Putter Customization:
How to Make Your One-of-a-Kind Putter

One of the new trends out on the golf course is putter customization. Kids (and grown-ups) love the look of a custom paint job that really makes the club your own. You can have your initials or name engraved on your clubs, but you’ll have to send the clubs out and cough up the cash to do it. One of the least expensive ways to have your putter stand out is to paint fill it on your own.

Caution: if your kids are young, Mom or Dad will have to do this. It’s messy and really easy to make a mistake (although it’s pretty easy to get the paint back off again), so take your time and start slowly. Our son and his buddies love to paint fill their clubs, but they are older and most, like our son, have dabbled in model car painting in the past.

If you don't want to try this on your own and your want the ultimate experience in putter customization (for your Scotty Cameron), check out the Custom Shop at Scotty Cameron.

Here’s what you need to customize your putter (or other club):

  • Putter with engravings or stampings (maybe start out with a cheaper model, not the $300 Scotty)
  • Enamel paint or acrylic paint (Testors brand works well and they have lots of cool colors)
  • Nail polish remover (100% acetone works best)
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Q-Tips
  • Rags
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper
  • Old toothbrush

Removing the old paint

    Step 1: Remove the old paint

    After laying the putter on the newspapers, or whatever it is you’re going to use to protect your table, dip the rag or Q-Tip in the nail polish remover/acetone and rub the engraving or stampings until the paint is removed. If you need to, you can pour some of the nail polish remover onto the engravings and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Take care not to use too much and be sure to protect the rest of the club.

    Step 2: Dry the putter

    Use clean rags and make sure the putter is thoroughly dry before going to the next step.

Using enamel paint to paint the putter

    Step 3: Painting the putter

    Decide if you're going to use enamel or acrylic paint. Both work well, but if you think you may want to keep changing the colors on your "work of art" you may want to go with acrylic since it's easier to take off. After you choose which color you are going to use, dip a wooden toothpick into the color and apply a generous amount. If you go outside the lines, you can clean it up in the next step. We tried doing this with very small paint brushes, but found that the wooden toothpicks worked best for us. Use a different toothpick for each color and try not to make air bubbles. Let the paint dry, we like to have it set overnight before moving on to the next step.

Putter before paint is cleaned up

    Step 4: Getting rid of the excess paint

    Dip the small section of the rag in the nail polish remover and rub it over the painted areas where you went outside the lines. Keep going back over the area, a small section at a time, with either a clean portion of the rag or a clean paper towel dipped again in the nail polish remover (you can also try an old toothbrush). The idea is to try not to smear the paint all over the place. We found that using Q-Tips and wooden toothpicks dipped in the nail polish remover really helped in getting to those hard to reach places. The most layers of paint you put on, the longer it will last. You can also use a clear coat to go over the paint, but we haven’t tried this yet. 

    Voila! You’re done! Have fun enjoying your “new” customized putter.