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Keep those Clubs Clean, It will show in your game

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Dirty Clubs !

It is common practice amongst club golfers to play with golf clubs caked in mud! A dirty club often means that the grooves on the club-face are filled in with mud. This has effect on the ball at impact (besides the extra weight). The point of the grooves is to create backspin as the ball runs up the face of the club at impact, which will keep the ball straight. Without this ‘grip’ the ball is more likely to fly with side-spin on it in the form of a slice or a hook. With short irons in particular it is this action that is responsible for stopping the ball quickly on a receptive green. Many amateurs should like to be able to make their ball spin back to the pin just like they see it on television – it is not easy, but you will certainly never achieve it with mud in the grooves!

Golf club cleaning

Golf club maintenance is easy and adds years of life to your set by simply keeping them clean and I think it gives a physiological advantage over an opponent just like dressing well and having clean shoes does.

You just need is a bucket, some mild washing up liquid (don’t use automatic dishwashers), an old toothbrush or scrubbing brush , and some soft towels. Do the cleaning outside so you can rinse them with a water hose..Or if you live in a cold climate use the old bathwater after you (Both) come out. you can tell I’m a Scot.

First, pour a few drops of the washing up liquid  in the bucket.water. Don’t fill the bucket too full. You want the water to cover the heads of your golf clubs, but not much else.

Put your irons, once you have stuck a tee peg in the hole on the top of the grip to stop water getting down inside the shaft, into the bucket of warm, sudsy water. Use a cloth to bathe them. It is that simple! Once you have given the clubs a simple wash down, get the toothbrush and scrub the heads to remove dirt from the grooves. Depending on how dirty your clubs are, this might take a little effort and some elbow grease.

Once you have washed your golf clubs and cleaned their grooves, you will need to rinse them. A sprayer works great so if you are outside, simply hose off the soap and dirt with the outdoor water hose. Indoors, use the shower. You can simply run them under a faucet inside, too. No matter how you choose to rinse the clubs, make sure you dry them well. 

Use another clean cloth and dry the club. Make sure it dries completely to avoid spots and damage.

While your clubs are out, clean out your golf bag too. A quick wipe down of the bag’s interior with a damp cloth is generally all the inside needs. Follow up with a wipe down using a dry cloth. Spot clean the outside of your bag after each golf outing as needed. Once the clubs have been individually washed and dried, return them to the clean golf bag.

The Effects

If you think it is silly to wash and dry your golf clubs, look around next time you are at the course. Make note of how many other golfers are playing with clean clubs. They take care of them because the clubs are an instrumental tool of the sport, just like cleaning a gun after a hunting session or target practice.

When you take good care of your golf clubs after each outing, it will show you mean business on the course.

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Written by Sir Old Golfer

March 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

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  1. Thanks for the write up SOG! I never really knew how to clean my clubs till now, turns out i’ve not been using the right tools.. didn’t know you needed a brush and towels. I’ve been using water-based lubricants and silicone enhanced products.

    Now my next question, what kind of tees do you plug the grips with? Can you use the “brush tee” i find that i pick up about 20 yards off the tee w/ that tee.. so it probably better for plugging the grip I assume.. Thanks SOG!

    Mike Hawk

    March 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm


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