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When OEM finishes just aren’t good enough…part 1

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Nike Golf has really improved upon their golf products since entering the OEM golf equipment realm. I like my Nike wedges so much, except for the chrome finish, I decided a change to their looks was in order. This past season I gamed a set of forged Nike Pro Combo Tours with a somewhat matching set of Nike Forged Tiger Woods 56 and 60 degree sand wedges. They fit right in with my iron set, and from inside 100 yards I was deadly (well for me anyway) accurate with these wedges. Yet, something was missing in the aesthetics department.  For me, a chromed sand wedge is akin to golf fashion faux pas.

 

I was now in search of a properly finished wedge so I wandered over to the SV wedge lineup (the Victory Red line wasn’t even a rumor at the time, and even now they are the wrong finish for me), I liked the SV’s more subdued finishes, but I liked the performance of my Tiger Woods wedges more. In short, I couldn’t stand the chrome finish on these wedges.  Many times this summer the bright sunlight bounced off the wedge face and right into my eyes. I don’t wear sunglasses while paying so this became quite a problem. In my mind there were two possible solutions. The first, and least attractive solution was to switch to a different brand of sand wedge.  A wedge with an oil can finish more to my liking, no thank you, I really like my Nike Tiger Woods wedge line up. The second solution was to figure out a way to change the finish on my wedges. Sure, we all see the guys on the forums who bust out the blowtorch in the garage and change the finish. What I really wanted OEM looking, or better because these wedges (and me) deserve it.  The finish that Nike (and other OEMs on their stuff  as well) had neglected to put on there in the first place. Spend some time on the Golfwrx forums and you’ll see a ton of refinished putters, wedges and even irons, all with aftermarket finishes better than what came on the golf club originally.

Here are my wedges, removed from the shafts and ready for shipping to Black Oxide Service.

You could also get in contact with Monica at Black Oxide Service, or also known by the acronym, “BOS”. BOS can do all types of refinishes to golf clubs. They offer options for carbon steel and stainless steel as well. Just ask via e-mail and Monica will send out a super neat power point with a ton of pictures showing new finishes and various paint fill options they have completed for their discriminating customers. The possibilities are almost endless. For me it was pretty straight forward and simple, wait until winter sets in, send of fthe Nike wedge heads to BOS for a refinish more to my personal liking, have them re-do the paintfill to my specs (this was the toughest part, deciding on paint fill colors) and then wait for them to arrive back in Ohio. Stay tuned for part two of this story, we’ll see the wedges up close and refinished and then go more in depth with Black Oxide Service and what they have to offer as well. Stay tuned!
 

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  1. Rich Hetzel

    Jan 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Here you go!

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  2. Nash Carr

    Jan 14, 2009 at 11:04 am

    oil can, i came close to going black oxide….decisions, decisions!

  3. Doug Albers

    Jan 13, 2009 at 10:21 am

    So, do you have Monica’s email address?

  4. w8liftr

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:03 am

    What finish did you choose for the wedges? Looking forward to the finished product.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/18/24): TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head

From the seller: (@lasallen): “For sale is a BRNR mini 11.5 deg head only in brand new condition.  $325 shipped.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade BRNR mini driver head 

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (4/18/24): Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made.

From the seller: (@DLong72): “Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made. ?: $1150. ?? 100% milled collectors item from the limited releases commemorating when Ping putters won every major in 1988 (88 putters made). This was the model Seve Ballesteros used to win the 1988 Open Championship. Condition is brand new, never gamed, everything is in the original packaging as it came. Putter features the iconic sound slot.

Specs/ Additional Details

-100% Milled, Aluminum/Bronze Alloy (310g)

-Original Anser Design

-PING PP58 Grip

-Putter is built to standard specs.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping PLD Limited Anser – 1988 Open Championship – #2 of only 88 Made

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Inside Collin Morikawa’s recent golf ball, driver, 3-wood, and “Proto” iron changes

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As you probably know by now, Collin Morikawa switched putters after the first round of The Masters, and he ultimately went on to finish T3.

The putter was far from the only change he made last week, however, and his bag is continuing to change this week at the 2024 RBC Heritage.

On the range of The Masters, Morikawa worked closely with Adrian Reitveld, TaylorMade’s Senior Manager of Tour at TaylorMade, to find the perfect driver and 3-wood setups.

Morikawa started off 2024 by switching into TaylorMade’s Qi10 Max driver, but since went back to his faithful TaylorMade SIM – yes, the original SIM from 2020. Somehow, some way, it seems Morikawa always ends up back in that driver, which he used to win the 2020 PGA Championship, and the 2021 Open Championship.

At The Masters, however, Rietveld said the duo found the driver head that allowed “zero compromise” on Morikawa’s preferred fade flight and spin. To match his preferences, they landed on a TaylorMade Qi10 LS 9-degree head, and the lie angle is a touch flatter than his former SIM.

“It’s faster than his gamer, and I think what we found is it fits his desired shot shape, with zero compromise” Rietveld told GolfWRX.com on Wednesday at the RBC Heritage.

Then, to replace his former SIM rocket 3-wood, Morikawa decided to switch into the TaylorMade Qi10 core model 13.5-degree rocket head, with an adjustable hosel.

“He likes the spin characteristics of that head,” Rietveld said. “Now he’s interesting because with Collin, you can turn up at a tournament, and you look at his 3-wood, and he’s changed the setting. One day there’s more loft on it, one day there’s less loft on it. He’s that type of guy. He’s not scared to use the adjustability of the club.

“And I think he felt our titanium head didn’t spin as low as his original SIM. So we did some work with the other head, just because he liked the feel of it. It was a little high launching, so we fit him into something with less loft. It’s a naughty little piece of equipment.” 

In addition to the driver and fairway wood changes, Morikawa also debuted his new “MySymbol” jersey No. 5 TP5x golf ball at The Masters. Morikawa’s choice of symbols is likely tied to his love of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

Not enough changes for you? There’s one more.

On Wednesday at the 2024 RBC Heritage, Morikawa was spotted with a new TaylorMade “Proto” 4-iron in the bag. If you recall, it’s the same model that Rory McIlroy debuted at the 2024 Valero Texas Open.

According to Morikawa, the new Proto 4-iron will replace his old P-770 hollow-bodied 4-iron.

“I used to hit my P-770 on a string, but sometimes the distance would be a little unpredictable,” Morikawa told GolfWRX.com. “This one launches a touch higher, and I feel I can predict the distance better. I know Rory replaced his P-760 with it. I’m liking it so far.” 

See Morikawa’s full WITB from the 2024 RBC Heritage here. 

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