Is there a way to maintain my golf equipment? Does Tiger Wood always use the new golf club or reuse it? Do I need to clean and maintain all the golf equipment, or is it just the clubs or iron stuff? If inquiries like these have led you here, then you are in the right place. Let’s read further to get the answers correct, but before we continue, let’s take a look at the equipment a typical golfer wears:
- Golf clubs
- Golf balls
- Ball markers
- Golf bag
- Golf cart
- Clubhead Covers
- Ball mark repair tool
- Clothing (gloves and shoes)
Don’t blame your dirty golf clubs when you fail! That is very fond of golfers; Better be a classic player by keeping your sticks shiny.
Importance Of Cleaning Golf Equipment
All of the above equipment is very expensive and requires handling with care and caution. The good news is that equipment has a long life if it is maintained well. The secret to maintaining golf equipment lies in cleaning it properly. Here are some of the benefits of properly maintaining and cleaning your golf equipment:
- By cleaning and maintaining golf equipment, you increase the life of the equipment.
- Cleaning and maintaining golf equipment make it more aesthetic. They shine and offer the same level of performance as if they were new.
- It’s not just aesthetics; cleanliness also brings psychological benefits to golfers. Psychologically, uncleaned and undamaged equipment adversely affects the golfer, affecting their performance. Imagine having a golf driver with muddy grooves in your hands. When the golfer with such a club knows in advance that the game is half lost, that the stroke of the ball will be less effective, whatever happens! Every gamer knows that the game is played with both performance and (psychological) brain.
- Maintaining and cleaning equipment gives the player self-confidence and discipline, which further increases the quality of the golfer’s game. Remember, nothing is more important than self-confidence and discipline in all of life’s tasks.
- With clean and well-maintained equipment, the golfer has the feeling of having a fresh start every time the equipment is used.
- Finally, no matter the results of the game, clean and well-maintained golf equipment positively affects other players. Combine the lasting positive effect with the famous saying, “Great decisions are made on the golf course instead of in big boardrooms.”
Golf is a great game, which is certainly “a class apart” from other games. Players take pride in presenting themselves as someone with golf as a hobby. Golfers, with a true love of golf, respect all aspects of the game, including their devices.
Keeping gadgets clean and cared for is respecting the game of golf. Let’s now analyze how you can respect yourself and the great game of golf.
Golf club cleaning and maintenance
Cleaning and maintenance go hand in hand. Cleaning golf clubs is an art and a science. It is science mainly because it requires a particular process with some requirements like warm water, chemicals like cleaners, etc. It is an art because the more you do, the more perfect you become.
But first, let’s read why cleaning golf clubs is essential. The cleaning and maintenance of golf clubs are essential. Over time, grass and mud / dirt build up in the grooves of a golf club. Accumulation in the grooves drastically affects the game.
Because of this, the spin, loft, speed, and overall control of the shot are seriously compromised. Therefore, cleaning sticks are essential. You are expected to clean your clubs after the proper intervals and when necessary.
When to clean?
How many rounds of play does it take before cleaning your golf clubs? This is a difficult question to answer. The way one plays, experience, field conditions, weather conditions (rainy or sunny) and other factors come into play when deciding the next time cleaning is required.
Sometimes it’s the next time you’re playing on a muddy field and in a rainy season, and other times, it may not be necessary even after six rounds of play on a clear, mud-free field.
There is one more way to determine if the golf club requires cleaning. It is to see if the ball is behaving as it should after a particular hit. In case you think it’s not performing well (effect or loft change and a few feet to go), it’s probably time to clean up.
Items needed to clean a golf club
The process / method of cleaning a golf club is straightforward as it requires household items. Remember, there are cleaning kits available on the market. These kits contain different chemicals, but it is best to use household items to save for other investments. Here is the list of items you need to clean and maintain your golf clubs:
- Water (warm water is preferable)
- Dish soap (liquid soap is better, car shampoo is preferable)
- A soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush
- Cloths (old towel or other absorbent clothes)
You should have all of these items available before beginning the cleaning process.
The method of cleaning a golf club
To understand golf club cleaning methods, it is essential to know what material your golf club is made of. There is necessarily one of the following three possibilities.
- Hybrid (metallic woods)
A slightly different method will be used to clean each of the sticks depending on the material it is made of. Also, a golf club is divided into three parts, 1) Head of the club, 2) Grip, and 3) Shaft. Therefore, the method of cleaning a golf club is also a three-step process. In either case, clean your golf clubs at regular intervals. The best way to clean golf clubs is listed below.
Cleaning the iron golf clubs
The cleaning process / method is simple and does not require extraordinary expertise. The cleaning method for golf clubs made of iron is described below.
Step 1: cleaning the clubhead
To clean the clubhead, the following steps can be followed in the order listed
- Remove any visible dirt, grass, or other unwanted material from the clubhead.
- Fill the bucket with warm running water and add a small amount of liquid dish soap. Make sure not to use hot water, but warm water. For non-greasy golf clubs, liquid hand soap can also be used.
- Gently mix the mixture in the bucket (warm water and dishwashing liquid) so you can see soap bubbles in the bucket. In case a bucket is not available, you can also use a kitchen or bathroom sink to store some water for cleaning. The amount of water to drink depends on the number of sticks to be cleaned.
- Proper mixing requires 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in 500 ml of water.
- Immerse the head of the club in the bucket (warm water, for about 7-10 seconds. Depending on the cleaning required, you can increase the immersion time up to 10 minutes).
- Remove the head from the bucket and wipe it clean with a dry cloth or towel.
- Now use the soft bristle brush or old toothbrush to remove dirt / mud from the clubhead grooves.
- If there is stubborn debris or mud that cannot be removed, repeat the process, but this time keep the clubhead in the warm bucket / water for at least more than 5 minutes.
- Make sure that when you are done cleaning the clubhead, use another dry cloth / towel to blot up any water in the bucket and make sure the club is completely dry. This will ensure that the stick is safe from rust buildup.
Step 2: Cleaning the wooden golf club head
To clean the wooden club heads, the following steps should be followed in the order listed for best results.
- Use a dry cloth to remove visible dirt, grass, or other unwanted material from the stick.
- Drink tap water and heat it. Fill the bucket with warm water and add a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Gently mix the mixture in the bucket (warm water and liquid soap) so that you can see soap bubbles in the bucket. Make sure not to use hot water, but warm water.
- For mixing, 2x tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in 500 ml of water are enough. For non-greasy golf clubs, liquid hand soap can also be used.
- Take the towel or absorbent cloth and dip it into the bucket until it is completely wet. Squeeze the wet towel / absorbent cloth until it is almost dry / damp.
- Gently wipe the head of the wooden golf club with the dry or damp absorbent towel / cloth.
- Use the soft bristle brush or old toothbrush to remove dirt / mud from the clubhead grooves. For stubborn debris / mud that could not be removed, repeat the process.
- Make sure that when you are done cleaning the clubhead, use another dry cloth / towel to dry it of any moisture remaining and make sure the club is completely dry.
Step 3: Cleaning the head of the hybrid golf club
To clean the heads of a hybrid club, the following steps should be followed in the order listed for best results.
- Remove any dirt, grass, or other unwanted material from the stick.
- Use warm tap water in the kitchen sink or bucket. The amount of warm water to drink depends on the number of sticks to be cleaned. Remember, it should not be hot water but warm water.
- Add a small amount of dishwashing liquid. For non-greasy golf clubs, liquid hand soap can also be used.
- 2x tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in 500 ml of water are enough for a good mix.
- Gently mix the mixture in the bucket (warm water and liquid soap) so that you can see soap bubbles or soap suds in the bucket.
- Dip towel or absorbent cloth into bucket until completely wet.
- Squeeze the damp towel / absorbent cloth until it is almost dry / damp.
- Gently wipe the head of the hybrid golf club with the dry or damp absorbent towel / cloth.
- Now use the soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush to remove dirt or mud from the head grooves.
- Make sure that when you are done cleaning the clubhead, use another dry cloth / towel to blot away any traces of moisture and make sure the club is completely dry.
If there is stubborn residue or sludge that cannot be removed, repeat the process.
Golf club grips cleaning (irons, wood, hybrids)
If you find that your golf club grip is slippery or in poor condition, it is the right time to clean your golf club grips. But remember, the slippery grips of the golf club only show that the effort and sweat of your practice and hard work is visible in the form of a slippery and threadbare grip.
It is essential to thoroughly clean your golf clubs. It is repeated here because many golfers only clean the heads of the clubs by cleaning the heads of the clubs. The following are the steps to clean the grip of a golf club.
- Take a damp or damp cloth and wipe the entire surface of the grip. Some prefer specialized golf towels over a regular washcloth / towel. However, there is no significant difference between a specialized golf towel and a normal towel.
- The water should not be hot. Instead, the water should be lukewarm.
- After wiping with a damp towel, use a dry towel or cloth to remove water or moisture from the grip.
- Once the grip is dry, you can use sandpaper (medium or lower grade) to pass the sandpaper up and down the grip four to five times. It will remove any old tough rubber.