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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: BBandFco.com 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 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. 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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Ben Hogan adds GS53 MAX driver to lineup

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Ben Hogan golf is throwing its Hogan flat cap into the ring and entering the MAX driver-category with the introduction of the all-new 460cc GS53 MAX driver.

The GS53 MAX creates extra forgiveness, thanks in part to its multi-material construction and a 22-percent larger and 11-percent taller face than the current GS53. For those that love the original GS53, don’t worry it will continue to remain in the line, with the new MAX being a line extension for those looking to get extra help on shots missed around the face.

The driver is constructed from 4 distinct pieces

  • Carbon composite crown to reduce mass around the top of the driver’s head and to push more mass low to increase MOI.
  • Forged face for precision, and ball speed
  • Titanium soleplate with perimeter mass
  • Tungsten weight at the rear of the sole to further increase MOI and help increase launch while reducing spin.

Thanks in part to the weight savings from the crown, the titanium soleplate has more mass positioned away from the face and around the edges to increase the stability of the head, and to acoustically tune the driver for a solid sound at impact.

“The combination of the lightweight composite crown and tungsten sole weight allows us to position the Center of Mass so that we maximize launch while decreasing the amount of ball spin. This provides a higher ball flight, especially for players who don’t have Tour-caliber clubhead speeds for increased carry and roll out. “
– Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Company.

The GS53 MAX driver will initially be available right-handed and come in lofts of 9° and 10.5°. It will be adjustable using their proprietary hosel adjustment system known as “flight control”, which offers the ability to add or decrease loft by 1° and lie angle all while never having to worry about realigning the shaft/grip.

The last part of the driver puzzle is the shafts options and to increase the value to consumers the GS53 MAX comes with the choice of three premium aftermarket shafts including:

  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black for golfers seeking a lower trajectory
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue for golfers seeking a mid trajectory
  • UST Mamiya Helium for those seeking a higher trajectory

Price, specs, and availability 

Thanks to Ben Hogan Golf’s direct-to-consumer model, the new 460cc GS53 MAX, is available starting today fior $355.00 with the choice of the 3 premium shaft options.

For more information on other Ben Hogan clubs including fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters or to purchase the GS53 MAX Driver visit www.benhogangolf.com.

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U.S. retail golf equipment sales exceed record $1 billion mark

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This summer, golf saw a surge in business as states emerged from COVID lockdown and equipment sales is one of the areas that has been booming.

On Wednesday, Golf Datatech, an industry research firm, announced that U.S. retail golf equipment sales surpassed the $1 billion mark for the third quarter – which is the first time sales have reached $1 billion for July, August and September.

That figure also represents the second-highest quarter ($1.013 billion in Q2, 2008) of all-time, and per Golf Datatech, golf equipment sales for 2020 are up a whopping 42% over the same period in 2019.

Speaking on the incredible surge in equipment sales, John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC, said

“The story keeps getting better as golf continues to surge coming out of the shutdown, and Q3 equipment sales suggests that 2020 will likely end up positive for the entire year. Year-to-date sales for total equipment are now up 0.2% compared to 2019, and considering the size of the hole created by the shutdown in April and May this recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. While the US economy will not enjoy a ‘V Shaped Recovery’ in 2020, if golf continues on this trajectory we will be there soon.”

Per the company, the best selling items for September were golf bags at +19% and wedges at +18%, while golf shoes were +2%.

Overall, the golf club category was +0.9% for the month, with balls and gloves trending slightly lower at -2.7%. Krzynowek also revealed that rounds played was another area with surging numbers:

“These month-over-month sales records are unlike anything we’ve ever seen since Golf Datatech started tracking performance data in 1997. Our Rounds Played data also shows similar record-breaking growth over the past several months, which is a strong indication that avid golfers and newcomers alike are driving the sport to new levels right now.”

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‘Play a big driver. Why not big irons?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the case for big irons. WRXer ‘2Down’ plays a Ping G410+ driver and has recently put Ping’s G710 irons in the bag, saying:

“Wondered how many play a large headed driver and play a draw or fade off the tee but when they pull an iron it’s some blade size thing so they can “work” the ball.

Recently I put G710 in the bag and answered my question for myself. They feel different for sure, but I am quickly adapting to only bringing the putter with me to the green.”

Our members have been discussing the combination 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.

  • Itsjustagame: “Personal preference but big irons tend to have more bounce, more offset and wider soles some or all of which may not suit a particular player.”
  • Fairway14: “Driver is played from a lie with the ball sitting on a tee, irons are played from a variety of lie types.”
  • J13: “They don’t really make “big” irons for players. Most have offset low CG for high launch, and super strong lofts.”
  • LeoLeo99: “I love my big irons. G400. Best I’ve ever used.”

Entire Thread: “Play a big driver. Why not big irons?”

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