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Spring - A great time to Clean your Clubs!
We hope you've been practising some of your skills over the winter from our last blog post.
It's time to get ready to golf! Here are some ways you can prepare and clean your clubs for next month's season opening.
Step 1: Warm bucket of Suds
Take a plastic cleaning bucket that you probably have around your home to a sink or bathtub. Squirt a little dishwashing liquid into the bottom, then add warm water to create suds. Do NOT make the water too hot, very hot water can loosen the plastic ferrule on your golf clubs. Keep the water a nice warm temperature.
Fill the bucket about 10cm (4 inches). You only need enough water in the bucket to cover the heads of your irons.
Step 2: Place Irons in the Bucket
For Woods/hybrids, leave them out for now, we will discuss those in Step 6.
Take the bucket, with its water and suds, outside to your garage, balcony, desk or a place you can safely work and make a mess without concern.
Set the bucket down, then place your irons in the bucket with the clubheads submerged. A good amount of water should have your clubs' ferrules just below the level of the water and suds.
Allow the irons to soak in the warm water for five minutes or so. This will help loosen any dirt in the grooves of the clubface and allow the suds to begin working on grease and oils that may be on the clubheads.
Step 3: Clean the Grooves
After 5 minutes of soaking time, take a club out one a time and use a soft plastic bristled brush to clean out the grooves on the clubface. This is the key step in cleaning your clubs, take your time and be sure to remove all dirt and debris from the grooves.
Be sure to also scrub the sole of the iron and over the back of the clubhead, removing dirt, grass and other debris.
Normally a soft-bristled brush should work fine but if your clubs are particularly dirty and dirt has built up in the grooves and hardened over the winter, you may need to allow more soaking time and then step it up a little using a stiff-bristled brush. Never use a wire-bristled brush during cleaning.
Step 4: Rinse
Use your garden hose or a tap or a second bucket of fresh water to rinse off the clubhead. When the suds are washed away, take a look at the club to make sure all dirt is removed from the grooves. If it's not, repeat steps 2 - 4.
Step 5: Dry the Clubhead and Shaft
Use your old towel to dry off the clubhead. Also drag the towel up the shaft of the club. This will remove any loose debris from the shaft and also ensure that the shaft doesn't go back into your bag wet.
Step 6: Cleaning Woods/hybrids
It's a good idea not to submerge metal woods or especially the classic persimmon woods in water. Metal woods can be hollow, often they have a nice, glossy finish and should not be smashing around in the bucket with your irons.
Instead, quickly dip metal woods/hybrids into the sudsy water, rub with a moist cloth, then dry with a dry cloth. Use a moist cloth to clean off persimmon clubheads, then dry immediately.
Use a soft-bristled brush, if necessary, to clean out the grooves on woods/hybrids.