The game is associated with wealthy people but truth is that there is more to golf than just money. Golf is a fun game and it also gets you in good shape.
If you’re interested in getting more exercise and carrying that lightweight bag, we’ve got a list of tips to make sure it stays lightweight, aside from those 14 clubs you’ve got.
- Leave the umbrella, rain gear and headcovers in your car trunk. Assuming it’s nice out, of course, all they’re doing on a nice day is weighing you down.
- Just because your awesome new bag has 50 pockets doesn’t mean you need to use all of them. Take advantage of the lined valuables pocket though for your cell phone, keys and wallet.
- Carry only the number of golf balls that coincide with your handicap (within reason). For instance, if you’re a 9-handicap, do you really need more than nine golf balls in your bag for 18 holes? Likewise, if you’re a 30-handicap — surely, or at least hopefully — you’re not losing 30 golf balls per round. You don’t want to run out of golf balls, but you don’t need two dozen in your bag for a single round either (we hope).
The next thing to do if you want to understand a golf game is to know the rules. For instance the number of clubs that you should carry in your golf bag. You must also know the penalties you stand to face if you break the rules.
Knowing how many clubs you’re allowed to carry is vital if you’re playing in a match play competition or an open tournament. The United States Golf Association (USGA) has rules that many local and state golf associations adhere to regarding the number of clubs allowed in a player’s bag. According to the USGA, a golfer is allowed to have up to 14 clubs in their bag. There is no minimum number enforced, and if a golfer starts with fewer than 14 clubs, they may add additional clubs, provided this total does not exceed fourteen.
The penalty for excess clubs is assessed in various golf formats, including the popular stroke and match play formats. The USGA requires that golfers in violation of the club limits have the excess club declared out of play. The club is declared out of play by the golfer’s match play opponent or fellow competitor in a stroke play competition. A golfer will incur a two-stroke penalty for each hole where the extra club was used, with a maximum penalty of four strokes per round. Match play penalties require a golfer to deduct a hole he won for each penalty, up to a maximum of two holes per round.
Now almost everyone has a survival pack. You should also have one for golf. So what are some of the things that you should not be found without when it comes to golf?
Medical kit. This needn’t be elaborate, but you should take a ziploc bag and at a minimum put the following into it: bandaids (the flexible fabric type, not plastic; they work MUCH better) ibuprofen, chapstick, white adhesive tape, and sunblock.
If you see a little bottle of sunscreen that has a cheap carabiner on it so you can hang it on the side of your bag, I’d recommend against it. Eventually it’ll open on its own and you’ll end up with a golf bag which is really well protected from sunburn. And which smells really nice.
Extra gloves. Instead of wearing your golf gloves to the point where they have holes in them, buy a replacement and put the used glove in a ziploc bag while it still has a little life left in it. I always have at least 4-5 extra gloves in a bag, should it start drizzling or raining lightly when we’re playing. A soggy glove gets old fast, and prevents you from properly gripping the club. The black object on the left hand side of the photo is a pair of rain gloves, by the way. They’re made of the same type of material as used for wet suits, and it seems the wetter they get, the better they grip.