I once heard that Tiger Woods, when he’s working on something, will clean his club between each of the thousand or so golf balls he might hit on the practice range that day. The rest of us, why, we’re often content to clean our clubs on the golf course between shots.
Unfortunately, most of the brushes I’ve ever seen are ill-suited for the task. They’ve got thin handles, weak bristles, and ineffective clips.
The Frogger BrushPro solves each of the problems with the traditional brush and includes a few extras as well. Read on to find out what makes the BrushPro the best brush on the market.
Bigger, Better, and More Comfortable to Boot
The first thing you’ll notice about the BrushPro is the large handle. Other brushes I’ve tried have employed thin, toothbrush-like handles or molded plastic handles that rest uncomfortably in your fingers. Not so on the BrushPro: it features a rather large plastic handle that will fill even the meatiest of paws, allowing for a comfortable, firm grip. From pictures, I thought the handle might be entirely coated in a more rubbery substance, and I was mildly disappointed to find that it was just plastic except for a thin bit of injection-molded rubber (surrounding the “Frogger” logo). No matter: it’s perfectly comfortable as it is.
In addition to the large handle above, you’ll notice a few other key features: two types of removable club-cleaning brushes, a spring-loaded retractor, and a shoe-cleaning brush. You may not notice the groove cleaner, but I’ll get to that shortly.
The spring-loaded retractor extends to over 2½ feet. Previously I’d used a heavy-duty keychain ring on a similar mechanism to attach my brushes to my bag while providing for easy access and use, but it was clunky. This retractor is sleek and uses a thin, high-strength cord. The retractor and, thus, the entire BrushPro clips easily to any of the various loops, clips, or straps on a modern golf bag, and is removed fairly easily as well.
The brushes are interchangeable and come in three varieties, two of which clean clubheads. One of them use only nylon bristles for cleaning softer, forged clubheads while the other uses phosphorus bronze bristles surrounded (slightly softer than steel) by nylon for harder, cast clubheads, according to Frogger. Frankly, I’ve used the bronze/nylon combo brush on my forged irons without any problems whatsoever, and unless you’re incredibly anal about having perfect irons, you probably could as well. The nylon bristles surrounding the bronze bristles eliminate the annoying habit other brushes have of snagging clothing, towels, or your golf bag.
The third brush is built to clean your shoes. It has a large number of nylon bristles and five hard plastic tines that aid in digging grass out of those defiant grass-catchers we call the modern plastic cleat or spike. This brush works about as well as any shoe brush I’ve used, which is to say not very well – the downside to plastic twist-in spikes is that they’re a royal pain in the rear to clean. The best bet is still the large brushes attached to ball washers or located beside the door to your golf course’s pro shop. This brush works nearly as well, but requires a bit more manual labor than the larger stand-alone brushes.
If you’ve got some really caked-in dirt in your grooves, the phosphorus bronze groove cleaner is the tool for you. It pops out and locks into place from the top of the Brush Pro and the single, sharp metal tine easily digs away at the toughest of grime. A few scrapes with this thing and your grooves will be dirt-free.
The BrushPro is available in three attractive color combinations to suit your mood (and, for those whose mood is “indecisive,” a grey/black combo that should suffice). $14.99 at froggergolf.com will get you a BrushPro with groove cleaner, a combo brush head (the bronze/nylon one), a 100% nylon brush head, and a brush head holder. If you wear out your brushes, replacements can be had for $4.99. Replacement groove cleaners run $3.99.
I put the BrushPro on my bag, and though I switch bags fairly often depending on whether I’m riding or walking, I always switch the BrushPro. The combo bronze/nylon brush works beautifully, as does the retractor, and the handle is the most comfortable I’ve found.
In the world of golf brushes, you can spend $2.99 and curse the damn thing every time you have to use it and every time it pulls a thread out of your pants or towel, or you can spend $14.99 to equip yourself with the Rolls Royce of brushes, the BrushPro.