Taking care of your clubs is important for two reasons: you want your clubs to last longer and you don’t want poorly maintained clubs causing problems with your game. There are a few basic things that you can do in order to extend the life of your clubs.
Clean your clubs regularly. A good rule of thumb is every couple of rounds. Use warm soapy water and a soft brush (toothbrushes work great!) to clean clubfaces. Use a towel to dry the clubface and shaft immediately after cleaning. Lastly, use a damp cloth to wipe clean your grips. It is also a great idea to carry a towel on your golf bag in order to be able to wipe away any mud, sand, moisture or chemicals used on a golf course during rounds. A good alternative is to use a ultrasonic club washing machine (e.g. Sonic Golf Club Cleaning Machine available at Wiz Golf). The Sonic Golf Club Cleaning Machine cleans a full set of golf clubs in just two minutes. The benefits of ultrasonically cleaning the clubs include returning the grips to a slightly tacky finish and cleaning the grooves on the club’s face which improves ball control.
Store your clubs indoors. Definitely not in the trunk of your car or garage. If the storage area is hot or humid it increases the odds that glues and resins will weaken and usually cause rust on your forged irons.
Use headcovers. It is recommended to cover all your woods and your putter. This greatly reduces the chance of any of them getting nicked or dinged in transport. It’s also recommended to use head covers on your irons, but for forged irons, do remove them for airing when not in use as the smallest amount of moisture trapped inside can cause rust. Alternative, use a cover like Club Shield leather head covers as it protects and yet provide ventilation through the openings.
Inspect your grips. Check for shiny areas, worn areas, and cracks. This is typically a good sign it is time to replace your grips.
Always clean your clubs after a rainy round. This will prevent rust spots from appearing on your favorite clubs.