How to Maintain Pristine Golf Gear Through the Winter

For many fair weather golfers, winter signals an unwelcome hiatus in golfing activities in many parts of the world. A combination of poor weather, fewer sunlight hours and soggy conditions on courses, can mean that many golfers have an enforced break every twelve months or so.

That said, it is important to take care of your golf gear even if it is not being used and some of the top tips outlined below will help ensure that your golfing equipment is in perfect shape when the first few buds of spring start to bloom into life.



Golf Clubs

To maintain your clubs over the winter takes only a little time and effort, but can ensure that your clubs are not only in pristine condition when you come to play again, but stay in top class condition for longer.


1. Club heads

All you need to keep your club heads spotless is a bowl of warm soapy water, and a toothbrush. Use the toothbrush to clean the club head, removing all traces of grass stains, mud and sand. Pay particularly attention to cleaning the grooves on the club, these are what helps impart spin on the ball and they can easily be clogged up with mud and other debris if not cleaned frequently, which affects the control you can get on the ball. Don’t forget to check and clean the back of the clubface too.

Once you have washed the clubs, dry them with a soft towel (your golf towel is ideal) and replace the head cover for storage.


2. Shafts and grips

If you are not playing over the winter then this is a great time to check the condition of your shafts and grips. Look around the hozzle to ensure that the shaft is still in great shape, especially if it is a carbon fibre shaft. Check your grips for wear and tear and if you encounter any problems, take your club to the local pro shop to get it repaired while you are unable to play. It is much more sensible to do that, than get the clubs out for the April society competition, only to discover the problem then and then try to get it fixed in the few days before the competition.  It is always a good idea to wash down your grips with soap and water as well. This will put them in a practically brand new condition assuming they are not ripped or broken.




Golf Bags

Your bag can take a bit of a beating over the course of the year, so the winter down time is a great opportunity for that long-overdue sort. A good idea is to empty the bag completely of all its items and then work through the bag systematically, giving it a gentle clean with a gentle cloth and a small amount of soapy water.

Once the outside of the bag is pristine, now it is time to check the inside. Check the club compartment for errant golf gloves, receipts, chocolate bar wrappers or even golf balls and remove them and don’t forget to give the inside a clean, especially if you play frequently in wet and muddy conditions. Mud from the club heads will have dripped down the inside of the bag in such cases, so giving the inside a quick clean is a good idea.

Finally, it is time to check out the pockets. Look for any damage or holes appearing in the fabric, and if you have the skill to do so, try and mend them. Take out your waterproof items, such as the bags rainproof cover and give them a clean. Check them for any moisture, mould or damage. Damp items left in a bag can quickly go mouldy, so it is important that they are not just dry, but clean also.

Your bag should now be in pristine condition to be stored for the winter, but you’ll no doubt have a big pile of golfing accessories to sort through now.




Golf Accessories

Whether it is tees, balls, scorecards, pitch mark repairers, GPS systems or even a humble golf glove, the winter is a great time to take stock. Once you have emptied your bag and your clubs are clean, it is time to focus on your golf accessories and pare them down to what is required.

Over the course of the year, your bag will become clogged with many items it doesn’t actually need. Whether it is found golf balls and tees, forgotten drinks bottles, spare scorecards, these items can quickly amount up to a hefty amount of additional weight to cart around the golf course.

So take your time and sort through your accessories now. Get rid of any golf balls you will never use in a round, or that are in a poor condition and do the same with your tees and any golf gloves that have seen better days. This will also give you a heads up as to which items you are going to need to purchase before you head back out onto the course in April.


Golf Trolley

Now the bag is sorted, it is now time to check your golf trolley if you have one. Check that the wheels are still aligned correctly and if there are any annoying ‘squeaks’ when you wheel the trolley, check out the source and treat with a little WD40. It is important also to check the joints on the trolley for any signs of wear and tear or rust and treat accordingly. Lastly, giving the trolley a quick clean with warm soapy water will prepare it perfectly for next season.




Golf Shoes

Lastly, the final item to sort out is your golf shoes. Obviously, it is important that they are cleaned, dry and free from grass and mud stains over the winter but there are other things to check too. The first thing is to check that all spikes are present and correct and not only that, but that the threads are in a good condition too. Any threads rusting on spikes should be replaced and the housing treated with a little WD40 or similar to help keep them from rusting further.

It is also important to check the sole of the shoe for any signs of deterioration and give the laces a check over too, as there is nothing more annoying than pulling on your shoes in April, going to tie them, only for the lace to snap on the eve of your first round of the year. If laces are showing signs of wear and tear replace them.

Shoe trees are an excellent investment to make when storing your shoes (in the off-season or during the season). The shoe tree will let the leather and shoe breathe extend the life of the shoe.


Following these tips will help ensure that when your enforced winter absence from the course finally ends in a few months time, you will be back on the course in the best condition possible to start attacking pins and lowering your handicap from the first tee shot.


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