It’s hard to restore your golf clubs to their original condition after many rounds of play.
It can be a bit disappointing when your clubs start to rust or lose their shine.
Luckily there are several ways to try and get a club back to its original condition.
One of those ways is to use Coke.
Coke has some exceptional abilities when it comes to cleaning.
How To Clean Golf Clubs With Coke- A Step By Step Guide
Step 1: Collect Supplies
To complete this process of cleaning your clubs with Coke, you are going to need the following supplies.
- 2 Liter Bottle of Coke
- 5 Gallon Bucket
- Running Water/Clean Water
- Microfiber towel
- Your golf irons
Step 2: Initial Wipe Down of Clubs
When you clean your golf clubs with Coke, you are going to want to clean your irons only.
Coke is not going to be an excellent cleaning solution for golf clubs with painted surfaces like a driver or fairway wood.
You also should not have rusting issues on those golf clubs as it tends to be the metal in the irons that causes this problem.
Before you start soaking your clubs in Coke, you are going to want to clean off any dirt sitting on the clubhead.
The dirt on the grass on the clubhead is going to get in the way of the Coke doing its job to truly clean off the golf club.
Once you have your clubs all wiped off or rinsed, you can put them clubhead down in the five-gallon bucket.
Step 3: Prepare Coke/Soak Clubs
Take the two-liter coke bottle that you purchased and pour it in the bottom of the bucket of golf clubs.
Make sure that the Coke is completely covering all of the heads of the irons.
When you pour the Coke in, there is no reason to have it run down the shafts of the clubs.
Pour the Coke into the bottom of the bucket on the club heads.
When the Coke settles down, you will want it to soak for several hours.
Letting the golf clubs soak for at least four hours or so will give the Coke time to work cleaning the rust off the clubs without you having to scrub them.
Just make sure that it is mostly just the clubhead that is soaking in the Coke.
There is just no reason for the shafts to have to sit in Coke for several hours.
Especially if you have graphite shafts on your clubs.
Step 4: Rinse
After a few hours, it is time to take your clubs out of the bucket and see how they have turned out.
You should see that they are much cleaner than when you initially put them in.
Most of the time, the difference is going to be quite significant, and something you can witness immediately.
After you take the clubs out, it does make sense to rinse them.
Rinsing the clubs will take off any of Coke that is sitting on the clubs.
Coke can get quite sticky when it dries, and you don’t want to leave that sitting on your golf clubs for an extended period.
Using a sink or a hose nearby is a perfect way to rinse the clubs off.
Step 5: Dry
Once you have rinsed the clubs, you should dry them with a microfiber towel.
Drying the golf clubs is a crucial part of this process.
Golf clubs that are left to sit and remain wet are prone to rust.
The last thing you want to do is grow more rust on your clubs after you have just cleaned them all up.
If the Coke did nothing to clean your clubs, then you may want to look into another method, or the damage on your clubs is a bit too far gone to recover them.
Can Other Methods Be Used to Clean Clubs?
There are lots of ways to clean golf clubs.
In fact, some of the ways to clean clubs are a bit better than using Coke.
Coke is a harsh sugary substance, and although it does a great job of removing some rust, it is not always a substance people want to put on their golf clubs.
For the most part, a bucket of water and soap will do an excellent job of cleaning your golf clubs.
If you have some issues that require something a little stronger, you can use vinegar on the golf clubs as well.
Although vinegar can be a little harsh, at least it is a more natural solution to use.
Why Do Golf Clubs Rust?
Golf clubs can rust because they are getting older, and there are small imperfections in the clubhead itself.
Golf clubs also rust sometimes because they get wet and don’t dry properly.
Some players are surprised to find that after playing a round of golf in the rain, their clubs are covered in rust.
This is certainly nothing to panic about, and your golf clubs are still entirely usable.
The only thing you will want to make sure of is that you treat the rust as soon as possible.
The longer it sits on the club, the more it will grow, and then you will have a bigger mess to clean up.
Can Coke Hurt Your Golf Clubs?
If your golf clubs are like a member of your family, you may be worried that Coke is going to hurt them.
As long as you follow the process that we gave in our step by step guide, there should be no real issues.
You will potentially see a bit of a mess if you let the club sit without ever rinsing them.
We also don’t recommend leaving the clubs in Coke for more than 24 hours; this is just not necessary.
Also, never forget to dry the golf clubs when they are finished with the cleaning process.
If you stay on top of golf club maintenance, you will be pleased with the results.