Golf is a game of extreme precision. Golfers’ abilities to estimate distance and take accurate shots border on superhuman sometimes. Your most important weapons in the battle of Bogies and Birdies are your golf clubs. A slight change in their chemical make-up, weight or grip can diminish the pin-point accuracy of the clubs. To keep the tools of the trade sharp, you need to follow certain routine habits. They take very few minutes out of your time. But in return, they end up saving hundreds of dollars you must spend on damaged golf clubs. Golf club care keeps your investment safe from rust and physical damage. It also adds to your cred as a golfer.
If you are still unconvinced, think of your putter. Now think of it without polish, with scuff marks, the grip peeling off, the head damaged. Did that send a chill down your spine? Time to get started on that golf club maintenance. If you are yet to buy a set of golf clubs, check out our recommendations here.
1. Cover The Head!
Sounds like something Arnold Schwarzenegger would yell. But golfers, take note! It’s important to cover the head of the clubs that are sensitive. Usually woods and putter have vulnerable heads. If they get the slightest abrasions, they will be off their game. Their trajectory and loft may change. You usually put the clubs in your golf bag. Between all the transport, they are likely to hit each other and get damaged. Headcovers keep the woods and putters from losing their form.
2. Lock ‘Em Up
The basic golf club care starts with where you store your golf clubs. Once you are done playing, you must put the golf clubs in a sufficiently divided golf bag. The better the dividers are, the easier it is to slip each club into its own cubicle. This keeps the clubs from ramming into each other.
If you aren’t planning a foray into the golf course anytime soon, take the clubs out of the car trunk and safely stow them indoors. If your car trunk has trapped moisture, it is guaranteed to rust the clubs. The heat from having the car parked in the sun will also weaken the grips of the clubs.
3. Cleaning The Golf Clubs
There’s an occasional cleaning process and then there’s the regular cleaning for golf club care. Keep a spare cloth with you when you are playing. Once you take a shot, give the golf club a quick wipe down before putting it in the bag. Make sure you are not annoying your playmates in the process. This rapid-cleaning ensures that the club is not going into your golf bag wet. If that moisture seeps into the bag, it can cause all the clubs to rust. Wet dirt is also easier to clean before it cakes.
To clean the golf clubs thoroughly, you need a basin of water, a soft-bristled, brush and a towel and a mild washing liquid. Make sure you submerge only the clubheads in the water. Never put the grip-end into the water. That will get the shaft butt to rust in the long run. Soak the clubheads for a minute and brush off the dirt gently. Be careful not to be too abrasive on the surfaces. Rinse the soap off and towel-dry them. Putters and woods should spend very less time in the water.
You can clean the shafts with a damp cloth. In the process of golf club care, do not apply undue pressure on the shafts, especially graphite ones. They may bend out of shape. Grips can be scrubbed with a gentle brush and the washing liquid. Drying the grip area is critical. Heed to the manufacturer’s instruction for the best cleaning products and practices.
4. Test Before You Play
The grips are easier to damage. They may be worn out. You will see shiny areas or tears on damaged grips. Grips determine your swing, so they are vital. A poor grip may cause the golf club to slip out of your hands. That’s even more disastrous. As soon as you see any signs of wear, look for new grips pronto.
It is good practice to test your golf clubs before you start the game. If you are going for the first game of the season, this step has special significance. You must check the shafts for nicks and dents. If you find any, consider replacing them. Try as you might, they will not perform the right way when they are damaged.
5. Keep Your Emotions At Bay
Golf clubs are like a crush who is out of your league. You have to watch your actions around them. Whether you are angry or happy, do not express that with your golf clubs. They need to be treated with respect. If you ding the club, you have to shell out major greenbacks.