Whether you’re a major winner or a club golfer, it is likely that you will have experimented with a hybrid club over the past few years. The technology going into producing the ultimate utility club has had a profound effect on the sport in recent years and very few players at any level can now afford to go without having one in their locker, or more to the point, in their bag.
Good golfers keep good care of their equipment. It’s a necessity if you want to return week in and week out to the golf course, as poor maintenance will lead to damaged golf clubs and big costs, some of which might set you back a very long time. So we’ve written up this short, informative guide on how to look after your golf equipment and avoid paying unnecessary bills or having to replace a whole set.
How To Care For Your Golf Clubs
Before leaving for the golf course, a quick sweep of all the golf equipment you will be taking should be carried out. Is everything in peak condition? If you get to the golf course without checking first and find your Driver is malfunctioning then it’s going to be a very long, frustrating day indeed. Regular check-ups can seem tiresome but they will inevitably save you money down the line, plus they take only a few minutes to complete.
Protection Is Key
It’s a stone cold fact that golf clubs, regardless of how well you treat them over the course of every game, will become scratched. There’s no magic cure for this occurrence, just like there’s no real cure for getting old, but like ageing creams we can at least limit the scratching your golf clubs endure. The best way for this is head covers and golf bags, which we’ll talk a little on next.
Golf Bags & Head Covers
Purchasing golf bags which have sufficient divider space will automatically reduce the risk of golf clubs ‘knocking’ together when travelling the greens. Golf bags with soft edges are ideal protection for golf clubs, as they buffer the club head rather than scrape it. New bags are expensive, we know that, but if the bag you use is causing more problems than it’s worth, then a small hit the wallet is going to have a much better outcome than a heavy hit when the golf clubs are ruined.
Head covers are available for Irons, Woods and Putters. They are the added padding in addition to the golf bag that many golfers scream out for when trying to avoid scratching to their clubs. When golf clubs are placed inside a bag with a good divider system and ‘knock together’ as they inevitably will, the padding from the head covers will add even more protection and thus no damage will occur.
Between Each Shot...
Use a golf towel. They are cheap and can be attached to the side of your bag in seconds. Golf Towels are useful for wiping down the golf clubs before and after each shot to make sure it remains free from dirt and moisture before replacing the head cover back over the top. Any dirt or water still lingering when the head cover is replaced will seep into the padding and cause rust spots to appear on your golf clubs. Thorough cleaning at the end of the round when you get home is always advised just in case the towel missed any ground-in stains.
A Good Old-Fashioned Clean
There is no art in cleaning golf clubs, but it needs to be done right. Firstly you will need a bucket or sink that’s within easy reach, a bottle of washing up liquid, a soft bristle brush, a towel and some warm water. (Never use hot or boiling water as this will do untold damage to the golf clubs).
Give Irons a good 5-10 minute soak in the warm soapy water to loosen any ground on dirt the golf club head may have taken on, and then work over the clubfaces using a soft-bristled brush before finally towel-drying the clubface and shaft immediately. Leaving them wet and unattended for any period of time following a clean can result in rusting, which will render them unusable.
Woods & Putters
It is vital that golf grips are tended to with care and consideration. We can’t stress enough how many gofers neglect this area of maintenance and then end up having to get it changed through damage. Certain golf shops may advise you change the grips on a golf club once a year, and this is probably fair advice, though not always necessary. Golfers playing once a week should have no problems keeping their grips for a year and a half to two years, however, they should certainly be changed when they show signs of wear, start to crack or become slippery when grasped.
To extend the life of your golf grip; keep them clean and in good condition. Cleaning once a month is more than adequate and the only tools you will need for this is a stiff bristle brush, liquid soap dish and a towel.
Some Good Honest Maintenance
As we said at the start of this guide, please don’t treat regular maintenance of your golf clubs as a chore. It’s a part of your game, a very important part, and every aspect of it should garner the same level of dedication. Checking for small problems is not overreacting; it’s doing a good job. A close inspection of the grips should be the first place to start, and remembering this is often overlooked by many golfers, they need a thorough examination. If you notice any shiny areas or places appearing cracked, then it’s time to re-grip. Next, inspect the shafts for any dents, nicks or splits. Any of these should indicate perhaps a new shaft is needed, or maybe the whole golf club itself has expired. Shafts will last essentially forever if used correctly, but getting banged around will cause damage. A good regular check-up should keep them in good health for a long time to come.