For those of you out there that golf, no one needs to tell you what a good round can do for your day. Not only improving your mood, but your energy while also serving as a form of therapeutic exercise. Golf is popular for a reason, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. But what HAS gone away is this year’s golf season, sadly.
There is a long wait between seasons of golf and you should take the time to take care for your clubs before storing them away for the Winter. Unless you’re a fan of spending large amounts of money on new gear every season, you should take out the cleaner and get to work.
You’ve likely amassed some mud and dirt stuck deep in the groves of the club heads. There are golf cleaning kits available to handle brining the shiny newness back to your clubs, or you can use what you already have on hand.
What you will need is a bucket of soapy water, enough to get through all of your clubs thoroughly. Place your irons in the bucket of warm water with the club heads under the liquid. Leave it there for a few minutes, just to let any built up residue fall off.
After the club heads have soaked for what you feel is long enough, take them out and start scrubbing any remaining residue off from the grooves. Work all around the club and scrub anything you or the water missed. Also, get those sticky patches of dirt and grass off of the clubs off by brushing it thoroughly. Rinse off the club, dry it carefully to avoid water stains.
Do this right and you won’t have to go back and redo it more often than you need to. It should be done once every few months if it is accumulating a lot of dust and dirt from storage. During the regular season, clean it as often as you feel necessary. Before storing the clubs, you should take the time to empty and clean out your golf bag. You’d be surprised what you forgot you put in there all those months ago.
Any electric items for golfing should be emptied of batteries, to avoid draining or damaging the battery during storage. This could save you from paying to replace the item, the bag, and maybe even a club or two if they were damaged as well. Now you can safely store the bag of clubs somewhere out of the way.
Some golfers decide to buy a new set of shoes at the beginning of the season and have those last the entirety of it. Others might go through multiple pairs of shoes per season, but if a new pair is out of your budget, then maintenance is a great alternative to throwing down a large chunk of change for something you’ll only be using seasonally.
Grab your shoes from the closet and shoe cleaner or even just soap and water if you’re in a pinch. It’s going to take some time to get all of those grass stains out, so be patient and thorough. With your brush/rag and shoe cleaner/soapy water, you can begin to muscle out all of those annoying stains.
Once they’re clean and looking almost like new, you should also consider replacing the spikes for the bottom of your cleats, if necessary. Your spikes should be replaceable by screwing them on and off of the bottom of your shoe. You want to do this because having a firm grip on the ground when you’re golfing can increase your performance. It can also stop you from slipping if the grass is wet, or aid you in walking up and down a steep slope. If your spikes are made for your shoe only, they should come with instructions on how to replace them if you’re still unsure.
Remember how much money you spent on all of your gear. Take care of it and it will take care of you when the next golfing season starts.
Til next time, keep it in the short grass!