How To Clean Golf Clubs

Keeping all your golf equipment clean and well-maintained is key to preserving it for a good amount of time. Golf clubs can often be expensive, so it’s particularly important that you look after them properly.

How To Clean Golf Clubs

In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at the most effective methods of cleaning golf clubs, including everything you need to know about irons, woods, shafts, and grips. We’ll also look to answer a few of the frequently asked questions.

What You Need

Before starting to clean your golf clubs, it’s essential to make sure that you have all the required materials. You’ll need a bucket of warm water, some dishwashing liquid detergent, a soft-bristle brush, and either a towel or cloth.

It’s worth noting that using a suitable brush is essential. So if you can’t find a soft-bristle brush, you can use an old toothbrush or invest in a golf brush specifically designed for the job.

Cleaning Golf Irons

It’s essential to keep your golf irons in good condition because they can’t perform as designed when dirty.

If you have dirt in the grooves of your iron face, you won’t be able to apply the right amount of spin on your shots, making it incredibly difficult to accurately land the ball on the green.

Listed below is a simple six-step guide to follow when cleaning your golf irons:

  1. Firstly, dip the club heads into a bucket of warm water – make sure you don’t use hot water as this loosen the club heads from the shafts
  2. Next, add a small amount of dishwashing liquid detergent (ideally 2-3 teaspoons) into the water and keep the club heads submerged for around 10-15 minutes. This helps to loosen the dirt, so it’s easier to remove in the next step
  3. Take each of your irons out of the water one at a time and use the soft-bristle brush to scrub the remaining dirt from the club head. Make sure that you clean every part of the club head – including the front, back, bottom, and each individual groove
  4. Once all the dirt has been successfully removed, rinse the club heads under clean water, making sure you don’t get the shafts and grips of the irons wet
  5. Next, use either a towel or cloth to dry the club heads. It’s essential to properly dry the club head and shaft of irons because they can quickly become rusty if left damp
  6. Finally, if you want to give your irons an extra shine, you can gently apply some chrome or steel polish and leave it to work for a minute or two. Just make sure you remove all the polish afterwards

Cleaning Golf Woods (Both Metal And Wood)

Irrespective of whether you play with metal or wooden golf woods, it’s imperative that you keep them free from dirt and debris if you want them to perform to their full potential.

With this in mind, listed below are four simple steps to keep your golf woods as clean as possible:

  1. First, mix some dishwashing liquid detergent into a bucket of warm water and dip your golf woods in
  2. Once the woods have been in the water, use a soft-bristle brush to give entire club head a thorough clean
  3. Dip the club heads back into the water to remove the last pieces of dirt and debris
  4. Finally, use a towel to wipe the entire head and leave it as dry as possible

It’s worth noting that you shouldn’t immediately put the head cover back on the club after cleaning. This is because moisture can easily get trapped and cause an unpleasant odor or even mildew.

Cleaning Shafts And Grips

Lots of people forget to clean the shaft and grip of a club, but keeping them in a good condition is just as important to the long-term efficiency of your clubs.

Listed below are the four simple steps to follow in order to keep the shafts and grips of your golf clubs both clean and functional.

  1. Start by dipping a towel into your golf club cleaner mixture
  2. Once the towel has soaked up the cleaner mixture, rub thoroughly down the grip
  3. Use a second towel to dry the grip
  4. Finally, it’s a good idea to keep the clubs out of your golf bag to allow the grips to air dry

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Expensive To Replace The Grips On Golf Clubs?

If you play golf on a regular basis, it’s highly likely that your grips will wear down quicker than the heads. Fortunately, you can re-grip a club for as little as $15. So if the only thing that’s wrong with your club is the grip, it’s best to save money and just address the part that needs fixing.

What Soap Should I Use To Clean My Golf Clubs?

The best soap to use when cleaning your golf clubs is something simple like dish soap or dishwashing liquid detergent. Simply add it to some lukewarm water, and you’ll be good to go.

What Should You Do If Your Golf Clubs Get Wet?

If you get caught in the rain with your golf clubs, remove them from the bag and wipe them down with a dry towel. It’s then a good idea to leave the clubs out of your bag for a couple of hours, so they can fully air dry.

The Bottom Line

To conclude, cleaning golf clubs is a relatively straightforward process, so there’s no need to put it off. Hopefully, after reading the information in this guide, you’ll be in a much better position to keep your clubs in good working condition for a long period of time.

David Shelly
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