How To Take Care Of Your Golf Clubs

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How To Take Care Of Your Golf Clubs

To maintain optimum playing performance, it's important to make proper contact with the golf ball at all times. To this end, it's advisable to keep all clubs in top condition, paying particular attention to the playing surfaces and grips. The following guide gives you some practical tips on keeping your golfing equipment in the best possible condition.

How to Store Golf Clubs

Store your clubs indoors, not in the boot of your car or in a garage. Car boots and garages can generate heat. Although heat won't damage the club heads or shafts themselves, it could cause the glues and resins under the grip to weaken. Humidity can also increase the likelihood of rusting. A short spell in a car boot or garage does no harm but as a general rule clubs should be stored inside the house.

How to Protect Club Heads

You don't need head covers for irons but covers for your woods and putter are essential. These clubs are all prone to damage when rattling around in a golf bag. They are also sensitive to the weather. Keep a golf towel attached to your bag and wipe the club face after each shot, making sure you don't delay play as you do so.

How to Clean Golf Irons

Give your irons a good clean at least every few rounds to prevent dirt hardening onto the faces of the clubs. Always clean and dry your clubs after playing in the rain. Clubs that are put away wet are almost certain to develop rust spots. You can find specialist golf club cleaning kits on eBay or simply work with materials you already have around the house.

Basic cleaning equipment should include -

* a plastic bucket

* mild dishwashing detergent

* an old toothbrush or any small brush with plastic bristles

* an old towel for drying

Never throw any old towels away. They are endlessly useful especially as you can cut them up to smaller, more useful sizes, to help with your cleaning. Should you need to acquire some pre-owned towels, eBay is a good place to look.

Squirt a little of the dishwashing liquid into the bottom of your plastic bucket, then add warm water to create suds. Make sure the water is warm, not too hot; very hot water can loosen the ferrule on golf clubs.

You only need enough water in the bucket to cover the heads of your irons. Place the bucket, with its water and suds, near your garden hose; if you don't have access to an outside water tap, use a deep sink or bath tub indoors.

A gentle soak helps loosen any dirt in the grooves of the clubs' faces. It also allows the suds to begin working on any oils and golf course chemicals absorbed by the club heads.

Golf Club Cleaning Guide


Put the bucket down and place your irons in it with the club heads submerged.


Let the irons soak in warm water for just a couple of minutes.


Take each club in turn; use old plastic-bristled brush to clean the grooves on the clubface.


Drag the brush across the sole of the iron and over the back of the club head to make sure that they are completely clean all over. A soft-bristled brush will help you do the job well.


Use your garden hose (or indoor tap) to rinse the club head thoroughly.


When suds are washed away, inspect club; check all dirt has been removed from grooves.


Use your old towel to dry off the club head.


Lastly rub the towel up the shaft of the club. This will remove any loose debris from the shaft and ensure that the shaft doesn't go back into your bag wet.

Removing all the dirt and debris from the grooves is the most important step in cleaning your clubs. If you let dirt build up in the grooves and harden over time, you may need to allow more soaking time and then use a stiff-bristled brush. Never use a wire-bristled brush during cleaning because this can scratch the surface of the club face.

How to Clean Woods

It's not a good idea to submerge woods under water and allow them to soak. Such treatment can ruin their high gloss finish. Instead, quickly dip metal woods into the sudsy water, wipe down with a moist cloth then dry thoroughly with your old, dry towel. If there are grooves on the faces of your metal woods and those grooves retain dirt or debris after you've wiped down the club face you should use a soft-bristled brush but on the grooves only. If you are one of the very rare golfers who still owns and plays with old fashioned woods, do not submerge these in water; just wipe them down with a moist cloth, then dry.

How to Clean Golf Grips

As with cleaning the club heads, there are a couple ways to clean your golf grips. You can simply wipe them down with a moist cloth and then dry them off with an old, dry towel. You can also spray on a mild liquid cleanser and then wipe them off. The method described below takes a bit longer but works well for removing a build-up of grime. It will also help wash away the oils and chemicals from the golf course.

You'll need a mild dishwashing detergent and two cloths or old towels, one to use wet and the other to dry with.

* Squirt a little detergent into the sink then fill the sink with warm, not hot, water.

* Create a lot of suds.

* Take each of your clubs in turn.

* Use the wet cloth to grab some suds then rub the suds into the grip using the towel.

* Turn each grip under flowing warm or cold, not hot, water to rinse off the detergent.

* Be careful not to get water all over of the shafts when rinsing the grips.

* Using the dry towel, carefully dry off each grip as soon as it is rinsed off.

When you have finished, inspect the grips for shiny areas, worn areas and cracks. These are signs that it may be time to consider new grips. Good grips are essential to good golf.

Also inspect the shafts for dents, nicks or splits. If you see any of these, it may be time to replace the shaft. Shafts should last a lifetime in normal use, but they can be damaged by excessive contact with other clubs in the golf bag.

How to buy Golf Clubs on ebay

Now that you've worked out which clubs you want, find them quickly on eBay. While you shop, don't forget balls, teesshoes, and appropriate clothing for the course. To start shopping, go to the Sports and Leisure category. Click the Sporting Goods portal and click Golf.

Categories: The Categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Accessories, Apparel, Bags, Balls, Books, Videos, Golf Club Components, Footwear, Golf Carts, Cars, Schools, Lessons, Experiences, Tee Times, Green Fees, Training Aids, Vintage and Other Items. As you refine your search you'll be able to narrow down your choice by subcategory.

Product Finder: Use the Golf Clubs Finder to quickly narrow down item listings by type of club, brand, model, condition (new or used), and shaft material.

Keyword search: Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find new right-handed golf clubs for men, type the keywords "rh men new" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay's Search Tips page for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you're looking for by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.

Buy Golf Clubs with Confidence

Make sure that you know exactly what you're buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know your item

Read the details in the item listing carefully. Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you're buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.

If you want more information, click the "Ask seller a question" button on the seller's profile or the "Ask a question" link at the bottom of the item listing page.

Always complete your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy it Now or Best Offer) otherwise you will not be covered by eBay Buyer Protection. Never pay for your eBay item using an instant cash wire transfer service like Western Union or MoneyGram. These are not safe ways of paying someone you do not know.

Know your seller

Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.

* What is the seller's Feedback rating?

* How many transactions have they completed?

* How many positive responses do they have?

* What do buyers say in their Feedback?

* Are they positive about the seller?

Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.

* Do they offer a money-back guarantee?

* What are their terms and conditions?

Buyer protection

In the very unlikely event that you do not receive your item or it is not as described, eBay Buyer Protection your purchase price plus original delivery cost.

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