There is a mutually-beneficial relationship between a golfer and his golf clubs. If he wishes to get his game to another level, he needs to have his clubs at their best condition, and this can only be achieved when the golfer knows how to take care of his equipment properly. Well-conditioned clubs translate into better games, while clubs with a few dents here and there lead to one or more extra strokes for each hole.
If you are not keeping your clubs in the right place and are not really mindful whether these pieces of equipment are lying around just to collect dirt or become rusted, the wearing of the clubs will certainly affect your games in the long run, and it’ll most likely be in a negative way. It’s obvious that you have to keep your clubs in good condition, but some players actually overlook the importance of this task.
There are some environmental factors that you may not notice affecting your clubs’ condition.
One of these include the temperature of your car’s trunk. The inside of the trunk is usually hot, and leaving your clubs here could make the resins and glues attaching the grip to them weak. Rusting may also occur, since the trunk has a higher level of humidity. Such scenario may also apply if you are to keep your clubs in your garage. To make sure your clubs will not rust or wear faster, keep them indoors, away from high temperature and humidity.
Head covers are a great idea if you’re to keep your clubs, especially your woods, in good condition. These, however, may not be necessary for your irons. If you simply clang your golf clubs around in your bag, the risks of them getting dents or some tiny parts chipping away will be higher.
If you are playing with high-end clubs, it’s best that you always wipe their faces after every shot you make. This might seem like overdoing it, but if you make this a habit, you’ll be benefiting from it in the long run. This is especially recommended during rainy rounds. Unseen drips lying on your clubs can easily lead to the formation of rust spots.
It’s normal for club faces to get dirty, since you’re making most of your shots on soil. Cleaning your golf clubs can be a tedious task. To make it simple, just use soapy water and brush the faces with a soft-bristled toothbrush. A wiry brush can easily create unwanted scratches on the club heads. You also wouldn’t want to use any cleaning agents that are abrasive.
Ensure that no dirt remains in between the grooves. After washing away the dirt with water, wipe the surfaces dry with a towel. You may want to make sure you wipe from the club heads up to the shaft so the clubs will not get inside your bag wet and be a cause for rusting.
For cleaning the grips, a damp cloth is enough. It’s also recommended that you check the grips for cracks or worn parts. Should any of these exist, you might want to consider replacing your old grips with new ones. Slight wearing on your grip could significantly affect your shots.
You may also want to make regular inspections for nicks or dents around the shaft of your golf clubs. Normal golf games don’t really affect the condition of the shafts. But in case one of your clubs’ shafts is dented, it’d be a good idea to replace it.
To ensure that your golf clubs remain free from dirt, you can try purchasing cleaning kits specifically designed for such equipment. These are easily available in a lot of pro shops.