If you want your clubs to take care of you, you have to take care of your clubs. You'll save quite a bit of money in the long run, too. (For step-by-step, photo tutorials on cleaning clubs and grips, also see: How to Clean Golf Clubs and How to Clean Golf Club Grips.)
- Store your clubs indoors, not in the trunk of your car or a garage. The trunk and garage can get very hot, which won't damage the clubhead or shaft themselves, but could cause the glues and resins under the grip to weaken. Humidity can also increase the odds of rusting. A short time in the trunk or garage is more thank OK; for longterm storage, think indoors. (In-depth: How to store golf clubs)
- Use headcovers for your woods. Headcovers for irons aren't required, but a cover for your putter is a good idea, too. The more delicate woods and more responsive irons can be nicked and dinged when clanging around in a golf bag.
- Keep a golf towel attached to your bag and wipe off the face of the club after each shot (just make sure you aren't delaying play in order to do so).
- Give your clubs a good cleaning at least every few rounds. You don't want dirt hardening onto the clubface. See: How to Clean Golf Clubs.
- Use warm, soapy water and soft-bristled toothbrush or other soft brush to clean clubfaces.
- Towel-dry the clubface and shaft immediately after cleaning.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe down the grips.
- Inspect the grips for shiny areas, worn areas or cracks. Those are signs that it's time to consider new grips. Good grips are essential to good golf.
- Inspect the shafts for dents, nicks or splits. If you see any of these, it might be time to replace the shaft (shafts will last essentially forever just considering normal golf play, but they can be damaged by getting banged around). Related FAQ: When should I have my shafts replaced?
- Always clean your clubs following a rainy round. Wet clubs that are simply put away are sure to develop rust spots.
- Never use an abrasive cleaning agent or a wiry brush on your clubs.
- Most pro shops sell club cleaning kits that include soft brushes and cleaning materials that are safe to use on golf clubs.
What You Need
- Golf club headcovers
- Putter headcover
- Golf towel
- Golf club cleaning materials