How To Polish Golf Clubs

I’ve always found that dirty golf clubs are a nice problem to have. It means that you are getting out on the course enough to accumulate a little bit of dirt and mud. I would rather have a dirty set than a dusty set any day of the week, but the fact of the matter is at some point it becomes important to give them a wipe down.

No, I don’t mean for hygienic purposes (although maybe there is something to be said for that as well). The reality is dirty clubs don’t play as well as clean ones do. Eventually, dirt and grime will get in your grooves and reduce the capacity at which you are able to spin the ball. Less spin means less control of your shots, which means cleaning your clubs is sometimes necessary for the good of your game.

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What you need:

  1. Warm Water

  1. Mild Dish Soap
  2. Golf tee (several)

  1. A Golf Towel
  2. Soft Dish Rag
  3. Metal Polish

And that is it! The necessary equipment is fairly standard and mostly consists of things that you probably already had laying around the house anyway. I love it when that happens. Now, let’s us them.

Polishing Your Golf Clubs

Step 1: Draw Warm Water:

For step one we will simply draw warm water into a bucket, bathtub, or plugged sink. Whatever you have on hand that will allow you to collect standing water, and then, of course, easily drain it.

Naturally enough, larger containers will serve you better as they will fit more of your clubs at once, but whatever you have access to will do fine. Once you have drawn the water, pour in some of the dish soap, and then gently add your clubs to the mix, allowing them to sit for several minutes. The longer the better, as this part of the process is meant to loosen dirt and grime engrossed in the grooves and head of the club.

Once you feel they have soaked for long enough, you can pull them from the water, and dry them off with your golf towel. Technically speaking, any towel would do but since this will be done partially to collect loose dirt you definitely don’t want to be breaking out the good stuff.

Step 2: Give the Grooves a Once Over:

The polish itself is what will give your clubs a nice gleam when this is all done, but for the purposes of club performance, this is the most important step.

While the dirt in the grooves of your club faces is still wet you are going to want to take your golf tees and run their pointy end through them. The water will have loosened the dirt and grime to the point that it comes up easily when you run the tee through it.

I recommend using a new tee for each club that you clean, as the pointed tip is going to grow dull pretty quickly.

As you finish each club, be sure to wipe it down with the towel again. The loose dirt that had been in the grooves is going to collect on the face and you will want to make sure that it is gone before you apply your polish.

Undoubtedly this step is going to feel like the most tedious, and it will definitely take the longest but I recommend you bite the bullet and commit to it. Maintaining the cleanliness of your grooves is good for your clubs and your game.

Step 3: Now Apply the Polish:,1149459016,1/stock-photo-boy-cleaning-a-golf-club-1399847.jpg

Ironically, the simplest part of a guide titled “how to polish your golf clubs,” is polishing your golf clubs. It’s the preliminary work that takes the longest.

Once your clubs are dried, and totally free dirt you are simply going to want to take a soft cloth rag and use it to gently apply the metal polish. Be thorough and take your time with each club to ensure that the endeavor is effective.

And that is it! Now that you have done all of this hard work, be sure to not let it go to waste. I recommend that you return your clubs to your golf bag as soon as you finish polishing them, to ensure that they don’t collect any dirt or dust.

I would also suggest that you do a quick inventory of your clubs as you reload them in the bag. More than once I have found that I didn’t put everything I need back in the bag after a clean. And of course, you only ever realize this as you are on the course reaching for the club you don’t have.

A quick count could save you from a lot of inconveniences later.


They look great, don’t they? Almost too nice to use but of course I’m sure you won’t let that stop you from adding a new layer of dirt grime come Saturday when you go for your next loop. And you know what? It shouldn’t. Clubs are made to be used.

Personally, I have also found cleaning my gear to be a relaxing way to unwind after a round. If you don’t quite feel the same way, don’t worry. I understand. It can be tedious and time-consuming. You don’t have to love it, but I do hope that you see the value in doing it every once in a while. Clean clubs will help you play a little bit better, and they will look great for at least the amount of time it takes to dirty them again.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on how to polish golf clubs. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, let us know down below.

Paul Durante

My name is Paul, and I truly love the game of golf. I’ve been playing for many years now, but still regularly discover new things about the sport. I believe that blogs like this can go a long way in helping people understand this game’s rich history and rules, and I am very proud to have the opportunity to contribute.

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