How Should I Store My Golf Clubs During the Off-Season?

Louis Pringle
Oct 30, 2020
6 minutes
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As the prime of golf season nears its end and courses are starting to shut their operations, it’s time for many of us golfers to put away our most prized possession for an extended period of time. But after carrying your bag in your car for months, it’s finally time to store it in a proper location 

Before putting them away, however, there are some steps to follow and we’re here to deliver them to you. In this article, you’ll learn all about:

  • Cleaning your clubs before storage
  • Optimal environment for storing clubs
  • The do’s and don’ts of storing your golf clubs

Cleaning Your Clubs

Before storing your clubs away for months, we highly recommend cleaning them. This will ensure that your clubs preserve their condition, that any creation of rust spots remain to a minimum, and that you’ll be able to simply pick up your bag before heading out for your next round.

We created a complete guide on how to clean your golf clubs, but here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need and what you’ll have to do to clean them.

  • Your golf clubs
  • A bucket of warm water (not too hot or boiling)
  • A bit of dish soap
  • Soft-bristled brush (an old toothbrush)
  • Steel-bristled brush

To thoroughly clean your clubs, you’ll start by dipping your irons and your wedges in the water bucket where you added some dish soap. After they’ve sat in the water for a while (enough to loosen the dirt off the clubface), take them out one at a time. 

 

How to clean your irons and wedges:

  1. Take the club out of the water;
  2. Wipe away any dirt your can;
  3. Clean the grooves with your brushes (thoroughly for the wedges);
  4. Wipe the shaft;
  5. Wipe the grip (and brush it if needed).

You might want to use the steel-bristled brush if some dirt gets stuck in the grooves despite you wiping away the dirt.

How to clean your woods and your putter:

  1. Take your clubs out of the water;
  2. Wipe away any dirt you can;
  3. Brush the clubface with a soft-bristled brush;
  4. Wipe the clubhead properly;
  5. Wipe the shaft;
  6. Wipe the grip (and brush it if needed).

The most crucial step when cleaning your golf clubs is the drying process. Make sure to dry each of them with a towel so that humidity doesn’t seep into the ferrules or the clubhead. The accumulation of humidity inside the clubhead can develop rust, which in turn can weaken the quality of your clubs.  

Where To Store My Clubs?

Ideally, your storage area will be a controlled environment where you can manage the temperature and where humidity is not prevalent as prolonged exposure to a humid environment can accelerate the propagation of rust inside your golf clubs.

To put it simply, your clubs should be stored in your home. This is the easiest way for you to keep an eye on them while making sure that they’ll remain in acceptable conditions.

If you have a heated storage area, (a paid storage locker or a heated garage) it can also serve as a great storage area. A heated house garage certainly has the perk of being close to you and easily accessible, but if you do not have access to one of these, a storage locker will do just as good.

Consider throwing on the rain hood over the clubs to make sure they get as little exposure as possible to dust and insects. This will also help limit any direct impact damage to your clubs if something was to happen in the meanwhile. 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Club Storage

DO’s:

  • Empty the content of your golf bag. We often put stuff in there at the last minute or at some point during our round and forget to take it out after playing. This way, you’ll avoid unwanted surprises in your bag next time you need your clubs;
  • Use a soft brush, much like a toothbrush, to clean the faces of your clubs. You can also use a steel brush when cleaning the grooves of your wedges and irons.

DON’Ts:

  • Do not store your clubs in your car. This is a cardinal sin for any golfer who identifies as such. First off, it’s not very secure. Yes, you may lock your car, but a window is not a great obstacle for a motivated thief. Second, the changing weather can end up being very costly on your grips and the epoxy that holds the parts of your clubs together;
  • Do not store your clubs in a non-controlled environment. Wherever you end up leaving your bag for the winter, it must be a place where you can be sure that there won’t be any sudden dip in temperature or a possibility of high levels of humidity. Your garage or your shed is heated? Lucky for you! You’ll get to store your clubs in there as you will.

If you follow the tips listed above, you should have no problem at all putting your clubs away. Finding the actual space to store your bag for the season might be more difficult, but if you follow our recommendations, you’ll be ready to go as soon as the course comes calling.

Finally, cleaning and putting away your clubs for a while is the perfect time to take a good look at your equipment. Is it starting to show its age? Are you still getting the performance you want out of it? Make the most of this occasion and trade in your old golf clubs to fund your set ahead of the next season! 

Until Next Time,  

The Golf Avenue Team

Further reading

You've probably asked yourself this question several times over the golf season. We’re here to help you out and make sense of it.

Our tips will help you get your golf clubs back to their glory days of shining beauty, no matter if they’re a day old or pre-loved.