Just because you have become a half centurion, it doesn’t mean that you need to start slowing down. Indeed many choose to use their extra free time to take up new hobbies or to hone their skills.
Two of the most popular pastimes for over 50s are fishing and golf. Both provide a sporting challenge as well as an opportunity to get out and about. However, as keen anglers and golfers will no doubt testify, the equipment can be costly.
While cheap rods and clubs are available, if you take your sport seriously then you’ll want to start progressing to more advanced equipment. This will help your development and allow you to achieve the best possible performance. After all, it’s not a lot of fun repeatedly losing fish or hooking golf balls into the rough just because your equipment isn’t up to it.
Of course, on the flip side, the more you spend on golf or fishing equipment, the more you could potentially lose if it’s damaged or stolen. Therefore it’s important that you take good care of it at all times. So what can you do?
Keep Equipment Secured
When you’re not out on the course or sitting by a riverbank, it’s important that your equipment is fully secured. So don’t leave your clubs in the boot of your car or keep angling rods in the back yard. Opportunists may decide that it’s an easy target, or you might even find that they suffer environmental damage. In either case, it could be an extremely expensive mistake.
As mentioned, golf clubs can cost hundreds of pounds and angling equipment is equally pricey. Therefore it pays to take care and, wherever possible, keep it under lock and key. You may not be too popular if you leave them lying around the home, but finding a space in a secure shed, lock-up or garage could be just as effective.
Even when you are out and about, it’s important that you keep an eye on your clubs, rods, bags and other equipment. Of course you may suffer misfortune, damaging it while you enjoy your pastime (accidentally or deliberately), but you should look to guard against complacency. Never leave them unattended and look to put all items away in your vehicle or another safe place at the end of your day. This doesn’t just deter thieves, but limits the chance of accidental damage.
Clean and Dry Equipment After Use
Golf clubs and fishing rods tend to be fairly resistant to damage caused by damp conditions or mud; in truth, they wouldn’t be much use if they didn’t. However, if you want to make sure that they are kept in optimal condition and are ready to use next time you head out, it is still advisable to clean off any excess water or dirt.
It is basic maintenance, but it can make a big difference. After all, you wouldn’t leave your car covered in muck or with tyres partially deflated, so why should sport equipment be any different. Get the clods of earth of your club faces and wipe down angling equipment to avoid rust or other surface damage ruining equipment.
Of course there are also covers for clubs and protective cases for rods which will help you to avoid some of the damaging elements you can encounter when out and about. Keeping them tucked away in a protective bag can prevent damage, avoid theft and should also ensure that nothing is ever misplaced. Again, it’s only a small measure, but it could have a big impact.
What About Insurance?
We insure our property at home, so why not buy cover for valuable equipment when you are elsewhere?
One of our most popular insurance add-ons is golf and angling equipment cover. It is relatively inexpensive and provides invaluable peace of mind for anglers and golfers over the age of 50. As we have already mentioned, an individual golf club or fishing rod can cost in excess of £100. Now if you’re heading off with a whole bag full of similarly priced equipment, it can be quite a sizable investment to have on your person.
Not all policies will automatically cover these kinds of products, particularly when they are not safely stored at home. Therefore it is certainly worth considering specialist insurance to make sure no harm comes to your prized equipment; or, if someone does decide to pinch it when your back is turned, at least you can get it back with limited fuss. Sure, it won’t be the perfect solution for everyone, but it’s certainly another thing to consider.
So there you have it, a quick guide to looking after your golf or fishing equipment. Vigilance and common sense are probably your two best tools, but occasionally things can happen completely out of the blue.