The list of golf equipment items grows longer as new products come to market – some of which are useful enough, while others you can do just fine. When you are just starting your career, or just want to put together a set of essential items, you should only buy what you really need or what will be useful to you.
Golf bags were first introduced and widely used around 1870. Prior to that, caddy players simply carried a bundle of golf clubs under their armpits. Now golf bags play an important role, it is unlikely that you will be allowed on the golf course without a bag. Needless to say, the assortment of bags is quite large.
Tubular bag ideal for six or seven golf clubs or during training.
Light bags – make sure the strap is strong enough for the number of golf clubs you are going to wear. The collapsible bag may not fit the complete set, nor can it be used with a golf cart.
Carrying bag should not be too large to be comfortable to carry, but large enough to fit the kit, and should be rigid to carry on a trolley and with a strong shoulder strap. Purchase a bag with a cover that will protect the contents from rain.
Bag with compartments for each stick good for holding golf clubs apart, especially good for graphite-core golf clubs that can be heavy.
Competition bag must have a very strong shoulder strap and a solid bottom, as caddies often sit on them!
Universal bag ideal for travel and carriage. Look for a bag with a strong shoulder strap to fit the number of golf clubs you are going to carry, a hard bag if you want to carry it on a trolley, with a rain cover, a secure bottom, and roomy pockets so you can put whatever you want to take with yourself on the field. If you are using graphite-core golf clubs, the soft fabric baffles will protect them.
Golf bags come with zippers at the ends to store your valuables. It is advisable to purchase a bag with a shoe compartment that can be stored separately from clothing.
They can be made from vinyl, fabric, leather or sheepskin. Although sheepskin is more expensive, it is in many ways better than other options because it is waterproof and breathable, which prevents moisture from accumulating inside. Covers are great for keeping your kit intact. However, unless the irons are made of stainless steel, you must ensure that the covers are not wet.
Most players use trolleys that have to be pulled or electric. When you are dealing with a trolley that requires pulling forces, check how small it is after folding, and then consider if you want to remove the bag from the cart before folding it and putting it in the car. Some players prefer to leave the bag attached to the cart, while others find the design too heavy and unwieldy and prefer to separate them.
Check not only the weight of the cart, but also in which direction it is being pushed. For a trolley to be comfortable, it must be well balanced – whether you are pulling or pushing.
Ideally, you should be able to pull it with your arm hanging freely. If the balance is incorrect or the handle is too long, the arm will hold the cart at an uncomfortable angle. Look for a cart with an adjustable handle and test the cart in the store by placing your golf bag on top of it.
If you want to buy electric cart, pay attention to its weight and the weight of the battery. Many older players have electric carts because they are easier to use on the pitch, but then they find that the battery is too heavy to lift the cart. Always buy an electric cart from your golf professional. You can refer to it to recharge the battery.
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On the field, you will have to use many other items. This includes a towel in a bag for cleaning the ball, drying hands, etc., which is used in wet weather. Get a good umbrella to protect you from rain and wind. You need a type of umbrella with a solid base that can withstand any kind of bad weather, up to a hurricane.
Tees can be wooden or plastic. Wooden ones will break with almost every hard blow, however some pros find they do less damage to golf clubs, especially good persimmon sticks. For amateurs, a turret-shaped tee with a given height is an excellent option. Use one pitch for the drivers, the other for Woods 3 and 4, and the lowest for iron strikes.
Most pros play with tees in their pockets. More convenient is the tee holder, where you can also put a pencil, a score card and some ball markers. You can buy a holder that attaches to your bag. A really useful innovation is the ball wiper that stays wet. This item is especially useful on pitches where there is nowhere to wash the ball. While this item is not used by professionals who rely on spitting and caddy services, it is useful for the hobbyist and protects against the potential danger of licking the ball.
Add a “fishing rod” to your gear, a ball retrieval device that helps you retrieve the balls when they hit the water.
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