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How to clean your golf clubs

How to clean your golf clubs
By Flow Wall
July 1, 2015

You already have a great garage storage system to store your golf clubs when you're not out on the green, but you may not be routinely cleaning them. Dirt in the grooves of your clubs can alter your shot and get stuck to your golf balls, so keeping them clean is about way more than aesthetic appeal - it is an important part of being a good golfer! Luckily, doing so doesn't require any materials you don't already have on hand, and it only takes a few minutes in total. Ready to get those golf clubs in prime condition?

The recipe for success

Here's what you'll need:

  • A bucket
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • A brush with plastic bristles
  • A clean rag

Really - that's it. You may want to keep a few towels around if your garage floor is a material you'd prefer not to get dirty, but you shouldn't need anything else. The steps are equally as simple:

  1. Fill up your plastic bucket with about 6 inches of warm water, adding in a little dishwashing detergent.
  2. Place your bucket on the floor somewhere in the garage where you won't mind spilling (you can always place towels underneath the bucket).
  3. Put your clubs in the bucket with the clubheads facing down. The ferrules, or the black markers right above the clubheads, should still be exposed.
  4. Let them soak for a few minutes.
  5. Working one clubhead at a time, remove them from the water and give them a good scrub using your bristled brush. Be sure to take your time getting in those grooves!
  6. Rinse off your clubheads using a fresh bucket of water and a clean rag (or your hose).
  7. Dry off your clubs using a towel before putting them back in your bag. No one likes mold and mildew.
  8. Use the damp rag to wipe down the shaft of your clubs.

Perhaps the most important part of cleaning your clubs is doing so consistently. Dirt and grime can build up over time, ultimately getting harder and more difficult to remove. The more frequently you clean your clubs, the easier it will be! Some golfers clean their clubs after every round, but it's ultimately up to you (and how dirty your clubs get when you're golfing). The better care you take of your clubs, the longer they will last you - and the better golfer you will be.