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 preference 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. 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.
3. 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.
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.
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.
6. First Aid Items
Keep essential first aid items handy in your golf pouch like lip balm, band-aids, 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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Do you need help fitting out your golf bag? Give us a call at Totally Driven and schedule your golf club fitting and more. Call (952) 681-2728 or contact us online today!