TaylorMade staffers

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At last week’s WGC-FedEx St.Jude Invitational, TaylorMade staffers had the luxury of finding a custom-made individual headcover in their locker courtesy of 18-year-old Wes Burton.

While Burton and his business, Wes Custom Kicks, mostly tailor to clientele from the world of Baseball, the 18-year-old is an avid golf fan with a 6.4 index, and he set about making unique metal wood and putter headcovers for the brand’s members: Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Jason Day, after TaylorMade sought his impressive skills on the project.

Burton handed the items off to the TaylorMade Tour Truck last week, but he had the opportunity to present three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Jon Rahm, with his cover, an experience which will live long in his memory.

“Meeting Jon was a great experience. It’s always exhilarating to deliver my work to pro athletes and see their reactions. My favorite part of a delivery, particularly one that was a surprise like this one, is seeing what really speaks to them or what their favorite aspect of a piece is.”

The 18-year-old’s creative process begins by researching each golfer’s background, career and personality, and then scuffing the leather on each TaylorMade headcover with acetone to remove the factory finish. Burton then paints the cover either by hand or with airbrush which according to the man himself can take anywhere from five to 20 hours per piece depending on the design.

Here’s a look at the covers Burton created for TaylorMade’s Staffers last week in Memphis (all photos via TM).

Jon Rahm

Featuring the Spaniard’s nickname “Rahmbo”, the putter cover also contains the colors of Arizona State University.

Tiger Woods

Though he wasn’t in action last week, the 15-time major champion has a Stanford red fairway headcover waiting for him.

Rory McIlroy

One of Burton’s favorite pieces which he created, the putter cover pays homage to when Mcilroy would chip balls into a washing machine for practice as a kid. The driver cover features a lone rock amongst grass – the entrance to Holywood Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

Dustin Johnson

An ode to DJ’s love of boats, with his driver cover containing the names of his two children.

Jason Day

Driver cover featuring the names of his wife and three children, while the putter cover contains an Ohio license plate.

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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