clean golf grip
Sweat and dirt in your hands can get into your golf grips each time you go golfing. The sweat can slip through the tissue even though you are wearing gloves and make your handle filthy and moist. For these reasons, cleaning your clubs after every use is generally a good idea. We will be discussing the three essential steps for cleaning golf grips.

3 Essential Steps for Cleaning Golf Grips

STEP 1: Frequent Cleaning

  1. After every use, carry out simple cleaning.

Once you go golfing, your club’s grips will contain a lot of sweat and dirt. After you finish playing, necessary cleaning ensures you remove most sweat and dirt from your grip before it dries into your wrap. Clean any club you used during golfing. This process works with synthetic, rubber, and leather grips.

  1. Under warm water and wrinkle out a new microfiber fabric.

Please take a small microfiber cloth to your sink or add warm water to your bucket. Run down the cloth or dip into the bucket under the tap. Remove most of the water from the cloth.

  1. Cover the bottom of your grips with your washcloth.

Raise the club in your weaker hand, roll up the washcloth around your handle, using your stronger hand. Stretch out the washcloth to fit into your palm evenly. Bend your club to keep your shaft dry. The handle will point to the ground.

  1. Use your stronger hand to rub the grips.

Press lightly on your cloth and turn your wrist back and forth to rub it in on all sides of your handle. Tilt your hand up to the apex point of your grips as the cloth rotates around each area of your grip.

If you prefer, you can rotate the club rather than rotate your hand. When you do, keep holding the cloth firmly and turn the club with your weaker hand.

  1. To remove dampness, clean the grips with a soft cloth.

Put down your cloth of microfiber and find a warm, fresh cloth. Start cleaning your grips from the bottom to remove just about the entire water. Just let your club dry after you clean it for 12 to 24 hours. Please clean every club you used while you played.

STEP 2: Brushing covered Grips with Water and Soap

  1. Every 6-12 months, wash your encased grips with soap.

When you make use of your clubs nearly every week, carry out at least two thorough cleanings yearly. If you don’t play often, you can leave it out and wait in between cleanings for a year. It’s a great idea to have deep clean, covered clubs, even if you don’t frequently play, clearly because if you don’t clean them up, the covering can dry out and become fragile.

  1. Fill a warm water bucket with mild detergent.

Apply to the bucket 3–4 tablespoon (44–59 mL) of mild detergent. Put 4–5 cups of warm water in your bucket (0.95–1.18 l). Additionally, a few tablespoons of soap can be applied to a dry washcloth and washed inside your sink with warm water. It is not a good option for leather grips.

  1. Soak and wring out a washcloth in your bucket.

Bring in your bucket a clean washcloth and soak it thoroughly in the water. Sit tight for 15-20 seconds and take out the cloth. Spin the washcloth to pull the excess water out into your bucket.

  1. Wipe the soapy washcloth onto your grips by starting from the base.

Keep the club’s shaft in between your legs or sit it on top of your knees. Roll up your washcloth around your grips and wipe tightly around the handle with a circling movement. Continue till you get to the top of your handle till every part of your handle is clean.

  1. Scrub the grips with a toothbrush or a light-brush.

Use the soapy water with a light-brush or toothbrush. Place the club with your weaker hand close to the top of the shaft to support it. Scrub the club in a backward and forward movement perpendicular to your grip. Flip the club as you brush up towards your cover.

  1. Wash off the grip under a continuous flow of cold water with a nozzle.

Adjust the nozzle to a fixed point or switch your sink’s knob so that the water gushes out fully. Wash off the grips by aiming the nozzle of the hose or the water flow at an angle. Wash the bulk of soapy water on all sides of your grips.

  1. Use a clean cloth to dry up your grips.

Roll up your grips in a clean cloth. Turn the fabric to absorb most of the water by applying light pressure. Wipe every part of your grip before you drop the cloth.

  1.  Allow 12-24 hours for your grip dry.

Some water may still be inside your grip fiber. In a dry area, place your club on a level surface and put the grips on the edge. Allow your grips to dry up before making use of it, for a minimum of 12 hours.

STEP 3: Intense Cleaning of Porous Grips with Alcohol

  1. Only if necessary, clean rubber and porous grips.

Porous plastic and rubber grips are a little harder to clean, as the water can be absorbed and compressed into the pores of the material. Intense cleaning is only appropriate if you intend to remove sludge from your grip.

  1. Clean the original deposits of dirt or sweat from your grip with a soft cloth.

The porous handling made of genuine synthetic rubber cannot be immersed in soapy water because it can trap moisture from the pore material. Begin provisional using a clean, soft cloth to each part of your rubber grip.

  1. Moisten the washcloth using warm water.

Bring a washcloth and slip it swiftly under a warm water flow to get moist. The washcloth doesn’t have to be wet; it is supposed to be a little moist. Squeeze it over the sink if it is too soaked.

  1. Moisten your washcloth with a little rubbing alcohol.

Pour the rubbing alcohol over your moist washcloth, about 1-2 teaspoons (4.9–9.9 mL). Squeeze the washcloth together with for the alcohol to circulate. If your hands are too dirty, pour some additional rubbing alcohol.

  1. Clean the grips from both ends with the washcloth.

You can begin from the top or bottom. Wipe your hand in a circle around the grip with your strong hand. Continue to the other end while you wipe it. Repeat the cycle two to three times to guarantee that every part of your handle is subject to alcohol.

  1. Use a dry cloth to clean your grips.

Make use of a big washcloth to absorb the water and rubbing alcohol remaining. Position the cloth on the handle and press the grips. Use the dry cloth clean thoroughly, to remove all the water left.

  1. Allow 12-24 hours to dry your grips.

Since the rubber grips are porous, the fibers may contain some water. Spot your club in an airy environment to provide sufficient air access. Position it on a leveled surface and wait a minimum of 12 hours before you make use of it once more.

The History of African American’s in Golf is a strange and winding tale of racism, discrimination and segregation.  Golf has always had an air of mystique and the general population’s perception saw it as the game of the rich and famous.  Well, African Americans have excelled in every aspect of life and of course golf is no exception, but the institutional segregation of courses, associations and country clubs made it impossible for African Americans to display their talents and just as important to earn a living. Until resent history African Americans were stuck in the roles of caddies and country club staff. Oh, but times are a changing………

We will feature some aspect of African American Golf History from the African American Perspective on a regular basis, take look at “Charlie Sifford”.


1896 – John Shippen became the first black to play in the U.S. Open. He began the second day of the event tied for first place!  He had a disastrous stroke of luck that began when his drive landed in a sand trap. He took eleven strokes to complete the 13th hole!

1899 – Dr. George Grant – Invented the golf tee, it was the first to be registered by the US Patent office. But, the prominent Boston dentist never marketed his invention. Twenty-five years later, a white golfer patented a tee, marketed it, and was credited with the invention.

*date un clear – Ann Gregory is reputed to be the first black woman to enter a USGA event.*date un clear -under research.

1925 – George Adams became a founding member of the United Golf Association.

1934 – In search of information about ‘James “Pat” Ball’?

1935 – Women’s Eastern Champion -Rhonda Fowler was a pioneering black woman golfer.

1946 – Bill Powell designs and opens Clearview G.C.

1948 – Theodore “Rags” Rhodes, Bill Spiller and Madison Gunther filed a civil lawsuit against the PGA, for civil rights violations. The PGA changes to an ‘invitation only” format to avoid its legal and moral obligations to let these black men play in the PGA tournaments. But by standing up and taking a stance these men made significant in-roads and gained empathy for the movement.

1950 – Ann Gregory wins the National UGA Tournament in Washington, D.C., she won a total of six championships of the seven tournaments that she entered.

1954 – Harold Dunovant turned pro and was one of the first black golfers to attend the PGA Business School in Long Beach, California. He is the head pro at Minorcas Golf Course in Winston Salem and the founder of the National Black Golfers Hall of Fame.

1956-  Ann Gregory  becomes the first African American to enter the U.S. Amateur Championship held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1962 – Charlie Sifford becomes the first African American PGA Tour member.

1963 – Althea Gibson broke the color line, and as it is well documented was highly successful as a tennis professional.

1964 – Pete Brown Win’s the Waco Open.

1966 – Ben Davis was admitted to the Michigan PGA.

1967 – Renee Powell Joined the LPGA Tour and was a active competitor for 13 years. Now She works with the golfing industry promoting minority golf and running Clearview Golf Course founded by her father.

1968 – Ben Davis becomes the first Black head Gof Course Pro at Rackham Golf Course in Detroit, MI.

1975 – Lee Elder becomes the first black to play at the Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

1979 – Lee Elder played on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team

1991 – First Black member of Augusta National admitted.

1997 – Eldrick ” Tiger” Woods becomes the first African-American Masters Champion

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Contestant: In 1896, John Shippen became the first black to play in the U.S. Open. He began the second day of the event tied for first place!  He had a disastrous stroke of luck that began when his drive landed in a sand trap. He took eleven strokes to complete the 13th hole! Inventor: In 1899, George Grant received the first patent for the golf tee.  But, the prominent Boston dentist never marketed his invention. Twenty-five years later, a white golfer patented a tee, marketed it, and was credited with the invention. “Forbidden Fairways” is published by Sleeping Bear Press in Chelsea, Michigan.  The author, Calvin H. Sinnette, presents a straightforward and informative book that describes the exploits of many courageous, innovative and determined individuals.  The book’s jacket cover depicts Bill Spiller, a legendary black golfer during the 1940’s and 50’s, sitting  forlornly on a bench at the 1952 San Diego Open, head in his hand, dejection on his face, after being excluded from the tournament because of the Professional Golfers’ Association’s color bar.  Founder:  In 1925, George Adams became a founding member of the United Golf Association. Golf Architect:  Because of his race, Joseph Bartholomew could not play on the golf courses he designed and built!  Pioneer:  Rhonda Fowler was a pioneering black woman golfer and tournament champion.  Champion:  Ann Gregory won dozens of events and was known as the “Queen of Negro Golf.”  Unofficial “Ace:”  Out of the caddie ranks emerged some of the finest golfers the country has seen. The golfing exploits of such ex-caddies as Gene Saracen, Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson are well known. Less known are the caddying careers of black golfers Charlie SiffordTed Rhodes and Lee Elder.Clyde Martin was another of those highly rated – but seldom mentioned – black golfers who began his career as a caddie. Born in southern Maryland, he began to caddie at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda during his pre-teen years. This was in the late 1920s when the renowned Tommy Armour held sway as the club’s professional. Armour soon recognized Martin’s golfing talents and began to pit the young caddie against visitors looking for betting action. Martin rarely lost in those head-to-head matches. But following the code of the day, he was never given an opportunity to play in national competition.By 1939, however, his playing abilities were so well known in black golf circles that he was named the club professional at the newly opened (and segregated) Langston Golf Course in Washington, D.C. Within 18 months of the Langston appointment, world heavyweight champion Joe Louis hired Martin as his personal coach. Martin remained with Louis until 1942, when Louis went into the Army. After the war, Martin played regularly on the black golf circuit until his death in the early 1950s.United Golf Association: The game of golf from its onset in this country has been primarily a “White Only” sport. Blacks were allowed to carry the bags for the white golfers but could not join clubs or compete in professional or amateur tournaments. Many blacks had the desire to compete on a professional basis but because of the institutional barriers of racism, blacks had to hone their skills elsewhere.In 1926, Robert H. Hawkins of Stowe, Massachusetts had a dream of black golfers banding together as an organization to further the game of golf among blacks. He staged his first tournament in 1926 followed by another in 1927. Because of the tournament’s tremendous success, Hawkins organized the United Golf Associations, Inc., in 1928. A national tournament was conducted each year to determine the best male and female golfer in the country.In 1948, then-President, A. D. V. Crosby, established seven districts, Eastern – Mid-Western – Central – Southeastern – Southwestern – New England – Western, under the umbrella of the UGA with the responsibility for promoting golf among blacks in each area of the country.Women were encouraged to participate in the UGA from its inception, but it wasn’t until 1939 that an organization for women sought affiliation with the UGA. That organization was the Chicago Women’s Golf Club, which was organized by Mrs. Anna Robinson.