If you’re an avid golfer, then there’s no doubt you have made the investment in golf equipment that you enjoy using, and depend on it in order to play the sport. However, having to replace your equipment on a yearly basis probably isn’t something you want to deal with, as it gets incredibly expensive and time-consuming. This is exactly why it’s so important to take the necessary steps to maintain each piece of equipment, prolong its lifespan and make sure it performs as intended.
To help make your golf season as smooth and successful as possible, here are some simple tips you can use to maintain your golf equipment.
Always Put Your Golf Clubs Away Properly
After each game you play, you’ll want to get into the habit of making sure the clubs are dry (you can do this with a clean soft towel), and then storing them indoors. People will often leave their clubs in their car, or out in a garage out of convenience, but doing this can actually hurt the integrity of the clubs.
If the weather conditions are too humid, hot, or damp it can cause the glue on the clubs to become loose. This glue is what’s holding the head of the club on there, so you don’t want that to happen. Moisture buildup from changing temperatures can also lead to condensation, which can then lead to rust forming on the clubs.
Also, try to get into the habit of cleaning any dirt, grass, mud, or debris off the clubs before storing them. If you carry a golf towel on your bag you can actually clean the clubs as you go and as they get dirty. If you have any clubs with wood heads, be sure to put a cover on them before storing them.
Your Golf Cart Needs Extra Attention
If you happen to own your own golf cart then it will need a little extra attention to ensure it stays in good working condition. Considering some are actually street legal if the right provisions are made, your cart is likely an investment you don’t want to have to replace on a regular basis.
The best way to maintain the cart is to follow the owner’s manual in terms of recommended maintenance, but this typically includes such things as:
- Charging the batteries after you use it
- Watching for any signs of an oil leak
- Making sure the tires are inflated properly
- Cleaning the actual batteries to ensure they don’t corrode
- Not over-loading the cart weight wise
- Being mindful of how the brakes feel
- Taking it for a professional service appointment once each year.
Extend the Lifespan of Your Golf Shoes
Then there are your golf shoes, which also play an important role in your game. Just like with any pair of shoes, the way you treat them will determine how long they last and how comfortable they stay. In order to maintain your shoes, there are steps you’ll want to take after each game and then steps to take a few times a season.
After each game you want to be sure you remove debris such as grass and dirt. This can collect in the cleats so you may need to use a soft bristle brush or some sort of cleaning tool. You can also use a damp cloth to wash the top of your shoes making sure to keep them clean. Once in a while, give the shoes a polish if they are leather. Make sure you never put the shoes away while wet. And just like with other items, they are best stored indoors.
By following these simple steps, you’ll be keeping your golf essentials in tip top shape.