How to Clean Golf Clubs?

by Bill Winters

The key to preserving your golf equipment for a long time is to keep them clean. Saying stuff like "Oh I just cleaned it last month, it doesn't need a service right now" will cause it to wear out quicker than its actual life.

As we all know, golf gear costs a fortune. You cannot get a good-quality golf ball, golf club, or any other equipment used for golf at a cheap price. Therefore, many people can't invest in this equipment multiple times.

How to Clean Golf Clubs?
How to Clean Golf Clubs?

Besides, what's the point of making a large investment only to end up upgrading the product after some time has passed? While the quality of your equipment contributes a huge part to how long they last, other factors should be kept in mind as well.

There are a number of things that you can do before purchasing the items. Verifying the manufacturing company's reputation, going through customer reviews, checking the availability of warranty is a few of them. But after you have bought it, there is only one thing that you can do to make sure it stays in use for a longer time i.e. paying heed to the maintenance!

Today we are going to keep our focus on one of the very essential pieces of equipments for golf. The golf clubs! Since good golf clubs cost above hundred dollars, every golfer should know a few tips on cleaning and preserving them.

So, let's talk about how to clean golf clubs!

How to Clean Golf Clubs:

Cleaning golf clubs is no rocket science. Instead, it is a very simple process. We will walk you through it step by step to make sure you get it right.

Step 1: Choose the Right Place

You don't want to create a mess at your home and upset your partner or parents. The most suitable place for cleaning your golf clubs would be deck, porch, garage, or even a lawn would do. The ideal location should be under the sun where you could effectively clean those clubs.

Plus, it will liberate you from the hassle of drying out the water. Just do your job and let the sun do its job!

Step 2: Gather the Necessary Supplies

Without having the right supplies, you won't be able to clean those golf clubs efficiently. So, here are a few things that are a must-have for sparkling your clubs!

First of all, you would need water. However, the water should not be ice cold. Lukewarm water works best for cleaning things as it lifts the dirt faster, making the cleaning process smooth and quick. Since we need to preserve the water and minimize its wastage, you should fill a bucket with water instead of using a hosepipe.

Secondly, get yourself some soap to rub that dirt off of the golf clubs. While the market is saturated with different types of golf club cleaners, there is absolutely no need to go that fancy. Dishwashing soaps work just as well as those cleaners. So, if you don't feel like spending money on golf club cleaners, good news: you don't have to! Just grab the dishwashing liquid in your kitchen and you are good to go.

Next, you are supposed to have a piece or two of small towels, even pieces of clothing will do. If you don't wish to get your towels dirty, dive into your wardrobe and pick out an old shirt that you don't wear anymore. Cut it into two or more pieces and bring them to your cleaning station as well!

Lastly, you will need a few cleaning brushes. Again, you can buy the special golf cleaning brushes but if you are not in the mood of investing, the regular brushes can be used as well. Now that you have gathered all your supplies, let's move on to the next step!

Step 2: Gather the Necessary Supplies
Step 2: Gather the Necessary Supplies

Step 3: Cleaning the Golf Irons

A lot of people seem to neglect cleaning the irons of the golf clubs. But remember, just cleaning the clubs is not enough. You need to scrub the whole thing if you are really doing it for the sake of maintenance.

In addition to that, the irons also serve their purpose in the game of golf. The indentations on the iron help in spinning the ball which makes it land smoothly. How are you going to be able to do that if those indentations have been accumulated with dirt? So start with cleaning the irons.

Immerse the iron in the bucket of lukewarm water. Once the dirt may have softened, take it out and apply a generous amount of liquid soap to them. Now, take the cleaning brush and start rubbing the soap on the iron to create a lather. Go in circular motions all the while keeping a gentle hand. Be more focused on the grooves to make sure all the accumulated dirt has been removed.

Once you have cleaned it thoroughly, wash the irons with lukewarm water to remove the soap. Now, take out those towels or pieces of cloth and wipe the irons with them. This will help dry it out.

Step 3: Cleaning the Golf Irons
Step 3: Cleaning the Golf Irons
Step 3: Cleaning the Golf Irons
Step 3: Cleaning the Golf Irons

Before moving on to the next step, take a deep look at the irons again. If you still see any remaining residue, repeat the aforementioned steps to ensure that it is completely clean and has gotten rid of the dirt.

Step 4: Cleaning the Golf Woods

As some golfers still prefer playing with the wooden golf woods, here are some tips on how you should clean them. You should have all the above-mentioned cleaning supplies with you. Even the process of cleaning golf woods is almost the same as cleaning the irons with only a small alteration.

Instead of placing the cover back on right after the cleaning is done, wait for it to dry completely. If even a little moisture is left behind, it can be destructive for the wood and may lead to a stinking odor or mold.

Furthermore, you should restrict the use of water on the wood. The wooden golf woods do not require much cleaning anyway because they don't have dimples as deep as the irons so they don't trap as much dirt. Just clean it gently with a wet cloth, apply a little slope, and remove it again with a clean wet cloth. Dry it and leave it out for a couple of hours to ensure there is no moisture left!

Step 5: Cleaning the Shafts

This is also one of the most significant steps in cleaning the golf clubs. A lot of people find it unnecessary to clean the golf club shafts. When the grip of the shaft starts to fade away due to the accumulation of dirt, they tend to replace it without ever realizing that it could use a little cleaning to become as good as new.

Step 5: Cleaning the Shafts
Step 5: Cleaning the Shafts

Cleaning the shafts is easier than cleaning the woods and irons. For this, you don't need a lot of water to dip the shafts and wait for the dirt to soften. Instead, just grab a towel and wet it with some water and soap. Thoroughly wipe the shaft with the towel to get rid of any dirt, then use another clean towel to wipe off the soap.

That's it! Now all you need to do is wait for the shaft to dry under the sun and it's all nice and clean like it was when you first bought it.

Do you see? It is as simple as that. If you have all the required supplies then it is barely going to take 45 minutes and you will end up with golf clubs as good as new!

Cleaning the golf clubs frequently will add days to their life. But there are also a few other things that can help you conserve the golf clubs for a long time. Let's see what they are:

Tips on Making Golf Clubs Last Longer

  • After a game in the rain, don't leave them in your bag. Instead, take them out as soon as you come back home. Remove the clubs and rub them with a clean and dry towel. Then leave them out for a couple of hours before putting them back inside.
  • Never leave the heads of your clubs uncovered, even between the rounds. This will prevent it from wearing out.
  • Make it a habit of cleaning your golf clubs after a game in wet or muddy conditions.
Tips on Making Golf Clubs Last Longer:
Tips on Making Golf Clubs Last Longer:

Summary of Golf Club Cleaning Procedures

1. Clean golf clubs with a mild detergent and water

  • Rinse clubs with clean water
  • Soak clubs in a bucket of warm, soapy water for several minutes
  • Scrub clubs with a soft brush to remove any dirt or debris
  • Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry before using them again.

2. Remove any built-up dirt or mud with a stiff brush

If you're like most golfers, you probably don't clean your golf clubs very often. This can lead to a build-up of dirt and mud on the clubface, which can affect your swing and results. A stiff brush is the best way to remove any built-up dirt or mud from your golf clubs. This will help the club move more freely through the air and achieve better results. Repeat this process after each use to keep your golf clubs performing their best. You'll be glad you did when you're hitting those long drives down the fairway!

3. Apply a small amount of oil to the club shafts and heads

If you have a built-up layer of dirt or mud on your golf clubs, remove it with a stiff brush. Be careful not to damage the club heads or shafts in the process. Once they're clean, apply a small amount of oil to help protect them from rusting and make them easier to clean in the future. Again, avoid getting any oil on the grips. Doing so could make them slippery and difficult to hold onto.

4. Wipe down the clubs with a clean cloth

Before you put your clubs away, be sure to give them a good wipe down. This will help keep them clean and in good condition. Use a dry cloth to get all the dirt and debris off of the clubs, then apply a small amount of golf club wax to help protect them from the elements.

5. Store in a cool, dry place when not in use

This will help to keep the product in good condition and increase its lifespan. Additionally, always make sure the cap is tightly sealed after use to prevent any product from evaporating.

Final Thoughts on Cleaning Golf Clubs

How to Clean Golf Clubs?
How to Clean Golf Clubs?

With a few simple tricks, you can clean your golf clubs to perfection. To start with the clubs should be disassembled and all metal parts cleaned separately. You will then want to use water and dish soap for cleaning the head of the club as well as any rubber grip that may have dirt buildup on it. The shafts of the clubs should also be thoroughly washed under running water so there is no build up from sweat or other residue left behind after playing a round of golf. After this step has been completed, dry off each piece before reassembling them back together again! This way they are ready for their next outing out on course without having to do anything more than put them in storage between rounds!

Making these small things a part of your golf routine could add months to the lives of your golf clubs. So, if you want them to last longer start doing these things and make your investment worth the money!

About Bill Winters

Those who have not yet tried the sport just can’t imagine what is driving these golfers to brave the sun’s heat and go around a course bigger than several football fields combined. It seems like an awful lot of work considering that the ball is quite small that is must be hard to hit, the ground of the course is not flat and, most annoying of all, there are sand traps lying around seemingly bent on preventing a player from finishing the course.

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The game of golf may seem like an awful lot to take on when one considers that the ball is quite small, must be hard to hit and carry through windy conditions with little chance for error. The ground course has hillsides which make it challenging enough without adding sand traps who seem bent on preventing players from completing their round!

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