How To Clean Golf Balls

How To Clean Golf Balls

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Hey there golf enthusiasts! Are you tired of playing with dirty, scuffed-up golf balls? Well, have no fear, because I’m here to teach you how to clean those little white balls and make them look as good as new.

Not only will clean golf balls look better, but they’ll also improve your game. Who doesn’t want that?

A bunch of dirty golf balls ready to be cleaned

Materials Needed

Before we get started, let’s make sure we have everything we need. You’ll need some golf balls (obviously), a bucket or container, cleaning solution (I recommend a mix of water and vinegar), a brush, and a towel or cloth.

And if you’re feeling fancy, you can also grab some polishing solution and a polishing cloth.

Golf ball with caked on dirt

Preparing the Golf Balls

First things first, let’s get rid of all that caked-on dirt and debris. Give your golf balls a good once-over and remove any big chunks of dirt.

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, this is a dirty job after all.

Once you’ve gotten rid of the big stuff, it’s time to start scrubbing. A toothbrush works great for getting into all those pesky dimples.

A golf ball ready to be cleaned

Cleaning the Golf Balls

Now that your golf balls are prepped, it’s time to give them a good soak. Fill up your bucket or container with your cleaning solution and drop in the golf balls.

Let them soak for about 15-20 minutes. This will give the solution a chance to really get in there and break up any stubborn grime.

After the soak, it’s time to break out the brush again and give those balls a good scrubbing. Make sure to pay extra attention to any stained areas.

Once you’ve scrubbed them to your satisfaction, give them a rinse and you’re ready for the next step.

Removing Stains

Ah, the joys of stains. They’re like little souvenirs of your golfing adventures. But, don’t worry, they can usually be removed with a little elbow grease.

For tough stains, you can try using a mixture of baking soda and water to scrub them away. For even tougher stains, you can try using a mixture of lemon juice and water.

Drying the Golf Balls

Okay, your golf balls are clean, but they’re also soaking wet. So, what do you do now? You dry them, of course.

The best way to dry them is by using a towel or cloth. Be careful not to use too much pressure, as this can damage the balls.

If you’re in a hurry, you can also let them air dry. Just make sure they’re not in direct sunlight as this can cause discoloration.

Polishing the Golf Balls

The final step! This one’s optional, but if you want your golf balls to look extra shiny, it’s worth it.

Simply apply a small amount of polishing solution to a polishing cloth and give your golf balls a good rubdown. And just like that, your golf balls are ready for their close-up.


You’ve spent all this time cleaning your golf balls, now it’s time to make sure they stay that way.

The best way to store them is in a cool, dry place. Keep them out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.

You can also keep them in a container filled with a small amount of cleaning solution to keep them fresh.

Final Thoughts

Well, there you have it folks, a step-by-step guide to cleaning golf balls. Your golf balls will not only look better, but they’ll also perform better.

And, who doesn’t love a good-looking golf ball?

Plus, you’ll be the envy of all your golf buddies when they see how pristine your balls are. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing more satisfying than pulling out a shiny, clean golf ball from your pocket on the tee.

So, take some time to give your golf balls some TLC, and you’ll be sure to see a difference in your game.

How often should I clean my golf balls?

It depends on how often you play and how dirty your golf balls are getting, but it’s a good idea to give them a thorough cleaning every few weeks.

Can I use household products to clean my golf balls?

Yes, you can! A mixture of water and vinegar is a great option. But be sure to avoid using anything abrasive or harsh as it can damage the balls.

What are some common golf ball cleaning mistakes?

Using too much pressure when drying the balls, using abrasive cleaning solutions, and not storing the balls properly can all lead to damage.

Matt R.

Hello, My name is Matt and I'm the founder of Just Golfin'. This site is all about one thing... GOLFING!

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