Best Golf Brush
Golf clubs are worth a lot of money. Some of the best golf irons can be worth over $1,000 and that's a pretty penny to have to part ways with just for a set of clubs. Realistically, the average golfer won't be shelling out that much for a new set of clubs, but their clubs will not come cheap either. Particularly, as golf equipment becomes increasingly expensive, players need to start taking better care of their clubs to ensure that they get that extra couple of years out of them, instead of replacing them with a new set of irons.
It isn't too time-consuming to clean and polish your clubs and is something players should consider doing at least twice a year to preserve the longevity of their equipment. We pay a lot of money for them, but then too many of us don't make sure that they're working to the best of their abilities by cleaning out the grooves.
Remember when you bought those shiny new wedges and they used to check up or even spin back a few feet after a particularly nice strike? Well, those days can be here again if you just try a bit harder with your post-shot routine. Look at all the tour pros – every shot is followed by a good scrub of the grooves. And how about your shoes – when was the last time they got a decent clean? Read on to find out about some of the best golf brushes you need in your golf bag to tidy up your game, in every sense.
Best Golf Brush
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+ Snap-back chord for ease of use
- Bristles can bend easily
This features a hybrid of nylon bristles for a more gentle cleaning of your woods and hybrids and wire bristles on the other side for a more aggressive cleaning of your irons. What’s neat about this product is there is a cleaning spike to get into those grooves and also to clean out the spikes in your shoes.
Some of the best spiked golf shoes are so grippy that they can pick up all kinds of debris from the turf, which can ultimately stop you from getting traction off the ground in your shot. That's why this pick is, in our opinion, one of the most useful tools on this golf brush.
+ Amazing value with 3 tools
- A very small tool that can be lost easily
We’re all familiar with this brush, it’s great value and it won’t take up any space. You can clip it onto the side of your bag or tuck it away inside a small pocket.
It comprises of brass and nylon brushes as well as a very handy club groove cleaner to get stuck into your irons and see those clubs begin to check once again.
+ Easy to attach/use
- No firmer metal bristles
This two-sided brush will clip onto your bag, look good and get the job done on your irons and woods.
It’s also great to get into those small pockets of dirt on your shoes and the soft/hard bristles mean you can have your FootJoys sparkling in no time. It also features an ergonomic grip for ease of use.
+ Retractable cord and good value
- Doesn't have firmer bristles
This is really effective and will brighten up any golf bag. The Izzo Aqua Brush can be filled with water, or soapy water and then it can get to work on your clubs. This is a great tool to use after your round when you're giving your clubs or shoes a really thorough cleaning.
There is a durable retractable cord to make it very easy to use and the heavy-duty nylon bristles will soon rid your grooves of any unwanted dirt.
+ Retractable groove cleaner
- Slightly larger design can be cumbersome on the side of your bag
This is really smart. The brushes, nylon and wire, are bigger than the usual offerings so you can get everything tidied in no time and it provides a more powerful clean so there’s no build-up of dirt.
There is a durable handle for ease of repeated use and the groove cleaner is retractable, unlike many of its competitors, so it offers the highest safety.
+ Two-sided brush for your woods and irons
- Bristles are quite small and not spread out akin to other brushes
This Y-shaped brush makes it easy to operate and get your clubs all sparkling and shiny again. It has one bristly side to get into your irons and a softer side for your woods.
What's great about this brush is that it also has a 60cm carabiner clip that extends out via an elastic cord that you can pull out to clean your clubs after each shot, before it coils back into place.
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What to consider when buying a golf brush
Golf brushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It can be hard to know which one to buy and depending on the level of golf you're playing, there might be a different brush that is right for you. Here are four things to consider when buying a brush:
If you carry your bag around the course, you'll be conscious of how much weight you're putting in your golf bag. Having a big cumbersome brush in there is a massive no-no. Find a brush that slots nicely into your bag, doesn't add any weight to the bag and can even be clipped to the outside of the bag without getting in the way.
For maximum cleaning, it's best to buy a brush that has multiple different kinds of bristles, including metal and plastic bristles. It's wise to use both kinds when cleaning your irons to ensure you get all of the dirt and debris out of the grooves of your irons. Make sure to get a brush with good quality bristles that won't bend or get stuck together by debris.
It's also wise to get a brush that you can easily clip to your golf bag. By doing this, you'll make it easier for yourself to give your wedge or iron a quick dust down after you've taken a big divot from the ground. You can also find brushes that are connected to an elastic cable that can expand and contract to allow golfers to reach down to brush their shoes too!
4. Groove cleaner
Groove cleaners are another essential thing to consider looking for when you purchase your next golf club brush. Groove cleaners work as a more abrasive and hard-wearing means to clean the dirt out of the grooves on your club and can also be a useful tool to dig out mud from the spikes of your golf shoes.
How often should i clean my golf clubs?
Technically, you should clean your clubs after every shot if you want to ensure they last for a very long time. But that isn't always feasible on the course. Most amateurs should clean their clubs as often as possible, but once every couple of months should suffice, depending on how often you play.
Should I use water to clean my golf clubs?
Yes, but you need to ensure you don't leave them in the water for too long, as that can cause them to rust. Before cleaning them, you should dunk them in a bucket of lukewarm water to remove any debris. After that, use a wet brush to clean the club. Once you have finished cleaning the club, dry it off with a tea towel and remove any excess water or dirt.
Do dirty golf clubs make a difference?
Yes, a golf club with its grooves clogged with mud will offer much less spin than a club that has clean grooves. The connection on the ball will be diminished and you will also find you won't be able to hit the ball as far with a dirty club compared to a clean club. That is why it is very important to take care of your golf equipment.
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Mark has worked in golf for over 20 years having started off his journalistic life at the Press Association and BBC Sport before moving to Sky Sports where he became their golf editor on skysports.com. He then worked at National Club Golfer and Lady Golfer where he was the deputy editor and he has interviewed many of the leading names in the game, both male and female, ghosted columns for the likes of Robert Rock, Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies, as well as playing the vast majority of our Top 100 GB&I courses. He loves links golf with a particular love of Royal Dornoch and Kingsbarns. He is now a freelance, also working for the PGA and Robert Rock. Loves tour golf, both men and women and he remains the long-standing owner of an horrific short game. He plays at Moortown with a handicap of 6.
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