In the age of reuse-and-recycle, it is unwise of us golfers to throw away the old golf clubs. Imagine the cold glint of steel, the top class clubhead with movable weights, the optimized grooves, all going into trash. It’s an insult to the fine craftsmen who made it.
In this post, we put on our whacky hats and find out the strangest, craziest ways to re-use old golf clubs. And we find the most responsible ways to discard them. With some common equipment you can carve them into useful and beautiful shapes and engage in regenerative practices. After all, we cannot afford to be littering the world when we should be rebuilding it.
How To Discard The Old Golf Clubs?
Clean the golf club with a piece of damp cloth. Run it over from the club shaft all the way down to the clubhead.
Is it just old but not dented or particularly scruffed? Maybe just the grip has come off? Learn how to re-grip the golf club here if necessary.
Brands like Callaway have a Trade In! Trade Up! Program. You can trade in your old clubs and get better ones in return. These aren’t well-advertised. But as informed consumers, you should learn more about these programs.
The classic clubs like Beryllium Copper Ping Eye 2’s can sell for a fortune even in their old state.
You can try to sell them online. Be sure to mention their exact condition. Leisurely golfers may just be looking to invest smartly for their weekend pleasures.
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of marketing the old clubs, donate them to a local golf club. They might need them at the practice ranges or for renting out to the golfers.
Places that have miniature golf or just some fun golf games might be interested in keeping some old golf clubs handy for their guests to play.
Miniature golf courses will like to keep the old golf clubs handy for kids. Even slightly damaged golf clubs might be accepted at such places.
If the performance of the old golf clubs hasn’t deteriorated, give them away to an enthusiastic novice golfer. They will appreciate practicing with the second-hand clubs until they get a set of their own.
Charities often take golf clubs off your hands. Consider donating to one.
If the old golf clubs are too dinged up, give them off to a metal scrap dealer. You may get paid for the weight.
Do NOT dump entire golf sets into trash just because the novelty wore off. Use any of the above methods to make good use of them.
How To Re-Use Old Golf Clubs?
There are some visionary ways to use the golf clubs at home. You may need some cutting/welding equipment though or a friend who owns/works at a workshop:
#1: Workout props
Golf clubs are heavy. You can include them in your daily exercise regimen if you don’t want to buy weights. Farmer’s walk with any kind of weight improves grip strength.
So you can cut the shaft off the club at a comfortable length. Hold the heavy clubhead with the remaining shaft length and do the farmer’s walk. There are golf workouts to power up your swing. Use the damaged old golf clubs to practise these.
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#2: Swing practice
In our post about how to increase clubhead speed, we require a headless golf club for tempo training. Behead the little guys and use them for your swing practice.
Interested in gardening? Or do you want to give your house a fresh touch of trellising creepers? Use golf clubs to support the growth of the climbing plant. You can decorate the golf clubs with paint to blend in with the flora.
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#4: Golf club Fence
You can use the sturdy old golf clubs to create a fence around your garden and keep the rodents out. If you have a backyard putting green, you can use a golf club fence to separate it from the surrounding areas. It will fit the theme.
#5: Coat Rack
If you are a true connoisseur of golf, how about having a old golf club coat rack? This is an innovative way to use the slim clubheads of the golf irons. And the clubheads provide a much more stable peg than a usual coat rack. And they look stylish too.
#6: Towel Rack
Did your towel rack just break under the weight of a wet, heavy towel. You can use the steely strength of golf clubs to hang your towels. Just get two holders that can withstand the weight of the golf club on either side. Slide the old golf club through it.
#7: Game room
Do you have a dedicated room for your game toys. Why not let the décor reflect all the games you are enraptured with? Use your old golf clubs innovatively to decorate the game room. Use the trellis and golf club coat rack ideas to add a zing of golf to your room.
#8: Dusting stick
Spiderwebs lodged in high places can evoke a distinct ‘eww-some’ response. No broom or stick can effectively clear out dirt in high corners. How about you tie a dusting cloth covering the club head and use the old golf club to do the cleaning. The large clubhead provides enough surface area to clean such places. You can even create a floor duster by tying a mop-head on the clubhead.
#9: Paper Towel dispenser
Some of the more creative geniuses on the internet have created a paper towel dispenser out of the cluhead and shaft of old golf clubs. The clubhead serves as the stopper on top and the club shaft serves as the roll-holder. Add some tribal colors on the clubhead and you have a beautiful paper towel dispenser.
#10: Golf club table
Now this might be a more complicated project but it’s certainly worth the effort. Golf club tables include leg made of criss-crossed old golf clubs. The top could be a simple glass counter supported over the club shafts. With some varnish and welding, you have a golf masterpiece at hand.
We live in perilous times when we need to be careful about the resources we waste. Golf clubs are hulks of metal that do not get damaged easily. There’s no point wasting such strong construction by simply plunking them in the dumpsters out front. From charities to home projects, there are a number of opportunities to re-use old golf clubs. Even the club manufacturers like TaylorMade and Callaway are trading in the old clubs. It has actually proven to be gainful for their business as there are many takers for the refurbished clubs.
So, now’s the time you make big strides in eco-conscious practices.