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Chris Philpot

Come wintertime, don’t just shove your clubs and golf shoes away in a basement corner. Instead, take five minutes and do it right so they’re ready to go when spring blooms again.

  1. Scrub your club heads with a toothbrush and soapy water, then towel-dry them. This minimizes rusting and erosion.
  2. Do the same with your grips to keep them supple, and use the same process anywhere your bag is dirty or has grass on it — this prevents mold buildup.

  1. Wipe leather uppers with a soft towel, mild soap and warm water; immediately pat them dry. Wipe mesh tops — which manufacturers typically treat using Scotchgard — with a slightly moist towel.
  2. Remove dirt from synthetic outsoles and cleats by scrubbing with that soapy toothbrush and warm water, and then towel-dry them. If your shoes have leather outsoles, wipe them with a damp cloth and waterproofing oil.

  3. Never blow-dry wet shoes or put them by a heater — this can damage the leather. Instead, stuff them with newspaper overnight to absorb excess moisture, then replace the newspaper with cedar shoe trees.

  1. Finally, cover your golf bag and store all equipment somewhere dry and at room temperature.