Cleaning your golf bags

Golf bags are expensive. You will be spending at least a hundred dollars if you want a good quality golf bag for your golf equipment. Most people would wait for discounts just to save money. If you’re lucky, you could buy one for about fifty dollars.

It’s a good idea to take care of your golf bag so it could last longer. Most players spend time taking care of their golf club and grips without tending to their golf bags too. You shouldn’t do that. Keep your bag clean. You are not just protecting your investment, but you’ll also feel and look good with a clean bag with you. Besides, it’s uncomfortable to put your shining golf clubs in a dirty bag.

Anyway, you can’t prevent golf bags from getting dirtied from time to time. After all, you put it in carts and carry it with you on the field. But don’t let it get to the point of no return where grime and dirt practically lives on it. Get your money’s worth by cleaning your bags every now and then.

So how do you start cleaning your golf bag?

golf bagEmpty your bag first. Take out all your golf equipment from it. Turn your golf bag upside down and shake it to remove anything else from inside. You might find a coin or candies in there. You never know. Don’t be too rough, though. You wouldn’t want to destroy your bag.

When everything is literally out of the bag, you can then get it wet by spraying it with a hose. This would also take off the less stubborn dirt from the bag.

Choose a soap or cleaner and mix it with water. This will be your cleaning solution. Then, take a rag or brush and dip it on the solution. If your bag is not so dirty, you could use a rag to wipe the dirt away. But if there are stubborn stains or dirt, then you better use a brush to brush it all off more easily. Take care not to wipe or brush too vigorously. You wouldn’t want the embroidery or the material to tear off.

Rinse your golf bag thoroughly. Be sure not to leave soap on it. This could damage your bag. Then, check if there are remaining stains. If the stain is too stubborn, you could use some soft stain remover to help you remove it. Leave it for a while and try to remove the stain again using your rag or brush. Remember not to clean too hard.

You can then let it dry in a shaded area away from direct exposure to the sun. This would prevent any fading to your bag. Then again, you could dry it out in the open if you want, just don’t leave it for too long. You can also fill the pockets of your bag with towels to restore its original shape if need be. If your golf bag is vinyl, you could also use a vinyl protectant on it. This would make your bag shiny again.

And so you’re done! Isn’t it easy to clean golf bags? Once you’re done and see your bag, you’ll surely be glad you made the effort in cleaning it.

If for some reason you don’t have the time to do this type of cleaning, you could always use a cheat method just to take the smell away from your bag. Spray some odor eliminator or air freshener into your bag and it wouldn’t smell so bad anymore. You could also sprinkle some baking soda, leave it for some time and vacuum it. This would eliminate the odor too. This is just a temporary solution, though. It is recommended that you clean your golf bags the right way.

Factors that Influence the Price of a Vintage Golf Club

GolfA lot of golf club collectors devote their time researching about archival golf pieces which date back for more than a hundred years. These golf pieces can cost club collectors their whole lot and mortgage but when you’re committed to these rare collectibles, prices don’t really carry weight. More practical golf club collectors just want drivers and golf products that are used in important and historical golfing tournaments. TaylorMade golf clubs are one of the most sought-out brands in the golfing industry as they proved their durability and revolution through time. Since TaylorMade golf club was the preferred golf driver in tournaments during the 80s, golf aficionados started collecting vintage golf clubs that were popular during that time.

The hobby of collecting classic or vintage golf clubs isn’t unusual. But like in most antique collections, hoarding these valuable merchandise requires money and commitment. A lot of these golf clubs are expensive and they are hard to find. Because TaylorMade golf clubs have earned their right to supremacy among other golf brands, antique collectors seek out these pieces more often than the others.

Here are a few factors that bear significance when acquiring a good ‘ole golf club.

Golf clubs that hold a certain spot in an age-old tournament or a significant player in history are definitely a must-have for collectors. In TaylorMade’s case, the metal clubs that were first introduced during the 1979 PGA Club Professional Championship are considered as the important pieces. Golf clubs owned by golfing champions are even more expensive because of the story and the idea of fluke attached to it. Golf clubs that are also proven to be used by golf legends and professionals can generate a considerable amount in auctions.


Historians and golf aficionados believe that golf has been around for more than 500 years. There are golf clubs found today that go back to the 17th century although those kinds are only considered as museum pieces. 18th and 19th century golf clubs can be acquired through in-depth research but those kinds of clubs can give you a serious run for your money. In order to obtain golf clubs with important historical value, collectors must look back to the club models before the World War II. Clubs that are manufactured before the 1930s are also treasured pieces because that was the year that started the steel shafts and sets in golf clubs. An 1860 golf club that was hand-crafted by Old Tom Morris or Laure Auchterlonie might have a price range of a hundred dollars to $20,000 depending on the model and condition.


Validation issues are also a common challenge in vintage golf clubs, just like in any other antique collections. The hardest thing about the authentication of a particular club is determining the exact date the model is produced. Most clubs are not patented until the 20th century.


Rare clubs cost a fortune in the golf club market. During the 1900s, custom clubs were already made and they’re the kinds that are harder to find. The quality and the design of a rare vintage club largely factor in the pricing. Some rare vintage clubs can be auctioned starting at $300 to a thousand.


The marketplace where you can obtain these vintage golf clubs also affects the pricing of these treasured pieces. You can easily find vintage golf clubs at bargain bins in retail outlets but if you’re looking for a true classic, try searching at antique shops and sporting memorabilia stores that house vintage golfing goods. Different locations price these vintage clubs differently depending on the model and the club’s condition. TaylorMade golf clubs that were used in PGA Championships during the 80s can be bought online too. Just make sure that you’re dealing with a legit seller so you won’t end up regretting your purchase.

Tales of the Biker Patches

Biker gangs are famous all over the world, existing not only on the road but also in films, TV shows, even in literature. In every continent and every country, there are groups of leather-clad motorcyclists that rule the road, so to speak, and some clubs become so well-known that just the sight of their biker patches can incite fear or excitement (depending on the club’s reputation) in children and adults alike. The gangs that conquer on two wheels are now as famous as local movie stars, and some even propagate good will, going against the stereotype that the world has placed on bikers and their clubs.

But where exactly did it all start? Why do motorcyclists ride around in groups like they’re a pack? Why do they wear biker patches and when did it start? Did someone just tell them to give themselves names and territories? Why are there so-called outlaw gangs? Have they been there from the start, or did they just evolve from the usual clean rider clubs?

bikr patchMotorcyclists have been around for forever, but the idea of grouping riders or bikers into area-based assemblies sprung into existence in 1924, when the American Motorcyclist Association was founded. It is a nonprofit organization that serves as the organizing body for the motorcyclists of America. Their aim is to “promote the motorcycling lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling”. From that, it’s evident that the organization deals with more than just motorcycling activities; they also campaign for the rights of bikers. They are the largest motorsports organization in the world, now having more than 1200 clubs.

The AMA (the accepted shortcut for the organization’s name) is the body responsible for the formation of the clubs and gangs that exist today. Most of these groups are something the AMA actively built and encouraged, but there are certain groups which the AMA did not mean to build at all.

It was this organization that sanctioned motorcyclists that lived in the same area to ride together as “clubs”. Each club, of course, was named in order to distinguish themselves from all the other clubs. In the spirit of unity, some of these clubs soon started wearing matching clothes, like leather jackets, even going so far as to stitch their names on the back of their vests or jackets. The AMA held events and the clubs wore their “uniform” to those gatherings, proudly showing off what would be their club colors. The AMA started giving out awards for the best-dressed clubs, and more and more clubs showed up wearing their own styles, stitching their names on their back. That particular habit evolved into what is now known as biker patches.

This continued on without incident for more than two decades, until the year 1947 when a small riot broke out at a rally in Hollister, California. This riot involved bikers, a fact that caused the AMA to release a now-infamous statement. In order to preserve the clean reputation of motorcyclists in America, the AMA claimed that ninety-nine percent of motorcyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts were just normal, average citizens that are enjoying their passion and having a bit of fun. Only a small one percent was responsible for riots like that Hollister one.

patchesThat statement fueled the emergence of the so-called outlaw motorcycle gangs, which are motorcycle clubs that do cause trouble in their territories and engage in criminal activity. These gangs embraced the “1 percent” title, calling themselves 1-percenters and wearing diamond biker patches with an embroidered “1%”. Led by the original Outlaw Motorcycle Club, the outlaw motorcycle gangs started gaining traction, with their patches evolving from the simple to the elaborate.

Today, these club colors are identification tools used to showcase power and affiliation, a way to demand respect and fear and to warn opposing gangs to keep their distance. Recreational club patches, on the other hand, are also identification tools worn with pride and honor, but with none of the violent and conflicting undertones of the outlaw colors.

Nowadays, there are plenty of recreational clubs and quite a lot of notorious and dangerous outlaw clubs as well—an example of how a common passion can sprout two very different groups with very different ideals.