When people think about golf, they usually think about a person hitting a ball with a golf and staring at the ball to see where it went. Sometimes golf players think about golf in the same way, only they concentrate on how to improve their game. What many people forget that there is a less fun but no less important aspect of the game – it’s taking care of your equipment. So in this article, we are going to show you how to clean golf balls. There are a few ways to do it.
What you need
You will need various items, depending on a technique you will use. Items I will list here are not to be used all at the same time. So keep reading in order to know which item to use for which technique. You will need a washing machine, a bucket, a bleach, some cleaning solvent, a cloth, an old toothbrush and a towel.
First step before cleaning – examine your golf balls
Before using a certain technique, you will have to see how dirty your balls are and what made them dirty. The techniques about to be listed here are sorted according to the level and content of the dirt that are on your golfing balls. Of course, a simple tutorial can’t predict all content that your golf balls can be exposed to – this is just a general tutorial. But it can give you some idea which way to go. So, before randomly using a technique, see how dirty your balls are.
Technique 1 – Use a Cloth
If your golf balls are just superficially stained with a little dirt, try using a cloth first. Many golfers carry them with the other golfing equipment. If you are not one of them, try using a cloth when you get home. This should do the trick if your balls are just superficially stained and if the dirt hasn’t been on them for quite some time. If this is not the case, keep on reading.
Technique 2 – the washing machine
When you see that the cloth technique isn’t working, throw the balls in the washing machine and wash them as you would wash any piece of clothing. If this seems too radical and you are afraid the balls are too sensitive for this, don’t – the balls should be able to handle this technique. If you find that the balls turned out to be damaged as a result of this technique, then frankly, they weren’t good to begin with. Quality golf balls should be able to resist damage when washed in the washing machine.
Technique 3 – soak them in hot water mixed with a cleaning solvent
If you are still afraid to throw them in the washing machine, there’s another solution. Take a bucket you have available and fill it with hot water. Hot water is better than cold water because it dissolves the dirt better; you know that when you are washing your dishes, for example. The same applies here. Take a bottle of some cleaning solvent and put it in the hot water. Whatever you use to clean your balls, don’t mix it up with other products, or the poison gas will be produced. So use just one product combined with hot water. Take the balls, put them in the mix and let them soak in for a while. The balls will spin softly in the water, exposing themselves to the water in every direction and thus removing the dirt from themselves from all sides. When you feel like the dirt has slipped off them, take them out and dry them off with a towel.
Technique 4 – Cleaning with a toothbrush
Some dirt doesn’t need to be exposed to hot water to come off. If, however, you thought that it did and you put the balls in hot water, took them out and find dirt clinging on to them, there’s probably no need to put them back in the water. Take a used toothbrush and scrub the rest of the dirt off. If you put the balls in hot water previously, it has done half of the work for you – it should be easier for you to scrub the rest of the dirt off after the water has softened it.
So here it is. It doesn’t take too much of your time, and it’s really important. You want to have your balls shiny white on the field in order to increase their visibility. How will you hit the ball if it’s so dirty you can’t even distinguish it from the rest of the surroundings?
Did you like this tutorial? Like and share if you did. And don’t forget to try it at home before you do – that’s the only way to really test it. Good luck!