Cleaning your golf clubs regularly is important to maintain their performance and prolong their lifespan. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to clean your golf clubs effectively:

  1. Gather the necessary supplies: You'll need a bucket or sink, warm water, mild soap or dishwashing liquid, a soft brush (such as a toothbrush or club cleaning brush), a towel, and a tee or toothpick.
  2. Fill a bucket or sink with warm water: Fill the bucket or sink with warm water. Avoid using hot water, as it may damage the club's finish or grips.
  3. Add mild soap or dishwashing liquid: Add a small amount of mild soap or dishwashing liquid to the warm water. This will help remove dirt, grime, and oils from the clubheads and grips.
  4. Submerge the clubheads: Place the clubheads into the soapy water and let them soak for a few minutes. This will help loosen any debris or dirt stuck on the surface.
  5. Clean the clubheads: Take the soft brush and gently scrub the clubheads, paying attention to the grooves and the back of the clubface. Remove any dirt or grass that may be trapped in the grooves. Be careful not to scratch or damage the clubhead finish.
  6. Clean the grips: While the clubheads are soaking, use the brush to clean the grips. Scrub the grips gently to remove any dirt or sweat buildup. If the grips are particularly dirty, you can use a mild soap solution or grip cleaner for a more thorough cleaning.
  7. Rinse the clubs: Once the clubheads and grips have been cleaned, rinse them thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
  8. Dry the clubs: Use a towel to dry the clubheads and grips thoroughly. Wipe away any excess moisture to prevent rusting or damage. Pay attention to the grooves and make sure they are free from water.
  9. Clean the club shafts: Use a damp cloth to wipe down the shafts of the clubs, removing any dirt or residue. Pay attention to the areas where your hands make contact during the swing.
  10. Clean the ferrules: The ferrules are the small plastic or metal rings that connect the clubhead to the shaft. Use the brush or a toothpick to clean around the ferrules and remove any dirt or debris.
  11. Polish the clubheads (optional): If desired, you can use a clubhead polish or chrome cleaner to restore shine to the clubheads. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and use.
  12. Inspect for damage: While cleaning, take the opportunity to inspect your clubs for any signs of damage, such as loose ferrules or clubhead rattle. If you notice any issues, consult with a professional club repair service for necessary repairs.

By following these steps and regularly cleaning your golf clubs, you'll keep them in good condition, maintain their performance, and ensure they last for a long time.

Keeping your golf clubs clean is less about appearances, and more about making sure they perform as intended.

It’s most important to keep the clubface grooves free of dirt and debris and to make sure your grips remain soft and tacky.


The grooves are designed to grab the ball’s surface and impart backspin, so anything that gets lodged in the grooves prevents the grooves from working properly. When you take a divot, grass and dirt stick in the grooves. When the course is wet from dew, rain or irrigation, water left on the clubface gets between club and ball, reducing spin and causing unpredictable results.

It’s a good idea to carry a small wire brush to clean the grooves of your irons during play; a brush with nylon bristles is best for woods and hybrids. You can buy brushes that clip right to your golf bag for just a few bucks. Wipe your clubheads dry any time they get wet.

As for your grips, keep a towel handy to wipe them down on hot or wet days. Grip slippage during the swing can create disastrous results. You may notice your grips getting worn down or slick after several rounds and practice sessions. Wash them with regular dish soap and water, scrubbing the grips thoroughly with a rag or rough sponge. Be sure to rinse and dry each grip well to remove all the soap.


Once your grips have been washed, you’ll notice much of the original texture and tackiness has been restored. It’s best to replace the grips occasionally, perhaps after 30-40 combined rounds and practice sessions. Clean them regularly and you’ll extend the life of your grips.