When playing golf, you need to take care of your sticks: but how to clean golf clubs?
Let’s take a look at the details, to ensure a long life for our irons and wood, and a greater protection against major hazards, such as humidity.
How to clean golf clubs
Both in practice and on the fairways and greens of the course, the golf clubs undergo an inevitable wear and tear and continuous contact with mud, earth, grass and water that – with time – can promote deterioration or at least a minor prowess.
Here then you need to clean the golf clubs at the end of each session, whether it is training or competition.
The cleaning process is very simple and fast and – if done carefully every time of use – prevents the accumulation of dirt that can damage our precious tool, especially the head of the stick that is the most used part and at the same more delicate time.
The best thing is to do the work directly at the golf club of belonging, where usually there is everything needed for an excellent washing action.
How to clean drivers and golf woods
The first important consideration is that the woods, including the driver, should not be washed under running water, because their peculiar characteristics and construction materials (graphite) allow water to penetrate and stagnate, causing unavoidable damage.
Shaft and head of woods and drivers are much more delicate than those of irons.
So, consider these premises, for irons and woods:
- use a special cloth to clean the golf clubs;
- moisten it and pass it gently on the shaft and wood, especially in the grooves of the head, or the dirtiest part that comes into contact with ball and soil each time;
- finish the operation, passing a dry cloth to avoid residual moisture.
How to clean golf irons
On the other hand, golf irons need more attention in the after cleaning phase.
They get more dirty, this for them certain characteristics: the loft is higher, the wedge hits tend to dig more in the ground, and the grooves of the face are greater.
Compared to the woods, in this case at the end of the fieldwork we can:
- take the irons and place them in a basin of water (or under running water for a quicker cleaning); it is important that it is not too hot and that the part of the handle with rubber is not immersed, which could also be damaged and unstuck;
- equip yourself with a brush with soft bristles, which is not made of metal! You would rule the good iron by damaging it!
- gently pass the brush in every point, particularly in the area of the head where there are the many and precious horizontal grooves (they can also be sharpened with special tools complete the cleaning action by passing a dry cloth.
- There are those who add simple neutral soap to the water, but this is the only way to do it in case of heavy dirt. Otherwise, the water is sufficient and moves forward.
For the operation, you can also use a toothbrush, but avoid strange contraptions and go on the safe, perhaps providing you with special accessories for cleaning golf clubs that you find comfortably online at a very low price.
Pay attention to the back of the head, where small and dangerous amounts of water often accumulate.
My advice is to use the air gun that you find in almost all golf clubs: shoot a little ‘compressed air in the corner to take away the residues of water!
If then we are in winter, you can also keep the irons near a heat source, so as to make them dry safely.
The residual water, along with the place where you keep the irons, are the two main aspects to keep in mind when you ask how to clean the golf clubs.
In particular, if the iron material is not stainless steel, but a more delicate steel that fears moisture.
I speak from personal experience: I happened to leave my golf irons stopped for a couple of months, because of a back problem that prevented me from playing and when I went to take them back – despite being new (bought just a few months before ) -, I found many signs of rust on shaft and head .
In fact, it may happen that the rust occurs if the place where we store our beloved tools is wet, and even more if the last time we cleaned our golf club we did not dry it well, thus allowing the humidity to sink their own, dangerous “claws”.
In my case, these signs of rust that you see in the picture were many, unsightly but above all dangerous for the keeping of the irons. If neglected, in fact, they widen and over time the rust permanently damages the shafts (leading them to breakage), forcing you to change them.
I found in steel wool a perfect remedy to remove the rust on the golf sticks. Used to smooth the wood, this extraordinary accessory, which you can find in a shop or online, create a little friction while rubbing the parts damaged by rust stains, without scratching the iron.
Usually, you find the fine steel wool, or larger, depending on the needs of users, then more or less thick and difficult to remove stains.
After a painstaking wipe with steel wool, you can complete the job by polishing with a spray suitable for steel surfaces.
Another nice remedy to apply before or after to protect the irons is an oil spray like the Svitol or similar, which creates a light patina, which lubricates and protects the clubs thanks to its protective action and also anti-rust.
There are also specific sprays, which always act like a film, to make dirt deposits more difficult.
To clean the putter, the procedure is the same as the irons.
If you do the cleaning at home instead of at the golf club, you always need a basin in which to dip the clubs, or you can choose to clean one at a time very carefully, passing it directly under the water and then continue the action of cleaning and drying as explained previously.
In summary, in general here is what you need to clean your golf clubs:
- water (with or without basin);
- neutral soap if the dirt is stubborn;
- brush with soft bristles (or alternative cleaning kit);
- soft cloth to dry;
- possible spray to complete the protection.
Last tip: always leave the headboards on the woods and putter: as mentioned, have a delicate head, and their use is not only aesthetic but high protection!