What Should Be in Your Golf Bag
Loading up your golf bag for a round of golf is much like packing your suitcase for a trip. You want to make sure that you have all of the items in your bag that you will need during the round so you aren’t caught off-guard or unprepared. The good news is that after just a few rounds of experience, you will quickly get a good idea of what kind of things you want to take with you, and what stuff can be left at home.
The following list of items includes most of the essentials – beyond obvious things like golf balls and clubs - that you will not want to head onto the course without.
- Athletic tape. If you get a blister that starts to bother you during the round, having a small roll of athletic tape in your bag is a good way to be able to cover it up and continue on with the round. Something small like a blister might not seem like a big deal, but it can become a serious problem if it is in the wrong spot.
- Plenty of tees. You certainly don’t want to run out of tees late in the round, especially if you are playing alone and can’t borrow one from another player in the group. Keep a pouch of tees stored in your bag every time you go out to the course so you know you aren’t going to run out at the wrong moment.
- Sunglasses. When the sun comes out during your round, you want to be ready so you aren’t dealing with a bright glare in your eyes for hours on end. Even if you don’t like to play with the sunglasses on, you can wear them between shots to help your eyes relax, and just take them off when you are ready to hit.
- Water/Sports Drink. Don’t rely on the golf course to have a drink cart driving around while you play – they might, and they might not. Instead, put a bottle of water or your favorite sports drink in your golf bag before the round so you are prepared to keep yourself hydrated. A round of golf can last four to five hours, so you will have to have something available to drink – especially if the sun is out and it is a warm day on the course.