There are a plethora of accessories available to make you golf life easier. Some meet expectations and some don't. Velocity Wipes are an item intended to make cleaning golf clubs easier.
Somebody was going to come up with a product like this sooner or later. Velocity Wipes fills a niche: an easy to use golf club cleaning product. While they can't do anything for bag chatter or dings, let's see if they do a good job of cleaning post-round grit and grime or if they're just a glorified wet-nap.
Each wipe is approximately 9 x 13 inches unfolded. They come out of the dispenser folded once, just like a baby's diaper towelettes. The wipes look somewhat like a blue paper towel, but are made of a more fabric-like material and are much more durable than all but the strongest of paper towels.
Velocity Wipes contain a mixture of mineral seal oil, tall oil fatty acid, triethanolamine, and water. I don't know what that means but I do know that it shines up a club well.
Velocity Wipes are quite durable. One wipe will hold up and easily clean an entire set of clubs. You won't have to worry about them tearing or shredding during use because you really have to want to cause some damage for the Wipes to fall apart. You can scrub away all you want, and the Velocity Wipe will stay strong.
Like cleaning your car, you'll want to start with areas that are the least grimy. You wouldn't clean your wheels and immediately scrub on the hood with the same towel. Start with your putter and move down through driver, fairway-woods, hybrids, irons, and finally wedges. That way you'll avoid scratching your driver crown or much loved putter with "wedge grit."
Having used the Velocity Wipes several times I can say that do a great job of both cleaning and putting a shine on any golf club. Unfortunately, though the clean the surface rather well, they don't do much to wipe away the really packed-in dirt, and that's disappointing. If I'm going to use a wire bristle brush, I may as well just clean the entire set with it rather than switch back and forth between brush and wipe.
When they work, Velocity Wipes are convenient. Instead of getting a bucket of soapy water and a towel you can pull out one Velocity Wipe and do a good job of cleaning your clubs to a shine. If you do this regularly and shortly after playing or practicing, you can probably avoid packed-in dirt altogether.
Velocity Wipes are also effective for returning a little tackiness to grips.
Examining the Velocity Wipes Promise
- Cleans Club Heads
- No Water Needed
- No Messy Sprays
- One Step Process
- Safe For All Surfaces
All of those claims are true, save one. Velocity Wipes, as mentioned, occasionally need supplemental brush use, so using them isn't a "One Step Process." As long as there are grooved, recessed, stamped, or logo'd clubs there will be a need for a brush of some kind. There are hard to reach areas that require more than a wipe.
Cleaning your clubs twice a month with 30 wipes you'll have enough for a year with a few left over. If you play primarily during the summer you'll have enough to clean your clubs once a week plus some extras for the odd winter round.
Velocity wipes are convenient, easy to use, durable, and disposable. I've found that having them around the house makes it more likely that I'll clean my clubs after a round. I've done so while sitting in front of the TV. It saves me getting soapy water in a bucket and does a way better job at containing dirt and grime than water and soap.
Velocity Wipes run $20 at a few retailers listed on their website. For many, this is a product worth buying if only because it makes it easier and more convenient to clean your clubs. These wipes had all of my clubs shining faster and more conveniently than any other way of cleaning clubs.