We've all been guilty of neglecting our golf clubs from time to time, but not cleaning them regularly can impact your game to the point of adding three or four shots to your round, sometimes more.
A new set of clubs can be a serious investment. Modern clubs with the latest technology are getting more and more expensive, so first and foremost, if you're going to spend a lot of money on your clubs, then look after them!
But there's more to it than being proud of owning a nice set of golf clubs and keeping them clean, there's the performance aspect too. The cleaner your clubs are for a round, the better they're going to perform.
The cleaner your club face is, the more spin you're going to get from your shots. The grooves of a club are there to displace grass and water off the face, but they can't do their job if the grooves are full of mud and grass.
Groove technology is constantly improving. Every year we are seeing new ways and new machines that add different technology into the grooves of a club and it costs brands millions to invest in this technology.
If your clubs are not clean, you're not allowing the technology that you have paid for to work to its full potential. Dirty grooves cause a loss of control, so when you're getting frustrated because your ball hasn't sat on the green even though you've pured the shot, now you know why. Clean grooves equal greater spin and that's the key to control.
It's also important that when you do clean your clubs, give the grips a clean as well. Grips absorb sweat, dirt, oil and moisture to stop you from losing control of the club during your swing. Over time, your grips will have started to absorb too much moisture and it will begin to affect the hold you have on the club. It might not feel like you're losing control during your swing and it will be a very subtle loss, but it makes a huge difference.
We're not saying you have to clean your clubs after every use, some people liek to do that but some people don't have the time or play golf regularly enough for it to matter as much, but start cleaning your clubs at least once a month or after every three rounds and you'll start to reap the benefits.