How to Clean Golf Clubs
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Have you ever wondered why different golf club faces have different looking grooves ? The answer is simple, yet very sophisticated at the same time. Woods for example, are designed to impart less backspin on the ball than irons. In addition to the loft of the club, grooves play a crucial role in producing the desired spin, and therefore, the desired ball flight. It is important to keep your grooves clean at all times. Regular cleaning will also preserve the finish on your clubs, which is what prevents them from rusting. During a round of golf, there may not be enough time in between shots to clean out your grooves, so the tips below can be applied once you're at home.
1. Groove cleaner (available at golf stores), hard bristle brush, or in the worst case, a few sharp tees.
2. A bucket of warm water.
3. Regular dishwashing soap.
4. At least one clean towel or rag.
1. Add about a tablespoon or so of regular dishwashing soap into a half bucket of warm water.
2. Soak your clubs (irons only) in the soapy mixture for a minute or two. For metal woods, just use a cloth to apply a generous quantity of soapy water on the grooves. Though the welds on most woods are water tight, it is best not to soak them in water.
3. Using the groove cleaner, hard bristle brush, or tee, scrape the dirt out of each grove, of each club. It is important that each groove is cleaned out . If you've ever watched golf on TV, you've probably heard the announcer mention that a shot was short because the pro hit it a groove too thin. This illustrates how important every groove is on the clubface, especially for the shorter clubs.
4. Once all the grooves have been cleaned out, use your brush or wet towel to remove any dirt from other parts of the clubhead. Make sure none of the soapy water runs down the shaft towards the grip. If it seeps in under the grip, it may cause the grip to loosen.
5. Rinse each clubhead in clean, soap free water. You may use another bucket (to save water) or run it from a faucet. Again, make sure that water does not run down the shaft towards the grip.
6. Dry the clubhead with the clean dry towel or rag.
7. Repeat this for all your clubs.
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