Storing golf clubs properly is a factor that might not cross the minds of fledgling golfers, but as you get into the sport, it is definitely a vital factor to ensure the value and longevity of your most trusted equipment when you’re out on the course.
First, the main component to consider is the climate where you live and where you plan to store clubs when not in use. Here are some handy tips to help you care for your clubs and keep them in the best possible shape for years to come.
It’s all about temperature control.
Some golfers are out on the course almost every day, while some are playing monthly. For those who play daily, the convenient option may seem to keep clubs in the trunk of a car. For those playing less, a corner of the garage. Simply put, golf clubs fare the best in a dry, temperate environment.
Frequent players: While a car trunk may seem safe, keep in mind that they will be moving around and banging about, which can lead to scratches and dents. Car trunks also tend to become a hot box when your car is out in the sun, and golf clubs do not fancy the heat in the slightest. High temperatures can breakdown of the epoxy and glue that joins the clubhead and shaft, causing the grip to slip around the shaft. Instead of the trunk, keep your clubs stored in a dry area of your garage. This is fine, especially if you’re taking them out every few days.
Less frequent players: Once again, the garage is fine, as long as it’s dry and cool. Always make sure that clubs and bag are properly wiped down and dried off before storing them. If your garage is humid, store them inside your home. Humid conditions cause rust, which lead to epoxy breakdown.
Can you store golf clubs in the cold? Even if you live in a region with cold weather, though lower temperatures aren’t as damaging as heat, it can still cause grips to dry out and crack.
The bottom line...the trunk of your car is not ideal for golf clubs. Take the few extra steps to keep them out of the heat and humidity. While the garage is a better option, it’s still an environment that is not temperature controlled. The ideal choice is to keep your clubs in a safe space or closet area inside the home, and maintain them with regular cleaning, ensuring both clubs and bag are dry before being stored.