Preparing your golf gear for the winter months doesn’t have to be a big chore, in fact, it can be quite easy if you follow a few easy steps each year. If you live in a climate where the temperatures vary from summer to winter, knowing how to best preserve your equipment will help ensure your gear stays golf-ready for the season ahead.
CLEAN YOUR CLUBS
It’s likely your clubs have some mud and dirt in the groves of the heads, so you’ll want to clean your clubs before you store them for the winter. There are golf cleaning kits available or you can follow a few easy steps to get those clubs cleaned up. All you need is a bucket of warm, soapy water and a good brush. Start by soaking the heads in the water for a few minutes, to loosen the residue. Once they’ve soaked for the time you think is necessary to moisten and loosen the dirt and grass, remove the heads and use the brush to remove any remaining dirt. Once cleaned, be sure to dry the heads thoroughly before you store the clubs.
CHECK GEAR FOR DEFECTS
Taking an inventory of your gear can help you identify any defects, so you can replace the equipment before next season. Check your golf bag zippers, your gloves for holes, your scorecard inventory, and any other supplies you use on the course. This would be a great time to replace anything you’ve been meaning to get rid of, as well as decide if there are new supplies or equipment that would make your golf game more successful.
STORING YOUR CLUBS
We recommend you don’t store your clubs in the trunk of a car during the winter months. The extreme temperatures can weaken the epoxy bond from the expansion and contraction of varying temperatures. Most people store their clubs in the garage or a storage unit, which is fine if the temperatures are controlled and don’t get too cold. Storing your golf clubs in a consistent, comfortable room temperature will preserve them for the long haul.
Like any sport, golfing has best practices that help keep you and your gear in good shape. Consider taking some time to follow these suggestions and you’ll be set for your golf game whether it’s during the winter months or next spring when the days aren’t as chilly!