Should You Remove Stickers from Golf Clubs?

Playing golf can be a good way to get some light exercise and usually some socialization in the process. I’m sure we have all seen those movies where business deals are made on the golf course as well. Golf does not tend to be a poor man’s sport, and part of this is due to the cost of the equipment. Which leads me to the care of that equipment.

Should you remove stickers from golf clubs? This is a matter of choice as the removal will not affect the functionality of the clubs in any way. If you plan to resell them in the future, then leaving the stickers on may help to identify them faster during the resale process. Most retail workers, however, do remove stickers like price tags and barcodes, though. 

While some people may have a concern that removing the sticker from the shaft of your golf clubs may have an effect on its balance, it does not. There are some reasons why people leave the stickers on their clubs, and I want to go over those reasons. I also want to go into easy ways to remove the stickers as well, should you decide this is what you would prefer.

Reasons to Leave the Stickers on

While there may be a number of reasons that some people leave the stickers on their golf clubs, it usually falls into a limited number of reasons:

  • Personal preference, aesthetics
  • Too much hassle
  • Don’t know how to remove them

Personal Preference

This is pretty straight forward. Some people just prefer the look of the stickers, or they plan to upgrade to different clubs in the near future, so leave the stickers on for resale. This enables them to be able to prove to the future buyer exactly what they would be buying without having to search for the specifications on the shaft.

Although, to be honest, some golfers just don’t mind them or even prefer the look of the stickers. Almost like a status symbol, they will leave the stickers and associated logos on their clubs to be able to show others what type of clubs they are using. This may be partially due to not wanting to answer questions about the clubs, but for some, it may be about bragging rights.

Too Much Hassle

Removing the stickers can be a hassle, that’s for sure. While usually, it is not the paper part of the sticker that can be a struggle to remove but the adhesive that holds the sticker in place. Once you remove the sticker, if you don’t remove the adhesive as well, it can be a real pain to deal with.

The adhesive can leave a residue on both the shaft and your hands every time they touch that area, and while the adhesive will seem to stick and leave a residue on everything that touches it, it does not seem to want to come off entirely very easily.

If you try to use just soap and water to try to remove the adhesive, you could be in for an hour or more of just stroking your shaft, golf club shaft that is, just trying to remove the adhesive residue. For some people, this is just too time-consuming, so opt to leave the stickers on.

Don’t Know How to Remove it

This can be one of the biggest reasons that someone won’t remove stickers off of their clubs is simply the lack of knowledge. If you have ever dealt with the sticker residue, then you know how annoying it can be in the long run. If you are not experienced in removing it, it can lead to hours of frustration as well.

How to Remove the Stickers

There are a few ways to remove the stickers, and many forums online may be able to offer even more ideas and creative solutions. These are just a small sample of ways that can be used to remove the stickers.

Should you opt to remove the stickers, please do not use anything sharp to try to scrape off the paper and/or adhesive residue. This can lead to scratches and potentially damaging the club shaft.

Store Where you Purchased Clubs

Oftentimes you can get help from the store where you purchased the clubs, to begin with. Many places have everything needed to remove the stickers after purchase and it takes just a few minutes extra after purchase to save yourself a huge headache in the long run.

While not all stores will offer this service, many of your specialty shops are more likely to offer this to their customers. If nothing else, it never hurts to ask if they have the knowledge, equipment, and time to help you with this. Some may only offer this at the time of purchase and some places will offer it to anyone who has purchased from their store, so it’s good to ask.

Heat Gun or Hairdryer

Both tools work on the same principle, and most homes have one or the other. The basics are that the heat from either a heat gun or a hairdryer will cause the glue to soften and let go of the sticker allowing you to peel it off. Usually, the glue will soften enough to be able to wash off with soap and water, but rubbing alcohol may be needed.

  • Heat gun – A heat gun will heat up more than a hairdryer will, so it will require less heating time to remove the sticker. They are also fairly inexpensive.  Usually, 5 minutes is sufficient for a heat gun to heat the glue enough to release it. This also works great when removing golf grip tape!
  • Hair Dryer –  A hairdryer, usually in most women’s bathrooms, even on high, will typically take twice the time that a heat gun will because it is intended to be used on the human head, but not to burn. While a hairdryer will work to release the glue, it is not ideal.

Chemicals

There are a number of chemicals that you can use to help remove the stickers. Certain chemicals can have a negative reaction with certain finishes, so you will need to verify that the one you choose won’t damage your club shaft in the process.

Acetone – This can be purchased separately or like nail polish remover and also something that many women tend to keep in the home. This is one that is safe for shafts made from stainless steel but could damage graphite or a resin finish. Verify that your particular club shaft is safe to use acetone on.

WD40 – This should be in your garage or tool kit, if it isn’t, it should be. The versatility of WD40 makes it a must-have for any toolset. After removing the sticker, a little WD40 on a rag should make short work of the adhesive residue. The downside to WB40 is that it can leave a greasy residue on your club shaft which can be removed with a little soap and water.

Goo Be Gone – Many guys keep this in their garage, primarily if they work on cars. Excellent for removing just about any gunk, it is especially effective for breaking down the chemical composition of the adhesive. You can check some out here on Amazon if you have the time.

Rubbing Alcohol – This should be every home due to its extremely versatile nature. From first aid to killing bugs and cleaning electronics, rubbing alcohol can also break down the chemical composition of adhesive like WD 40 and Goo Be Gone, but without leaving a greasy residue. You can even use rubbing alcohol to remove the residue left by other chemicals.

Justin Adams

Hi! My name is Justin and I am a PGA professional. I have been playing golf for about 20 years and teaching for the last 10. I have just recently been elected into PGA membership which I cannot be more excited about! My goals are to teach beginning golfers all over the world about the game of golf to help grow the game.

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