Maintaining your golf clubs

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A dirty golf club can be a detriment to your game.
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If you want to play well, and extend the life of your clubs, maintain them.

Remember what your mother told you: Take care of your possessions, particularly a pricey investment such as your new golf clubs. Your golf clubs are kind of like your car: They both tell a lot about you.

Rather the condition of these possessions tells a lot about you. Your fellow golfers may perceive you as a bad or irresponsible golfer if you do not maintain your golf clubs and other golf equipment. Damaged and unclean equipment will be looked at askance and may even be a detriment to your golf game.

Maintaining golf clubs -- which does not mean tossing them helter skelter into the trunk of your car -- will ultimately save you time and maybe even a few strokes on the golf course. Golf club care is an integral part of the sport.

The clubhead, particularly on wedges and irons, should be clean and free of moisture and debris to maximize the back spin on the ball. Take the time to remove the debris from the grooves, which can be done by using a sharp pointed object or a tee, before the next round. Do not use a metal object to remove the dirt with because you may strip off the coating on your clubs.

Golf club care is often determined by the course and conditions that you regularly encounter. Take into consideration that the golf course is fertilized and the fertilizer gets on your club. If you drop your dirty clubs into a tub of soapy water and leave them to soak over night it is possible for a reaction to occur between the water and the fertilizer that is left on your clubs, especially that fertilizers which is packed into the deep crannies of the cavity or in the undercut of stainless steel irons. Sap and grass stains, abrasives like sand and other natural materials should also be carefully cleaned off your clubs.

Instead of dumping the clubs into a vat of soapy water, use a stiff nylon brush that has been dipped in soapy water and scrub the clubs. A good tool for maintaining golf clubs is a simple one; you can use a toothbrush to get into the grooves. When finished, dry your golf clubs off making sure that they are completely dry before you put them back into your golf bag.  

When your golf club is dirty and the grooves on the clubheads are full of mud or dirt the result can be lack of control of your shot. The grooves determine the spin of the ball and lack of control will result in lost distance of your shots. Maintaining golf clubs correctly can preserve the consistency of your game.

Do not store your golf clubs in a damp, humid area, such as your basement because this will cause the steel shafts to rust. Rust can also occur if you live in a very humid, hot climate. If there is rust on the steel shafts, rub the shafts with steel wool. Eliminating rust is a key task in golf club care.

If your golf grip is not clean or it's wet you are going to have a hard time gripping your club. Regularly cleaning the grips will extend the life of the grip as well as create a slip-resistant surface. The best way to maintain and clean rubber and rubber composition grips is to regularly wash them in warm, soapy water. You can use dish washing detergent. Use a soft bristled brush, dipping it into the soapy water, and then proceed to scrub the outer surface of the grip. Rinse with clean water and then let the grip air dry.

If your grip is a synthetic over-wrap model do not use a brush and soapy water to clean it because you may end up destroying the slip-resistance and tackiness of the grip as well as scratching the outer surface. Clean the synthetic version with a soft, wet towel or use some rubbing alcohol and wipe off the exterior surface.

Do not put a grip into a bucket of water. This will damage the grip because the water will get into the underlying tape layer and cause the grip to slip on the shaft and possibly even destroy the grip. Rust can occur.

Examine your golf clubs from time to time. If dimples or lines are beginning to fade, this indicates that is it time to buy new clubs. There are times when no amount of carefully maintaining golf clubs can substitute for new clubs.

Doing preventive maintenance on your golf clubs after every game will maximize the lifespan of your clubs and it will also improve your game. 

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