How to Remove Scratches From Putters

How to Remove Scratches From Putters

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Putters get dirty and scratched, and need regular maintenance.

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The putter -- the club that moves the ball into the hole -- has graduated from your days on the putt-putt course. But one thing has stayed the same -- continually striking golf balls, and other surfaces, can mar your putter's shiny surface. Alloy, aluminum and steel, poly-metal or chrome, putters are a lightweight golf-bag essential regardless of the metal. But no matter what they're made of, at some point you'll deal with a scratch.


Rinse the putter under running warm water. Wet a soft cloth and coat the putter's head with dish soap. Gently scrub the head with the wet cloth to remove dirt and debris. Use a toothbrush to get into hard-to-reach grooves if needed.


Rinse the soap and dry the head. Rub a generous amount of gritty toothpaste on the scratch. Take a new, dry cloth and rub the toothpaste into the scratch using a circular motion. Apply more toothpaste until you get the desired effect.


Place the head under warm water, rinse and re-dry. Soak the head in a bucket of 2 cups of warm water and 2 cups of distilled vinegar, or enough to submerge the head, if you have a chrome putter.


Skip Step 3 if you have another type of putter head, and add a few drops of baby oil to your drying cloth. Rub the baby oil onto the head in a circular motion.


Put your clubs in professional hands, or use a bead blaster or dremel for deeper scratches, as toothpaste and soapy water can handle only minor scuff marks and grime.

Things Needed

  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Toothbrush
  • Two soft cloths
  • Gritty toothpaste
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Baby oil


  • Keep your putter head covered when in the golf bag, even when just going from hole to hole, and don't drop, slam or bang your putter around. Hit your holes at dawn and let the morning dew naturally wash debris from your heads. Hit only clean balls, as well.