To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail to paraphrase the great Benjamin Franklin – a lesson we should apply to all aspects of our lives; not least when it comes to golf. Your golf bag should be a cornucopia of all that you need, but you don’t want to have to haul around a bag equivalent to a ton of bricks. Admittedly, we are all guilty of overloading our bags, but remember you don’t need to fill every pocket, sometimes less is more.
So, what are the essentials you are going to need without being underprepared? Obviously you need your clubs, but that is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the fundamentals:
- Tees – You don’t require hundreds of these, it is dependent on your game. If you break a tee every time you swing, then obviously you’re going to need more. When it comes to the type you carry, again this is personal to your game. Plastic, wood, whichever you prefer. Just make sure you bring enough – and then a few more just in case.
- Golf Towel – This needs to be specifically designed for its purpose, not just borrowed from your linen closet. You can choose from a versatile soft cotton material or microfiber for super-fast drying. Either way, it does the job of ensuring your clubs and balls are clean the whole course.
- Divot Tool – in order to preserve the integrity and caliber of the course for all those that follow you, be a conscientious golfer and always have a divot tool close to hand. It keeps the green in shape for everyone, and you can even purchase multi-tools that encompass a divot tool and a ball marker in one.
- Ball Marker – Speaking of, a ball marker is another fundamental part of kit, whether this be a specific marker made for the purpose or a coin.
- Gloves – That’s right, more than one – after all they take up hardly any space and gloves can be easily lost/effected by rain/sweat/might even rip.
- Water Bottle – Seems like a no-brainer, but there is nothing worse than being parched trekking around the course. Although most clubs provide water around the course, it is better to be on the safe side and have your own just in case.
- Sunscreen – Another addition that will help you on those hot and humid days, apply before and throughout your game, depending on your sensitivity to the sun’s rays.
- Insect Repellent – In places that have a more tropical climate, like Florida, this is another important addition to your bag, you want to be comfortable and focused in your game, not bothered by bugs.
- Umbrella/rain protection – This is ONLY if needed – if there isn’t a cloud in the sky, there is no point in hauling around enough rain protection for a tropical storm.
- Golf Balls – The most basic of basics needed when playing a round, of course you need your balls! Try and bring the appropriate amount for your handicap, and then a few more just to be safe.