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How to Refinish Ping Irons

By Matt Manco

From the first putter designed in Karsten Soleheim's garage to the industry-leading woods, irons and putters that dominate the professional tours today, PING has been a model of consistent quality and innovation. PING irons are some of the most popular sets among amateur players because of their forgiveness and custom-fitting options. Their technology has held up through the years; the PING Eye2 irons introduced U-groove technology in the 1980s, and it remains the most effective groove technology available. If you play a custom fit set of PINGs, you should be hesitant to replace them after only a few years. A custom set should fit your game longer than clubs bought off the rack, and with a few simple steps your clubs can stay in great shape for years.

Clean Your Clubs

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

Using the same soap, take a soft toothbrush and clean the grooves on the face. Use your wire brush to clean the grooves on your irons and wedges.

Let the clubs dry after thoroughly cleaning and re-examine whether a touch-up is necessary.

Refinishing Irons

The refurbishing process changes depending on your irons. If you play chrome-forged, carbon steel irons, you may want to re-chrome them to bring back the luster of their original state. Most refurbishment jobs target performance by repairing nicks, scratches and dents.

The re-chroming process is extremely difficult and should only be done by professionals. The process involves stripping the chrome, reapplying chrome and painting the head. Materials used in the chroming process are dangerous and this method should be avoided by amateurs.

After re-chroming, use the proper groove repair tool (U-shaped or V-shaped grooves) on your irons and wedges.

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