Literally, moldiness refers to mold and mildew, which are fungi. Figuratively, moldy means crumbling, needing extensive repair. In the case of golf, this translates to needing a lot of practice.
In Chicago this year, the first two weeks in July broke records for dryness. However, July’s, third week changed that extreme to make this seventh month of the year as the wettest on record (or close to it). On some days, it was raining elephants and hippopotami instead of cats and dogs (metaphorically).
Chicagoan golfers’, golf games (for those who actually golfed) certainly crumbled and wilted in the extensive heat and humidity. When high humidity impedes sweating, and thereby, bodily cooling, golfers make errors such as slices and hooks as they schlep their golf bags. Most golfers were schnooks to attempt golfing in this extreme weather. The games of these schnooks were certainly schlocky.
Chicagoan golfers who did not play, but instead went to swimming pools and stayed near air conditioning units and fans, were smarter and cooler than those who played. However, since golf expertise increases with practice, these same golfers’ games became moldy. Ah, Chicagoan golfers cannot have their cakes and also eat them.
If Chicagoan golfers left their golf gloves, golf shoes and golf bags in dark, humid and hot areas with poor, air circulation, this equipment likely accumulated mold/mildew. Besides having unsightly green and dark-spotted (depending on the particular mold) appearances, mold and mildew are unhealthy and stinky. Due to mildew, golf gloves and golf shoes may not fit properly, and golf bags may have developed tiny holes. (Since drivers and fairway woods are actually metal, they are unlikely to have developed mildew.)
Golfers should remove the mold and mildew with bleach solutions. (Many internet sites and books will give specific directions on solutions strengths.) After applying these solutions, they should rinse within ½ hour after application. After rinsing with water, applying cedar oil using paintbrushes and clean cloths will remove the bad odors.
Mold and mildew may have developed on actual, wooden clubs. If so, removal of mold and mildew is the same as in the previous paragraph. However, cleaning, rinsing and drying should take place in shaded areas to prevent warping and splitting of the wood. Golfers will likely need to relacquer the wood after cleaning.
Your golf game was certainly moldy if you played golf in July 2011. Your golf game was certainly moldy if you stored golf equipment in hot, moist attics with inadequate ventilation. In August, will your golf game be moldy?