How to Restore Ping Golf Irons

By Matt Manco

Despite golf company claims they can reinvent the wheel, more than likely the 14 clubs in your bag now are not the cause of your problems. Great clubs today will last years with proper measures taken to ensure quality and durability. Regular cleanings and an eye for catching nicks and scratches early can keep your clubs in good shape, but if you've fallen behind in your maintenance, a full refurbishment might be necessary.

Refinishing your Pings

Before you take on a time-consuming and potential total refinish of your clubs, clean them thoroughly. Using a soft cloth and a light soap, gently wipe the club face and head. Use the wire brush to clean the grooves on your irons and wedges.

If you determine more than a cleanup is needed, it's time to refinish. Identify the problem areas on your irons. Often scuff marks on the sole need the most attention. Focus your efforts on the sole and grooves.

Target the grooves on your Ping irons--use the groove tool to sharpen and even out any damage. Clean, consistent spin on the green depends on the sharpness of your grooves. Use slow, even strokes in the grooves with light pressure until you get a consistent path.

Detail the sole. Begin by buffing it back to its original shine. With your paintbrush, slowly fill in around the detailing of the sole, like the iron identification number. Be sure to quickly remove any spilled paint. Fill in the number with a layer of paint, and wipe away the excess. Continue to fill and wipe until the number is completely visible again.

Let the paint dry overnight, then re-examine the work. If you need to cover up more or lightly remove excess paint, do it quickly. Then let the club dry overnight again. The fresh paint will be more susceptible to staining in the first few days after refinish, so try to time your work when you won't be playing.

To avoid having to completely refinish your Ping irons, keep a careful eye for nicks and scratches and clean them frequently.

About the Author

Matt Manco is a freelance writer based in New England. A member of the award-winning Maroon student newspaper at Loyola University, his work has appeared across the Beacon Communications newspaper and magazine group as a local government reporter and photojournalist.

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