Taking care of your golfing equipment

7 08 2013

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If you’re a regular golfer, then you’ll no doubt be well aware just how important it is to look after your equipment properly. After all, forking out for new golf clubs can be expensive – so it’s up to you to make sure you keep them in good condition. What’s more, there’s also the risk that your golf clubs may be stolen – so it might be a good idea to sign up for golf insurance with GolfCare, so that you’ve got that extra peace of mind. However, there are some steps you should take in order to ensure that your golf clubs are properly looked after. Here are a few suggestions you may wish to bear in mind.

According to About.com, looking after your golf clubs is likely to save you a significant amount of money in the long run. Firstly, you need to think about where you store your clubs. You might be tempted to leave them in the boot of your car or in your garage – but this could potentially be a problem when temperatures warm up. Although the head of the club and its shaft will be unaffected, the glues and resins used to hold the grip in place are likely to weaken. What’s more, prolonged exposure to humid condition can also increase the risk of rusting.

It might also be a good idea to use headcovers to protect your woods and putter, although you shouldn’t need them for your irons. Also, keep a towel attached to your bag and then use it to wipe down the face of the club after every shot. It’s important to make sure that dirt doesn’t start to harden on to the face of the club, so make sure you clean your club at least once every few rounds. In particular, you should always make sure you clean your clubs after playing a round in the rain. For best results, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and warm, soapy water to clean the face of a club. Once you’re done cleaning, wipe the face down using a towel.

Make sure you wipe your clubs’ grips down regularly using a damp cloth, and keep an eye out for any cracks, worn areas or shiny areas which might appear on your grips. When you see this sort of damage, it’s probably a reliable indicator that you need to invest in some new grips. Nicks, dents and splits can all start to appear in your clubs’ shafts over time, usually through being banged around. If you notice such flaws, you may want to think about buying replacement shafts.

A useful guide to golf club care from eBay also reminds us that keeping the heads of golf clubs free of dirt is a vital part of maintenance, and points out that different clubs will require different care. It may be worth opting for steel shafts as these are likely to be particularly durable – clubs can be susceptible to dents and nicks when being carried around in your bag, so it makes sense to pick clubs which offer a greater degree of resilience.

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