Club cleaning - how to get back that new club feel August 21 2015

Some people trade in clubs that under the grime are actually in fine condition.  They just need some tlc and it got me thinking - do people know how to keep their clubs clean?

For many Friday night involves getting the clubs out and washing them ready for the weekends rounds. I suspect that those that do that will find this post obvious.  But for those whose irons are literally caked in mud please read on.

The first step is to drop all iron and fairway wood heads straight into a bucket of hot soapy water.  No need to even touch them for the next fifteen minutes.  Just let them soak all that crust off.  Make sure the water is not so hot that the ferrules detach from the top of the hosel.  

Now get to it with a nail brush or similar.  Into the grooves and into the cavity backs with that and all the crud just comes off.  Run a cocktail stick along those grooves with stubborn mud in them.  Now dry with your towel.  Clean grooves make a massive difference so if you are one of those haven't washed them since I got them kind of guys be ready for some actual backspin!  

Now the clubs are clean and probably still quite warm its a good time to push any of those loose ferrules back down toward the hosel.  Any that give major resistance - twist them gently and warm them further with more hot water.  If you want to fix this problem get a bit of super glue on the gap before you reseat the ferrule.  Wipe off excess glue with a paper towel and leave to dry.  

For that back to new look get some nail varnish remover (acetone) and rub round the ferrules with a cotton pad.  The pad will turn black but the ferrules go back to the shine they had when you unwrapped them.  

For fairway woods - these beauties normally need a wipe with the towel and they are done.  If the paint looks a little dull dry them off and then add a small spot of car polish.  Buff to a shine.  The paint used on the clubs is incredible strong and tough but just like the car fades with time.  Turtle wax is great for bringing back the lustre.  

Your driver head is usually better off not dunking in water - they tend to let water in which can be a real pain.  Just clean it over the bucket and make sure it is as dry as possible.  Polish her up just like the fairways and the heads of all your clubs are good to go.

Sky marks and scratches are now very visible.  I see these as war scars and whilst I can't say I am proud there is only so much you can do.  Feint marks can be T Cut out and many of the matt finish driver heads do react well to a rubbing agent.  That's a judgement call.  If you do decide to have a go at rubbing them out - small circles work best and be prepared to work.  The slower the better so you can see the progress.  Rub too much and you will eventually rub through the paint covering.  

Now its time to get onto the grips.  Frankly this is the most important bit and for those that haven't cleaned your clubs for years - get ready to be shocked.

A deep bucket and two kettles full of boiling water plus a tiny amount of washing up liquid brings these back to life.  Fill the bucket - stir in the washing up liquid with one the clubs - and stand all 13 clubs upside down in the water.  Now leave until the water is cool enough to put your hand in.  The very hot water is slowly loosening all the sweat, skin and sun cream on those grips.  Give it time to work.  It also softens the rubber.

Now get each club out and scrub the grips with your nail brush.  Rinse with water and lay flat on a towel.  When you have done them all tip out the disgusting water.  It can be a bit of a shock to see how dirty the water becomes.

Towel dry the grips and stand to finish drying - ideally upside down.  

If after this your grips feel hard or look shiny its time for a regrip.  

Now you are good to go shoot the lights out.......

For those that wonder if this is something worth doing regularly consider this.  Dirt on the grips go directly onto your glove.  Your glove was probably £9 and will last half the time if you don't look after the grips.  Dirt on the heads gets trapped between your club and the pro v1.  That damages the premium ball covering and bingo more cost.  Oh and then the mud on your club goes back into the top of your bag.  Ever tried to clean a golf bag - seriously difficult.  So thats costing you even more money.  Now drop all that mud and rubbish in the boot of your motor and unless your car was supplied free by your sponsor thats not a good idea is it.