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How Do I Polish Golf Clubs?

by Michael Miller

    Polishing your golf clubs should be a standard part of your golf club maintenance routine. Polishing golf clubs not only improves the cosmetic appearance of golf clubs, but it also protects the clubs against environmental factors such as dirt and water. Polishing golf clubs also helps maintain a clean club face, which assures players that each ball struck is not affected from debris that may be on the face of the club.

    Items you will need

    • Hot water
    • Soap
    • Toothbrush
    • Towel
    • Polishing cloth
    • Polish

    Step 1

    Cleaning the clubs thoroughly before a good polish. Mix two tablespoons of mild liquid dish-washing soap in a bucket with hot water. Any liquid dish soap will be adequate, but specialty soaps can also be used. Soak the clubs for several minutes to help loosen any debris that may be ingrained in the grooves of the club face.

    Step 2

    Gently work the hot water and soap over the face and back of the golf club with a toothbrush or medium-bristled brush. Scrub the club with medium pressure until it appears clean. Rinse the club with clean water.

    Step 3

    Dry the clubs with a towel or rag. Make sure the clubs are thoroughly dried before moving on to Step 4.

    Step 4

    Apply any metal polish or car wheel polish to the golf clubs. Most polishes can be applied with a soft cloth or towel. Let them sit for a minute, then wipe the polish from the clubs. Spray polishes are also available. Spraying or wiping the shafts with polish can also help protect against rust.

    Step 5

    Immediately place the clubs back in the golf bag after polishing to insure no clubs are lost or misplaced.

    Tips

    • Some people prefer that their golf clubs do not shine because of the possibility of creating a glare from the sun. In that case, stick with the hot water and soap. Skip the application of polish.

    Warnings

    • Do not use a wire brush to clean your golf clubs. The wire bristles will scratch the face of the club.

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    About the Author

    Michael Miller is a freelance writer and editor living in Denver, Colorado. Since 2004 Michael has worked for various print magazines, newspapers, and online sites, including golflink.com. He has an M.A. in Journalism from Indiana University.

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