How to Remove Scratches from Golf Clubs

Getting scratches on a golf club can happen to anyone, whether you are a professional going on tours or just starting as an amateur golfer. It may be as a result of a poor shot or careless handling of the golf club. 

Removing scratches entails a series of activities that you can follow to avoid detrimental results. In most cases, the scratches appear on the golf driver. This happens because the golf driver takes the hit whenever a golfer takes a swing. 

In this informative guide, you will learn how to remove scratches from a golf club. We recommend that you focus on the driver, because it is the most critical part of the club. If you are unsure of yourself, you should probably get an expert to check out the golf club.

Removing Sky marks from a Golf Club

Sky marks are those scratches that appear on top of the driver and are usually a result of hitting way under the ball. Such a shot can be very frustrating and even more annoying when you later inspect your club and find the damage it has caused. 

Removing sky marks involves the use of some basic tools. In some situations, you will include using touch-up paint for the driver to reclaim that shiny look. Before doing anything else on your driver, ensure that you thoroughly clean it with basic soap and water.

One inexpensive way to remove scratches from the driver and give it that shiny look is by using toothpaste.

  • This method is little known but works quite well if the scratch isn’t so deep. All you have to do is clean the driver with soapy water and a piece of cloth to remove dirt from the surface.
  • Dry the driver with a towel and apply the toothpaste to the affected surface. This is a DIY trick; therefore, you can use any white toothpaste available. Allow it to dry for a couple of minutes before gently scrubbing it with a piece of cloth in circular motions. 
  • Polish the surface with the cloth until the driver appears as shiny as possible. What you should note is that this method may not be effective for deeper scratches. 

What scares most golfers is that drivers are quite expensive to replace. Despite that fact, a sky mark damage has little to no effect on the golf club’s performance. Described below is one of the most effective ways to remove sky marks from the golf driver.

Step 1  

  • The first thing you need to do is clean the sky mark off using soapy water and a towel. This step ensures that your driver is as clean as possible and free from any micro debris. You can also choose to clean the entire club head with the same effort. 

Step 2

  • Once the cleaning is done, it is time to dry the entire club head with a towel. Ensure the affected part is free from any moisture. Use a painter’s tape to cover the surrounding areas of the sky mark.

Step 3

  • If you cannot access paint designed for golf clubs, automobile paint or even model car paint will give the desired results. Ensure that you use the right amount of paint and don’t be tempted to paint the entire head as this may affect your club’s performance due to weight changes. 

Step 4

  • In this step, you should allow the driver to dry for as long as the paint requires. Remove the painter’s tape when the paint dries up and uses light gauge sandpaper to smoothen it. Ensure that you apply minimal pressure when smoothening to prevent any extra damage. 

At this point, your golf club should be better than it was initially. 

How to Remove Scratches from a Golf Club Driver

Fixing a scratch on a golf driver is challenging, especially if the affected part is the clubface. The clubface is the most critical part of the driver, and you do not want to mess with that. Unless the scratch is tiny and not so deep into the surface, you should probably find the nearest professional to help you out. 

However, if the scratch appears to be tiny, you can try fixing it yourself by following these steps.

Step 1 

  • Thoroughly wash the clubhead with warm soapy water and a piece of cloth. Be careful with the amount of pressure you place on the fiber cloth so that you don’t end up causing more damage. 

Step 2 

  • Cover the clubface with painter’s tape and leave open the affected part of the driver as this is the surface you want to work on. 

Step 3

  • Gently apply the paint on the scratched area using a foam brush. Remember, the paint being used here is the touch-up paint. If that is not readily available, you can use model car paint. 

Step 4 

  • Let the paint dry for approximately 4-6 hours or however long it will take to dry, depending on the type of paint you chose to use. At this point, you can remove the painter’s tape from the clubhead.

Step 5 

  • Based on your judgment, determine if the paint you applied stands out or if it is neatly done. If you think it needs to be smoother, soak a 600 grit sandpaper in water for about fifteen minutes and use it to smoothen the part. 

Note that sand paper is not always necessary.  Sometimes the paint job alone is enough to do the work.  

How to Polish Golf Clubs 

Polishing your golf club is one the easiest methods you can use to remove scratches from golf clubs. Polishing is not only crucial in removing scratches, but golfers can also use this method to prevent their clubs from catching rust. 

You will only need a small amount of metal polish and a microfiber piece of cloth for this process. If metal polish is not readily available, you can opt for car wheel polish. 

Step 1 

  • Squeeze a small amount of polish on the piece of cloth and gently apply it to the club’s metal sections. The layer should be thin and even all through. 

Step 2 

  • Allow the polish to dry out for as long as it requires so that the polish can be absorbed into the metal. There are, however, some types of polish that dry instantly. 

Step 3 

  • Use a piece of cloth to gently rub over the golf club’s metal sections in circular motions. This will leave the golf club with a shiny look. At this point, the tiny scratches will be no more. 

Removing scratches from various parts of a golf club can be challenging if they go deep. All the steps should be followed and you should consult a professional whenever you feel challenged. Remember always to use the correct type of paint when removing the scratches.

The driver is usually one of the most affected parts and at the same time the most critical of all parts. Therefore, exercise care whenever dealing with this part. This information guide will be very insightful on how to remove scratches from golf clubs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do dents and scratches affect the performance of a game?

A: The impact of dents and scratches on the game’s performance generally depends on their location. A deep scratch or significantly large dent on the clubhead would affect how you hit the ball. Sky marks do not affect the performance in any way.

Q: Can toothpaste be used to remove scratches on golf clubs?

A: You can use white toothpaste to remove scratches only if they are not too deep. The result, when used on large dents and scratches, may not be that appealing. 

Q: Can polishing remove scratches?

Polishing can be used as an alternative when you want to remove scratches that are not so deep. Always ensure that you use the right kind of polish.

Last Updated on April 10, 2021 by Tom Fiore

Hey ! I'm Tom. I have been playing Golf for most of my adulthood and have an experience of about 10+ Years. I love to guide people on their golf journey and share my experience of playing Golf, using products and all the tips I have for people out there ! Thanks for reading my blog.

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