How To Clean Golf Clubs & Grips (What Is The Best Way To Clean Golf Clubs)

Maintaining and cleaning all of your golf equipment is important to keeping them clean and working for as long as possible. 

Golf clubs and subsequent equipment may be costly, so keeping them in good shape will help you avoid having to replace them constantly.

You may find yourself wondering “what is the best way to clean my golf clubs?”, and the answer is much easier than you may expect. 

This simple article will walk you through the different steps to get your gold club and grips looking as good as new!

Here’s what  you’ll need:

  • A large Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing liquid or soap
  • An old toothbrush or a soft-bristle brush
  • A clean towel
  • Chrome or steel polish
  • A cloth

How to clean club heads


When your irons are unclean, they won’t perform as intended. The grooves on the face of your irons increase spin and help the ball to drop softly on the green.

Your iron shots will fly over the green if you have dirt in your grooves. Keeping your irons clean makes you a better golfer. 

  1. Begin by soaking the clubs in a bucket of warm soapy water to soften the grime. The soap-water solution should be warm but not hot, and it should only be deep enough to submerge the club heads (but not past the hosel). Warm water may loosen the ferrules, soak into the joint, and cause rust spots that will harm the shaft over time.
  2. It’s critical to pay attention to the grooves. During a swing, ball contact with the grooves causes friction, which leads to ball spin, consistent flight, and increased distance. To remove dirt from the clubhead, use the scouring pad and brush. Inspect the grooves carefully and clean them. Remove stubborn dirt from the grooves with a tee if necessary.
  3. Using an old towel, thoroughly dry the clubhead, shaft, and grip. To keep moisture at bay, do not store the clubs when they are damp. If you notice rust spots in your club, spray the corroded area with the appropriate amount of WD-40 for around 10 minutes. Allow no WD-40 to enter the joints. Scrub the rust with a gentle brush after 10 minutes. After eliminating all of the rust, dry the club. Keep your valuable golf clubs clean and dry to prevent rust from damaging them.

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How to clean metal woods

Metal woods, such as drivers and fairway woods, require a specialized cleaning procedure because they should not be soaked in water.

  1.  In a basin or bucket, combine warm water and 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid or soap (depending on how many clubs you need to clean).
  2. Next, dip your soft-bristle brush or toothbrush into the mixture and scrub your clubhead gently, being cautious not to get it too wet.
  3. After cleaning the clubhead, pat it dry with a cloth.

How to clean wooden clubs

Golf clubs made of wood are far more delicate and likely to be much older than those made of metal.

These clubs should not be immersed in water, and they should not be scrubbed with a brush either. To clean your wooden golf clubs, follow these procedures.

  1. Get a bowl of warm water and soak a cloth in it until it is moist.
  2. Wipe the dirt off your wooden clubhead with a soft cloth.
  3. After cleaning your clubhead, make sure to dry it with a cloth.

How to clean golf grips

Aside from the traditional bucket and detergent solution approach, golf grips can be cleaned using a variety of additional methods. Golfers who use their clubs on a regular basis should clean the grips at least once a month.

If the grips are not washed on a regular and thorough basis, the quantity of dirt and grease that has accumulated is likely to increase. Because of the accumulation on the golf club, this can damage the golfer’s grip. 

Cleaning the golf club grips on a regular basis extends their life and keeps them as good as new. It’s also a good idea to clean the club heads after each round.

Clean golf club grips make a noticeable difference, especially in the summer when the oils and sweat from the hands get on the grip and remove the smooth, sticky feel. 

However, overly cleaning the golf club with soapy water might cause the grips to become slippery and stiff. Scrub the grip with a rough piece of sandpaper to bring out some tackiness.

Because of the warm weather, keeping the club heads in the car or garage will cause them to harden faster; consequently, the clubs should be maintained in a cold environment.

When should I clean my golf grips?

Golfers should clean their clubs at least once a year. However, if you play golf frequently, you should clean the grips once a month.

The oils and sweat from the hands, dirt, temperature changes and other variables can all contribute to grip wear.

The worn grips are harder to handle than the first time they were used, and the deposits cause the clubs to lose their initial tackiness. This increases grip pressure and makes it difficult for the golfer to achieve the proper wrist release.

Can I make my golf grips tacky again?

Yes! You can do this by using medium grit sandpaper and rub it against the grip. It is best to start with medium-grit sandpaper before moving on to rough grit sandpaper.

This would protect the grip from being damaged by the abrasive surface of the sandpaper.

With a light touch, rub the sandpaper across the grip in up and down motions. This would help in roughening the grip. If you massage the grip with a strong hand, you may end up sanding it off instead of making it tacky.

Now you can remove any excess sandpaper dust and loose grip material from the golf club grip with a cloth.

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