How to Remove Rust Spots From Golf Shafts

by Larry Parr

    Most golf clubs are made from a combination of steel and titanium. This makes for a great club, but these materials are prone to rusting. Naturally, you want your clubs to look as good as they possibly can, and that means removing any rust. A simple washing in soap and water won't do the trick, but with a little time and moderate effort, it should be possible to get your clubs looking almost brand new again.

    Items you will need

    • Fresh lemons (1/2 lemon per club you want to clean)
    • Several clean terry or cotton cloths
    • Scrub brush
    • Metal polish
    • A 2-liter bottle of cola
    • Large sink or tub

    Step 1

    Rinse and dry your clubs to remove any surface dirt and grime.

    Step 2

    Cut the lemons in half. Make sure you have half a lemon for each club from which you want to remove rust.

    Step 3

    Scrub the rusty parts of each club vigorously with the lemons. Use half a lemon for each club. Allow the lemon juice to dry into the club overnight.

    Step 4

    Rinse each club thoroughly in warm water the next day to remove all of the lemon juice.

    Step 5

    Fill the sink or tub with 2 gallons of warm water and add the 2-liter bottle of cola to the water. Use your scrub brush to vigorously clean all of the rusty areas with the cola-water. Pay special attention to the club's sweet spot and to any grooves where rust might hide. Leave the clubs in the cola-water overnight. Soak towels with the cola-water and wrap them around any exposed parts of the clubs, and soak overnight.

    Step 6

    Drain the sink or tub the next day and rinse off all the cola-water from your clubs. Dry each club thoroughly with a dry towel.

    Step 7

    Polish each club with the metal polish and a clean cloth. Polish in a circular motion, then buff each club until it shines.


    • Do not get the grips wet at any stage as this can harm them.
    • Do not mix the lemon and cola when cleaning.

    About the Author

    Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for television, everything from "Smurfs" to "Spider-Man." Today Parr train dogs and write articles on a variety of topics for websites worldwide.

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