The consensus on how to clean golf clubs involves a mild dish soap, also known as washing-up liquid. However, there are also some things you’ll want to avoid so that you don’t damage your clubs.
Golf clubs are made of different materials that react differently to a given cleaning method, so even though cleaning golf clubs is simple, how you go about it is very important; it’s not possible to use the same method in the same way for the whole club.
Cleaning your clubs with a spot of water and a brush every time you use them – if convenient – is going the best way to keep your game constant.
Important – The Do-Nots
Do not use water that is too hot – Just like Goldilocks and the three bears, you’ll want it to be just right. If it’s too hot then different materials such as the ferrules can warp. On the other hand, if it is too cold, and you will need to soak the forged-steel club head for much longer to loosen dirt.
Do not use steel wool to scratch off stubborn dirt – this is likely to damage and scratch the surface.
Do not put any equipment away while it is still damp – golf club irons are made from steel which will rust when exposed to water and air. Dampness can also encourage the growth of mould and mildew.
What You Need
- Bucket or large sink
- Mild dish soap / washing up liquid – alternatively, there are special cleaners available.
- Stiff bristled brush, for example a nail brush – alternatively, special golf club brushes are available.
- Cocktail sticks / toothpicks or something similar, but not metal.
- Polishing rags and/or towelling rags
How to Clean Golf Clubs
- Fill your bucket or sink with warm soapy water then submerge the metal bottom of your golf club into the water and leave for a couple of minutes. The water should be a little warmer than luke-warm, but not so hot that you can’t put your hand in it.
- Use the stiff bristled brush to remove dirt from the head and if necessary, repeat step 1.
- If necessary, use the cocktail stick or toothpick to get in the grooves.
- Use your rag to wipe the shaft and thoroughly dry the club head.
- For the grip, many people are having a lot of success using ultrasonic cleaners. Since most other people don’t have these, get some fresh warm soapy water, a fresh rag, and wipe over the grip until its clean.
- Use towelling to make sure that your equipment is thoroughly dry!
Now you know how to clean golf clubs, you can get back to what is most important and start getting your golf clubs dirty again without worry.
Please note that this is guidance only and LMB cannot be held account for any damage incurred as a result of following this guide.