Taking care of your golf clubs isn’t time consuming, so if you have between 5 and 10 minutes, this might be a snap. Golf clubs are a pretty big investment and the better they’re cared for, the longer they’ll last. Instead of buying a new sets in a few months or years, your original set just has to be maintained a lot.
What you need:
- Golf club headcover
- Putter headcover
- Golf towel
- Cleaning solution
- Toothbrush or other soft brush
Here’s how to care for your golf clubs:
- Store your clubs indoors, not in the trunk of your car or in your garage. The trunk and garage can get very hot, which could cause the glues and resin under the grips to weaken. Humidity also increases the risk of rusting. A short time in the trunk or garage is fine but for long term storage; you need to put them indoors. Exposing your golf club to cold temperatures over a long period, could dry out your grips and cause them to harden or crack.
Use headcovers. Headcovers might not be a big deal for irons, but using a cover for your putter is a good idea. The more delicate woods and more responsive irons can be roughed up by bouncing around in a golf bag.
- Keep a golf towel attached to your bag in order to wipe off the face of the club after each shot. Just make sure you don’t delay others. This will ensure that you don’t have excess moisture or dirt on the face of your club.
- Give your clubs a good cleaning. Remember to clean your clubs at least every few round. When dirt hardens onto the clubface, it’s a real pain to get it off.
- Taking care of your golf clubs Use warm, soapy water and a soft-bristled toothbrush or other soft brush to clean the clubfaces. Don’t soak your woods into the water, as they will get damaged. Irons can be submerged without a problem.
- Towel-dry the clubface and shaft immediately after cleaning.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe down the grips
- Make sure you inspect your grips for shiny, worn or cracked areas. Those are signs that you might need to consider new grips. Good grips are essential.
- Inspect the shafts for dents, nicks or splits. If you spot any of these, it might be time to replace it. Shafts can last a very long time just considering normal play but they can become damaged by banging around.
- Always clean your clubs after a rainy round. Wet clubs that are simply tossed in your bag, will develop rust spots.
- Never use abrasive cleaning agents or wire brushes on your clubs. You’ll end causing more harm than good.
- Most pro shops have club cleaning kits for sale that will include soft brushes and cleaning materials made for golf clubs.