This was posted today on the Callaway Golf site, and is from an article in the Sarnia (Canada) Times. Something to consider...
After the last round of the season has come and gone, be sure to take the time to properly pack away your clubs. Barry Wallis, Performance and Education Manager for Callaway Golf, has several useful tips to keep golf equipment organized and in top condition over the winter for a quick start to next year's golf season.
Check for wear and tear
The end of the golf season is the perfect time to examine the state of your equipment. Wallis recommends starting with the grips on your clubs, which are often the first thing to wear out. "Check to see if the grips are shiny or cracked - this is a sign that they need to be replaced, which is something you may want to do over the winter when having your clubs readily available for a game is not as important," says Wallis.
If dirt has made its way into any equipment or accessories, they should be cleaned out before being stored away to prevent any discolouring or performance issues. Make sure there is no dirt on the club face grooves and check the spikes on your golf shoes, cleaning out any dirt and replacing damaged spikes. Wallis recommends storing shoes in a golf shoe bag to keep them protected and organized, such as Callaway's X Series Shoe Caddie.
Clubs should also be closely inspected - and not just for dirt. Check the grooves on your clubs for wear, particularly on wedges: if the grooves are no longer sharp and defined, it may be time to consider investing in another set of clubs. According to Wallis, worn grooves will affect the golf ball's flight and its ability to hold greens. Also check for scratches, dents, and signs of rust on all clubs, wash them down with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly.
"Remember to keep a tally of what needs repair or replacement before next season," says Wallis. "Over winter, keep an eye on the latest developments in golf technology and use your list to stock up on the equipment you need. This will allow you to hit the fairways running the following spring." Winter also allows you plenty of time to have equipment custom-fitted to your particular swing at a facility such as one of Callaway's Performance Centres, which are open year round. Appointments can be booked at a Callaway Golf Performance Centre during the winter months by calling 1-800-387-7000.
Keep it together
When storing your equipment over the winter, Wallis recommends using a golf travel bag to keep everything together and protected. If you don't have a travel bag, Wallis recommends considering one, particularly if you are considering air travel with your clubs over the winter. For instance, Callaway's X Tour Cart Golf Bag Carrier, which comes with wheels, power pull handle and steelhead club protection, offers great organization and security for your clubs whether they are in your basement or an airplane cargo hold.
Location, location, location
Lastly, where you store your clubs is just as important as how you store them. Wallis recommends standing your clubs upright and keeping the bag in a closet or in the basement - never in the garage, as constant changes in temperature and humidity can damage your equipment.