Caring For Your Sporting Equipment

Whether you are a professional athlete, aspiring pro, enthusiast, amateur, or participate in a sport as a hobby, no doubt that you want to maintain your equipment clean and properly functioning. Preserving your gear will enhance your technique, promote dedication to your sport of choice, and encourage responsibility and orderliness. The pros consistently and painstakingly maintain their clubs, bats, balls, batons, rackets, and armor. Learn from the best and implement their cleaning techniques!

Here are a few pointers you can implement today.

1. Tennis

The stings on tennis rackets often break and need to be strung. Did you know that you can string a racket yourself with a tennis stringing machine? This is a less expensive alternative than having your racket professionally restrung or purchasing new rackets. Different tennis rackets feature distinct types of strings, depending on your preference, including natural gut, synthetic gut, multi-filament, nylon, polyester, Kevlar, and hybrid. The level of tightness of your strings will impact your game. Namely, stronger string rigidity provides more control, but also reduces the power of your swing. In addition to rackets, you should periodically inspect your tennis balls and eliminate damaged ones. Tennis balls that have been saturated by precipitation are likely ruined. Much like ones that have been lying around in a hot dry climate. You can test out your tennis balls by squeezing and bouncing them. If they are too soft or slow to bounce, part ways.
2. Baseball

Baseball mitts require special attention. Not taking exceptional care of your glove will significantly shorten its lifespan. Leaving out a baseball glove in the rain will cause damage to its leather. So, if your glove got damp, towel it off as soon as practicable. You should also lubricate the leather of your glove regularly, at least seasonally. You can utilize simple ingredients such as petroleum jelly. If you witness tears, ruptures, or torn laces on your mitt, you should take it in for repair. In addition to conditioning your mitt, you should regularly clean your baseball bat and attempt to remove ball marks. Generally, you can achieve a good result simply from using warm water and mild soap.

3. Golf

Good golfers consistently clean and care for their clubs and golf balls. With respect to golf clubs, it is advisable to keep a rag accessible when you are playing a match. After a rough shot, simply wipe down the club. Much like with baseball bats, you should periodically cleanse your golf clubs with tepid soapy water. Make sure to scrub off any debris and dry the clubs methodically to avoid damage or rusting. Cleaning your golf balls is likewise important. Retail outlets sell washing solution for ‘how to clean golf balls’ and tee holders. Indeed a simple solution if you are a regular golfer!

4. Soccer and Basketball

Soccer and basketball maintenance is similar and rather simple. The key goal is to keep the ball inflated with a sufficient amount of air. Some suggest deflating soccer balls after a match to preserve them. Basketballers often interchange balls during a game to give their ball time to recover. Additionally, you should never stand or sit on your ball, and you should only play on the intended surface. For example, soccer should be played on grass, lawns or fields, or smooth surfaces. Indoor basketball courts are usually composed of hardwood, while outdoor courts are asphalt. Like all other equipment, soccer and basketballs require cleaning – wipe them down with warm slightly sudsy water, pat dry, and store in a dry cool place.

According to a 2017 Overview Report from the Physical Activity Council, “[m]ost sport categories saw an increase in participation, with fitness sports and team sports having the most gain.” Makes sense – people love sports! And, implementing a habit of regularly caring for your equipment will not only build allegiance to your chosen athletic activity, but will keep your lucky gear serving you longer.