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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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Jon Rahm WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @10 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 @14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

jon-rahm-witb-2020Utility iron: TaylorMade RSI TP UDI (4)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52-09), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12SB, 60-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)

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The most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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