To truly make the most out of golf drivers, it is important that you keep them in a good condition for as long as possible. Constant use and exposure to the element does tend to weaken a golf club and limit its lifespan. However, deterioration can be held long enough for you to make full use of the clubs if you know how to keep the club in good shape. Below are a few care and maintenance tips that can considerably extend the lifespan (and usefulness) of a club.
Cleaning the Club Head
As the one that actually makes contact with the ball, it is important that the surface remains clean and even to always result in an accurate shot. As such, the club head will be the one that collects more dirt than all the other parts combined. Whether sleet, mud, dirt and grass, the club head will usually be riddled with so much dirt in one game and will be usually the first part of the golf drivers that deteriorates.
Make sure that you wipe off any dirt and grime from the head before and after every shot. For stubborn dirt, it is best to use warm water to remove every particle. It is not recommended to apply industrial-grade cleaners on the club head as it might dissolve the surface which ruins the head’s ability to control the ball mid-drive.
Depending on the length, the shaft of golf drivers will determine how powerful your shot is and how accurate the ball’s trajectory will be. However, the shaft’s length is also a liability as it is prone to damages that will lead to breaking. For every few rounds, make sure that the shaft is free of dings, dents and nicks and clean them as regularly as possible.
Another thing to consider is the metal used in the shaft as they require different levels of maintenance. Being heavier and sturdier, steel shafts are quite easy to clean and maintain. Usually, a thorough towel rub will clean off any major dirt and steel wool can remove any sign of oxidization.
Golf drivers with graphite shafts, on the other hand, will require extensive cleaning as they are quite fragile. Do not use any solvent when cleaning the graphite shaft as it tends to break down the polyurethane layer, making the shaft weak and brittle. Instead, use a clean towel doused in warm water to remove any foreign particle. If severely damaged or worn down, have the graphite shaft replaced.
As the main contact point between the club head and the golfer, the grip of golf drivers must be comfortable to handle so at to make the experience smooth. Grips should be cleaned for at least once a month whether you are actively playing or not. When cleaning them, do not submerge them in water as this will lead to rusting. Instead, have them scrubbed with a brush to remove any dirt and then rinse off with warm water. If the grip starts to feel slippery or unwieldy on the hand, or is showing signs of cracks, the best solution is to have them replaced with a new one.
When not in use, a golf driver should be placed indoors in a cool and dry place. As always, have the drivers cleaned thoroughly from head to grip before storing them in a storage area. In extreme weather changes, make sure that the clubs are protected considerably from the elements to avoid rapid deterioration. This way, you can find them still usable when the weather permits for a game of golf.