Golf clubs are an investment that will return dividends for many years but not if they are stowed away and forgotten in between rounds. Let’s see how a little time can keep those clubs hitting quality shots for years to come.

Grips: Standard rubber grips can be kept playable for several years with a regular monthly routine of scrubbing with a bristle brush and a little liquid hand soap. If you have steel-shafted clubs never allow your clubs to rest in a bucket of water with the grip-end down since moisture can accumulate around the butt end and lead to unseen rust inside the grip.

Heads: During a round keep the grooves of your clubs clean with a moist towel – your scores will thank you as much as your clubs for this small act. For regular thorough cleanings of your irons and metalwoods soak the clubheads for awhile and then scrub the grooves and stampings. When the clubs dry you can sand away any minor surface rust with fine steel wool, graded at 0000. Anything coarser can damage the head. Finish up the job with a coat or two of furniture wax.

Shafts: Steel shafts require nothing more than a quick wipe but graphite shafts are where the benefits of regular cleaning truly pay off. Like enamel on teeth protects a whole lot of important stuff underneath, a coat of polyurethane on a graphite shaft protects a lot of sensitive stuff in the layers below. If the polyurethane wears off, as it is likely to do banging around in a golf bag over the course of 18 holes, it exposes the paint that features the silkscreen logo.

That paint is the only thing left protecting the graphite fibers of the shaft. If the paint disappears in any part of the shaft the fibers risk being worn and lacerated which can lead to the shaft snapping entirely. To help prevent that from happening wash the shafts once a month with water. Avoid solvents or anything abrasive that can penetrate that polyurethane layer. After the shafts dry apply a good furniture wax or even a specialty shaft wax to keep your graphite looking new for years.

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