Golf bag essentials: what every golfer should and shouldn't have in their bag
- Published: 04 October 2023
At Little Hay Golf Complex, nestled in the heart of beautiful Hertfordshire, golfers of all skill levels come to enjoy the game in picturesque surroundings. However, in today's tech-savvy world, it's no surprise that golfers are increasingly turning to gadgets and gizmos to improve their game.
The modern golfer's bag is not just filled with clubs and balls; it's often stocked with a variety of gadgets aimed at improving their performance and enjoyment on the course. While everyone learns differently and should be open to trying various ways to improve their game, in this blog, we explore what are and are not golf bag essentials.
The golf bag essentials (in addition to the obvious clubs and balls!)
Scorecard and pencil – While it may seem old-fashioned in the age of technology, carrying a scorecard and pencil is crucial. Keeping track of your scores and stats is essential for monitoring progress and identifying areas for improvement.
Golf umbrella – Given the unpredictable British weather, a sturdy golf umbrella is a practical addition to your bag. It not only protects you from rain but also shields you from the sun on those rare sunny days.
Golf GPS or rangefinder – One of the most essential tools a golfer can have in their bag is a GPS device or rangefinder. These devices eliminate guesswork and provide accurate yardage measurements to the flag, hazards, and other key points on the course. Knowing the precise distances helps you make informed club selections, leading to better shots and lower scores.
Divot repair tool and ball marker – Having respect for the golf course and your fellow golfers is paramount. Carrying a divot repair tool to fix ball marks on greens and a ball marker to mark your ball's position will help maintain the course's condition and pace of play.
Golf glove – A good golf glove provides grip and control, especially in adverse weather conditions. Keep an extra one in your bag for rainy days.
Ball retriever – While not exactly high-tech, a ball retriever is a practical tool for those (hopefully few) errant shots that find their way into water hazards or dense rough. It can save you money on golf balls and precious time searching for lost ones.
The ‘may help’ gadgets
Swing analysers – While swing analysers can provide valuable data on your swing mechanics, they are not golf bag essentials for every golfer. Beginners and high-handicap players may benefit more from lessons with one of our professionals.
Golf GPS watch – Although a handy alternative to handheld GPS devices, not everyone finds a GPS watch necessary, especially if they already own a rangefinder or smartphone app.
Laser putting trainer – Laser putting trainers can assist with alignment and aim, but improving your putting usually requires practise on the greens rather than relying on gadgets.
Golf bag cooler – Especially beneficial during warm days on the course, a cooler bag attachment for your golf bag can keep you hydrated with cold drinks.
Too many clubs – While having a variety of clubs is essential for different shot situations, having an overcrowded bag can be counterproductive. Do you really need 48 degree, 52 degree and 56 degree lofted wedges in your bag? With a 14 club limit, it’s best to be selective about the clubs you carry, making sure they are well-suited to your playing style and skill level.
The ‘non-essentials, but can be fun to try’ gadgets
Excessive training aids – Some aids can be helpful, but the over-reliance on gadgets can hinder your natural feel for the game. Golfers who are constantly tweaking their swing with various training aids may find themselves overwhelmed and distracted. It's better to strike a balance between using helpful tools and focusing on your natural swing. It could be more beneficial to book a lesson with one of our pros and regularly hit the driving range to improve your swing.
Multiple pairs of golf shoes – One pair of comfortable golf shoes is enough for most golfers. You don't need a different pair for each round or varying weather conditions.
Novelty gadgets – The golf market is flooded with quirky and gimmicky gadgets, such as ball-finding glasses or magnetic ball markers. While these may seem fun, they often offer little practical value and can clutter your bag unnecessarily.
Complex tech devices – It’s easy to get caught up in the latest golf gadget tech trends, but too many distractions and too much to think about can negatively impact your focus on the game. Keep it simple and concentrate on honing your skills – ignore anything that has too many features. Some of these gadgets become obsolete quickly, so avoid investing in technology that may be outdated in a year or two.
Non-conforming equipment – Ensure that all the equipment in your bag complies with the rules of golf. Using non-conforming equipment, such as clubs, balls and tees, can lead to disqualification in competitions.
While modern technology has brought numerous advancements to the game, always remember that golf is a sport of skill and precision. As you venture onto the scenic fairways of our Hertfordshire golf course, your golf bag should be filled with items that enhance your game and your overall golfing experience. Prioritise equipment that improves your accuracy, performance, and enjoyment, and avoid unnecessary clutter. So, carefully choose the golf bag essentials that fit your game, and enjoy your time on the course!