Can You Use WD-40 On Golf Clubs? (We Find Out)

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You must keep your golf clubs clean. Clean golf clubs will allow you to improve your accuracy, giving you more control over your shot. WD-40 is one of the most popular cleaning materials, known for making metal surfaces shiny. But will it work on golf equipment?

You can use WD-40 on golf clubs. It can be an effective way to remove rust and dirt from the head and shaft. It can also be used to remove the grip, acting as a solvent when you are applying a new one.  

Learning how to keep your golf clubs clean is vital. Keep reading to learn how you can use WD40 to keep your clubs in superb condition. It really is a multi-use product!

Cleaning Your Golf Clubs With WD-40

WD40 is renowned for its ability to keep items clean. It will allow you to remove rust. It will also restore the shine to the metal. However, it won’t be suitable for all your golf clubs. It’s best to avoid using it on clubs that have a finish. It can sometimes remove this, making your clubs look unsightly. It’s also recommended that you only apply WD-40 to your irons and wedges that are made from iron.

Once you have the right clubs, you will need to clean them using the following method;

  1. Try to clean most of the dirt off the club. You can use a damp cloth and soapy water to do this. Try not to scrub too much! Soap and water should do the trick alone!
  2. Dry the club
  3. Apply the WD-40. You don’t need to use a lot a light spray is all that is required.
  4. Leave it to sit for a few minutes.
  5. Use an old rag to wipe it off. It’s best to use a microfiber towel. This ensures that you don’t accidentally scratch the club. The WD-40 will be fairly easy to remove.
  6. Make sure that you are removing all the WD-40, as you don’t want it to sit on the club for an extended period.

Though this is a simple procedure, it can have a big impact on the golf club. In this case, it can help protect it from rusting. A club cover can also be a good way to protect your clubs from this. Another good defense tactic is to avoid putting the clubs away when they are wet.

It should be noted that a little bit of rust doesn’t render the club unusable. However, as it starts to spread, it will start to lose its accuracy. This can be a major problem. In some cases, the rusting can get so advanced that you have no choice but to replace the club, which can be a huge expense. Clean your clubs regularly to avoid this.

Other Uses For WD-40

Want another way to clean your golf stuff with WD-40? Cleaning the head of your golf club isn’t the only way that you can put WD-40 to use. You can also use it on your zippers. These can easily rust over, making them difficult to open. A quick spray with WD-40 will be able to fix this problem.

You’ll also be able to spray WD-40 onto the shaft. This will help protect it from rust. Again, you will only need to use a light spray to see these effects.

Using WD-40 to Re-Grip Your Clubs

Sometimes, the grip on your clubs might not be the right size. Or they might have started to lose their effectiveness and need to be replaced.  When this happens, it’s a sign that you need to re-grip the club. This is a fairly standard procedure, so you should be able to find someone to do it cheaply. Or you can do it yourself using some WD-40. All you need to do is apply the following procedure;

  1. Spray WD-40 into the grip.
  2. This will loosen up the old grips, allowing you to remove them without too much difficulty.
  3. You will also need to remove the old grip tape. Applying WD-40 should make this easier, though you should still be prepared to scrape it off.   
  4. You will be able to use WD-40 as a grip solvent, helping the new grip adhere tightly to the club.
  5. Add the new layer of grip tape
  6. Install the new grip. It’s best to do this quickly, once it sets you won’t be able to manipulate it. Make sure that it is on the club straight. If it’s not, you will need to remove it and try again.
  7. Remove any excess WD-40.
  8. Leave the club to dry completely before you touch it. Have a few practice swings to make sure that it has been attached properly.

Once you have installed the new golf grips, you’ll want to make sure that you are keeping them clean. The good news is that this is a fairly simple procedure. You just need to wash the grips with water. You only want to use a damp cloth, as it can take a while for the grips to dry off. This will remove most of the sweat. Make sure that you are rinsing them off properly, don’t put away your golf clubs until they are dry.

You can also get a dedicated grip brush. This has been designed to get into the crevices to remove any lingering dirt. If you don’t, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Other Ways of Cleaning Your Golf Clubs

While WD-40 is one of the most effective ways of keeping your golf club clean, it isn’t the only method that you can use. There are a few other unconventional options that you might want to explore.

Cleaning Club Heads Using Coca-Cola

The popular drink can be a good way of dislodging rust and dirt from your golf club. This is because of the high sugar content. All you need to do is leave the club to sit in the bucket for a while. After a few minutes, you will want to remove it and check it. The head should be shiny again. Just make sure to wipe off the coke as soon as possible. If you don’t, your golf head will become sticky.

Using Vinegar

Vinegar will offer the same effectiveness as WD-40. In this case, you will need to dilute the solution. It works best when you use one gallon of water for every cup of vinegar. You’ll need to fill a bucket that is deep enough to lay the head of the golf club in. You will need to give it some time to soak. Often, you will only need a few minutes. Though, if you have severe rust, you can leave it for an hour.

Then, you’ll need to use a soft-bristled brush. This will allow you to get deep into the crevices, removing any dirt and rust. When you are almost finished, you will need to make a mixture of baking soda, this counteracts the effect of the vinegar. Use one cup of baking soda to every gallon of water. Finish by using a towel to dry the golf club.

Water and Dishwashing Liquid

Finally, the most convenient cleaning option is to use water and dishwashing liquid. You’ll need to put the water into a bucket and add a few drops of the liquid. Then, leave it to sit for a few minutes. This will remove the dirt and the rust. After this, dry off the moisture and put the golf club away.

Final Thoughts

Every golfer wants to make sure that they are keeping their clubs in good condition. Not only does it improve your swing, but it also makes you look professional on the course. WD-40 is an invaluable tool, which helps you do this. All you need to do is lightly spray the head and the shaft and you will be able to start removing dirt and rust.