Dirty golf clubs don’t just look bad; they can also negatively affect your performance on the course. Fortunately, keeping them clean and shiny is easier than you think. Let’s take a quick look at how to keep your golf clubs in great shape.
Items You Will Need to Clean Golf Clubs
- Dish Washing Soap
- Safe Cleaners
- Polishing Rag
- Tooth Brush
- Copper Brush
- Dry Towel
Organize Your Golf Bag
When it comes to cleaning your golf clubs, you’ll want to start with the bag first. After all, if the bag is dirty then your clubs will be too.
Empty out your bag, including all of the small pockets and pouches. Now use your vacuum to suck up all dirt, dust, debris, and grass that have built up or gotten stuck overtime. Once that’s done, it’s time to move onto the clubs. Take a damp cloth and wipe down the outside of the bag.
Rinse and Dry
Your golf clubs are metal, but cleaning them doesn’t require anything extra special.
The easiest solution is to fill a bucket with warm water and a table spoon of dish washing soap. Use a sponge or washcloth, and dip it into the soapy water. Now, take one club at a time, and slowly go up and down the shaft, handle, and club head, making sure to remove any dust, dirt, clumping, or debris that you notice. Gold clubs rarely see much build-up, so this process should go quickly.
If you don’t feel comfortable using soap and water, try a dry cloth and green cleaners instead. For this, just spray some solution on the club or cloth, and then wipe it down.
After a thorough washing (using soap and or safe cleaners), go ahead and carefully rinse each and every club. Once that’s finished, take a soft, dry towel and lap up any remaining water or soapy residue.
Polishing and Hard to Reach Areas
Every set of golf clubs is different, and intricate carvings or grips can lead to build up, chipping, or in some rare cases, rust.
If you notice that there is still gunk or residue on your clubs after a thorough washing, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. For this, you’ll want to grab a clean tooth brush or copper brush and slowly but surely scrub off any crust or debris that won’t come off. Safe cleaners like a combination of vinegar and water work great, too.
With the gunk out of the way, go over the clubs one last time with a clean, dry, micro fiber cloth. This will give them a little extra shine and keep them looking brand new.
Once you’ve washed, dried, and polished your golf clubs, it’s time to store them in a clean, dust-free area. If yours are banished to the garage, invest in a dust cover, tarp, or club covers that will prevent cobwebs, and other microscopic items from causing build-up.
In addition, you can keep a bottle or two of safe cleaners in your bag, and a soft, dry microfiber cloth for polishing or dusting while you’re out playing a round.
Do you use any other items to clean your golf clubs? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!