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What are some essentials I should have in my golf bag? – Jim S, California
This is one of our favorite questions so far this year. We are well aware that many golfers often carry more than they need, and sometimes not even carry what they need. We’re even guilty of mismanaging golf bags from time to time, so now is the time to sort out the mess and tidy up all of our golf bags.
Below, we’ve put together a handy list to make sure your bag is stocked and ready to play. We figured you like this weekly column, you take your game seriously and we can leave out the obvious like bringing 14 Clubs, Sharpies, and Medications from this list.
Essential 1: Always bring a towel
no golf towel It’s almost as big a crime as hitting your local gym without a sweat-cleaning cloth. Not only does the towel keep your hands and the surface of the paddle clean – a must if you want consistent spin – it’s also great for wiping away dirt and excess oil piling up on your fist.
A quick grab before every shot will make them feel fresh and tacky.
What you probably don’t need: a scrub brush. A wet towel and tee are sufficient.
Essential 2: Carry at least one extra glove
Depending on how firm you hold the punch, the types of grips you have, and how greasy or sweaty your hands are, it’s usual Cabretta leather golf glove It will last 10 to 12 rounds. It’s always a good idea to carry at least one spare in case it rips or rips, or if your glove gets wet in wet or rainy weather.
And by the way, gloves don’t fall into the golf gear category, so you can swap for new ones as often as you like during your round without penalty.
What you probably don’t need: Constipation modifiers like sticky sprays, powders, or viscous glycerin.
Basic 3: Use tees of the same length
The height of the tee is one of the most overlooked components of getting better shots. Having the same type of tee each round will help you put the ball at a consistent height and will eliminate “Is the ball too high or too low?” The dilemma that comes with using tees that are either too short or too long. Using the same type of tee will affect better muscle memory.
What you probably don’t need: Innovative tees. Seriously, keep a glass of martinis or hula dancers at home.
Essential 4: Carry a green repair tool
Sure, you can use a tee to fix a pimple mark on the green, but repair tools work best at lifting and flattening the impression. Also, carrying a repair tool can be a confidence booster – like having it in your pocket to remind and encourage you to use it well. If anything, that’s reason enough to carry it around.
What you probably don’t need: a pocket knife.
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Essential 5: Have something ready to eat and drink
Bananas, granola bars, nuts – these are the kinds of things that give you the right kind of energy during the tour. It’s okay to have a candy bar or some sweets every once in a while, just don’t feel like you have to hold out and not eat until you’re halfway home or to the club restaurant after your tour.
Whether you’re walking or riding, you’ll likely burn at least 1,000 calories during an 18-hole run (more if you’re walking, obviously.) If you’re excessively hungry, you’ll lose focus and for matter, strength, and coordination. The same goes for hydration, too. Bring a bottle of your favorite sports drink or water and refill it when empty. Don’t wait to drink until you feel thirsty.
What you probably don’t need: Last night’s leftovers in a Ziploc bag. Yes, we have seen this crime in real life.
Essential 6: Use a rangefinder or an app
You don’t need both, but one or the other is a must these days. Not only will this speed up your ride, but using GPS or lasers makes the game more fun when it comes time to track your shot distances. And in the case of the golf app, you can score just about every stat you can think of.
What you probably don’t need: A yardage book. Especially if you have an app that has a built-in app.
Essential 7: Always be the one in the group who has enough sunscreen
Be the one who always wears sunscreen and wants to share it with anyone who needs it. Sun cancer is no joke and long sessions in the hot sun can be harmful. Always make sure you have sunscreen in the bag and don’t be shy to put more of it back on during the ride.
What you probably don’t need: That’s up to you. If you think it will protect you from the sun, bring it and/or wear it. There is no judgment here.
Essential 8: Get a Bluetooth speaker at the right time
Surprised by this? A Bluetooth speaker might not seem necessary, but if you’re having a 6-hour ride on a hot Saturday afternoon, getting some tunes is a healthy pain-relieving diversion. Also, playing some music (as long as everyone in your group is cool!) can help you flow and play a little better too.
You probably don’t need to: When you have extra time between shots or even between holes, don’t use a training aid. It is not the place.
Essential 9: Have some cash in your wallet
The world is seemingly less dependent on cash every day, but the catering staff and outsiders at your local club still rely on tips to make what they’re doing worth the effort. Getting cash to tip is a must if you want good golf karma and you should also have time on hand to pay for those skins and Nassau that you sometimes lose.
What you probably don’t need to do: Let’s say you can cash Venmo or Apple to your friends instead of a few US dollars, but it’s not as elegant as handing out some bills with a handshake and a smile.
Primary 10: Battery Charger
Some golf carts have USB ports – which is a blessing in the sky – but if you’re walking or not in a powered cart, a spare external battery is a must. A GPS-enabled app can drain your battery very quickly and having a charger in the bag will take the stress out of a low battery, which will eventually help you stay focused on picking up lower scores.
What you don’t need: Bluetooth earbuds while playing golf. Just don’t.
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