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How To Clean Your Golf Clubs

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Published on May 26th, 2022

By now, you are more than a few rounds into your 2022 golf season. After that one low-scoring round–and perhaps a few others you still aren’t speaking about–your clubs are beginning to look like they have taken quite a few mulligan swings in the rough.

It’s important to clean clubs during your round, but you will also want to give them a proper cleaning at home. With the appropriate cleaning etiquette and storage, your clubs will swing light, hit straight, and last longer.

Two golf irons with dirty heads lay on a golf green.

Cleaning Your Golf Clubs

To begin, make sure you have all the equipment you need. Grab a bucket, dish soap, a soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush will work), a few towels, and water.

Step 1: Fill the Bucket with Water

Fill your bucket with lukewarm water and mix a few squirts of dish soap into the bucket. Don’t run the water too hot as extreme heat can loosen the ferrules, which attach the head to the shaft.

Step 2: Soak Your Clubheads

Place the bucket on solid ground and submerge the club heads of your irons and wedges. Let the clubs soak for a couple of minutes to help loosen and dislodge any dirt in the grooves.

Please do not soak your woods or putter in the water. To properly clean these clubs, dip them in and out of the water, rub them with a cloth, and then dry thoroughly.

Step 3: Scrub the Clubheads

Remove the club heads from the water and use your brush to clean out the individual grooves. Removing dirt and debris is the most important step in cleaning your golf clubs. It will maximize the surface area contact and help put more spin on the ball, adding more control to each swing.

Step 4: Rinse & Dry

After removing the mud and debris, take a hose and rinse down the clubs. Dry them off with a towel and gently place them back in your golf bag. Always ensure your clubs are completely dry, as wet clubs can lead to rust buildup and damage.

Step 5: Don’t Forget the Grip

Cleaning the clubhead is only half the job. Your hands leave all types of oil and moisture behind on the grips and shaft. Use a damp towel and thoroughly wipe down the shaft and grip to remove any buildup.

Remember, your clubs are an investment in your game. By cleaning them properly, you’ll start earning low-scoring returns.

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