How to Clean Golf Clubs

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It is true that the price of the golf equipment is well above that of other sports.

Due to the investment value of golf equipment and apparel including clubs, balls, and shoes, taking good care of them is a necessity.

If you do, you’ll get more time on the green without having to spend more money on purchasing new equipment.

Bottom Line?

Taking good care of your golf equipment is crucial.

So let’s look at quick tips on how to do it most effectively.

How to polish and clean your golf clubs effectively?

You are probably wondering with a lot of questions in your mind;

  • Are all clubs cleaned the same?
  • What materials do I require when cleaning my golf clubs?
  • How do I clean my golf clubs?
  • What next after cleaning?

Well, relax we’ve got this covered. Our review comes with all the information you need to know about the cleaning of golf clubs and how you can use your golf clubs for a long time.

1. Are all clubs cleaned the same?

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Well, the answer is NO.

A complete set comes with different types of clubs including Irons, Woods, Wedges, and Putter. All the clubs are distinctly constructed and vary in some features. For example, Irons are larger than putters, whereas Drivers have larger heads than irons.

Also, some clubs like Irons and wedges, require total cleaning as compared to a putter ( the least used club on the green).

2. What materials do I need when cleaning my golf clubs?

All the materials required to clean your clubs are readily available at home. They are all the materials you would need for washing other home appliances. They include:

  • Water:

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Water is the essential commodity you will require. Be sure to use soft water to clean most of your clubs, especially irons to mitigate the instances of rusting or corrosion. Most clubs, come with chrome finishing and polish, so if soft water is not available, you can use hard water. During the cleaning process, do not soak your clubs for long in water. Remember always to dry your clubs as soon as you wash to prevent rusting.

  • Mild Detergent:

Ensure you have a mild detergent with you, or your preferred type of soap when cleaning. The mild soaps clean better if the stains on clubs are not severe. Worse yet, using too much detergent or strong soaps may distort the texture of some clubs like Woods.

  • Soft Brush:

For the persistent stains, you will require a soft brush, i.e., brush with soft, plastic bristles. I use my old toothbrushes, and they clean pretty well. The importance of the brush being soft is to protect your clubs from scratches and bruises caused by a hard brush.

  • Scrub Pad:

For the small stains that do not require a brush, a scrub pad will work. It should also be a soft pad to protect your clubs from bruises. It is easier and safer compared to a brush. If there is a need for a brush, go ahead and use one. Just ensure that it is soft and don’t scrub too hard.

  • Towel:

Your clubs should never be left wet for a long period since this may increase the chances of rusting and corrosion.

Ensure that the towel is thoroughly clean and dry whenever you use one. DO NOT leave your clubs to dry from direct sunlight since the extreme temperatures may distort your clubs.

3. How do I clean my golf clubs?

You now have the various essentials you need to get down to work. Remember that each club requires a different way to clean, and it is crucial to understand how to clean a particular club.

Here are the various types of clubs in a set, and the detailed process of cleaning each.

a) Irons:

These are the most versatile clubs in your bag and come in varying lengths depending on the type of iron. Most modern irons are all-metal, but others may have wooden heads, like the woods and hybrid irons. An iron polished is therefore quite easy to clean. It is one of the most used clubs on your set making it the most prone to hard dirt. Due to the chrome polish, careful cleaning and storage will prevent rusting and corrosion.

How do I wash my Irons?

  • Mix warm water and soft detergent in a basin/bucket. Make sure the cleanser is just enough and not too much.
  • Submerge the iron heads in the water for a couple of minutes. If your irons are too dirty, let them stay submerged for about 10 minutes. If not, let them stay submerged for not more than 5 minutes.
  • Scrub with a scrub pad or soft brush depending on how dirty they are.
  • There are various ways to wash an iron. One should start with the head then the shaft and grip. Because of the design, metals are easy to clean. If there is a rust stain on your club, use fine-grade steel wool to get rid of it. According to various golf iron nuts, never use a wire-bristle brush or a hard brush as this may damage the club face and affect your performance.
  • After scrubbing thoroughly, rinse off the soap with clean water as you look out for spots that might left. Ensure you rinse immediately after scrubbing since the soap/detergent may dry off on your club and cause corrosion.
  • Wipe off all the water with a clean and dry towel and inspect to ensure that it is clean and all the water and moisture has been dried off. Leaving your club wet causes rapid rusting and corrosion.
  • Refrain from drying your irons using sunlight. Too much heat may distort the shape and design of your iron due to expansion and contraction, which ultimately affects your performance on the green.

b) Woods and Metal Woods

Woods and metal woods are delicate; therefore the process of cleaning woods and metal woods is different as compared to Irons. The clubs come with a sensitive head and shaft made of wood or graphite respectively, so require you to take extra care during cleaning. Although the process is almost similar to washing irons, there are a few things that are distinct to woods.

How do I wash my Woods?

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  • Determine whether your club is a wood or metal wood. It is quite challenging to find a club made of wood except for the old brands. Most manufacturers nowadays design and make woods reinforced with metal. Metal woods come with metal plates and are cleaned differently from woods.
  • Mix warm water and soft detergent in a basin/bucket. Make sure the detergent is just enough and not too much.
  • If it is a metal wood, submerge the head in the soapy water and remove it after a few seconds. Wipe and scrub with a clean, smooth and damp towel. Do not use a hard scrubber or any brush whatsoever as it can destroy the club’s head. Use the wet cloth to clean the club and then dry off with a clean and dry towel.
  • If they are complete woods, do not soak the club heads in water since they are hollow and delicate. Dip in the soapy water, immediately lift them out and wipe off with a clean, dry towel and then dry off.
  • To reach the dirt around the groove of your metal wood, use a toothbrush and scrub the dirty parts softly. A soft-bristled brush is also effective, but the scrubbing should not be intense to protect your metal woods. Do not, on the other hand, use any brush of the woods especially on the wooden head.
  • After cleaning extensively using a damp cloth, immediately dry them with a dry, clean piece of cloth. To keep your woods in good shape, polish them with wood wax according to the instructions.
  • Store your woods safely and under the right conditions. According to manufacturers, woods also come with a headcover for extra-protection against chips, dents, and scratches. Ensure that the clubhead is clean and dry before putting the headcover. This ensures that moisture is not trapped, resulting in corrosion, rusting and damage of your woods.

c) Wedges, Drivers, and Putters

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The process of cleaning the other clubs, i.e., Drivers, Wedges, and Putter is similar to washing Irons. You can, therefore, refer to the process of cleaning irons when cleaning any of the three clubs above.

The most important thing is to ensure that they are not submerged in water for too long, and are dried completely before storing. Also remember to use a soft cloth or brush whenever needed, to protect your clubs against chips and dents.

Dry your clubs using a clean piece of cloth and then store them in a cool, dry place.
To increase the life of your clubs, you need to wax and polish them using metal or wood wax according to the type of club.

4. Cleaning the Club Shaft

Clubs shafts are constructed using different types of materials. Irons mostly come with shafts made of stainless steel or iron whereas some woods and hybrids come with a graphite shaft. Generally, metal shafts are easier to clean than graphite shafts. This is because the latter contains a polyurethane coating, which is delicate and requires careful cleaning.

Unlike metal shafts, graphite shafts are not meant to clean with water. Use a damp cloth and clean water to clean the graphite shaft. Do not use solvents or brushes as this can ruin polyurethane coating. With a damp cloth with water, wipe the shaft down and then dry with a clean towel.

For better maintenance, polish the club shafts with wax: metal wax for metal shafts and high-quality furniture wax or wood wax for graphite shafts. Look out for the polishing instructions since they differ depending on the type of club. In case of any visible dents on the shaft, replace it immediately, mostly graphite shafts because the outer layer holds the shaft together. A worn out shaft affects your performance and could snap during your game and may cause injury. For extra care, you can use long head covers, which protect your clubs during storage and transportation.

For more information visit the video below:

5.Cleaning the Grips

Cleaning golf clubs cannot be complete if the grips are left out. The grips can be cleaned using soapy water and scrubbed with a pad or soft toothbrush. Also, remember to buff each club’s grip with medium-grit sandpaper to make it more comfortable when playing. After polishing, rinse with clean water and then dry with a clean towel. If your grips are cracked, shiny or worn-out, it is only prudent to replace them.

6. What next after cleaning?

Polishing your clubs is recommended after careful cleaning. Some people feel that polishing may result in uncomfortable play due to the sun’s glare. It is essential to keep your clubs well-polished to keep off the rust.

Learn how to polish the golf clubs in the video below:

7. How to polish clubs?

Just like washing, polishing clubs differs according to the type of club. For the woods, the wood wax is a better option and metal polish for the irons.

  • Apply or spray the polish on the club.
  • Let them sit for a minute and then wipe and polish using a clean cloth as you make swirling motions.
  • Allow them to dry for a few minutes, then wipe them with another rag

Storing your clubs is as important as cleaning them and has a significant effect on how long they last. Before storing any club, the most important thing is to ensure that they are totally dry.

Wetness and moisture cause your club to catch rust and corrosion, which affects your performance on the green. It may also result in complete damage of your club and require you to spend money getting a new one.

Most manufacturers require clubs to be kept in a stand bag and stored in a cool, dry place. For delicate clubs like woods and wedges, a headcover is must during storage.

Cleaning and maintenance of golf clubs are essential and significantly influences their lifespan. Cleaning and safe storage of your clubs save you money that would have been used to acquire new clubs. Better yet, having clean and appealing clubs on the green boosts your confidence, which translates into better performance.

Bottom Line:

The manner in which you clean and maintain your club will determine how long it serves you. Golf club manufacturers recommend that you wash your clubs after every game to boost performance and lifespan. The better you clean and maintain your clubs, the longer they will serve you from pitch to green.