Care of Ping Irons

By Jim Thomas
Care for your Ping irons the way the pros do.
Care for your Ping irons the way the pros do.

Ping is one of the elite golf equipment manufacturers in the game. The company's clubs are not cheap. Taking proper care of your Ping irons is a good way to protect your investment and ensure they perform the way you expect them to as they age. The three main components of Ping irons -- the clubhead, shaft and grip -- all deserve your attention.

Clubheads

The clubheads of specific models of Ping irons are made from a combination of stainless steel, titanium and tungsten. For the best results, soak your clubheads for a few minutes in warm water. Then clean them with a medium-stiff bristle brush. Scrub in the direction of the grooves to remove any dirt you see. Clean any minor surface rust with fine-grade steel wool; household steel wool is too coarse and may scratch the clubheads. Cleaning your clubheads will not only extend their life, it will also maximize the spin on your shots. Dirty grooves can cause hard-to-control flyers.

Shafts

Ping offers golfers both graphite and steel shafts. Steel shafts are much easier to care for than graphite shafts. Simply wipe them clean with a towel, or remove any surface rust with fine-grade steel wool. Because graphite shafts are covered with paint, a silkscreen logo and a layer of polyethylene sealant, normal wear and tear can damage the polyethylene and paint layers. When that happens, the graphite fibers in the shaft are susceptible to snapping. Clean your Ping graphite shafts with water at least once a month.

Grips

Ping grips are made of a rubber-composite material. Expect to replace Ping grips once a year if you are an avid golfer and once every two years if you play occasionally. If your grips are worn, cracked, hard or slippery it will be harder to hang onto the club. Clean your grips with a stiff bristle brush, water and a bit of dish soap.

Considerations

Any care you take to keep your Ping irons in good condition will be undermined if you treat your clubs badly when they misfire. Don't bang them on a cart path or against a tree when you miss the green. Don't store them in the trunk of your car or in a damp area such as your basement. Keep them in a cool, dry place.

References

About the Author

Jim Thomas has been a freelance writer since 1978. He wrote a book about professional golfers and has written magazine articles about sports, politics, legal issues, travel and business for national and Northwest publications. He received a Juris Doctor from Duke Law School and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Whitman College.

Photo Credits

  • A. Messerschmidt/US PGA TOUR/Getty Images
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