We write a lot about the latest and greatest golf clubs at GolfWRX, but the truth is that there’s probably still a lot of great golf left in your old clubs. With a little effort, you can make them look as good, if not better than when you bought them.
Before you start making aesthetic changes to your clubs, however, you’ll want to make sure that they fit your needs. If feasible, head to a reputable club fitter to make sure your lofts, lies, lengths, shafts, grips and swing weights are correct for you. Forged irons, wedges and putters in particular should have their lofts and lies checked every 3-to-12 months, depending on how much golf you play.
Whether you’re repurposing used equipment from your garage, upgrading your current gamers, or just found a great deal on a legendary golf club on eBay, use this list to make your clubs look as cool as possible.
The grip is where your hands meet the club, so if your old equipment has a grip that’s cracked, worn or ripped, it’s definitely time to change it up.
New grips on the market, such Lamkin’s i-Line (pictured above), and models from Iomic, Golf Pride and Best Grips offer vibrant options, allowing golfers to personalize equipment and express their personality in ways they couldn’t in the past.
Not sure on what color to go with? Try matching them to your shafts and club heads.
[quote_box_center]”It looks so cool when golfers match their grips to their shafts or [club head] paintfill,” said Ryan Barath, Build Shop Manager and Lead Builder at Modern Golf, a top custom-fitting studio located near Toronto.[/quote_box_center]
Remember that the weight of your grip will affect the swing weight of your club. A heavier grip makes the golf club feel lighter, and vice versa.
Whether they’re made for drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges or putters, golf shafts these days are available in a variety of colors, and made to tighter tolerances than ever before.
We’re not advocating that you buy a shaft for the way it looks — you want what works best for your game — but the good news is that most high-quality shafts come with great looks. Companies such as KBS offer laser etching and other custom shaft options that allow golfers to add a personal touch.
“The coolest thing I’ve ever seen on a shaft is ‘Engineered for (insert name),” Barath Says.
One last thing. If you have a bright-colored shaft, make sure the grip is the same color, a neutral color, or a complimentary color so it doesn’t clash.
Ferrules are pieces of customizable club accessories that are often overlooked, but they can have a big impact on appearance. These tiny colored caps go where the shaft meets the hosel, and depending on the design, can produce an awesome visual effect. Some golfers will play nothing but black ferrules on their clubs, but others are open to different designs.
Have an idea for a ferrule of your own design? It’s more expensive to design your own, but it’s possible through companies such as Cell Parts Manufacturing that customize ferrules.
If you’re thinking about applying ferrules yourself, make sure you know what you’re doing — it requires disassembling the club and potentially dangerous tasks, so it may be best to leave it to the professionals, Barath says.
See how the ferrule changes the character of the golf club? Now if the Miura logo just had some white paint fill, which brings us to…
A little paint (or nail polish) is a great way to customize and personalize your golf clubs. Even if your wedges don’t have custom stampings or engravings, you can add a little flair to your clubs by striping the paint and creating your own color scheme.
Worried about doing it yourself?
“It’s pretty easy, just tedious,” Barath says. “Take the time. you can do it!”
To do it yourself, get your hands on a paint stripper like acetone (nail polish remover works, too). Then apply acrylic paint, or even nail polish, to achieve the color scheme you desire. Or, after you strip the paint off your club, you have the option to leave it that way for a stealthy, unfinished look.
Even if your golf clubs are beat up and worn down, a custom finish can make them look new again — or maybe even better than they did when you bought them. Re-finishing a golf club by yourself is difficult and dangerous, but companies like LabWorx, Black Oxide Services and Continental Golf can help achieve the finish and look you’re after.
If you want to spice up a metal wood with less effort (and cost), Club Crown sells stickers that apply to the crowns of metal woods, which opens up a world of options — from team logos to super hero-themed decals.
What GolfWRXers are saying about Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons
In our forums, our members have been discussing Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons which he has in the bag at this week’s CJ Cup. WRXers have been commenting on the switch and the clubs themselves in our forums.
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.
- btyh: “Holy offset.”
- Glf_LU: “These are interesting. Not going to make a rush to judgement until I see them in person. It does look like a little more offset than I would expect to see in this model.”
- bcflyguy1: “Kisner is not one to make a lot of equipment changes (see the GBB driver he’s still using), so if these do have staying power in his bag that will be interesting to see. I have to wonder if there’s something different about his set, because like others have mentioned there appears to be more offset on his than I recall seeing in the samples I’ve had in hand.”
WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing
As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.
Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.
— Srixon (@SrixonGolf) June 25, 2018
Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.
Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this
— Josh Scobee (@JoshScobee10) September 10, 2017
We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.
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