Golf course owners and operators are working to make the game less expensive and easier to play. But golf is not an inexpensive sport, once you add up the cost of equipment, lessons and club membership.
Golf clubs are a big investment, with prices for a full set ranging from $300 to several thousands of dollars. A name brand men’s golf driver, like Titleist, Callaway, Ping, or TaylorMade, can cost north of $500. Women’s drivers from brands like Callaway and Cobra can cost more than $500 as well.
Mike Miller, First Assistant Golf Pro at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, says they send all players for custom fittings when buying clubs. So that adds to the investment.
Protect your investment in golf clubs
With prices like that, it’s very important to take care of your golf clubs.
“You can make your investment last longer if you take care of it,” says Rob Pearce, Director of Golf at St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario. Pearce is also a Titleist Leadership Advisory Member. That is the highest level of Brand Ambassador status that Titleist has for golf professionals.
According to Pearce and Miller, dirt, grime and moisture are the enemies.
Practice these basics in caring for golf clubs
- During a round of golf, carry a towel with you. Wet one end before you tee off. Carry the towel out to each shot. Wipe the face of the club clean and dry it after you take your shot. “The grooves on the clubface play an important role in helping you play well,” Pearce says. “Grass and dirt on the face of the golf club or grooves on the club that are filled with dirt will affect ball spin. That will affect distance and direction.”
- After a round, spend a moment at the club cleaning station to wipe the grips with a wet towel (no soap needed at this point). Dry the clubs thoroughly. Run the club heads through cold water and dry those. It’s important not to use hot water – that can loosen the glue holding the club head to the shaft!
- During the off-season, Pearce recommends giving the clubs a good clean and storing them in a temperature controlled room with no moisture – so not the furnace room or a cold cellar. A consistent temperature is key. If it’s too cold, says Miller, the grips might harden or crack. It’s even better if you line up the clubs out of the golf bag so the air can flow into the shaft through the vent hole at the end of the grips.
- Using head covers for your woods will keep them in better shape. Those clubs can get damaged when you take them out of the bag or shove them back in.
- After about 140 rounds, Miller recommends that clubs re-gripped.
When cleaning your golf clubs isn’t enough
Cleaning is one thing, but eventually more involved maintenance is required. You will reach a point though when it is time to look at replacing the clubs or the grips.
- If the grips on your clubs remain shiny after cleaning or feel slippery, consider getting them replaced.
- If you see a small nick, crack or splinter on the shaft of the clubs, it’s time for the shaft to be replaced.
- Also, if you are playing and practising a lot (more than 70 rounds with your current clubs), consider replacing your wedges at the very least. The grooves on the face of your wedges can wear down with that many rounds. Miller says you might want to look at re-grooving the clubs at a certain point, so they are fresher (and you don’t have to buy new ones quite as soon!)
You want to play your best. Making sure that the clubs you use are well-cared for will make them last longer, perform better and save you money in the long run.