After the last day of golf season passes, typically preceded by a large blizzard, it’s time to consider how to properly store your golf equipment, until your next use. Once you’ve spent the appropriate amount of time mourning the end of the season, you need to take care of your golf bag, clubs, electronic golf caddy and more in a safe space. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that your gear stays safe and protected until next seasons’ first game. Store your clubs and golf bag in a dry, warm place. A place that is temperature controlled, like a heated garage would be perfect. Changing temperatures can damage or warp your clubs, so keeping them away from the cold is a good idea. Making sure the area around your golf bag or remote controlled golf caddy is dry, can be extremely key. If mold or mildew takes over your golf bag, it can be quite difficult to get rid of it, so be sure the surrounding area is dry. Clean your clubs before you put them away for the season. It goes without saying, that storing your clubs all season with mud, grit or grass on them isn’t very good for them. Be sure to let them dry completely before you put them away. Use your headcovers. They’re designed to prevent scratches and dust on the heads of your clubs, so put them on before you store your clubs for the winter. Find a place to store your clubs so that they’re standing in an upright position. If your golf bag falls over in a closet, or gets stepped on, you could damage or bend your golf clubs. Consider storing your golf bag with the rain hood on. Your rain hood can offer more protection during the winter months, keeping bugs, dust and moisture out. Clean out the pockets in your golf bag or electric golf caddy before you store it. Leaving dirty clothes and towels can lead to a smelly golf bag. Make sure you’re not leaving food in your golf bag either. A forgotten granola bar can be an invite to little critters or mold over the winter. When you’re cleaning out your bags and cleaning apparel and gear, don’t forget to show your golf gloves a little love. Clean and wash them, or decide if they’ve seen their last days and toss them. Get rid of old golf balls. Keep some if you want for practicing, but some areas offer places to donate used golf balls for youth golfing programs. Store your electric golf caddy in a cool stable environment, like a heated garage or basement. The batteries in your caddy need to be stored somewhere dry and moderately warm. Do not store them on a cement surface. To ensure you get the longest lifespan out of the lithium batteries in your remote control golf caddy, charge the batteries every 12 weeks. If you have sealed lead acid batteries, they should be charged every 6 weeks.
November 14, 2016 — Natalie Montoya

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