Maintaning and Caring Your Golf Clubs

By: Verlyn Ross

One of the basic tenets of golf is to take care of your equipment. The appearance of a player and his golf accessories can tell a lot about that person.

Equipment Care - Dirty Golfers Are Not Welcomed!

By taking pride in your golf apparel, especially your clubs and golf bag, and keeping everything in shape, you will look better and most importantly, your expensive golf equipment will last a lot longer.

Keeping Your Club Faces Free From Dirt

Whenever you hit a shot, you will see that the grooves of the face on your iron will be cluttered with dirt. To keep this area clean and free of grime, simply wipe off the clubhead with a rag or small towel and then use the sharp end of a tee to scrape each groove.

Cleaning your club face like this is not just for appearances either. By removing encrusted dirt and mud, your shots will maintain distance. With a dirty club, you can lose control and your ball will not reach the distances desired.

Cleaning Your Golf Balls

When you arrive at each tee box, you will see a small structure on a pole designed to help keep your golf balls clean. Some of these contraptions have a round handle on top, and some have a crank-type handle on the side.

These are called ball washers and the purpose is to enable you to clean your golf balls. You simply place the ball in the designated area and once finished, the ball will come out perfectly clean.

When cleaning your golf balls, keep it courteous. These ball washers can be extremely noisy so be sure not to use the machine when one of your playing partners is about to make a shot. It's best to wait until the swing is over before you operate the ball cleaner.

Keeping Your Shoes Clean

If you wear spiked shoes during your golf games, as everybody should, keeping them clean is also standard procedure for the player who takes care of his or her equipment. At the end of the day, be sure to scrape off any of the excess dirt and grass from the spikes before taking off your shoes.

In addition to preventing the trunk of your car from getting dirty from your shoes, you'll also be able to keep an eye on the spikes and know when it's time to get new ones installed in your shoes.

Note: You can purchase a package of spikes to keep your footing fresh at all times. Each package should come with a small wrench that has two claws. You will insert these claws into the holes at the base of your cleats in order to remove the spikes. Replace them with the new spikes but be sure not to tighten them up too hard because it may be extremely difficult to remove the spikes for future replacements.

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