Dirty Crown? Clean It Up! (How to Fix Golf Club Pop-Up Marks)

Ping G10 Driver

Pop-up marks

If you’re in your higher handicap/learning days, you have popped up a few shots in your life.  For those who don’t know, a pop-up is when you hit the ball too high on the face, causing it to “pop-up”onto the leading edge of the crown, often resulting in scratches or ball mark scuffs.

While there isn’t a lot you can do to fix the pop-up marks that dig deep into the crown’s clear-coat and paint, there is a simple way to get rid of those annoying ball mark scuffs.  One of the best I’ve found is a product called Scratch X 2.0 made by Meguiar’s.  Keep in mind that this stuff will not perform miracles to golf clubs that are beyond repair, but it can significantly remove some pretty awful scuff marks.

Meguiar’s Scratch X 2.0

All you need to do is apply a small amount (a little more than a pea sized drop) to the crown and, using a terry cloth towel, work the product on the surface in a circular motion, focusing on the area with ball marks.  Use a fair amount of pressure.  As you are working the product in, it will slowly start to dry.  When it does, take a clean section of your towel and wipe it off.  You will quickly see results and notice that it adds a nice shine to a previously dull crown.  This stuff is also good even if you don’t have ball marks, just to clean the crown or to restore the crown close to it’s original shine. You may need to use a second or third application to get the best results.  Here are some before and after examples.  Notice that the deeper scratches are still there but the majority of the scuffs have been removed.


Cobra Speed Pro driver – before

Cobra Speed Pro driver – after









Ping G10 driver – before

Ping G10 driver – after









TaylorMade Burner 460 Draw driver – before

TaylorMade Burner 460 Draw driver – after









Also keep in mind that there are most likely many other products besides Meguiar’s Scratch X 2.0 that will probably work just as well.  I personally have tried a few cheaper brands and they did not work as well, but still helped.  Scratch X 2.0 can be found at most car care stores as well as Lowe’s and Home Depot.  One 7 ounce bottle will last for hundreds of cleanings depending on the amount used (and how awful the ball marks are).

Note: This is not any kind of paid advertisement. We’re just sharing a tip that we thought might be helpful to our fellow golfers. We’re also not responsible if something bad happens as a result of using this product. (Lawyers).


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