I play every week, and bringing my clubs inside after each round is a pain. Is storing my clubs in the trunk really all that bad? – Jose F., Arizona
Yes way, Jose. We’re getting a Tucson or Phoenix vibe from you, so you’re probably having some really hot days down in the Grand Canyon State right now. When parked in the scorching sun on a hot summer day, your trunk can achieve temperatures of more than 175°F—we’ve even heard of temperatures reaching 200°F! That’s a tremendous amount of heat, which will undoubtedly have a long-term impact on your golf equipment.
That’s just the temperature, by the way. Let’s take a look at some of the most compelling reasons why putting your clubs in the trunk or backseat of your car is and will always be a bad idea.
Reason 1: Theft
You may believe that no one thinks you keep your clubs in the trunk, but are you sure? Cars are far easier to break into than houses, and even if you think yours is safe, someone is probably aware that you may have thousands of dollars worth of golf clubs and equipment in your trunk. Who’s to say that someone can be relied upon? Gyms and restaurants are two of the most prevalent sites for auto burglaries—places where thieves know you’ll be gone for a while and may pretend the car is their own. Regardless whether it’s day or night, could be either. Car theft is a common occurrence.
Reason 2: The bumps and grinds
Leaving your belongings in the trunk exposes them to harm caused by the tremors, bumps, and motions of your vehicle. Your clubs may appear to be able to tolerate a pothole here or a speed bump there, but repeated clanking and banging, or worse, putting weight on top of your clubs, can cause dents, bends, and, in some instances, small fractures and breaks in graphite shafts.
Reason 3: Too much moisture
If you ever played a round of golf in the rain, make sure to take your clubs out of your trunk as quickly as possible and allow them dry out completely. Mold and mildew thrive in a wet bag full of wet clubs, destroying not only your golf bag but then also your gloves and everything else you keep in there. Another issue is rust, which is particularly problematic when it comes to steel shafts. The outside of a steel shaft may be chrome-plated, while the inner is unfinished. The shaft could rust out from the inside if moisture gets in via the little hole at the top end of the grip (the hole is an essential feature to vent out air as the grip is put over the shaft), leading to unexpected fracture.
Reason 5: The heat
This is the third installment of a three-part series. As previously said, the temperature within your car can reach 175 degrees, and depending on the type of vehicle, the trunk or rear part of your vehicle can reach even higher temperatures. This much heat can weaken the epoxy that keeps your clubs together, causing it to soften to the extent at which it becomes compromised and falls apart over time.
The grips are the next area where heat can cause issues. The grip tape beneath the grip can also dissolve and soften, allowing the grip to bubble up and twist, resulting in slippage and twisting. If it’s too heated, the grip may melt, degrade, or shatter. If you leave your clubs in a heated trunk a few times, this is unlikely to happen, but if you do it frequently, your grips are likely to wear out much faster than it would be if you didn’t keep them in the trunk.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, your golf balls aren’t fond of really hot temps. Maybe you’re a good steward of your gear and don’t keep your clubs in the trunk, but you do keep a couple of extra sleeves in the trunk. Excess heat can hasten the deterioration of the coverings and outer layers, and in certain situations, cause them to melt. Some golf ball manufacturers, such as Srixon, have placed a warning notice on the box stating that golf balls should not be kept in the trunk or boot of a car during the summer.
What is the moral of the story? Always keep your clubs in a cold, dry, and secure location. Not just in the summer, but throughout the whole year.
Original article posted on Golf.com