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I've noticed this before, but today as I'm watching Masters live on the range I saw a players caddy vigorously cleaning an iron grip with what looks like the wet end of a towel.  I'm just curious are they using some type of alcohol or cleaning solution or is it just water on the towel? I've always felt that water alone makes my grips even more slick and they don't dry that fast. Lol just wondering what the best players in the world in the biggest tournament use! Maybe there's some secret! 

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Most grips if you get them damp and then vigorously dry them off with a towel get tackier. I use pure grips and those things get really tacky after doing that. 

It is most likely just water.    I will use a bit of dish soap every 4-5 rounds to clean the grips to help remove dirt and sweat.

It really tells you how important cleaning grips are when alot of the top pros get them cleaned after every round. Here I am someone who plays over 100 rounds a year and Maybe clean the grips once per

I can't think that it would be anything but water, which will be readily available on the course to dip the towel in or from a bottle vs. adding some other solution.  

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I've also noticed that after scrubbing them with water then actively drying them off that they get stickier. Too much so for me that it ripped my bare hand open actually. 

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3 hours ago, nikeblades00 said:

I've noticed this before, but today as I'm watching Masters live on the range I saw a players caddy vigorously cleaning an iron grip with what looks like the wet end of a towel.  I'm just curious are they using some type of alcohol or cleaning solution or is it just water on the towel? I've always felt that water alone makes my grips even more slick and they don't dry that fast. Lol just wondering what the best players in the world in the biggest tournament use! Maybe there's some secret! 

I use a little dish soap then a towel, but you can do it with just water too.

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6 hours ago, nikeblades00 said:

I've noticed this before, but today as I'm watching Masters live on the range I saw a players caddy vigorously cleaning an iron grip with what looks like the wet end of a towel.  I'm just curious are they using some type of alcohol or cleaning solution or is it just water on the towel? I've always felt that water alone makes my grips even more slick and they don't dry that fast. Lol just wondering what the best players in the world in the biggest tournament use! Maybe there's some secret! 

 

Alcohol (and probably any cleaning solution) would evaporate in very short order once you put it on the towel, so it can't be anything volatile.  A wipe with a damp towel and then a dry towel works great for me (when I care enough to actually clean my grips).  

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Regardless, if you end up using any type of soap to clean your girps (generally at home) just make sure it doesnt have any sort of oils or lotions in it. Sounds hippy but something "all natural" works best just in case. Made the mistake of using a dawn knockoff once and left my grips oily and slick feeling. 

 

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I used to Caddie for Mike Gilmore, Winged Foot Head Pro, when he was an assistant at The Stanwich Club.

I scrubbed his grips with a wet towel between rounds at the Connecticut Open.

He said, "What did you do to my grips?

I was mortified and started to apologize, when he said, "No,  they're f***ing great!".

It really can rejuvenate a worn grip.

 

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1 hour ago, grochol17 said:

 

Alcohol (and probably any cleaning solution) would evaporate in very short order once you put it on the towel, so it can't be anything volatile.  A wipe with a damp towel and then a dry towel works great for me (when I care enough to actually clean my grips).  


Came here to say this, and i'll echo what @PowderedToastMan said. Wipe with wet end of the towel followed by the dry end = tacky. Likely being done more aggressively due to the higher humidity in Augusta. 

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12 hours ago, daddy0neputt said:

Best thing I've found is to spray them down with windex, hit them with a good brushing and then wipe with a damp towel. Seems to do the trick. Lamkin makes gripes for cleaning that smell a lot like windex.

I started using Windex and it works great. I don't even use the brush...just spray, wipe aggressively with a damp end of a towel and try with the other side. 

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It’s just water on the towel, I’ve caddied in a few co-sanctioned events and have a few friends that play on various tours and it’s the same process for all of them.

 

Leather grips should ONLY be cleaned with water and a towel, the use of chemicals can potentially damage them.

 

Rubber grips can be cleaned with some dish soap if the oils from your skin have built up too much.

 

 

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20 hours ago, Seamus_McDuff said:

Simple Green

Twice I've bought used clubs off eBay and when I pulled them out of the shipping box the scent of Simple Green was pretty noticeable. 

 

I'd rather not use anything to supposedly "clean" my grips that's going to leave a lingering smell behind. Pass.

 

Is there a fragrance-free equivalent to Simple Green? Although honestly, if a grip is so dirty that dish soap and warm water won't clean it then I'd just as soon cut it off and replace it.

 

P.S. The above scenario is still preferable to the one time I pulled a club out of its shipping box and it reeked like an ashtray. I literally tossed the club, box and all into the trash.

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