To ensure that they deliver reliable performances time and time again, golf clubs require proper maintenance. If you are not quite sure of how to properly care for them, you should talk with a professional, like Sterling Golf Services. To get you started on proper care, here is a simple-to-follow guide on how to keep your golf clubs going strong on and off the course. Inspect the clubs Golf clubs should be inspected prior to stepping foot on the golf course. Grips should be inspected first for any cracks or wear that would affect your swing or leave you unable to hold on to the club as you hit the ball. If you notice any shiny areas on the grips, that means they are worn out and need to be replaced. Shafts should also be inspected for any nicks or splits that can occur when the clubs are banged around. If damaged, the shaft should be replaced to ensure the best possible performance and safety.  Use golf bags and head covers The risk of your golf clubs knocking against each other is ever present as you traverse the golf course. A simple solution to this is to use a golf bag with sufficient dividers and soft edges. When not in use, golf clubs should also stay bagged up to prevent them from being stepped on, kicked, or damaged by dampness and heat. Head covers are also important as they help prevent scratching should the clubs bash heads unexpectedly. Head covers are available for all types of clubs including irons, woods, and putters, and they provide padding to keep golf clubs protected from any heavy blows. Follow a cleaning regimen  No matter what type of clubs you own, a little cleaning at least once a week is necessary to keep them in shape when being used regularly. Dirt and water that is not wiped off could be left inside the head covers and cause rusting over time. Dirt can also fill up the grooves of your club’s head after a few holes, costing you distance and control. Use a clean towel to wipe off debris from the club head periodically while playing; soak the clubs in soapy water when you get home to keep them nice and clean. You should, however, never use any metal or abrasive material to scrub your clubs, as this would scratch off their coating and leave the heads at risk for...

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