How To Keep Your Golf Ball Clean During & After Your Tee

The ball you use while playing golf or mini-golf is destined to get dirty unless you lose it mid-game. Many golfers don’t take the cleaning of their golf balls seriously. If you’re one of them, it’s time to introspect. The ball you use while playing has a direct relation with your performance. Moreover, as a sportsman, you should always keep your gaming equipment in its best shape and appearance. 

If you think that a quick swipe of towel or rub against your pants cleans the ball, then you’re highly mistaken. Your golf ball gets subjected to multiple elements during the game and ends up getting wrapped up in dirt, mud, and debris. There are many ways in which you can clean your ball during and after the game. Today, we’ll discuss the most effective ones in detail. Ready? Let’s dig in!

Using A Driving Range Ball Washer

When your golf ball gets dirty, the additional debris adds to its weight resulting in a change in its aerodynamic balance. The extra weight might be pretty less however its impact can be massive.

Thus, thorough cleaning of your golf ball after each game or each hole is highly recommended. The only time you are allowed to touch the ball is when you tee off and when you pick it up from the cup, at the end of a hole. This is the right time to wipe off any mud or debris from your ball so that you don't have build-up between holes. 

Carrying a mobile ball washer and spare towel can work as helping hands for all you golf enthusiasts in keeping your ball clean and dry during the game. 

Use a ball washer correctly by following the steps written below.

  • Always pre-clean your ball to remove any excess mud, turf, or dirt. By doing this, you prevent any debris from going inside the ball washer reservoir. You can even wipe them down with a towel. 

Note: Never use the towel you plan on using for drying your freshly washed ball later.

  • Lift the plunger and insert your pre-cleaned ball into the receptacle.
  • Push down and pull up continuously with the ball in the receptacle. 
  • When the ball is plunged into the reservoir, it gets coated with a cleaning solution. The up and down motion of using the plunger pushes the ball across fixed brushes within the reservoir. 
  • Keep this motion until the ball looks and feels clean.
  • Lift the plunger for the last time so that you can remove the clean ball, dry it with the towel that you get on the ball washer, or if you have your own clean towel. 
  • Voila! You have a freshly cleaned ball ready to put back into play.

Note: Always look around making sure no one is getting ready to tee off, any distraction can throw a player's shot off. Just common courtesy, the same goes for cart-mounted washers as well. 

Can I Clean My Golf Balls At Home?

Yes, you can clean your golf balls at home. The process might seem simple, however, it can take a lot of time and effort as compared to using a golf washer.

Before starting with the cleaning process at home, ensure you have all the right tools for it. You need a golf ball cleaning bucket, dishwashing soap, a sponge/ old toothbrush, and a dry towel or cloth. 

Golf ball cleaning soap: 

You can use a mild soap or dishwashing liquid to clean your golf balls. Use of ammonia or vinegar may also help in case your golf balls need deep cleaning. Beware of harming your golf balls’ coating by mixing or using too many different chemicals! 

With a golf washer, you can use the SparKleen Liquid Detergent 1 Gallon for cleaning the golf balls.

Cleaning bucket: 

Fill a bucket halfway with warm water. Add the cleaning solution to the water and mix it well. After that, put your golf balls inside the bucket. Let them stay there for about 15 to 20 minutes. 

Tools for scrubbing: 

Next, you’d need scrubbing tools to rub and clean the golf balls nicely. There are plenty of tools available depending on your needs, precisely on how dirty your golf balls are. A sponge or a soapy towel works for not-so-dirty balls. You can even use an old toothbrush for scrubbing. Again, be careful not to damage your golf ball’s outer coating by scrubbing too hard,

Nothing can beat a golf washer’s cleaning. It has inbuilt scrubbing features designed especially for cleaning your golf balls. The Magnum Scrub Pro Ball Washer uses the exclusive ‘dimple brush’ design to clean the hard-caked dimples of your golf balls. Moreover, there is no risk of damaging your golf balls’ outing coating. 

Drying the golf balls:

After you’re done cleaning your golf balls, it’s time to dry them. For that, you can use a cloth or towel. And, you’re done!

The process of cleaning golf balls manually can be really taxing and time-consuming, especially if you need to clean many golf balls in less time. However, we have good news for you. You no longer need to struggle in cleaning your golf balls manually.

In today’s world, machines have made our jobs way more convenient and faster. Why not use it to our advantage? If you’re a coarse owner, you can clean up to 12,000 golf balls within an hour by using the Magnum Scrub Pro Ball Washer. Insane, right? 

The Bottom Line:

If you’re a golfer or aspire to be one, a golf washer is a must-have tool for you! At, you can explore through a wide range of premium ball washers. From the classic four-ball washer to the premier (single) ball washer with decal, click here to find the best quality ball washer to keep your golf balls clean and shiny.