Cleaning & Maintaining Golf Clubs
Cleaning and maintaining go hand-in-hand. Cleaning golf clubs is both an art and science. It is science mainly because it requires a particular process with some requirements such as lukewarm water, chemicals such as cleaners, etc. It is an art since the more you do, the more you become perfect. But first, let’s have read why it is crucial to clean the golf clubs. Cleaning and maintaining golf clubs are essential. Over time, the grass and mud/dirt builds up in the grooves of a golf club. The built-up in the grooves sharply affects the game.
Due to this, the spin, loft, speed, and overall control of the hit is severely compromised. Therefore, cleaning clubs is critical. It is expected that you clean your clubs after due intervals and when required.
When to Clean?
How many rounds of game is required before cleaning your golf clubs? This is a difficult question to answer. The way one plays, experience, course conditions, weather conditions (rainy or sunny), and other factors come into play while deciding the next time cleanliness is required. It is sometimes the next time you have played in a muddy course and rainy season, and at other times, it may not be required even after six rounds of play in a clear and non-muddy course.
There is one more way of determining if the golf club requires cleaning. It is to see if the ball is behaving the way it should after a particular hit. In case you think it is not behaving (change in spin or loft and missing a few yards), it is probably time to clean.
Items Required 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 in the market. These kits contain different chemicals, but it is better to use household items to save for your other investment(s). Here is the list of items that you need to clean and maintain the golf clubs:
– A Bucket
– Water (Lukewarm water is preferable)
– Dish soap (liquid soap is better, car shampoo is preferable)
– A soft-bristled brush or an old toothbrush
– Cloths (Old towel or other absorbent pieces of clothes)
You must have all these items available with you before starting the process of cleaning.
The Method of Cleaning a Golf Club
To understand the methods of cleaning golf clubs, it is essential to know which material your golf club is made up of. There is necessarily one of the following three possibilities.
3. Hybrid (Metal Woods)
A slightly different method will be used to clean each of the clubs depending on the material it is made up of. Further, a golf club is divided into three parts, 1) Clubhead, 2) Grip, and 3) Shaft. Thus, the method of cleaning a golf club is also a three-step process. In any case, clean your golf clubs at regular intervals. The best way to clean golf clubs is given below.
Cleaning the Iron Golf Clubs
The cleaning process/method straightforward and requires no extraordinary expertise. The method of cleaning golf clubs made up of iron is given below.
Step 1: Cleaning the Clubhead
To clean the clubhead, the following steps may be followed in the given order
1. Remove any visible dirt, grass, or any other unwanted material from the clubhead.
2. Fill the bucket with lukewarm tap water and add a small amount of liquid dishwashing soap. Ensure that you are not using hot water but lukewarm water. For non-greasy golf clubs, liquid hand soap can also be used.
3. Gently mix the mixture in the bucket (warm water and dishwashing liquid) such that you can see soap bubbles in the bucket. In case no bucket is available, you can also use a kitchen or bathroom sink for storing some water for cleaning. The amount of water to be taken depends on the number of clubs to be cleaned.
4. The right mixture requires a 2x tables spoon of dishwashing liquid in 500 ml of water.
5. Submerge the head of the club in the bucket (warm water, for about 7-10 seconds. Depending on the cleanliness required, you can increase the submerging time up to 10 minutes.
6. Remove the head from the bucket and wipe the head with the dry cloth or towel.
7. Now use the soft-bristle brush or the old toothbrush to remove the debris/mud from the clubhead’s grooves.
8. In case there is stubborn debris/mud which could not be removed, repeat the process but this time, keep the head of the club in the bucket / warm water for at least more than 5 minutes.
9. Ensure that when you are done cleaning the clubhead, use another dry cloth/towel to dry away from any remains of bucket water and make sure that the club is completely dry. In this way, you will make sure that the club is safe from rust buildup.
Cleaning the Wooden Golf Clubs
Cleaning the wooden golf clubs is a little different process than that of cleaning iron golf clubs. However, it requires the same items as required for Iron golf clubs. The cleaning process of wooden golf clubs is given below.
Step 1: Cleaning the Wooden Golf Club Head
To clean the clubheads of wooden clubs, the following steps are to be followed in the given order to earn the best results.
1. Use a dry cloth to remove visible dirt, grass, or any other unwanted material from the club.
2. Take tap water and lukewarm it. Fill the bucket with lukewarm water and add a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Gently mix the mixture in the bucket (warm water and liquid soap) such that you can see soap bubbles in the bucket. Ensure that you are not using the hot water but the lukewarm water.
3. 2x tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in 500 ml of water are sufficient for the mixture. For non-greasy golf clubs, liquid hand soap can also be used.
4. Take the towel or the absorbent cloth and dip it in the bucket until it is thoroughly wet. Squeeze the wet towel / absorbent cloth to the level that it is almost dry / moisturized.
5. Mildly wipe the wooden golf club head with the dried or moisturized towel / absorbent cloth.
6. Use the soft-bristle brush or the old toothbrush to remove the debris/mud from the clubhead’s grooves. For the stubborn debris/mud which could not be removed, repeat the process.
7. Ensure that when you are done cleaning the clubhead, use another dry cloth/towel to dry away from any remains of moisture and make sure that the club is completely dry.
Cleaning the Hybrid Golf Clubs
Cleaning the hybrid golf clubs is a little different from cleaning iron or wooden golf clubs. However, it requires the same items to clean as required for iron golf clubs and wooden clubs. The cleaning process of hybrid golf clubs is given below.
Step 1: Cleaning the Hybrid Golf Club Head
To clean the clubheads of a hybrid club, the following steps are to be followed in the given order to earn the best results.
1. Remove any visible dirt, grass, or any other unwanted material from the club.
2. Use the lukewarm tap water in the bucket or kitchen sink. The amount of lukewarm water to be taken depends on the number of clubs to be cleaned. Remember, it should not be the hot water but the lukewarm water.
3. Add a small amount of dishwashing liquid. For non-greasy golf clubs, liquid hand soap can also be used.
4. 2x tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in 500 ml of water is sufficient for a good mixture.
5. Gently mix the mixture in the bucket (warm water and liquid soap), such that you can see soap bubbles or soap suds in the bucket.
6. Dip the towel or the absorbent cloth in the bucket until it is thoroughly wet.
7. Squeeze the wet towel / absorbent cloth to the level that it is almost dry / moisturized.
8. Mildly wipe the hybrid golf club head with the dried or moisturized towel / absorbent cloth.
9. Now use the soft-bristle brush or an old toothbrush to remove the debris/mud from the head’s grooves.
10. Ensure that when you are done cleaning the clubhead, use another dry cloth/towel to dry away from any remains of moisture and make sure that the club is completely dry.
In case there is stubborn debris/mud which could not be removed, repeat the process.
Cleaning the Golf Club Grips (Irons, Wooden, Hybrid)
If you find that your golf club’s grip is slippery or shabby, it is the right time to clean the golf club grips. But remember, the slippery golf club grips only show that the toil and sweat of your practice and hard work are visible in the form of slippery and shabby grip. It is essential to clean your golf clubs thoroughly. It is iterated here because many golf players only clean the club heads thoroughly cleaning the club heads. The following are the steps to clean the grip of a golf club.
1. Take a damp or moisturized cloth and wipe the entire surface of the grip with it. Some prefer specialized golf towels instead of a regular cloth/towel. However, there is no significant difference between a specialized golf towel over the regular cloth/towel.
2. The water mustn’t be hot. Instead, the water should be lukewarm.
3. Following the damp towel wiping, use a dried towel or cloth to remove any water or moisture from the grip.
4. Once the grip is dried, you can use sandpaper (medium grade or lower) to run the sandpaper up and down the grip four to five times. It will remove any stubborn and old rubber.
Here you go! You have got a neat and clean grip on your golf club.
Step 3: Cleaning the Shaft of Golf Club (Irons, Wooden, Hybrid)
The final step in cleaning the golf club is cleaning its shaft. Sometimes, few golfers tend to think that there is no need to clean the shaft. However, it is also essential to clean the shaft, after all the shafts also get dirty. No matter the shaft’s material, either the irons, wooden, graphite, or any other, the same method will be applied. The following steps are followed to clean the shaft.
1. Damp or moisturize the towel or an absorbent cloth.
2. Wipe the shaft of the golf club with the damped or moisturized cloth or towel. It will clear any dirt, grime, or dust from the shaft.
3. Take another clean dried cloth and wipe the shaft once again with it. It will remove any moisture from the shaft.
Removing Stain from the Shaft
Sometimes the shaft also contains some stains. It is crucial to remove the stains and give a long-lasting life to the shaft/golf club. To remove the stain from the shaft, you require vinegar. There are few off-the-shelf chemicals available in the market, but either they are not effective or way too expensive. To remove the stain from the shaft, the following steps are recommended.
1. Dampen one corner of the absorbent cloth or towel with the vinegar.
2. Wipe the stain with a dampened corner of the cloth or towel.
3. Remove any residue from the shaft. Keep in mind that while doing so, let’s not scratch the shaft.
4. Ensure that the shaft is clear of all kinds of liquid or moisture by wiping the shaft with a dry cloth.
Polishing the Golf clubs
To have a new look at the golf club, it is vital to polish clubs. Polishing clubs give the clubs a fresh look. It also ensures that the club is further guarded against fast settling of dirt on the club, rusting and weathering.
Polishing the golf clubs should be the part of “clean your clubs” routine as step 4. Using any car polish or metal polish to apply to the golf clubs is sufficient. There is no need to buy any specialized polishing material. Here are the steps of polishing the golf clubs.
1. Take a soft cloth or towel or a piece of foam.
2. Apply some car polish or metal polish on the soft cloth or towel or a piece of foam.
3. Wipe the golf club with it. The wiping should be gentle. It should start from one side of the club towards the other.
4. Make sure that the polish is almost equally distributed to the club.
5. Give some time so that the polish settles.
6. Once polished, ensure that the golf club is not exposed to (cold or warm) water.
7. It is recommended but not necessary to place the polished clubs in sunlight for 5 minutes or so.
Once done, ensure that the clubs are packed back in the golf bag.
You may separate a soft-bristled brush, liquid dish soap, metal polish, a bucket, and a piece of soft cloth or (old) towel in a bag in the laundry room and tag the bag as “golf club cleaning kit.”
This may be the best golf club cleaner. It will remain handy and save time for the next round of cleaning the golf club. Now that we are done explaining “how to clean golf clubs” and “how to polish golf clubs,” it’s time to clean the golf ball.
Cleaning the Golf Ball including the Recovered Golf Balls
Let’s now discussed cleaning the golf ball. The golf ball to be cleaned may be the one you are currently using or the ones that are recovered golf balls found in woods, lakes, around the golf course, long grass, or one of your old storage space.
Sometimes, the recovered ball is such a condition that you prefer to throw it back from where you found it. But remember, given the engineering that goes into making the golf balls, it is likely that there is still a lot of life left. No matter, it is the in-use golf ball or recovered golf ball, the process of cleaning the balls is the same. Interestingly, cleaning the golf ball is almost the same as that of cleaning the golf clubs.
Follow the following steps of cleaning the golf balls to give your golf ball a wholly new and fresh look.
Your Own Golf Ball Cleaning Kit
Your golf ball cleaning kit is a handy and within budget cleaning kit that you can make from the things readily available in a household. Interestingly, the ball cleaning kit is the same as that of “clean your clubs yourself” kit, as described above. This is from little, not almost investment. These contain the following items
1. A Bucket
2. A 2x piece of cloth or an (old) towel.
3. Dishwashing soap or car shampoo.
The Cleaning Process of Golf Ball
The following steps will guide you through the golf ball’s complete cleaning process (s) in steps.
1. Wipe any surface dirt material from the golf ball using the towel or a piece of cloth.
2. Put the hot water in the bucket. No special water is required, the tap water is good.
3. Enough water should be used to be cleaned; each golf ball is immersed in the water. A lot of water golf balls can be cleaned all at once.
4. Put 2x tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in 500 ml of water to make a good mixture. Mix the mixture in the bucket till you see soap bubbles in the bucket. Since the water is hot, you should use a long stick to mix.
5. Put all the golf balls that are to be cleaned in the hot water bucket for about 20 – 30 minutes.
6. After 20-30 minutes, when the hot water is bearable to the human skin, clean each golf ball with a soft-bristled brush and piece of cloth / old towel, gently. This process should be completed while the golf balls are inside the bucket for each golf ball one by one. Please ensure that the bristles are made up of nylons. Using the wired bristled brush will damage the ball to the extent of unusable.
7. Dump the water out of the bucket. Rinse the golf balls with fresh tap water. It should remove the soap and other leftovers from the surface of the golf balls.
8. Refill the bucket with hot water. This time also put 5-10 drops of bleach. Adding bleach in the water will remove the stains and remove any fungus/algae from the golf balls or other golf course chemicals. In this way, the golf balls will not only be cleaned but also sterilized. It is better to group the colored balls and white balls. The colored golf balls should not be bleached. However, the white-colored golf balls should be bleached. Bleaching will change the complete appearance of the golf ball to a new one.
9. Remove each golf ball from the bucket. Use another dry cloth/towel to dry away from any remains of moisture and make sure that the ball is completely dry to be stored in the golf bag.
The Cleaning Process of Golf Bag
The golf bag is one thing which manages and carries the most weight at any given point in a golf course. Interestingly, very few golf players give much weightage to the golf bag when it comes to cleaning and maintaining it.
However, maintaining and cleaning the golf bag is necessary to clean and maintain the golf clubs and golf balls. It is mainly because the golf bag is the most visible thing, and in case it is not maintained and cleaned, it gives a very bad impression and shows the golf player’s poor mental health. Further, cleaning and maintaining the golf bag keeps it fresh and gives it a longer life. In the following section, the cleaning process of a golf bag is discussed.
1. Remove all the items from the golf bag and place them in a safe place.
2. Use a dry cloth or towel to remove any dust, mud, grass, or sand from the golf bag. Ensure that the dust is removed from the joints of the bag and the corners of the zips.
3. Take a spray bottle and fill it with water and liquid soap and mix the mixture gently.
4. Spray the mixture from the bottle on the inside and outside of the golf bag. Spray the mixture from about 1 foot.
5. Do not overdo the spray and avoid making the golf bag wet.
6. Use the dry cloth or towel to wipe the golf bag gently. Ensure that all sides of the bag, including the lower and inside of the pockets, are adequately dried with the dry cloth or towel.
7. Put the golf bag under the shade for drying. Please note that the golf bag must not be put under the sunlight for quick drying. In case one puts the golf bag under the sunlight for drying, s/he may end up losing the golf bag’s color. Some also prefer to dry the golf bag overnight.
8. Vinyl protectant may be used to bring out the extra shine in the golf bag.
9. Once the bag is dried, carefully put the golf gadgets back into the golf bag. However, it is a good idea to clean all golf gadgets also. In this way, the cleaned golf bag will remain clean for a more extended time.
Some golf players also fill the bag with clothes when the bag is being dried. In this way, they try to bring back the bag to its original shape. This is an effective method of bringing back the golf into shape. However, caution should be exercised to overfill the bag with clothes that might tear away the bag and /or zip(s).
Don’ts of Cleaning and Maintaining the golf bag
The following are the don’ts of cleaning and maintaining the golf bags.
1. Do not wash or bleach the golf bag.
2. Do not use a spinner/dryer to dry the golf bag quickly.
3. Do not put the golf bag in the sunlight to dry it quickly.
4. Always use good stain removers to remove any stain from the golf bag.
Cleaning the golf gadgets such as golf clubs, golf clubs heads, the club’s face, golf grips, golf graphite shafts, irons shafts, carbon steel / wooden shafts, putter, and golf balls are of utmost importance. It is because cleanliness improves the game in general and maintains and improves the golf player’s psychological health using clean golf gadgets. In this guide, the process and steps of cleaning the golf clubs and golf balls have been shared with you.
The entailed process, steps, and items required to clean the gadgets are simple and can be done with no extra burden on the budget. However, the gadgets’ and golf bag’s regular maintenance and cleanliness give the gadgets and the golf bag a longer life and the feel of newness every time they are used after cleanliness.
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