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    The solution to those annoying cavity inserts

    One of my regular golfing buddies likes to tinker with his clubs. Every time I meet him at the golf course he's done something new to one of his clubs.

    Some of the things he's done:
    • Had flames painted onto the crown of his driver
    • Giant grips on his putter
    • Landscape drawings on his golf balls (not kidding
    This time, he showed up with a set of irons I had not seen before, or so I had thought. It turns out that he had altered his Taylormade Burner XD irons by taking some kind of paint remover and removing the paint from the inserts in the cavity of the irons. The result was a very cool looking iron.

    Instead of having a multi-colored cavity insert he now had the same insert but in what appeared to be high-polished steel. Of course, it was just a plastic insert but I thought it looked much better with the polished steel look.

    What surprised me was that he was able to remove the coloring from the insert. I thought the color would have been fully incapsulated within the plastic insert but I was mistaken.

    I've asked him to send me a photo. He did the same thing with a Taylormade ATV wedge he recently bought--removed the paint fill. The result is a much better looking wedge.

    I thought I would share this knowledge in the event you choose to partake in a similar endeavor with your irons. Blade players need not apply.

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    I have a set of Cleveland TA 4's with really tacky VAS buttons glued to the inside of the cavities. I got done with removing those from PW to about 6 iron when I figured out that the set was not for me and I bought my used MP 14's. I filled some of the Cleveland cavities with lead tape and worked the tape in real good with the butt of one of my box-cutters and it looks real smooth.

    I really like flames painted on driver heads but only if those heads are black. Flames on one of those white-headed Taylors might be a bit over the top.

    I have an old Titleist 904F 3 wood that I recently reshafted and might be in my bag this weekend. I had put some epoxy in the end of the borethrough to clean it up a bit and the epoxy spread over the sole and face a bit so last night I took the small palm electric sander to it and started to sand the black paint off the head near the hosel and it looked pretty cool so I may just sand the black paint off the entire head. Maybe it will work better afterwards. I only need it off the tee on one or two holes on the course I am playing this coming Sunday.

    I am tempted to buy some of that special paint to do the engraved iron numbers on the soles of my Mizuno MP 14's since all the original paint fill has long gone and my eyesight isn't too good anymore either far way or close up and I've already picked out the wrong iron before with those. I went for the 8 iron on a 140 yard approach and wondered why I flew the green by 30 yards and then realized I had selected the 6. Maybe new orange or yellow paint fill. Those are pretty visible colors.
    Mostly Taylormade clubs now except for two Ping I25 hybrids, Mizuno 54 & Callaway 56 wedges.

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    I've seen clubs for sale where guys have done this sort of thing. I'm sure it makes them feel better about themselves in some peculiar way but I'm not sure what it does for the resale value of the clubs.
    I chose the road less traveled.

    Now where the f#ck am I?

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    To each his own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mongrel View Post
    I have a set of Cleveland TA 4's with really tacky VAS buttons glued to the inside of the cavities. I got done with removing those from PW to about 6 iron when I figured out that the set was not for me and I bought my used MP 14's. I filled some of the Cleveland cavities with lead tape and worked the tape in real good with the butt of one of my box-cutters and it looks real smooth.

    I really like flames painted on driver heads but only if those heads are black. Flames on one of those white-headed Taylors might be a bit over the top.

    I have an old Titleist 904F 3 wood that I recently reshafted and might be in my bag this weekend. I had put some epoxy in the end of the borethrough to clean it up a bit and the epoxy spread over the sole and face a bit so last night I took the small palm electric sander to it and started to sand the black paint off the head near the hosel and it looked pretty cool so I may just sand the black paint off the entire head. Maybe it will work better afterwards. I only need it off the tee on one or two holes on the course I am playing this coming Sunday.

    I am tempted to buy some of that special paint to do the engraved iron numbers on the soles of my Mizuno MP 14's since all the original paint fill has long gone and my eyesight isn't too good anymore either far way or close up and I've already picked out the wrong iron before with those. I went for the 8 iron on a 140 yard approach and wondered why I flew the green by 30 yards and then realized I had selected the 6. Maybe new orange or yellow paint fill. Those are pretty visible colors.

    The guy I knew who had flames put on his driver had it professionally done by a guy who specializes in painting custom motorcycles. It looked incredible and had that 3D look to it. It sucked, though, when he uncharacteristically popped up a drive and left a skymark.

    Personally, I do not like tinkering with irons. I'm a little superstitious that way. For example, I will only put Ping grips on Ping clubs and I will never buy a club that has been worked on after being assembled by the original manufacturer. I can't stand the idea of not knowing who did the work or if it was done properly.

    LOL. The guy I was just talking about also reshafted one of his wedges and this is how he did it: He held the wedge over his gas cooktop burner and removed it that way. He then used some type of epoxy from Home Depot (probably Gorilla Glue) and put on the graphite shaft. It was one of the worst club-making jobs I'd ever seen. He had burnt away some of the chrome on the shaft and half of the wedge looked burnt. The glue was all over the place.

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    Thinking that the easiest solution to the cavity insert is keep your butt cheeks squeezed tighter thus not allowing penetration FD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by famousdavis View Post
    The guy I knew who had flames put on his driver had it professionally done by a guy who specializes in painting custom motorcycles. It looked incredible and had that 3D look to it. It sucked, though, when he uncharacteristically popped up a drive and left a skymark.

    Personally, I do not like tinkering with irons. I'm a little superstitious that way. For example, I will only put Ping grips on Ping clubs and I will never buy a club that has been worked on after being assembled by the original manufacturer. I can't stand the idea of not knowing who did the work or if it was done properly.

    LOL. The guy I was just talking about also reshafted one of his wedges and this is how he did it: He held the wedge over his gas cooktop burner and removed it that way. He then used some type of epoxy from Home Depot (probably Gorilla Glue) and put on the graphite shaft. It was one of the worst club-making jobs I'd ever seen. He had burnt away some of the chrome on the shaft and half of the wedge looked burnt. The glue was all over the place.
    I first expermented with re-shafting clubs in the late '90's when we had a big detached garage that I had a cool driving range in and a big shed. In the shed, I light a big candle and held an old 3 wood over it at the hosel until the epoxy melted and then I pulled the shaft. I put another old graphite shaft in it using a two-part epoxy from an auto parts store. It looked like total crap but the bond was good and tight. I would draw the line at using a gas stove due to the epoxy fumes but then some guys cook meth in their condos so "What the hey?"
    Mostly Taylormade clubs now except for two Ping I25 hybrids, Mizuno 54 & Callaway 56 wedges.

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    Seems to me the next innovation in golf clubs would be to add the sound of your favorite porn star at impact. There's no reason the AVN shouldn't license a bunch of different orgasmic sounds for each club in the bag. Male voices for oversized choppers, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24putts View Post
    Seems to me the next innovation in golf clubs would be to add the sound of your favorite porn star at impact. There's no reason the AVN shouldn't license a bunch of different orgasmic sounds for each club in the bag. Male voices for oversized choppers, of course.
    I was just going to say it would be exclusively gay male sound effects for Callaway.
    I chose the road less traveled.

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    So instead of reaching for the Big Dob you grab the John Holmes?
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    Big Dog!!!!!!
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    There is a moderator here who likes to dabble is coloring his clubs, particularly his Scotty Cameron putter. He spent his entire spring break dedicated to this task in lieu of chasing tang across a beach. It went over very well with the rest of the GR bretheren.
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    Here is a photo of the club.
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    I can see what your buddy is trying to do. He's trying to make a cast POS shovel look like GFF. A noble objective but ultimately futile. That cast POS shovel may look better disguised as GFF but each time he swings them the feel will be nothing like the purity of GFF and he will be reminded the clubs are nothing more than painted up imposters. If he is so keen on GFF tell him to put his paint kit away and get some MX23s.
    I chose the road less traveled.

    Now where the f#ck am I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Player View Post
    I can see what your buddy is trying to do. He's trying to make a cast POS shovel look like GFF. A noble objective but ultimately futile. That cast POS shovel may look better disguised as GFF but each time he swings them the feel will be nothing like the purity of GFF and he will be reminded the clubs are nothing more than painted up imposters. If he is so keen on GFF tell him to put his paint kit away and get some MX23s.
    The MX line of Mizuno clubs are absolute shovels. Much bigger than the cavity back clubs I currently play, Ping i5s. In fact, I can't believe how big the PW is for the JPX 800 line. It's huge. Talk about gardening implements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by famousdavis View Post
    The MX line of Mizuno clubs are absolute shovels. Much bigger than the cavity back clubs I currently play, Ping i5s. In fact, I can't believe how big the PW is for the JPX 800 line. It's huge. Talk about gardening implements.
    I agree, and frankly I don't want all these MX losers acting like they are on equal footing with me. If your Mizunos don't start with MP, you are playing Callaways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by famousdavis View Post
    The MX line of Mizuno clubs are absolute shovels. Much bigger than the cavity back clubs I currently play, Ping i5s. In fact, I can't believe how big the PW is for the JPX 800 line. It's huge. Talk about gardening implements.
    Hey I'm not saying the MX or JPX line are great but they are worlds ahead of a tricked up Taylormade Burner XD painted up to look like a set of MX25s. It's clear this is what your buddy really wants.
    I chose the road less traveled.

    Now where the f#ck am I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Player View Post
    Hey I'm not saying the MX or JPX line are great but they are worlds ahead of a tricked up Taylormade Burner XD painted up to look like a set of MX25s. It's clear this is what your buddy really wants.
    His Taylormade Burner XD's are much better looking at address than the MX-25 irons. Why, just the other day I saw a set of MX-25s and I placed the 7 iron down as if I was addressing a ball. The head is huge and has significant offset. The worst part about the MX-25 head, though, is how long it is and how the toe isn't rounded at all. This gives it an ultra-shovely appearance and creates a gag reflex for the first time user. Not recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by famousdavis View Post
    The MX line of Mizuno clubs are absolute shovels. Much bigger than the cavity back clubs I currently play, Ping i5s. In fact, I can't believe how big the PW is for the JPX 800 line. It's huge. Talk about gardening implements.
    I have a bag full of those shovels and agree that the heads are FREAKING HUGE. However, mine are 20's and 23's and forged from soft steel alloys and look like new although they are going on 10-11 years now. I generally dislike large headed golf clubs but have gotten used to the big drivers and these irons. As for iron heads, the main thing I need is a sole design that keeps me from digging too much and still able to beat down on the back of the ball and take a nice beaver pelt of the turf when I want to. The MX's let me do it.


    The reality is that since my eyesight has deteriorated, the MX clubheads actually look pretty normal now and when I pull out the MP 14's, they look pretty small. Plus the MX 20's have no more discernable offset than the MP 14's and their toplines are fairly thin. Plus they only cost me $69 for 5-PW.
    Mostly Taylormade clubs now except for two Ping I25 hybrids, Mizuno 54 & Callaway 56 wedges.

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    The earlier model MX irons seemed to be shaped better and have slight offset, specifically the MX-17 and MX-19. The MX-25, however, is normally reserved for high-handicap choppers who think Burger King is a 5-star restaurant. Enough said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by famousdavis View Post
    His Taylormade Burner XD's are much better looking at address than the MX-25 irons. Why, just the other day I saw a set of MX-25s and I placed the 7 iron down as if I was addressing a ball. The head is huge and has significant offset. The worst part about the MX-25 head, though, is how long it is and how the toe isn't rounded at all. This gives it an ultra-shovely appearance and creates a gag reflex for the first time user. Not recommended.
    They are selling the Burner irons for $289.99 on Rock Bottom golf right now. A great price for someone looking for new irons that doesn't want to spend a lot. Everything I've read about the new Rocketballz irons is that they are basically the same as the Burners with a new paint job.

    Hmmm... Burners for $289 or RBZ for $599?
    I chose the road less traveled.

    Now where the f#ck am I?

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    If the MX25 is for BK lovers guessing Ping Eye 2 users just love White Castle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jt1135 View Post
    If the MX25 is for BK lovers guessing Ping Eye 2 users just love White Castle.
    No, the Ping Eye 2 crowd likes 5 Guys Burgers or Smash Burger. Sometimes In & Out.

    You probably like Dairy Queen.

    The new line of Mizuno stuff looks pretty cool:
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    5 guys is OK but it is hard to beat a homemade burger at a little mom and pop cafe.
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    5 guys was the worst $hit I've ever eaten.

    In&out is where it's at.

    eye2's are the ugliest, gheyest clubs I've ever seen.





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    Quote Originally Posted by jmtbkr View Post
    5 guys was the worst $hit I've ever eaten.

    In&out is where it's at.

    eye2's are the ugliest, gheyest clubs I've ever seen.





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    I can tell it's very important to you to look cool. That's why you don't like Eye 2s and rave about In & Out. The truth is that In & Out hamburgers taste like cardboard and their fries are horrible. You like it because it's clean, good customer service and supposed to be cool.

    I'd school you with my Eye 2s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by famousdavis View Post
    I can tell it's very important to you to look cool. That's why you don't like Eye 2s and rave about In & Out. The truth is that In & Out hamburgers taste like cardboard and their fries are horrible. You like it because it's clean, good customer service and supposed to be cool.

    I'd school you with my Eye 2s.
    Nope. I like it because of the toasted buns! ANd you can have just the grilled cheese alone is too cool.
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