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Top 3 ways to easily customize your clubs

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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. Pingback: 2020: The year of the DIY golfer – GolfWRX

  2. Jackson

    Aug 16, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    What size stamps do you use?

  3. 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!

  4. 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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Puma unveils new Ignite Fasten8 golf shoe

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Puma Golf has today introduced the newest addition to its popular spikeless franchise: the Ignite Fasten8.

The new Ignite Fasten8 ($120) family are designed to provide wearers added stability with a new, exacting fit in multiple sleek designs, featuring both a traditional lace-up style and Puma’s proprietary DISC technology, and also a PRO version with a microfiber upper. The Fasten8 lace version is also available in several eye-catching colorways for women ($100).

The lineup is led by Puma’s new Fasten8 Fit System, which consists of 8 interior webbing support straps that are integrated into the lacing system. The 8 webbing straps are secured from underneath the foot, and when the laces, or Disc, are tightened, each of the Fasten8 straps aims to deliver an exceptionally secure, personalized fit for players with all foot shapes and sizes.

The Fasten8 also features PWRCAGE (a TPU saddle integrated with midfoot support webbing straps), and PWRFRAME (an ultra-thin TPU frame placed in high-stress areas) technologies, both of which are designed to contribute to greater overall stability during the swing and increased comfort while walking. 

Speaking on the new additions from Puma, Andrew Lawson, PLM, Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The new Ignite Fasten8 shoe continues to deliver the cool, classic style that has become synonymous with PUMA Golf, in a popular mix of colorways that will appeal to a wide range of playersWhen you combine our innovative new Fasten8 Fit System with Puma’s other impressive footwear technologies you have a shoe that delivers true versatility, style and performance, all while ensuring the perfect fit and feel for every golfer.” 

Enhanced comfort and performance in a variety of turf conditions (or even for wear off the course) is provided by a strategically designed, organically-altered traction pattern in the sole, as well as IGNITE Foam in the midsole, which bids to yield energy return and cushioning throughout the course of 18 holes.

The Fasten8 shoe also features a non-stretch, waterproof and breathable mesh construction in the forefoot area, which bids to provide versatile performance in varying weather conditions and SoleShield, a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole to make cleaning off dirt and debris quick and easy. In addition, the Fasten8 Pro features a microfiber upper for style and performance.

Puma’s Ignite Fasten8 and Ignite Fasten8 Disc are available in six colorways in sizes 7-14. Ignite Fasten8 Pro is available in five colorways in the same size range, while Ignite Fasten8 Women’s is available in sizes 5.5-12 in four colorways.

You can check out all of the color offerings over at pumagolf.com. The Fasten8 family will be available online and at retail from March 2. 

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The most impressive listing from the GolfWRX Classifieds (02/23/21): Tiger Masters P7TW irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

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One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

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

There is rare, and then there is this: 17/81 TaylorMade T7PW – Masters Edition irons sealed in the box ready for your enjoyment. A set like this isn’t cheap but golly it sure is nice: TaylorMade Tiger Woods Masters Limited Edition Masters Irons Set 17/81

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Vokey launches new Slate Blue finish on SM8 wedges

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Looks are important when it comes to having confidence in your clubs, and with that in mind, Titleist is releasing a new Slate Blue finish for its Vokey SM8 wedge line.

The slate blue finish is applied just like a standard PVD (physical vapor deposition) finish but involves using a unique material that increases the production time. The result of the material and additional time is a rich deep finish that not only looks great but also has a longer life compared to traditional PVD.

“Very often, wedge finishes can be beautiful, but they won’t last,” said Vokey. “At the same time, the most durable finishes often aren’t stunning. Slate Blue combines the two. Not only will golfers love their wedge when they see it in the shop, the finish will last through the course of normal play.”

When it comes to technology the Slate Blue Vokey wedges offer the same progressive forward center of gravity for increased MOI and ball flight control, along with 100-percent inspected spin milled grooves.

Price and availability

Vokey Design SM8 Slate Blue wedges will be available in golf shops starting March 19, and will be available in all 23 loft, bounce, and grind options in both right and left-handed.

The wedges will be priced at $199 in their stock configuration which features a True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 and custom BV Wings New Decade Multi Compound grip from Golf Pride.

Additional customizations such as character stamping are available for an additional fee.

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