It’s fall, which for most golfers is one of the most beautiful times of year to spend time working on their swing or playing 18 holes with some of their favorite people. Between the pleasant weather and the glorious autumn leaves just around the corner, there’s really no better season to golf. There’s also no better time to think about a golf bag makeover!

Before you head out to the golf course this fall, take a look at what’s in your bag. If you’ve never really put much thought into your golf bag’s contents, we’ve got you covered at Totally Driven in Minnesota. In this post, we’re breaking down every essential you need in your golf course this season. Give us a call or stop by Totally Driven’s golf store for all your golfer’s needs!

1.   Golf Balls and Tees

It might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how often golfers run out of balls or tees while they’re playing. Plan your golf ball stash based on your handicap and past experiences. Most likely, you’ll need three or four sleeves of balls. Anything more than that will weigh down your golf bag unnecessarily.

But what kind of golf balls should you pack? In our experience, every player has his or her own favorite, so if you’re a relatively green golfer, you’ll want to experiment with different brands. It’s never a bad idea to ask other golfers about their preferences or get a recommendation from your golf store.

You might also want to check out some ratings and reviews online as these can yield specific information about the play and performance of different golf balls. When in doubt, include a sleeve of Titleist golf balls, since most professional golfers recommend them.

2.   Ball Markers

When you want to wipe off your golf ball, a ball marker is a must. Ball markers are also one of those fun details that let you personalize your golf experience, and there are plenty of different types of ball markers to choose from.

You can pick up a dozen ball markers for a few bucks, or you can spend a little more and get some personalized ball markers or markers that feature your favorite sports team. You can even get ball markers that clip to your hat. Of course, in a pinch, a handful of coins will do the trick.

3.   An Umbrella

Who wants to let a little weather slow them down when there’s plenty of great golf to be played? It would be lovely to be able to predict the weather perfectly. But even the best meteorologists can’t account for every little shower, and it’s always best to be prepared for the worst. And having an umbrella handy can be just as useful under the midday sun as it can be in a downpour. 

4.   A Jacket

Keeping a light jacket on hand when you’re golfing can be a real lifesaver. Especially when you’re playing later into the evening or early in the day, the weather can change while you’re out on the golf course. Make sure the jacket you keep handy is waterproof in case it rains. If it’s light enough, it won’t take up too much space in your bag or add any weight.

5.   A Permanent Marker

One of the best ways to identify a seasoned golfer is not by their golf clubs or shoes but by their permanent markers. Golfers use permanent markers like Sharpies for a number of reasons, but the most common is to mark their balls.

Golf rules state that players are responsible for playing the proper ball and playing the wrong ball can result in a two-shot penalty. Each ball should have its own identifying mark, and golfers will often have their own go-to marks like a star, their initials, or a smiley face. Some golfers will even mark their balls with a ring or a line to help them line up their ball or assist with their aim.

Many professional golfers even have a favorite marker. Tiger Woods notoriously uses a Milwaukee Inkzall marker. Milwaukee Inkzall markers boast a fine point and are optimized for construction work and writing on rough surfaces, making them ideal for any type of writing that may come up on the golf course.

6.   Towels

No matter how tidy your game, the golf course can be a dirty, sweaty place. You’ll want to bring a few towels in your bag. Use one towel to wipe away dirt, grime, and moisture from your clubface and can lengthen the lifespan of your clubs. Keep another one handy to wipe sweaty hands and face when needed.

There are plenty of great golf towels on the market, so you’ll want to try out a few and figure out what works best for you. A cotton towel or nylon blend can work just fine, but many golfers swear that microfiber is the best towel for a golf bag.

7.   Sunscreen

Don’t make the mistake of spending hours in the sun without sunscreen. Even if you’re not typically susceptible to sunburns, skin damage is a very real risk. Make a habit of applying and reapplying sunscreen every time you golf.

8.   Bug Wipes

If you’re going to be golfing around a pond or wooded area or in the dead heat of summer, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter a few insect bites while you’re out there. Bug spray is a must, but it can take up a lot of room in your golf bag. Instead, pick up some insect repellant wipes, which come in individual packets and fit easily in any pocket.

9.   Business Cards

One of the best things about golf is the opportunity to network. Few things are more frustrating than making a new business connection on the golf course and realizing that you don’t have a business card handy. Be sure to slide a few into your golf bag so you’re never caught without one.

10.  Hand Sanitizer

When your hands get sweaty or muddy, hand sanitizer can be incredibly helpful to have in your bag. While you can pick up tiny sanitizer bottles, some sanitizer brands sell convenient sanitizer wipes that take up even less space in your bag.

11.  Band-aids

Whether you’re putting in a lot of time at the driving range or you’re spending more time on the golf course, blisters are a very real part of golf. Even if you’ve got a good golf glove, there’s a good chance you’ll end up with a couple of blisters. Keeping a handful of Band-aids in your bag can be a lifesaver when this happens. They’re also convenient when you end up with a blister or two on your heel from all that walking around the golf course. And even if you don’t need one, there’s a good chance someone else on the golf course might.

12.  Headache Medication

A headache or backache can sabotage your game when it strikes suddenly on the golf course. Keep a handful of your favorite headache medication pills in your golf bag so you don’t have to cut your game short.

13.  Other First Aid Items

Keep essential first aid items handy in your golf pouch-like lip balm, adhesive tape, a small emergency ice pack, nail clippers, an insect bite relief tube, and hand sanitizer. During the pandemic, it’s also a good idea to stash an extra mask or two.

14.  A Water Bottle

When you’re spending the day in the sun, hydration is essential. Most people think about making sure they’ve got enough water when the weather outside is hot, but dehydration can happen any time. While golf courses will usually have water available, it’s always better to have a bottle stashed in your bag in case you need it.

15.  A Snack Bar

Who hasn’t realized they were hungry while they were golfing? A good snack bar can be your saving grace when you realize you’re hungry mid-game. Look for a high-protein snack bar like Clif Bars and stash one or two in your golf bag.

16.  Extra Socks

Nothing takes the fun out of the game like a pair of soggy socks. Keep an extra pair of socks handy in case yours get sweaty or your shoes suddenly become less waterproof than they used to be.

17.  Cash

Even if Visa is everywhere you want to be, there are some things you just need a little cash for. When you get a drink on the golf course, you need to have some cash available so you can tip. Keeping a little cash stashed in your bag ensures you’re never caught without money for gratuity. 

18.   Golf Gloves

The decision of whether to wear a golf glove is a personal one. Many professional golfers will wear a golf glove, while some, like PGA golfer Fred Couples, never do. Some prefer to wear both gloves, while others prefer to wear only one.

A golf glove could be a great help while you’re playing since the material is tacky and helps golfers to maintain a secure grip on the club, particularly when they’re sweating. Gloves also help golfers to maintain their grip without squeezing hard, which helps to reduce tension in their forearms, wrists, and hands.

If gloves are too big, they can slide around while you’re swinging. If they’re too tight, they won’t be comfortable. Try to find a Goldilocks glove that fits snugly like a second skin without restricting your movement.

Your #1 Minnesota Golf Club Store

Do you need help fitting out your golf bag? Our golf club fitting experts at Totally Driven can help you make sure you’ve got all the essentials for a great game. Give us a call at Totally Driven and schedule your golf club fitting and more. Call (952) 681-2728 or contact us online today!