I think it’s a fact that we are all in some way in love with our golf clubs. Especially on a good day. This is why I decided to put together the most important tips how to take care of your clubs.
This guide will show you everything you need to know about golf clubs care and will help you take better care of them so you could make the best out of your game.
1. First and the most important thing is cleaning of which we often forget!
I know, we all say that we clean our clubs and make them shine after every round. But is this true, are you consistent? I see a lot of golfers say:” I play tomorrow, I’ll clean them after the round”.
WRONG! Take a few minutes and clean them. Otherwise the grass, dirt and other debris will stay in grooves and after time you won’t be able to clean it out. Grooves affect your ball flight (spin) so you got to keep them clean.
TIP 1 : Wipe of dirt after each shot. Clubs are your friend, don’t take out your frustrations on them. Instead wipe debris of them with a towel. If you don’t have a towel, get one, it’s a must have thing!
Also make sure to dry them after a wet (rainy) round, otherwise it’s a possibility to find some rusty spots after time.
You don’t want to deal with club rust, but if you do, just sand away any minor surface rust with fine steel wool, graded at 0000. Anything coarser can damage the head. Finish up the job with a coat or two of furniture wax.
TIP 2 : after a round of golf go to the clubhouse and clean all the clubs you used despite you wiped them with towel. Use a brush or a golf club washing machine. There is still some dirt in the grooves which is good to get it out.
If you didn’t clean your clubs well or at all, clean them at home. It’s also good to clean them now and then with a dishwashing detergent.
At home all you need is a bucket or a sink, a mild dishwashing detergent, an old toothbrush or other brush with soft plastic bristles, and an old towel for drying.
Also when you’re cleaning them during play with all the cleaning gadgets, don’t use a wiry brush or an abrasive cleaning agent if you want to maximize their lifetime. Especially on woods and hybrids. With irons you can also use WD40 or some other similar oil.
When you clean woods just wash them with water and wipe away dirt and debris with a damp cloth, and dry immediately.
Any remaining dirt in the grooves can be gently brushed away with a toothbrush or other brush with soft plastic bristles, though it is not recommended to use the brush elsewhere on the head.
The other thing you need to consider is grip cleaning. Have you ever had black fingers after golf? This means you probably have dirty grips.
You should also clean your grips when you feel they’re getting greasy and slippery. Especially in the summer time when your hands sweat a lot.
You can just wash them under water and use a towel to dry them or use detergent and brush – similar as with the clubs.
This will also affect your game and performance so clean them! Better grip – better control.
SPECIAL TIP: If you feel like your grips are getting worn out and cleaning doesn’t do the job, use a fine sandpaper and clean them with it under water. This should help to regain tacky grip feeling.
Tour caddies also use sandpaper for grip cleaning. If this doesn’t help, then you should get new grips.
2. Second thing about golf club care is storage.
Do you know how to properly store your golf clubs?
Many golfers store their clubs in garages, which have a high humidity so they’re not ideal for storage. Golf clubs should be stored indoors, in a dry, temperature-controlled space to avoid any inconvenience.
When you store the clubs make sure you put on head covers!
Another thing to avoid is leaving golf clubs in the trunk of a car.
Firstly, because you’ll be driving around with the clubs back there, possibly picking up scratches or nicks or dents.
Secondly, heat in the summer can harm your clubs. Temperatures inside a car trunk can get close to 80°C on hot and sunny days. Club maker Tom Wishon says that at those temperatures, the epoxy in the hosel can break down over time.
The glue under the grip can also break down, causing the grip to slip around the shaft.
Sometimes I also forget my clubs in the trunk, but it’s certainly an advice to consider.
3. The last important thing are head covers.
Head covers are made with a reason – to protect the club head from damaging.
I know that for some of you will sound this strange, but a lot of golfers don’t use head covers. I still didn’t figure it out completely why, but I think because they’re just too lazy and don’t want to take it off and on for each shot.
Woods have head covers because they get damaged easily. Beside this they’re painted and it looks ugly if they’re all worn out. So use head covers!
Some golfers use also covers for irons . I personally don’t use them but they say it’s great to preserve their condition.
In my opinion we covered 3 most important things to consider when comes to club care.
Hopefully, after reading this post, you should now have a good sense of how to get your clubs last as long as possible.
That includes knowing not to use wiry brush or an abrasive cleaning agent.
Put some of these tips into action and see how well they work for you – I’m sure you’re going to have the best looking clubs in your flight next time.
Did you know all of these tips? Do you have any other techniques that work for your clubs?
Have you seen this new water-free club cleaner that helps you keep your fairway clubs clean during the game? (and save your towel). It mounts on the back of the golf car on the strap bar between the golf bags. http://www.thefairwaygolfbuddy.com