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DIY GOLF – “How To Hand Stamp Your Own Golf Clubs!”

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Article written by: Shane Smith

Today’s DIY GOLF project comes to you from one of the MGS readers…Shane Smith.  He wants to teach the MGS readers how to hand stamp your own golf clubs by using some simple and cheap tools that any of you can pick up at your local hardware stores.  If you have a DIY project you would like to post on MyGolfSpy, simply send us an email to [email protected].

Simply submit your idea to [email protected] and we will email you the DIY guidelines. Every published DIY author will receive a prize from MyGolfSpy! (cash, equipment & apparel prizes to be awarded)

DIY- Hand Stamping Golf Clubs (w/Paint Fill)

Tools Needed:

  • Masking Tape
  • Ball pin or standard hammer (not rubber mallet, must be of good weight – 4lbs)
  • Steel Stamps (1/8”) – Available at most Ace Hardware or similar stores. (Letters are about $25 and numbers are about $10)
  • Sturdy, flat surface.
  • Model Paint (about $8 at most hobby stores- Hobby Lobby, Michael’s) or Tamiya Paint
  • Acetone (paint thinner, finger nail polish remover)
  • Q-Tips
  • A-West Needle Applicator or Golf Tees

hand stamp golf clubs

Step-By-Step Process

(STEP 1:)Apply masking tape to both the face of the club as well as the surface in which you will be working on. This will help keep the club in place as it tends to jump after you strike the stamp with the hammer. Also, apply a piece of masking tape over the area you wish to stamp.

(Tip:)You can use a pen and free hand what you want to mark. However, it does not have to be perfectly straight. The uneven, dancing look is the true essence of a hand stamp.

handstamping golf clubs

(Step 2:)Hold the desired stamp over the area and strike with the hammer 5-10 times. The reason the strikes vary in number is because clubs vary in hardness. This Cleveland CG 14 that I stamped took a lot more hits than the Titleist. With a Ping wedge, I needed safety goggles cause it took quite a bit of effort and I thought the stamp was going to break. Once your first round of strikes is complete, you should see a stamp through the tape and on the club.

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You can see the first round of strikes going through the tape and making a shallow stamp.

how to handstamp a wedge

(Step 3:)If your first round of strikes have not made a deep enough stamp (depth similar to those made by the manufacturer), remove tape and place the stamp in the existing mark and continue stamping in repetitions of five.

(Step 4:)Once proper depth has been achieved, you may paint fill the stamp with a color of your choice. I prefer Testor’s Model Paint. I have used Testor’s on all my fills and the paint has held up even on wedges that I use out of bunkers (you can also use Tamiya Paint). You can apply the paint using a golf tee or A-West Needle Applicator. Allow a drying time of 4 hours. However, I have used a hair dryer on cool air to help speed the process. Anything on high heat will heat the club and cause the paint to set incorrectly.

tamiya paint

(Step 5:)Once paint has dried, use q-tips dipped in acetone to remove any excess paint that has spilled over the stamp. Here is the final result:

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(TIP:) – As with any DIY golf project, practice makes perfect. These wedges were old back-ups. It’s best to hone your skills before marking up your gaming set. If you are wanting to use multiple colors for paint fill, it is best to do one at a time.

Want to post your own DIY project on MyGolfSpy?  Simple send your idea to [email protected] and we will email you the DIY guidelines. Every published DIY author will receive a prize from MyGolfSpy! (cash, equipment & apparel prizes to be awarded)

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Golfer Burnz February 16, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Thanks Shane…Cool.

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LoneWolf February 17, 2010 at 9:54 am

I see that you used a wooden post as a support for the wedge while hammering. I think it is probably very important to protect the grooves on the face of the club by having the face flat on a piece of wood rather than on metal or concrete.

I’ll have to look into this. It looks like a fun way to personalize your clubs!

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mygolfspy February 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

It is usually better to use some type of vise to hold the club and you can stick tape over the grooves for extra protection as well.

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Sergio February 17, 2010 at 10:10 am

I’ve tried using a tee as a paint fill applicator on other projects…didn’t work well (diameter too large) as would the needle applicator, but tooth-picks work great for paint filling.

Curious, after stamping the letter or number…Does the steel mushroom?

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mygolfspy February 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

You can get the needle applicators in different head diameters…too small of one can make it difficult. Although with the right size it is by far the easiest to get a uniform fill.

You do typically get a little mushroom of the metal just because you are pushing metal down and the extra metal has no where to go but to the sides which can lead to a little mushrooming.

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rob February 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

Great read – Prior to sending my putter out to LaMont Mann/Mannkrafted putters (article about him here last year) for custom work, including multiple stamps, I tried the stamp that I had purchased to be used, on one of my old putters – It is scary swinging a 4lb hand sledge first time. My initial results were promising – lol
Here is a picture of the stampings done to mine -

http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh410/mainuh/mannkrafted%20%20wishon%20putter/2010_02010010-1.jpg

All I can say is practice, practice on that old putter/wedge.

Oh yeah – Tamiya paints have intense colors – We used acrylic
rob

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mygolfspy February 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Nice pics Rob ;) And I agree if you are just learning how to stamp you should absolutely practice on some older clubs that you do not plan to play.

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rob February 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm

MGS – thanks.
If its okay I am going to provide the forum with a list of decorative stamp links to truly individualize their putter/wedge. Letters can be easily found but the decorative are a lot harder to find, I did all the leg work and this will save hours of time.
http://store.metalliferous.com/ – where mine came from
http://www.beaducation.com/
http://www.jatayu.com
http://www.sfjssantafe.com
http://www.thingswestern.com – western themed

rob

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rob February 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I posted a link to this article on Golf Discussions. As you can see from above post I have some interest in stamping .
This is a topic that I am happy to share on the forums I visit.
Shane – thx for the hard work.
MGS – thx for keeping up with interesting and unique content.
rob

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John February 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Very interesting – thanks for posting

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mygolfspy February 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm

You are welcome John.

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rob February 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

Hey All -
If you are really planning on doing more than one stamping on a club you might want to consider buying this stamp holder from McMaster.com
OTOH – if you already have have Vise Lock pliars they should work just as well – and a lot more versatile.
Your hands will appreciate it – ;-)
rob

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Matt February 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm

This is so sick!! Im going to try this on my cleveland classic putter. Should look real nice. However my only question is if i do this what can i do to prevent dings and such on the putter because i dont like the idea of setting my club on a hard flat surface and swinging a hammer into it. Thanks this is awesome.

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Nick February 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Great project. I just stamped my Cleveland wedges and now I’m going to work on my irons. They came out great so far. People love it. I’m going to start doing it for other people as well.

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Kevin September 27, 2010 at 7:26 am

Having done hand stamping on for a club company and on tour, I highly suggest the following:

55 lb. anvil. This can be placed on a work bench and provides a truly stable place in which to do the stamping. Using a table top…not so good.

2 or 3 lb. hammer. Get something with as wide a hitting surface as possible. Stamps are small, and a small hammer is going to make things more painful than they need to be.

Practice on clubs you don’t want. Find something you are never going to use again and practice on it. Seriously. It took me about a month of practice before I was truly comfortable and would stamp players clubs. It takes time to get the feel and the confidence for it to look good.

Model paint is okay, but I prefer nail polish. Cheaper, and quicker drying.

I also prefer lacquer thinner to acetone. Lacquer thinner leaves less streaking on the metal, so there is less clean-up.

Have fun!

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