How to Clean Your Golf Clubs: Simple, Step-By-Step Guide

By Chris Moore •  Updated on 02/15/22

In today’s post, we’ll cover how to clean golf clubs the proper way. If you have ever tried cleaning your golf clubs on your own, then you know how stressful it can be.

There are many different materials that get stuck in the grooves of a club head and they all impact the results you’ll get as a golfer.

With that said, let’s go over how to clean your golf clubs so you can score what you deserve!

What you need to clean your golf clubs

You don’t need anything fancy to clean your golf clubs, in fact, you probably own everything you’ll need.

Here’s everything you’ll need to clean your clubs:

Aside from those simple household materials, you’ll need some elbow grease and that’s about it.

Once you have all of the materials ready, head out to your deck, porch, or driveway and you can begin the cleaning process!

Cleaning Irons and Wedges

Cleaning your irons is a no-brainer since it will help you maximize your distance, and increase spin off the club, resulting in softer shots and better results.

Here’s how to clean your irons and wedges:

  1. Dip the iron club head in your bucket of warm water and soap
  2. Wash the head and face of the club with your brush, focusing on the grooves
  3. Wipe off the dirt using a towel
  4. Dip the iron back in your water to rinse it off
  5. Dry the club off using your towel
  6. Repeat these steps if the club is still dirty

Once you clean each of your irons, put those clean clubs back in your back and take out the hybrids, fairways, and drivers!

Cleaning Hybrids, Fairways, and Drivers

While most golfers nowadays are hitting with metal golf woods, the following instructions will work even if you’re hitting wooden golf woods.

These clubs typically don’t pick up too much dirt, since you’re hitting them off of a tee in most scenarios.

It’s important to note the grooves on these clubs aren’t as deep as irons, making them a lot easier to maintain.

But still, like all types of golf clubs, they’ll get dirty over time and need a deep clean!

Here’s how to clean your hybrids, fairways, and drivers:

  1. Dip the wood head in your warm bucket of water and soap
  2. Wash the entire head with your brush, focusing on the grooves
  3. Wipe off the dirt using a towel
  4. Dip the wood back in the water to rinse it off
  5. Dry the entire head off using your towel
  6. Repeat these steps if the club is still dirty

Once you clean all of your woods, it’s time to clean your grips and shafts so you can hold a better grip.

Cleaning Grips and Shafts

It’s crucial to keep your grips and shafts clean since they can hinder performance quite a bit.

A lot of people will overlook this, but it’s just as important as the other parts of a club.

While most people will pay to get their clubs regripped, a simple cleaning strategy can help you save your money!

Here’s how to clean your grips and shafts:

  1. Dip the towel in your warm bucket of water and soap
  2. Rub the grip down using the wet towel
  3. Dry the grip using a fresh towel
  4. Set the clubs outside of your bag and allow the grips and shafts to fully air dry

That’s exactly how you can clean your clubs, let’s go over some maintenance tips you can use to keep your clubs cleaner in-between deep cleans!

Keeping your clubs clean on the course

One of the best ways to keep your clubs clean throughout a round is keeping a brush and towel attached to your bag, and wiping down your club after each shot.

This will stop the buildup before it gets bad, ensuring your club is in the perfect condition for your next shot.

While you’ll still need to deep clean your clubs every couple of weeks or months (depending on how often you play), this can really help you in the short term!

In addition, using headcovers on your most expensive clubs can help them last longer – it’s an easy way to keep your clubs in better shape.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll know everything you need to know so you can effectively clean your clubs and keep them in great shape.

It should take under an hour to clean your entire set, and it can add years to the lifespan of your clubs.

I’d recommend cleaning your clubs every few weeks or months, depending on how often you play and the conditions you’re playing in.

If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your clubs, go do it and get out on the course – you’ll notice the difference instantly!

Chris Moore

Hi, I'm Chris Moore and I'm the guy behind As an avid golfer since 2010, I decided to create this blog to share everything I've learned over the years. Whether it's golf equipment, swing tips, or anything in-between, I want to make sure you have everything you need to become a better golfer.