How to Polish Golf Clubs

Written by michael kozlowski
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A clean set of golf clubs will help you make better contact with the ball and utilise each club to its fullest. The grooves in your clubs are designed to impart spin to the ball, but they're not effective if they're filled with dirt. It's still up to you to swing the clubs, but there's no sense in making those shots any more difficult than necessary.

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Things you need

  • Towels or newspaper
  • Bowl of warm, soapy water
  • Bowl of clean water
  • Brass brush or hard-bristle toothbrush
  • Nail
  • Steel/chrome polish
  • Several rags

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  1. 1

    If you're working inside your home, spread out some towels or newspaper to work over.

  2. 2

    Dip the head of one of your golf clubs into the bowl of warm, soapy water. Letting the club soak in the water for a few moments will help loosen dirt.

  3. 3

    Wipe the club head with a rag to remove some of the major dirt and grime. It's not necessary to scrub the club clean, nor does it need to be entirely dry when you finish.

  4. 4

    Wet the wire brush or toothbrush with the soapy water and scrub the club. This will remove any remaining dirt. You may need to use a little elbow grease to remove any oxidation.

  5. 5

    Rinse the club in the clean water. Then use a nail to scrape out any remaining dirt from the grooves. Rinse and dry the club.

  6. 6

    Use the polish on a clean rag to restore the shine to your club. Use another rag to wipe the club clean. You may need to utilise the nail to remove polish from the grooves.

  7. 7

    Repeat this process with each club.

Tips and warnings

  • You can purchase groove cleaning tools and golf club cleaner and polish at sporting goods stores, but a nail, household dish soap and any metal polish will work just as well.
  • Unless your clubs are incredibly filthy, it's not necessary to change the clean water for each club. You should be able to clean the whole set with your initial set-up.
  • You can use a rotary tool with the correct attachments for scrubbing and polishing.
  • A brash brush or toothbrush is recommended over steel wool or a steel brush because it's less likely to scratch the surface of your club.
  • Leaving your clubs wet after cleaning can lead to oxidation and/or rusting.

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