Golf Club Groove Repair

by Patrick Cameron
    Grooves provide bite and help put backspin on the ball.

    Grooves provide bite and help put backspin on the ball.

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    Cleaning and sharpening the grooves of your golf clubs may be something that you don't consider doing that often. But grooves are vital to performance on the course. Properly cleaned and honed grooves help with the backspin of the golf ball. Dirt-clogged and worn-down grooves won't bite or give you the spin you're looking for. Repairing the groove face of your clubs is relatively easy, if you have the proper tools.

    Items you will need

    • Warm water
    • Mild detergent
    • Scrub brush
    • Masking tape
    • Groove sharpening tool
    • Oil

    Step 1

    Clean the face of your clubs, including the grooves. Use warm, soapy water with a couple of tablespoons of liquid dish detergent and a scrub brush. Get as much of the built-up debris from between the grooves as you can.

    Step 2

    Run masking tape along the ends of your grooves. This will keep your groove sharpener from damaging the face of the club should you accidentally slip out of the groove.

    Step 3

    Draw the groove sharpener through each groove using a 45-degree angle at first to start the process. You don't want to use much force at first. Do the 45-degree angle approximately five times, or until you begin to see the surface of the groove begin to take on its original shine.

    Step 4

    Change the angle of the groove sharpener so that it's completely vertical. This will recreate the original depth that the grooves had when the club was new. Most groove sharpeners have a restrictor so you can't go past USGA depth, which is 0.02 inches.

    Step 5

    Put a drop of oil into the groove and use the groove sharpener to clean out the excess gunk.


    • Make sure that your groove sharpener is right for the grooves on your club. Grooves come in v-shape, u-shape and the controversial square-shape. Groove sharpeners are made for all three.


    • If you're going to play competitively, make sure that your grooves are no more than the USGA standard of 0.02 inches in depth.

    About the Author

    Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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