Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Best Way to Clean Golf Clubs
Everyone (or at least I hope everyone) knows that a clean club is a happy club. Having a clean club is a huge deal because it will lead to better contact, better ball performance, and most importantly better scoring. I have some friends and people that I know who rarely ever clean their clubs, and they wonder why their balls never stay on the green. If you don't clean your clubs during and after (or before) a round, then your playing performance will suffer.
During a Round: For cleaning clubs during a round, the best thing to use is a stiff bristled toothbrush and your towel. That is it. I don't recommend using a wire brush on irons and especially not woods because over time it will add even more wear and tear to the club. After each shot, scrape off the mud and dirt with the toothbrush. It will come off easy since it is fresh. This is most important for wedges. If you really want those grooves clean, a tee can work as well.
After or Before a Round: This is when you pay more attention to the club itself, and not just the clubface. You need a bucket, dishsoap, stiff toothbrush, towel, and sink or hose. Put some dishsoap into the bucket and fill it just enough that the warm/hot water is covering the entire clubface, but it is under where the club meets the shaft. Only soak the irons. Then take the woods and the toothbrush. With the water running slowly, get some soapy water on the toothbrush and clean the entire clubface of the woods. Then rinse under the water. Be sure to dry well, and then put them back into your bag. Do this with the putter too...I never soak that either. By the time you are done cleaning your woods and putter, it is time to clean the irons.
Take the toothbrush and clean the entire clubface, getting the toothbrush soapy. When you scrub the grooves, I find that it works best to get the whole face in circular motions and switching directions after a few scrubs. Make sure you get the bottom where the brand and number usually is because if those crevasses are filled with dirt, you will have poor turf interaction. Get behind the club, especially if you have cavity backs since dirt will stay there if it isn't regularly cleaned. Repeat with all irons and wedges, drying them all well before putting them back into your bag. Wipe the shafts and grips of all clubs to get them clean too.
If you notice any rust on the shaft or the clubface (only irons, wedges, and steel shafts), then use a little steel wool to rub it off. Obviously don't get too crazy with it as excessive use will ruin the club. If your clubs are maintained well, there shouldn't be any rust.
If you are in a hurry or your clubs aren't too dirty, then just run them all under warm water just using the brush.
Keeping your clubs clean is essential to your game considering that you want to perform your best on every shot. You simply cannot do that with grooves that are clumped with dirt.