Nov 13, 2022
POSTED BY: Nicholas Venditti

How to Make Golf Clubs Look New

Good housekeeping is essential to keep your clubs in tip-top condition but let’s face it, cleaning them is a chore and not something any golfer looks forward to doing.

Your clubs take a battering out on the course, particularly in wet weather, so it pays to take good care of them.  Your golf clubs are your most significant investment. Preserving them not only keeps them looking good but also performing better on the course.

Find out how to clean and protect your clubs so that they look as good as the day you bought them.

How to Clean and Polish Golf Clubs

1. Prepare Some Warm Water With Mild Soap

Fill up a bucket with warm water and some mild soap. A bucket is the best option as it gives you enough room to clean the club heads. Choose a non-detergent-based soap that is light on chemicals.

Try not to soak the ferrule, which is a little bit of plastic between the neck of the club and the shaft. You don’t need the water level any higher than this. Otherwise, you could damage the club.

2. Submerge the Club Heads

Soak the club heads for about five minutes if they are not that dirty. Encrusted club heads are more of a winter problem, but they might need a more extended period of around ten minutes.

3. Scrub the Club Heads

The warm water should loosen any dirt and debris encrusted onto the club head. Use a toothbrush or a larger bristle brush to remove the remaining grime. 

Gently scrub the surface with the brush. Never use a wire brush, as this will damage the face of the club.

It might require some elbow grease if the club head is very dirty but don’t use a tougher brush to save time and effort.

4. Rinse the Club in Cold Water

Rinse the club in cold water once you’ve removed all the dirt. For heavily encrusted clubs, you may need to scrub and rinse several times.

5. Dry the Club

Dry the club with a soft cloth. Don’t be tempted to put the clubs away too quickly after washing as they could still be damp, which will cause mold and rust within the confines of your golf bag. A little rust might be okay for some golfers, but too much will ruin your set.

6. Apply Polish

Apply metal or chrome polish with a rag and then rub it in well using a circular motion. Let the polish dry, and then buff the club head with a clean, dry cloth. The polish restores shine and acts as a protective layer when your club is busy in the field.

7. Check Your Golf Bag

There’s no point putting clean clubs in a dirty golf bag. If your clubs are wet and muddy when you finish your game, your bag's interior will also need cleaning.

Empty the bag of all its contents, upend it, and shake out any loose debris and dirt.

Wipe the interior of the bag clean with some warm, soapy water. Ensure the bag is thoroughly dry before putting your clean clubs back in it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Tools Do You Need to Clean Your Golf Clubs?

You should be able to find most of the items you need to clean and polish your golf clubs around the home. It’s worth setting aside equipment you use for your clubs and keeping it all together in one location. Here’s what you need.

  • A bucket to soak the club heads
  • A toothbrush
  • A couple of bristle brushes (avoid very stiff bristles or wire brushes)
  • A soft fabric cloth to dry the club heads
  • Steel or chrome polish
  • Rag to apply polish
  • A fabric cloth to buff up the shine

Keep Your Clubs Looking New – Shop Our Headcovers

After all that effort in cleaning and polishing, there’s another way to keep your clubs looking like new: club headcovers. Club headcovers keep your clubs looking their pristine best and protect the ones you are not using from dirt and scratches.

Club heads can rattle against each other in the bag as your travel around the course. The banging causes chips and dents, which not only impact appearance but will eventually affect the integrity of the club itself. Not to mention, the dirt and moisture that remains on each club create a build-up in your bag that headcovers can protect against.

Check out the headcovers at STITCH. Designed to be modern, protective, and long-lasting, the best thing about our headcovers is that you can style your clubs and protect them.