After an entire day spent on the golf course, you will most probably be sweaty, tired and not exactly in the mood for cleaning your golf clubs. I have been there many times, so I learned a few things that I want to tell you about. The first rule of thumb is to get to cleaning your clubs as soon as you are back home, even postponing your shower, because, once everything is clean and back into the bag, you can relax and enjoy your evening.
Get a large bucket and fill it with warm water and a bit of detergent. Make sure that the water is not hot, or it may start melting the glue keeping the club heads attached to the shaft, and you will not like playing with unstable club heads. It is also important to get a large bucket so that you can immerse as many golf clubs as possible in the water. Leave them like this for about 5 to 10 minutes, to allow the detergent and the warm water to loosen all the grime caked into the club heads.
Even with enough time for soaking, you will notice that some grime will still tend to stubbornly stick to the club heads. The most recommended thing to do is to take an old toothbrush and start scrubbing. It may look like a tedious process, but if you start cleaning your clubs as soon as you reach home, the dirt and grime will not have enough time to solidify and become hard to deal with. Make sure to avoid using a wire brush, because this will inevitably damage the club head design.
Protect the ferrules as much as possible during the cleaning process. Also, make sure that the shafts do not get immersed in the water. Use a damp cloth to wipe them clean, and focus on getting all the dirt out of the club heads and all the grooves on the face of each club head. If you happen to stumble on more stubborn and already caked in mud inside the grooves, take a toothpick and proceed to loosen up these areas. Your primary purpose is to get your club heads clean and ready to be used again.
Rinse the club heads with plenty of cold water, so you can remove even the last particles that may remain stuck there. Use a dry towel to remove all traces of moisture; make sure to use a soft one, to avoid any scratches. All the clubs must be thoroughly dried before placing them back in the bag, or, otherwise, they will rust and become unusable, which, in turn, will affect your golfing activities.
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