How to Clean Golf Clubs



20 Mar 2023


Cleaning our clubs is essential. It ensures that our clubs perform as they should, with no interference from dirt or other grime. It is crucial to know how to clean golf clubs the right way. This blog will cover the best ways to clean any golf club, grip, and shaft.


To be a golf club cleaner, you will need a bucket, warm/room temp water, dishwashing liquid or soap, a soft bristle brush (or an old toothbrush), a towel, chrome/steel polish, and a microfiber cloth. Before we start cleaning golf clubs, we need to know what type of clubs we own and which we want to clean. There are different methods to clean various golf clubs because of their materials. This is similar to doing the laundry, where you have delicates, colors, and whites. I know it sounds like a drag to clean your clubs, but no one wants to have dirty clubs on the golf course. You want it to look like your dream car that your significant other doesn’t want you to buy. Furthermore, I will teach you how to clean different clubs with different materials in the following steps.


Each of our golf clubs should be treated with care when cleaning. So it is essential to know when to be extra delicate with our clubs and when it is okay to dip or scrub our golf clubs.


In this section, we will learn to wash irons and wedges only. First, we will fill a bucket with warm or room temp water until the water covers are club heads. We should not use hot water as it can loosen the epoxy that holds the club head and the shafts together. You then want to add and mix 2 to 3 teaspoons of dishwasher liquid or mild soap into the bucket. We then submerge the clubs into the water for about 5 to 10 minutes to loosen up the dirt. After we take the club heads out of the water and brush to clean the golf clubs with our soft bristle brushes. Make sure to scrub every area on the club head. After putting the club head under running water, remove all the dirt and dry the clubs with a towel. We want the clubs to be bone dry like a desert to prevent them from becoming rusty.


Metal Woods has a different process for cleaning drivers and fairway woods. We do not need to submerge the clubs in water. We make the same bucket mixture we used for the irons and wedges. We take a soft bristle brush into the mix, carefully scrub our club face on the driver in the woods, and then take a wet towel to clean the top and bottom of the club head. We do not want to use any brush on the top or bottom of the clubhead because we do not want to create any scratches on the club head. We then want to take the microfiber towel and wipe everything dry to give the drivers and fairway woods a nice shine. After cleaning these clubs, they will look like a car that just came out of a car wash.


Wooden golf clubs are much more delicate since they are much older and made from a softer material. Wooden clubs, like drivers, should not be dipped in the bucket, but the wooden club should also not be scrubbed with a brush. We will be cleaning our clubs with a towel.Next, we take the bucket mixture from earlier and dip the cloth into the bucket. Then, entirely wipe down the club heads after we are done wiping the club. Finally, we dry it with a towel.


When we clean golf clubs, we mostly clean the club heads, but we should also do other parts of the golf club. In the next part of the blog, I will go over how to clean different parts of the golf club, including the shafts and grips. I will also go over how to remove rust from golf clubs.


The shaft, which is close to the club head, is prone to being dirty from the dirt that gets kicked up when striking the club against the ground. To remove the grime, use a damp cloth to wipe away dirt and a towel to dry the shaft completely.


Grips are important to clean because they get dirty quickly from sweat or other dirt on our hands. It is better to clean your grips after every round you play. An excellent way to clean your grips is to take a damp cloth and wipe all of your grips and then rinse off with cool water or room temp. Then pat dry the grips with a towel and let them air dry afterward. It is easy to scrape material from the grip, especially after wetting. Hence, we should be careful when drying our grips. I would hate for anyone to have golf shafts as their club grips.

Removing Rust

If you are not trying to go for a vintage look with your clubs, then rust can be annoying. To remove rust, apply vinegar to a towel and rub away the rust spots in the surrounding area, which could be on the face, clubhead, or shaft. Remember to be careful, as we do not want to cause any more damage. These are our babies; we don’t want to hurt them.