Do-It-Yourself Custom Putter Series: Milled Collection RSX V-Line Fang

Nate Adelman

Editor’s Note: This is Part III of the DIY Custom Putter Series. I highly recommend you read Part I and Part II before beginning, but if you’re so inclined to proceed, be my guest. Also, please note this exact putter is available to own via a blind auction at the bottom of this post. If you have any questions/feedback, leave them in the comments section below! 

Important disclaimer: Almost everything I am going to outline below has the potential to ruin your putter (or worse, you) if done improperly. Please exercise caution when using any power tools, harsh chemicals, open flames, and toxic fumes. I recommend practicing on old clubs before irreversibly changing your gamer or your brand new Milled Collection RSX. Furthermore, Callaway will not be held responsible for any personal, physical, or material harm incurred or putters damaged while attempting any putter customizations. Keep in mind that any of these modifications other than re-gripping will void your warranty and Callaway will not replace or repair any subsequent damaged products. With that, be safe, have fun, and go make something unique!

Taming The V-Line Fang

The V-Line Fang is one of our newer designs (you can find it in the White Hot RX and Milled Collection RSX lines) and its shape provides lots of opportunities to create an amazing custom look. So here’s what we did…

High Polish Finish
(Difficulty Level: Intermediate)

The Milled Collection RSX putters come in a matte black PVD plated finish. The layer of black is at the top of this plating, so with just a small amount of machine-aided elbow grease, we can easily alter the look. For this putter I wanted to lighten the color slightly and give it a bit more luster. On the spectrum of changes to a finish, this one is pretty easy.

Using a cotton buffing wheel and a polishing compound, we buffed the large flat areas on this putter to lighten and shine the black finish. The end product is a beautiful polished charcoal look. Contrasted with some of the lower black spots, it creates a really unique and easy-to-align look.

DIY Versa Alignment
(Difficulty Level: Intermediate)

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One of the most popular and successful alignment technologies on Tour is the Odyssey VERSA alignment (see Masters champ Danny Willett, Branden Grace, and Mr. 58 Jim Furyk). Milled Collection RSX does not come with any options for VERSA, so I wanted to add VERSA 90 alignment to this putter. The challenging part with this is making sure to mask off the head properly where we wanted to paint. After very carefully masking off the parts we did not want to expose, using a special metal paint, we lightly sprayed two coats of this beautiful lime green color on the flange of the putter. The result is a unique and effective lime green VERSA 90 alignment aid.

Custom Gripping
(Difficulty Level: Easy)

One of the most popular and easy DIY activities is re-gripping. For this putter we had a distinct lime green paint job so we obviously wanted a matching grip. After stripping the grip and cleaning off all tape residue, we applied double-sided tape in the length of the grip to the shaft. We filled the new grip with mineral spirits and poured the liquid over the new tape. This temporarily makes the tape slick instead of sticky. While it’s still wet, we slid the new grip carefully over the tape and made sure it was aligned properly (this is the most critical part). Then make sure to give it about 30 minutes to dry and you’re ready to go with a new putter!


Acknowledgements
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I want to extend a big shout out to Dennis, Anthony, Wayne, Leo, Eddie, Filo, Espi and Ramon (all from our Pro Tour team) who helped me out in the shop with all of the modifications that I wanted to make. Many of you are familiar with Anthony’s amazing work (just look at the guy’s Instagram page), but fewer of you are familiar with Dennis and his team. Dennis is the finest putter crasftsman that I have ever met. If a golfer can dream it, Dennis can build it even better than imagined…and always with a smile. He’s a magician in the shop and with his small team of wizards they are truly the unsung heroes behind every Odyssey win on Tour (and there’s a lot of those).

Blind Auction

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  • Shawn
    Reply

    Looks amazing! Is that the same green color used on the md3 wedges?

    • Nate Adelman
      Nate Adelman
      Reply

      It is slightly different. This is more of a lime green while MD3 is “acid green” They are very similar though.

  • David Kenyon
    Reply

    Who can build me one and any idea of cost?

  • Tyler
    Reply

    What happened to the red accent pieces on the bottom. Are those easily removed, can they be painted with paint fill and reinstalled?

    • Nate Adelman
      Nate Adelman
      Reply

      We removed them by heating them up to melt the adhesive and they pop right off pretty easily. And yes, they can be painted and re-glued in as well. Good luck, let us know how it turns out!

  • Ross Van Nairn
    Reply

    Trying to enter the blind auction but your site is not allowing me! frustration!

    • Nate Adelman
      Nate Adelman
      Reply

      I am sorry for the frustration! The auction closed a few months ago and is already sold which is why you have not been able to enter. Keep your eyes open because we are starting to release some more one-of-a-kind putters and wedges in the future.

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