How to Restore and Polish a Vintage Putter

Last updated Jun 02, 2023

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My Clubmaking and Refinishing Supplies List
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Keeping track of all these supplies is tough.

To make things easier for you, I’ve consolidated everything into one big collection on Amazon so you don’t have to dig through these posts to get started with your clubmaking and refinishing hobby!

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Polishing a golf club doesn't provide much utility to someone looking to use the clubs, but can make a collector very happy.  I like polishing vintage putters, but you can use this technique for any club, or any metal for that matter.

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Before Starting This Tutorial, You Must

Materials Needed

*When measuring the size of the wheels, it is formatted as follows:  diameter of wheel x width of wheel x diameter of arbor hole

  • Protective Gloves and Eye-wear
  • 6" Benchtop Buffer/Grinder with 1/2" arbor holes (the cheapest and most readily available deburring and polishing wheels fit are 6" in diameter with 1/2" arbor holes)
    • I linked to a Buffer on Amazon, which I don't currently use, but looks like a good setup for what we are trying to accomplish here.  I already owned a bench grinder when I got into this, so didn't bother to buy the proper "buffing" grinder.
  • 6" Polishing wheels (they come in a pack, or you can purchase them separately.)
  • Polishing Compounds
  • Microfiber Polish Cloth
  • Simichrome Metal Polish

Note: when finding a bench grinder, the size of the grinder doesn't matter.  A 6" or 8" grinder will work, but be sure to match the wheel sizes to the grinder size!  I recommend purchasing the bench grinder first, and then purchasing the wheels that will fit it.  The materials listed below are the materials that I have.  Yes, they are expensive, but all the materials listed below will last a long time.  I have been using the same bench grinder and wheels for three years now, and expect to use them for another year or so.

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Zach Gollwitzer
Zach Gollwitzer

Hey, I‘m Zach, the founder of The DIY Golfer! I created this site while playing D1 collegiate golf with a simple mission—I wanted to learn the golf swing and get better at golf myself.

Fast forward a few years, and my “journal“, The DIY Golfer, has been viewed by millions of golfers worldwide looking to do the same with their games. my mission is to make golfers more consistent in just a few hours a week through advanced practice strategies and timeless, first-principle golf instruction.