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At GolfWRX, we show off a lot of cool stuff that often requires some serious tools or expensive equipment—for example getting your hands on a full-scale launch monitor can cost upwards of $15,000. So, we want to show you some of the ways you can refresh and customize your current gear at home within a “do-it-yourself” budget.

Change your grips

Changing your grips for the sake of customization, or because they are finally on their last legs, can completely reinvigorate a set of clubs. It doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor, and it’s one of the easiest club repairs you can do at home as long as you have a few simple tools and some time.

Most grip manufacturers have a variety of colors to choose from, with one of the newest being Golf Pride’s new MMC Teams line of grips featuring 15 different color options.

From a club building perspective, you used to have to be cautious about mixing and matching colored grips because they could vary in weight by up to 5 grams because of added dies but the Golf Pride MMC team grips all come in at 50g in standard size so you can mix and match colors to your heart’s content.

Stamps & Paint Fill

For the simplicity of the tools required to stamp clubs, you will need some potential practice (old wedges are great for this) or some serious confidence to pull this off for the first time.

Stamping is an easy way, once you get the hang of it, to customize your clubs and have a lot of fun along the way trying to come up with silly things to stamp—I often go with movie quotes.

Stamps and small anvils can be found at hardware stores, my go-to stamp set is this: Lee Valley letter & number stamp set.

Custom Ferrules

Of all the ways to customize clubs at home, this one takes a bit of club building knowhow and some proper tools but similar to stamping once you get the hang of it you can make pretty quick work of a set.

The most popular, highest quality, and coolest by far come from BB&F (Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co.) and they have an ever-evolving palette to choose from. If you can do this job yourself, it is an inexpensive way to seriously jazz up any set, but if you are getting them done by a club builder, you can expect to pay a premium since the installation process involves complete disassembly—as shown in the video below.

 

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Jackson

    Aug 16, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    What size stamps do you use?

  2. Can’t pay more

    Aug 13, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Paying $5 per “artisanal” ferrule sorta makes me wish for a leather apron and a muddler. At least I’d be hammered for being hosed so bad for a piece of plastic!

  3. Ryan sucks more than Gianni

    Aug 13, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    We’ll file this under “duh.”

    Thanks for removing my previous comment since it probably hurt your wittle feelings.

    All the “articles” on this site are the most basic articles one could write. Where’s the enthusiasm to write something fresh and new? Just boring content that’s stickied under “trending” when it’s literally not.

    • Dean

      Aug 13, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      As always Ryan a very informative and well written article. To call this boring content is a narrow minded view of one person. There are plenty of golfers out there who have not tried these customisation’s.

      • Ryan sucks more than Gianni

        Aug 15, 2020 at 12:39 am

        It’s boring cause what else can you do to clubs aside from this? “Hey to customize sneakers, try different laces.” It’s boring.

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @8 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6X (45.5 inches, 59.25 lie, D4)

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 @13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX (43.25 inches, 58 lie, D4)

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 @ 18.25 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7MB (3-PW)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 7.0 (6.5 in PW) 

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (54-10SB, 60-08LB)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

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Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper (34.25, 2.5 loft, 70 lie)

Ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5 (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (58R 1+1, logo down)

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GolfWRX Spotted: 2021 Mizuno ST-Z and ST-X drivers on USGA Conforming List

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When it comes to drivers, Mizuno isn’t usually the company that comes to the top of mind for many golfers, but starting with the ST-190, and then the ST-200 series in 2020, they have quickly changed the perception of their metal woods thanks to wins on tour and more players choosing to put them in play—most recently Brandt Snedeker as a non-contracted player.

This morning, with the update of the USGA and R&A conforming equipment lists, we are getting a sneak peek at what Mizuno will have in store for 2021 with the release of the ST-Z and ST-X drivers.

What we know

Based on the information provided in the USGA submission by Mizuno, the ST-X will only be available in right-handed (10.5 and 12-degree lofts), while the ST-Z will be available in both right (9.5  and 10.5 degrees) and left-handed (9.5 degrees only).

ST-Z

Based on the images from the USGA list and our experience with the Mizuno product line, it appears that the ST-Z is the next step in the evolution of the standard ST200 with no adjustable CG but with a customizable weight in the back of the head.

We haven’t seen any images of a moveable weight driver in this new ST series, so it could be that the G-woods are getting phased out in favor of more internally biased weighting, but since those types of drivers often take a bit more time to get just right, it could be a matter of time before a “G” type driver hits the list.

As for technology, it has Mizuno’s standard wave to create flexibility behind the face, an adjustable hosel, and based on the images, more carbon fiber used around the head compared to previous generations, especially on the sole. I would also expect to hear a new face material or design story to complete the package and to boost MOI and ball speed.

ST-X

Based on the image from the USGA list and our experience, it appears that the ST-X is the next step in the evolution of the ST200-X driver, which is the lighter weight, more upright, and draw-biased driver from Mizuno. Don’t think draw bias always means it’s for higher handicaps either, because Mizuno staff player Chris Kirk got along very nicely with his out on the Korn Ferry and PGA Tours in 2020, including a win.

The tell-tale sign is the more heel biased weight in the back of the driver and what looks to be some sort of textured area to create “visible technology” towards the heel of the clubhead.

Beyond being draw-biased, when it comes to technology, it shares a lot of similarities to the ST-Z with Mizuno’s standing wave to create flexibility behind the face, an adjustable hosel, and more carbon fiber used around the head compared to previous generations, especially on the sole, and in the case of the ST-X, on the sole.

We don’t have any information on the release of these new drivers, but considering Mizuno didn’t adjust product release schedules in 2020, I would imagine it will be doing the same in 2021, and we can expect to hear more about these ST drivers either late 2020 or early into 2021.

To see what other golfers are saying about the newly spotted Mizuno ST-Z and ST-X drivers, check out the GolfWRX forums and join the discussion: GolfWRX – New Mizuno drivers spotted on USGA Conforming List

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5 hybrid vs 5 iron – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the logic behind removing their 5 iron from their bag. WRXer ‘rwl’ asks whether any fellow members have experiences doing so, and WRXers have been sharing their thoughts and experiences in our forum.

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.

  • RobertL.: “I replaced my 5 iron with a 5 hybrid. I find it far easier to hit than my 5 iron. I also took my 6 iron out of the bag, so now my longest iron is a 7. I now carry a 3, 4, and 5 hybrid since they’re so much easier to hit than long irons. Makes a big difference for this senior golfer.”
  • JohnKHawk: “For last 2 seasons I’ve played with a Cobra F9 5 hybrid. It’s 24 degrees & gaps perfectly between Cobra OS 3-4 hybrid at 20.5 degrees & Apex19 6 iron which is 26.5 degrees. The 5 iron was just getting to be to undependable. Misses with the 5 hybrid were more playable than the 5 iron. Use what works best for your game.”
  • Abe21599: “Never a bad idea to have both a 5i and 5h options in the trunk, just gotta watch lofts.”
  • nitram: “I know it sounds so “old man” but if you want to make a change in your 5-iron slot and can’t seem to get along with a hybrid, give the 9-wood a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.”

Entire Thread: “5 hybrid vs 5 iron”

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