Closing Out My Golf Season

Time is drawing near where I transition from playing tons of golf to not playing at all. Every year around mid-September, I find that my desire to play as much golf as possible starts to wane. I am not sure if it because of past experiences of a short golf season or my desire to set myself up for a six month layoff. There really is no set time, but around now is when mentally things start to change. Today I am on the links and my goal is very simple. Just have fun and work on nothing…..just play golf.

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Another Indication Your Golf Season is Over!

I am sure many of you have yearly golf traditions. Recently, you read one of mine when I played my final round at Trillium Woods Golf Club. After my last round, my next tradition is to clean my golf ‘stuff’ and put them in a safe, warm place for the winter!

First, I clean out all my pouches. There is nothing worse than finding a half eaten anything in your bag next spring.

I take all my clothes and wash them. This generally includes my rain suit and other outer wear.

I remove my towels and throw them in the wash. I generally carry two towels and replace at least one each year. This year, my beloved Nipissing University Towel will be recycled for greener pastures.

I take all the broken ‘stuff’ and bin them. Then scour the sales to replace what needs replacing. This year I need to find a new pair of brown golf shoes.

I remove all the golf balls that I will not need next year and replace them with Titleist ProV1 and Srixon. I like to prepare for next year by marking them with my TGG logo! (still working on exactly what it looks like, but I am getting close)

I wipe my bag clean.

20151018_101014 20151018_10095320151018_101002Lastly, I clean my clubs. I fill the basement sink with warm soapy water and let my irons soak for about 3 minutes. Then, I take a soft brush, scrub clean, and dry them off. Next, I dip my woods in the water for about 10 seconds, scrub clean, and dry off immediately.

Lastly, I take a wet cloth and wipe off the grips and let air dry. This entire process takes about 30 minutes to an hour. After air drying the grips, I place my clubs in my clean bag and anxiously wait for spring!

Cleaning my clubs is an important yearly tradition. I believe that it is important to take care of my equipment. Most of us have a fair bit of money invested in our sport and this is one way of making my kit last longer.

Do you clean your clubs at the end of each season? Do you have any other tips to make your equipment last?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!