Like many sports, golf is one that is best played when the weather is relatively nice. This means that, unless you happen to live in an area that has mild weather year-round, you will likely have months during which you can’t head out to the local course. After all, there is nothing less enjoyable than trying to locate a lost golf ball in a foot of snow and temperatures below freezing. But storing your golf bag in your car’s trunk, or carelessly tossed into a back corner of your hall closet until spring, is a good way to have to fork out money for replacement clubs. So, to keep your clubs safe and ready for their next trip to the golf course, simply follow the tips below.
- You’ll want to store your clubs in a temperature-controlled environment that does not get too warm, too cold, or too humid. Depending on the materials they’re made of, sudden changes in temperature can cause your clubs to bend, warp, or crack.
- Contrary to what you might think, the trunk of your car is probably the worst place to store your clubs. Driving with them in the trunk can knock them around, which along with the changes in temperature, can cause significant damage to your gear.
- To keep mold and mildew from attacking your grips or golf bag, make sure the area you store your clubs in is free of mold. Remember that mold and mildew are almost impossible to get rid of once they set in.
- Your clubs should be stored in an upright position and preferably in a golf bag to prevent them from getting tangled up.
- You don’t have to keep them in some little-used corner of the basement, but proper storage in your home is important. Don’t simply pitch them into the closet and forget about them until April. This is especially true if you keep them in a bedroom closet or other space you often use; there’s no faster way to wind up with bent or dinged up clubs than to be constantly pushing loose clubs out of the way in order to grab your jacket or snow boots.
- Before storing your clubs, wipe them down with a mild soap and some water and let them dry thoroughly. If you have head covers, you’ll want to use them to prevent the heads from acquiring dings, scuffs, dust, or other damage.
- If you feel it’s necessary, you might invest in a golf club rack or similar higher-end storage for your clubs. Not only will this protect them from damage, it will also allow you to keep track of your clubs and account for all of them. Asides from weather, there are few things more frustrating for a golfer than misplacing that favorite nine-iron.
If you follow these tips, both you and your clubs will be ready to head out and play a few rounds as soon as the weather permits. They will also save you the money and frustration of having to replace or refurbish damaged clubs.