While golfing has been a popular pastime for generations, peoples’ interest in the sport has ballooned in recent years. Naturally, that’s led to a significant increase in the amount of golfing gear being sold every year.
Outside of the obvious equipment, though, you may not know what the most important things you need for golf are. Naturally, you’ll know about golf clubs and balls.
Beyond that, though, many people are unsure what they need. That becomes increasingly more complicated when you realize how many golfing products there are.
Add in all of the brands and models, and those decisions become overwhelming (if not impossible). However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll need to buy everything.
While a lot of things are mandatory, some products are optional. You might want to pick these up over time, instead of spending a ton of money straight away. Instead, you can figure out what will help you golf well and acquire those tools over time.
But that still leaves the question of what you need to get now. Well, there’s more to know than you might realize.
Chapter One: The Main Things You Need For Golf
There are quite a few things that you’ll need to purchase, borrow, or gather before you go golfing.
Quite a few of these items will be obvious, although they’re worth mentioning, as they can occasionally be easy to overlook. A decent number of these are essential, although some of them are more optional.
As such, it’s worth dividing the equipment into these two categories. That way, you should know what you need to pick up first. Let’s start by looking at the most vital pieces of golfing equipment.
Essential Golf Equipment
- Golf Clubs: These are the most obvious items that you’ll need to play golf. Typically, you’ll have several types of these, such as putters and wedges. You are allowed up to 14 clubs on any course per USGA rules. As long as you have this many or fewer, you can bring whatever clubs you want.
- Golf Balls: Naturally, your golf balls will be just as important as your clubs. There can be a lot of time and effort involved in picking out the ones that you want for great performance. If you just want to have fun, you can go with almost any golf balls. Be sure to bring some spares when you’re playing.
- Tees: Trying to hit a tee shot without a tee is quite complicated and more difficult to pull off than you might imagine. That means that a tee can be essential for your game. Given how easy these are to break and lose, it’s a good idea to bring a pack. Fortunately, they’re very affordable.
- Divot Repair Tool: You’re going to make a lot of divots and impressions on the green when you’re playing golf. While this is expected, it’s good etiquette to fix them. For that, you’ll need a divot repair tool. These are relatively affordable, and fixing divots as you go is easier than you’d expect.
- Ball Marker: You’ll definitely need a ball marker when you’re on the course, although it’s something that many people overlook. Most golfers play with white balls that look almost identical, so you’ll need a way to differentiate them. You can do so with a ball marker.
Each of these can be essential to play golf. In the majority of cases, you won’t be able to play without them. At some golf courses, though, you might be able to borrow or lease some of the items above.
However, it’s worth buying them as soon as you can. After all, nothing compares to having your own, and you can make sure that they’re the perfect ones for you.
There are also several other products that you’ll need to pick up. These can be somewhat optional, though they’ll help improve your golf game and your enjoyment on the course.
Optional Golf Equipment
- Towel: There’s a decent chance that you’ll be digging up a lot of dirt when you’re swinging. Naturally, a lot of this will end up on your golf clubs and you’ll need to clean them. While you might think that you can do this at home, it can affect your playing.
- Ball Towel: You might end up playing when there’s a little bit of rain on the course. While that could impact your game, you can counteract many of the effects on your ball by using a ball towel to dry it just before you tee off. That could prove to have some benefits.
- Rain Cover: A rain cover is also optional, although it’s well recommended if you live in an area where it rains a lot. This will help keep you dry while you’re playing without negatively affecting your game.
- Rangefinder: Rangefinders are one of the newer pieces of golfing equipment and have only become popular recently. This will help you determine the distance to a hole while also giving you information on how to improve your game. Given how common this is getting, it’s becoming an increasingly helpful piece of equipment.
- Gloves: You might think that you won’t need gloves when playing golf, but you will. You’ll need wet weather gloves and cold weather gloves, both of which have their advantages when you’re swinging your clubs.
- Power Charger: Since there aren’t going to be any available power outlets when you’re on a course, your phone will need to be on a relatively full charge when you start playing. Given how long a game can be, especially over 18 holes, your phone could run out of battery when you’re playing. A power charger is an effective way around that.
- Money: Money is something that many of us forget is important to bring to the golf course. You may not think you’ll need it when you’re golfing, but you might. This will primarily be for beverages and anything else you’ll want to pick up when you’re playing. How much you need to bring with you depends on what you plan on buying when you’re golfing.
With all of the above items, you shouldn’t have any problem playing a good game of golf. That should mean that you’ll have all of the equipment you need.
However, that’s just the equipment. You’ll also need to know what to wear when you’re golfing. If you’re going to a golf club, then you’ll need to follow the dress code.
What to Wear
- Golf Shoes: Golf shoes are quite different than your normal, day-to-day shoes. These are usually completely waterproof and have small spikes in their soles. Essentially, these are designed to give you a firm footing on the course, with you find yourself standing on the rough, the green, dirt, or a sand trap.
- Golf Clothes: You might think that you can go to a golf club in almost any outfit. However, we strongly discourage you from showing up in jeans and a t-shirt. Instead, it’s expected that you’ll wear a collared shirt and smart trousers. For colder days, it’s recommended that you wear a V-neck sweater. That being said, chinos, roll-neck sweaters, and sweatshirts have become more acceptable in the golf community.
With all of the above products and tips in mind, you can enjoy a long game of golf almost anytime you want.
Chapter Two: How To Choose The Right Golf Club
One of the main things you need for golf is the club. That’s perhaps the most obvious and the most essential.
However, finding the right one for your needs might be more complicated than you might’ve imagined. That’s because there’s much more to consider than you might have thought.
Choosing the right one for you isn’t just about picking the one that looks and feels nicest. Instead, you’ll need to compare quite a few models and brands.
In some cases, it’s also worth trying out different golf clubs to make sure they’re right for you. There are several things you’ll need to look at.
Aspects of Golf Clubs
- Grip Thickness: Everyone will prefer a different type of grip thickness. This will predominantly center around what feels comfortable and firm. To get a good stroke, after all, you’ll need to have a good grip on the golf club. Too thin, and your grip might be too loose on the club and you won’t be able to hit a decent game. Conversely, too thick of a grip might be too restricting on your hands. That could be just as bad for your game.
- Club Length: The length of your club will affect your game significantly. You’ll need to consider your physical strength and body type for this. Obviously, your height will also play a vital role. Typically, it’s recommended that taller players choose taller clubs and vice versa.
- Loft: The loft angle is something that few people know about, especially when you’re beginning. However, this could have an impact on how good your golfing game is. Generally, a three-iron should have a loft angle of between 21 and 23 degrees. A nine-iron, on the other hand, should have an angle of between 43 and 45 degrees. However, this could be dependent on personal preference.
- The Club Head: The club head can have a significant impact on your swing. Typically, it’s recommended that you have different-sized club heads, as they can be better for different scenarios. Heavier heads are known for being more forgiving. However, they can often be slightly more difficult to swing.
It’s also worth noting that there are several types of golf clubs. You’ll need the majority of these, so it’s worth noting what they are.
Types of Golf Clubs
- Drivers: These are typically used to get a bit of force behind the ball and get it to go as far as possible. They tend to be much thicker and wider than the others.
- Woods: Woods can be one of the more versatile options on offer and can give you a decent amount of distance with a shot.
- Irons: These may be one of the more versatile golf clubs that you can buy and can be used almost anywhere.
- Wedges: Your wedge isn’t going to get you too much distance. However, it could be the perfect option to get you out of some sticky situations, like when you’re stuck in a sand trap.
- Putters: The putter is another golf club that doesn’t do too well when it comes to distance. Instead, it’s more suited to the last few dozen yards of a hole, as it offers a decent amount of accuracy and control.
- Hybrids: Hybrids are one of the newer types of golf club, and as the name suggests, it mixes the benefits of several other types. However, it doesn’t really shine in any key area. Instead, it’s a club that you get if you want to cut down on the amount of stuff you’re carrying.
Keeping all of the above in mind will make sure that you get the best golf club for your needs. There are no right or wrong answers to the above.
While certain pieces of golfing equipment will be better recommended for some people than others, everybody is unique. That means that you should take the time to try out different golf clubs.
Your skills and needs will also change over time. You could end up having a few different clubs during your golfing career. And that’s without even considering putters, wedges, and the multiple other types that you’ll need in your golf bag.
These will all be upgraded and improved on over time. While you might get sentimental with some golf clubs, you’ll end up changing the ones you use regularly.
Regardless of how experienced you are with golfing, you’ll still need to keep the tips above in mind. Doing so will make sure that you always have the right one for your current needs and skill level.
Chapter Three: Tips For Picking Up Golf Equipment
Once you know what you need to pick up for golf, it’s time to go about getting them. However, you may not know exactly what to do, other than to buy the obvious golfing essentials. When it comes to picking out and comparing things, there are a few things you should know.
There are a few basic tips for buying golf equipment that you should be aware of.
Tips for Buying Golf Equipment
- Shorter Can Often Be Better: Many people assume that longer golf clubs tend to be better. While that can be the case for people on the taller side, it isn’t the case for most. Instead, it can often be better to go with a golf club that’s a little shorter than we think we need. That’s especially true for putters.
- Match Hybrids to Irons: Hybrid golf clubs have become increasingly popular recently. If you want a hybrid, you should consider swapping an iron with it. When you’re doing so, you should match them as closely as possible. Doing so should help you see much greater rewards when you’re playing.
- Don’t Switch Fairway Woods With Hybrids: Quite a few people have looked to use their hybrids on their fairway. As a result, they switch the hybrids with their fairway woods. While this might seem like a good idea, it may not be. The two golf clubs are completely different beasts and should be treated as such. That means not taking the hybrid to the fairway, as it won’t perform best.
- One Size Does Not Fit All: Many people take a one-size-fits-all approach to their golf clubs. That’s quite a significant error, as the complete opposite is true. You’ll need to spend time comparing and contrasting different clubs and learning what one is right for you. This is also the case when picking between putters, wedges, and other types of golf clubs. Each will shine in different areas, so it’s worth knowing what these are. Your golf game will thank you for it.
- Try Custom-Fit Equipment: While custom-fit equipment can be expensive, it can also be highly recommended. If you think this is just for highly-trained professionals and experts, then you could be wrong. Instead, beginners and lower-skilled players may benefit from custom-made golf clubs much more than others. That’s because these can be specifically designed to help improve your game as much as possible. It’s worth figuring out what you need before you try this approach, however.
- Compare Golf Balls As Much As Clubs: You’ll naturally spend a decent amount of time comparing golf clubs. However, you might have overlooked the golf balls. This could be a mistake, as golf balls are much more complicated than you might have imagined. There’s a lot more engineering and science that goes into them than you’d expect. As such, some are much better at going a long distance, while others might be better for accuracy and spin. All of this can play a vital role in your game. That should give you as much of a reason to spend time comparing golf balls as you do with golf clubs.
Keeping all of the above in mind should help you pick up all of the essential golf equipment that you might need. Naturally, it’s worth taking your time when getting everything.
You’ll want to enjoy the game when you’re playing it, so getting the right things can be important. However, you should put too much pressure on yourself. If you pick something up and it proves to be wrong for you, then you can always replace it.
While this might take some time and effort to do, it can be well worth it in the end. Research and experimentation can often be the best teachers, so take your time and enjoy the experience.
There can be quite a few things you need for golf. That could make things seem quite overwhelming. You might also be thinking about the overall price of getting all the different things you’ll need.
While it might seem expensive, many products are much more affordable than you might assume, with the exception of high-quality golf clubs and some other pieces of equipment.
However, the majority of other things will be low-cost. Coupled with the fact that you can get multiple products in one set, and you should see more savings than you might expect. With some exceptions, you don’t need to pick up much right away.
That should let you pick up some things over time and spread out the cost. As mentioned above, though, you should get certain things quickly. These will improve your golf game drastically for a much better experience on the course.
With all of the above advice, we hope you won’t have any problem picking things out. Have a question? Let us know in the comments!