How to Clean and Store Your Golf Clubs

Want to keep your clubs looking good? Then make sure to show them some TLC with these tips.

November 25, 2019

You are several rounds into the current golf season. Rain or shine, you’re dedicated to the course. But your clubs have gotten a little grimy after all the swinging, chipping and putting.

Now it’s time for a proper cleaning. By knowing how to get your clubs tidied up, you can help them last longer for rounds to come. A clean set of clubs can also help your golf game from a performance standpoint. And don’t forget about storage. Keeping your clubs safe between rounds can have them ready to perform on your next trip to the course.

Use these Pro Tips to keep your club cleanliness on par with the rest of your game. Find out how to get the most out of your storage habits with these golf tricks.


A good cleaning not only helps your clubs look good; it also helps them perform at their full potential. Grass and dirt can build up in the grooves of your clubs, affecting both spin and control. This can negatively affect how your clubs perform, especially irons and wedges.

To maximize each club’s performance, consider a good cleaning at least every few rounds. It can also be good practice to scrub your clubs before storing them away at the end of the season.

Before getting started, make sure you have all the items needed for a good scrub down. You’ll need:

  • A bucket
  • Water
  • Light dish soap
  • A soft-bristled brush
  • A few towels

Cleaning your clubs can be a two-step process. Start with the clubheads, and then clean the shaft and grips.

To properly clean the head of your golf clubs:

  • Fill the bucket with lukewarm water and a small amount of dish soap.
  • Take your club and dunk the head into the water for a few seconds.
  • Remove the club and wipe the head down with a towel.
  • Scrub away any debris from the grooves using the soft-bristled brush.

Your clubhead is only half of the job. Oil and moisture from your hands can cause your grips to become slippery over time. To clean the shaft and grip:

  • Take your second towel and run it under water.
  • Wipe the grip. Do not soak the grip in water or use soap or brushes.
  • Clean the shaft by wiping it down.

Before putting your clubs away, make sure they are dry. Storing wet clubs can lead to rust buildup and potential damage. After finishing one club, towel dry it before moving onto the next.


No matter if it’s between rounds or at the end of the season, proper storage is another important part of taking care of your golf clubs.

You should store your clubs in a climate-controlled area free of humidity and moisture. For added protection, place a rain cover over your golf bag during extended storage. This can help prevent your clubs from dents and scratches. It also helps minimize dust collection during long periods of storage. Headcovers can also help protect clubheads from damage and allow your personal style to come through with varying designs.

You should avoid storing your golf clubs in the trunk of your car or in your garage for long periods of time. Moisture and humidity can rust your clubs and make them unusable. Also, constant exposure to extreme heat or cold can weaken the glue on your grips and clubheads. This altered bond can lead to potential problems, like your grips drying out or hardening. Additionally, leaving your clubs in your trunk can be hazardous with your bag sliding around, leaving potential dents and scratches.

Remember, your golf clubs are an investment. With proper cleaning and storage, you can get the best return.