How to Fix a Scratched Driver Head

By M.L. Rose
Touch up your driver to help your golf game shine.
Touch up your driver to help your golf game shine.

Being a scratch golfer is impressive, but playing with scratched golf clubs is not. If you don’t wish to take your nicked-up clubs to a pro shop for refinishing, you can repair small scratches yourself, pretty much the same way you’d touch up scratches on your car.

Painted Club Head Areas

Wash the driver’s club head with a rag dipped in soapy water. Use a stiff plastic brush to completely clean the scratched areas. Dry the club head with a clean towel.

Apply painter’s tape around the scratched areas. Leave 1/8 inch of space around the scratches.

Stir or mix the paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then brush or spray it on the scratches, moving in a single direction. The Golf Tips website suggests using automobile touch-up paint or nail polish. After the paint dries, add a second coat if any scratches are deep.

Sand the painted area smooth. Work g in one direction with 600-grit sandpaper that’s been soaked in water for 15 minutes. Wipe the area with a towel to remove the residue.

Unpainted Sole

Clean the sole (the bottom of the club head) with a rag dipped in soapy water. Use a brush to remove any remaining dirt from the scratched areas. Dry the driver’s sole with a clean towel.

Apply painter’s tape around the sole, covering the club face and the club head’s painted sides.

Buff out the scratches with 220-grit sandpaper that’s been soaked in water for 15 minutes if the scratches are small. Alternatively, try a rotary sander for deeper scratches. Either way, finish sanding with wet 400-grit sandpaper.

Wipe the club head with a clean cloth to remove the sanding residue.

About the Author

M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. He has contributed to a variety of national and local publications, specializing in sports writing. Rose holds a B.A. in communications.

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