Most of us don’t clear out our golf bag from one round to the next, we’re lazy when it comes to cleaning clubs and our golfing wardrobe should be given regular attention, so follow our correspondent’s advice.
As the next edition of Women & Golf hits the shelves on Friday 14th February, here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect from columnist Philippa Kennedy this month.
It took a dollop of mud in the face from a sodden fairway for me to decide finally that I'm a fair-weather golfer.
My fairway wood ploughed into the mushy grass, the ball went nowhere and my face looked as if I’d had a run-in with an agricultural muck spreader.
I suppose you can’t really expect much better in January but I reckoned the miserable winter months could be better spent having a really good golfing spring clean and gearing up for the new season.
Everything has now been given a good going over, from clothes to clubs to swing, although the latter is still ‘work in progress’ .
I hauled my bag out of the shed and laid everything out on the kitchen table or floor, binning the atrophied banana, throwing away old sweet packets and my mini chemist’s shop including Nurofen, Rennies, plasters and antihistamine tablets for summer days when the pollen count is high. Mine were dated 2014! Then there was a knee brace and a finger support for various golfing injuries I’ve suffered over the years.
The boiled sweets covered in icing sugar and also bought in the chemist needed replenishing, as did the water bottle that soldiered on throughout the winter with scarcely a sip taken.
Old gloves were next - there were four, three of which went straight into the bin. Waterproofs went into the washing machine along with a muddy towel, and with some sweet-smelling fabric conditioner they no longer smell like decaying wet grass.
Far too many balls needed sorting. Some were beyond hope and went into the ‘practice bag’ where they will no doubt stay unused and unloved till the next clearout. The rest went into the basin with some Fairy liquid and after a good scrub I was able to see which ones were still playable.
Next came the clubs and I realised I hadn’t had the grips changed in seven years!
This is just a snippet of Philippa Kennedy's full article in the latest issue of Women & Golf magazine. You can pick up Women & Golf, on sale from Friday 14th February, or click here to subscribe now to read the full feature and enjoy W&G delivered to your door!