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I hit a hidden pebble under my ball this past weekend that left a decent gouge in my 8 iron. It won't affect play at all, but these are the first set of irons I purchased new and are less than a year old. I want to keep them looking as good as new for as long as possible. Anyone out there have experience/tips for sanding out dings on 1025 forged carbon steel?

Driver:  :titelist-small: TSi 3 10* w/ Graphite Design AD IZ 7X 

Fairway: :titelist-small: TSi 2 15* w/ Graphite Design AD IX 7X

Hybrid: :titelist-small: 818H2 19* w/ Tensei White 90  

Utility: :taylormade-small: GAPR LO 19* w/Tensei White 90

Irons: :cobra-small: King Forged CB w/ KBS $ Taper 130

Wedges:  :vokey-small: SM7 54 S, 58 M w/ Modus 125

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Sanding is not the problem to smoothing out the ding. A grinder, belt sander or even a file can do the job .

However,  in every case but the raw finish there is some sort of coating or finish on the head and while you are taking out the ding you are also taking of the coating. This exposes the "raw" metal. If you wipe off the club regularly and at the end of the season place a coat of wax on the area you should be good for a long time. Unless you like the rust patina look on the set.

 

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Thanks, I will probably start with low impact sanding to be safe. I wonder how that would impact the DBM finish on my Cobras since they are supposedly chemically implanted...

 

Driver:  :titelist-small: TSi 3 10* w/ Graphite Design AD IZ 7X 

Fairway: :titelist-small: TSi 2 15* w/ Graphite Design AD IX 7X

Hybrid: :titelist-small: 818H2 19* w/ Tensei White 90  

Utility: :taylormade-small: GAPR LO 19* w/Tensei White 90

Irons: :cobra-small: King Forged CB w/ KBS $ Taper 130

Wedges:  :vokey-small: SM7 54 S, 58 M w/ Modus 125

Putter:  :cameron-small:  California Hollywood 34" Circle H

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Dings suck but forged irons get nicks and Dinh’s easily. Also these are clubs that hit both a solid object and the ground. Imo the wear and tear on them is what gives them character 

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Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 21 with Atmos Blue 85 S

Irons: Titleist 718 AP3 4i, 718 CB 5-6, MB 7-9 with KBS $ Taper 125

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I understand where you're coming from, but dings are going to happen regardless. If you really want it gone or at least smooth it out so it doesn't seem as obvious, a file will do the trick. No idea what it will do to a DBM finish, but that's what I'd do if I wanted to get rid of a ding. 

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Irons: Bridgestone J40 CB (4-PW) Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 50*, 54*, & 58* Nippon Modus 3 105
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I've never worried or had a cause of concern from nicks, dings, chatter on my irons. They're made to take a beating by the very nature of what they are designed to do. I get that equipment can be expensive and players wanting to protect their investment and such. But, I also look at my nicked and dinged irons as being sufficiently broken-in. I can't see the sole of my irons when addressing the ball. So who cares? I also have never understood putting covers on my irons either. Kind of goofy if you ax me. Has anyone ever seen a carpenter putting a protective cover on the head of his hammer?

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7 hours ago, PlaidJacket said:

I've never worried or had a cause of concern from nicks, dings, chatter on my irons. They're made to take a beating by the very nature of what they are designed to do. I get that equipment can be expensive and players wanting to protect their investment and such. But, I also look at my nicked and dinged irons as being sufficiently broken-in. I can't see the sole of my irons when addressing the ball. So who cares? I also have never understood putting covers on my irons either. Kind of goofy if you ax me. Has anyone ever seen a carpenter putting a protective cover on the head of his hammer?

 

7 hours ago, TR1PTIK said:

I understand where you're coming from, but dings are going to happen regardless. If you really want it gone or at least smooth it out so it doesn't seem as obvious, a file will do the trick. No idea what it will do to a DBM finish, but that's what I'd do if I wanted to get rid of a ding. 

I know that this take is the logical one and I will definitely care less over time, but that mentality was a lot easier for me with the earlier sets I bought on eBay! 

In the meantime I'll play a few rounds before doing anything and see if I get less annoyed looking at it in my bag...appreciate the insight 👍

Driver:  :titelist-small: TSi 3 10* w/ Graphite Design AD IZ 7X 

Fairway: :titelist-small: TSi 2 15* w/ Graphite Design AD IX 7X

Hybrid: :titelist-small: 818H2 19* w/ Tensei White 90  

Utility: :taylormade-small: GAPR LO 19* w/Tensei White 90

Irons: :cobra-small: King Forged CB w/ KBS $ Taper 130

Wedges:  :vokey-small: SM7 54 S, 58 M w/ Modus 125

Putter:  :cameron-small:  California Hollywood 34" Circle H

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13 minutes ago, hartrick11 said:

I know that this take is the logical one and I will definitely care less over time, but that mentality was a lot easier for me with the earlier sets I bought on eBay! 

In the meantime I'll play a few rounds before doing anything and see if I get less annoyed looking at it in my bag...appreciate the insight 👍

Believe me, I hear you. I dinged one of the Bridgestone wedges I got for testing at the beginning of the year. My first thought was to somehow make it look less terrible, but in this part of the country rocks are not buried that far below the surface. I could easily wind up with another ding just as soon as I do something to make this one look better.

It's not an apples-to-apples comparison because I had the good fortune of getting these wedges free from Bridgestone and MGS, but trust me when I say I feel your pain. That first ding on an otherwise pristine club is just heartbreaking.

Best of luck!

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Fairway Wood: Mizuno ST190 15* Fujikura Atmos Blue 6S
Hyrbrid: Mizuno CLK 19* Fujikura Speeder EVO HB
Irons: Bridgestone J40 CB (4-PW) Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 50*, 54*, & 58* Nippon Modus 3 105
Putter: Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT Premier 4 34"
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13 hours ago, PlaidJacket said:

I also have never understood putting covers on my irons either. Kind of goofy if you ax me. Has anyone ever seen a carpenter putting a protective cover on the head of his hammer?

A single lady friend of mine was going to play a round with a single male.  He showed up with iron covers.  She left him standing on the tee box.   Seriously...friends don't let friends sport iron covers!  🙂 

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2 hours ago, CarlH said:

A single lady friend of mine was going to play a round with a single male.  He showed up with iron covers.  She left him standing on the tee box.   Seriously...friends don't let friends sport iron covers!  🙂 

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On 8/15/2019 at 5:46 AM, PlaidJacket said:

I've never worried or had a cause of concern from nicks, dings, chatter on my irons. They're made to take a beating by the very nature of what they are designed to do. I get that equipment can be expensive and players wanting to protect their investment and such. But, I also look at my nicked and dinged irons as being sufficiently broken-in. I can't see the sole of my irons when addressing the ball. So who cares? I also have never understood putting covers on my irons either. Kind of goofy if you ax me. Has anyone ever seen a carpenter putting a protective cover on the head of his hammer?

Don’t let these guys bully you out of using head covers! Keep those clubs looking good if you want to! I do, and I wipe em off after every shot.

club cover bullies! 🤣

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On 8/15/2019 at 6:54 PM, CarlH said:

A single lady friend of mine was going to play a round with a single male.  He showed up with iron covers.  She left him standing on the tee box.   Seriously...friends don't let friends sport iron covers!  🙂 

Now that’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard...

Another club cover bully!

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:Hogan: Combo iron set -8,9,per Icon 5,6,7 PtxPro 4-UiHi on Recoil 780 ES f4 Stiff shafts (best clubs ever)

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4 hours ago, Shankster said:

Yet we cover our woods and putter. emoji848.png

Touché 

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