Like it or not winter is coming, and for many of us that means putting up our sticks for the season and waiting for the big thaw in a few months.
After their last round of the season most golfers I know just chuck their clubs in the corner of the garage without giving much thought to it at all. However, if you’re serious about your game and you want to get the most out of the investment that you’ve put into your clubs there’s more involved.
By putting in just a little extra effort now you will be that much more prepared when it’s time to tee it up again in in the spring time.
Here are some basic guidelines to help you get your gear in shape for the winter:
Take EVERYTHING out of your bag. This includes clubs, balls, tees, jackets, ball markers, candy wrappers, old scorecards, half eaten sandwiches, torn up gloves - you get the idea. Turn your bag upside down and shake out anything that’s in the bottom of the club compartment. Trust me - you don’t want to find any surprises in there after a few months of hibernation (not to mention some of these things can attract rodents who will chew through your equipment in no time).
Scrub your clubs from top to bottom. Get a bucket of hot soapy water and a nylon brush and scrub every inch of every club. In addition to cleaning the grooves scrub the back of your irons to remove any turf that’s accumulated over the summer. Scrub the shafts and also give each grip a healthy scrub with that nylon brush and rinse them with clean water - you’ll be AMAZED at how much better they feel when you are done.
Wipe down your bag with a damp cloth. Before putting everything back into your bag wipe down every inch with a damp cloth. This will remove any dirt, grass, or sticky soda that has accumulated and prolong the life of your bag dramatically.
Don’t forget about your shoes. A nice pair of golf shoes will go to heck real quick if they aren’t taken care of properly. Give your cleats a scrub down with a soft brush and hit them with a coat of polish if they have leather uppers. Throw some shoe trees in them and store them in an indoor closet.
Once you’ve cleaned everything up and put it back in your bag you’ll want to store your clubs in a safe place where they won’t get crushed by the snowblower. It’s also a good idea to keep them in a climate controlled area that doesn’t get too cold to keep your grips nice and soft for the spring time.