Cleaning old golf clubs can help restore their appearance and performance, and extend their lifespan. Here are some steps to follow when cleaning your old golf clubs:
- Gather the necessary tools and materials: You will need a bucket, mild dish soap, warm water, a soft-bristled brush, a towel, and a metal cleaner/polish.
- Fill a bucket with warm water and add a few drops of mild dish soap. Mix the solution well.
- Submerge the golf clubs in the soapy water and let them soak for a few minutes. This will help loosen any dirt or grime that has accumulated on the clubs.
- Use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the clubheads, shafts, and grips. Be careful not to scrub too hard, as this can scratch the finish on the clubs.
- Rinse the golf clubs thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
- Dry the clubs with a towel, making sure to remove all moisture from the clubheads, shafts, and grips.
- If the clubs have any rust or discoloration, use a metal cleaner/polish to remove it. Apply the cleaner/polish to a clean cloth and rub it onto the affected areas of the clubs. Follow the instructions on the cleaner/polish to ensure you are using it correctly.
- Once you have finished cleaning and polishing your golf clubs, store them in a dry place to prevent rust or other damage.
- If you don’t have a soft-bristled brush, you can use an old toothbrush instead. Just make sure that the bristles are not too hard, as this can damage the clubs.
- To remove stubborn dirt or grime, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the affected areas of the clubs and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush.
- For clubs with leather grips, you should avoid getting them too wet, as this can damage the leather. Instead, use a damp cloth to gently wipe the grips clean.
- If your clubs have wooden heads, be careful not to get them too wet, as this can cause the wood to warp or crack. Instead, use a slightly damp cloth to gently wipe the heads clean.
- To remove rust from your clubs, you can use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Apply the mixture to the affected areas and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush.
- After cleaning your clubs, you can apply a protective coating to help prevent future damage. For metal clubs, you can use a metal wax or polish. For wooden clubs, you can use a wood conditioner or oil.
- If you’re unsure about how to clean a particular type of club, check the manufacturer’s instructions or consult a professional.
- Cleaning iron clubs: For iron clubs, you can use a wire brush to remove any dirt or rust from the clubheads. Be careful not to scratch the surface of the clubs too much. You can also soak the clubheads in a mixture of vinegar and water for a few minutes to help remove any rust. After cleaning, dry the clubs thoroughly with a towel.
- Cleaning putters: For putters, you can use a soft cloth or sponge to gently clean the clubhead and shaft. Avoid using any harsh chemicals that can damage the finish. For brass or copper putters, you can use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to help remove any tarnish.
- Cleaning woods: For wooden clubs, you should avoid getting them too wet, as this can cause the wood to warp or crack. Instead, use a slightly damp cloth to gently wipe the clubheads and shafts clean. You can also use a wood cleaner or oil to help protect the wood and restore its natural shine.
- Cleaning hybrids and drivers: For hybrid and driver clubs, you can use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean the clubheads and shafts. Avoid using any abrasive materials that can scratch the surface of the clubs. You can also use a metal cleaner or polish to help restore the shine to the clubheads.
- Cleaning grips: For rubber or synthetic grips, you can use a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap to clean the grips. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the grips, then rinse with clean water and dry with a towel. For leather grips, you can use a damp cloth to wipe the grips clean. Avoid getting the leather too wet, as this can damage it.
Simple Cleaning Techniques
|Soap and water||Mild soap and warm water||Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild soap. Dip a cloth in the solution and wipe the clubs clean. Rinse with water and dry with a towel.||30 minutes||Once a month|
|Vinegar||White vinegar and warm water||Mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water. Soak the clubs for 30 minutes, then scrub with a brush. Rinse with water and dry with a towel.||30 minutes||Once every 3 months|
|Baking soda||Baking soda and water||Mix baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the clubs and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Scrub with a brush and rinse with water. Dry with a towel.||15 minutes||Once a year|
|Toothpaste||Toothpaste and water||Apply toothpaste to the clubs and scrub with a brush. Rinse with water and dry with a towel.||15 minutes||Once every 6 months|
|WD-40||WD-40 spray||Spray WD-40 on the clubs and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wipe the clubs with a cloth and dry with a towel.||15 minutes||Once a year|
Advanced Cleaning Techniques
|Ultrasonic Cleaning||Ultrasonic cleaning solution||Fill an ultrasonic cleaning tank with the solution and submerge the clubs for 3-5 minutes. Rinse with water and dry with a towel.||5 minutes||Once every 6 months|
|Sandblasting||Sandblasting machine and abrasive media||Load the abrasive media in the sandblasting machine and blast the clubs. Rinse with water and dry with a towel.||30 minutes||Once every 2 years|
|Electrolysis||Sodium carbonate, water, battery charger, and steel plate||Create a sodium carbonate solution in a bucket and add a steel plate. Submerge the clubs and connect the positive lead of the charger to the plate and the negative lead to the clubs. Turn on the charger and let it run for 30 minutes. Rinse with water and dry with a towel.||30 minutes||Once every 5 years|
|Acid Bath||Muriatic acid and water||Mix muriatic acid and water in a bucket. Submerge the clubs for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with water and neutralize the acid with baking soda. Rinse again with water and dry with a towel.||30 minutes||Once every 10 years|
|Enzyme Cleaner||Enzyme cleaning solution||Soak the clubs in the solution for 24-48 hours. Rinse with water and dry with a towel.||24-48 hours||Once every year|
Precautions to Take
|Wear gloves||To protect your hands from cleaning solutions, acids, and abrasive media.|
|Use protective eyewear||To protect your eyes from cleaning solutions, acids, and abrasive media.|
|Use a well-ventilated area||To avoid inhaling fumes from cleaning solutions, acids, and abrasive media.|
|Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions||To avoid damaging the clubs or injuring yourself.|
|Do not clean clubs with painted surfaces||Painted surfaces on golf clubs can be easily damaged by cleaning solutions and abrasive media.|
Tips for Maintaining Clean Golf Clubs
|Dry the clubs after each use||Use a towel to dry the clubs after each round to prevent rust and dirt buildup.|
|Store the clubs in a dry place||Avoid storing the clubs in a damp or humid environment to prevent rust and damage.|
|Use headcovers||Use headcovers to protect the clubheads from scratches and damage.|
|Avoid hitting the ground with the clubhead||Hitting the ground with the clubhead can cause dirt and grass to build up on the clubface.|
|Clean the clubs regularly||Regular cleaning can help maintain the appearance and performance of the clubs.|