5 essential things you need for golf and a few extra golf accessories

Thinking of getting into golf? First, there are a few essential golf items you need in your golf bag to make that possible. You wouldn’t want to step up to the first tee and realise you are missing your putter would you?

In this guide, we will explain the five key things you need in your golf bag as well as a few extra accessories that will help. But just to be clear, there are probably over 20 things a professional golfer will have in their bag when they go for a round of golf. But you won’t need half of these, at least to begin with anyway.

5 things you need for golf

1. Golf Clubs

Perhaps the most obvious item on this list, but the most important are your golf clubs. But you may not know that there are a variety of different clubs you will need. These are:

Driver: Used with Tees for your first shot of a hole, typical players will hit the ball around 200-250 yards when using this club.

Fairway: Can be used off the tee for more accuracy, or from a good lie on the fairway or in light rough if extra distance is needed. Come in a range of lofts, the lower the number the further it will go, but higher numbers are easier to hit.

Hybrids: Used in rougher lies for greater distances compared to irons. Typically you’ll be able to hit your ball 180-200 yards with this club.

Irons: Bar your putter, these are probably your most used type of club in your bag. They have varying distances and lofts, depending on your surroundings.

Wedges: These are used for approach shots, they generally don’t hit the ball far but high instead. Use these to get over bunkers or to chip your way onto the green.

Putter: Hopefully you’ll know what this one is for! This will likely be for your final shot of getting the ball into the hole (unless you’ve holed it from off the green of course). Putting is a game within a game and you’ll find a huge array of different putter designs.

To begin with, it doesn’t matter too much about what you have in your bag, but as long as you have at least a set of irons, a wedge and putter, you will be ok. Over time, you’ll come to understand which clubs you need or don’t. The most important thing is that you get out there on the course.

 

2. Tees

These come in a variety of shapes, colours, and materials – such as plastic, wooden or even rubber. We like brightly coloured ones so that they’re easy to find around the course. Make sure to keep different sized tees in our golf bag to use for different clubs too. Be sure to have plenty of spares as you will lose and break them often – and your golf buddy will undoubtedly ask to borrow some as well.

 

3. Golf Glove

When playing golf, your grip is very important. You need a golfing glove to give you the best grip and allow you to play your best shots and hopefully avoid miss-hitting the ball. Traditionally you will wear a glove on your weaker hand. So if you are right handed you will have the glove on your left hand and vice versa.

 

4. Golf Balls

Let’s not sugarcoat it, golf is a hard sport! There will be days when you have a great round, there will be days when you have a terrible round! Unless you’re the next Tiger Woods, it’s unlikely you’ll be hitting pars or birdies when first starting. Ease that lost ball anxiety by having some spares. They don’t have to be fancy, just need to be round. Bright colours may well help you find them if you tend to hit the trees, too.

 

5. Waterproofs

If you want to be seen as a ’true’ golfer, you need to be playing regularly. Unfortunately, it rains in the United Kingdom. A lot. Waterproofs can easily be stored in your bag for you to whip out and put on keeping you warm whilst you sink those all important putts. These may not be seen as your typical golf accessory, but extremely important nonetheless. Walking around 18 holes while soaked through is not fun, no matter how well you might be playing.

 

A few essential golf accessories:

Pitch mark tool

The more you use this the better you are likely playing – hitting the green regularly with your wedges, irons and woods you’ll often leave a small indentation in the green (called pitch marks). It’s really important you repair these as quickly as you can so you do not harm the putting surface – and to do that you will need a pitch mark tool. They are inexpensive and easy to use so grab yourself a few.

Range Finder

Perhaps you’re the next Happy Gilmore with an incredible drive (hopefully without the temper). Being able to monitor the distance to the pin is extremely important when managing your round. This wonderful accessory is pocket-sized but could easily be kept in your bag too. Whip it out before your shot to know how far you have to go and help with that all-important club choice. These range in price and features. Maybe worth asking your local pro shop for advice.

Ball Retrievers

A known right of passage in golf is when you’ve hit a great shot that ends up in some water or a tree. Particularly attached to the ball you’ve lost? This extendable ball is a great addition to your golf bag. It’ll help you through the rough times and become your best friend.

All these golf must-haves will help you to improve your handicap, understanding of distance control, reduce the number of balls you lose as well as keep you dry around the course. And most importantly they will help you have a great time. If you need to add some golf clubs to your bag you can shop our selection of golf clubs here.

CFC Condition Guide

HEADS

5  – BRAND NEW – never been hit.
4 – VERY GOOD – This club has been hit a handful of times, may have a few very minimal marks.
3 – GOOD – This club has been used for a few rounds, shows signs of use but no major dings or chips.
2 – FAIR – Well used, still in completely playable condition but will show signs of wear and tear. Minor stone chips may be visible on the sole.
1 – POOR – This club will have heavy play marks, paint missing, with visible dents and chips.

NOT SELLABLE – major dents or stone chips on playing surface of club.

SHAFTS

5  – BRAND NEW – still in wrapper – never been used.
4 – VERY GOOD – Have been hit a few times, but could still pass as new.
3 – GOOD – No major marks, but may show light signs of use, for example light scratching.
2 – FAIR – Signs of wear and tare, but no major bag rub and no rust marks. stickers may be starting to peel.
1 – POOR – Very visibly used with various age-related marks. Shaft sticker may be peeled or missing.

NOT SELLABLE – major bag rub or major pitting and rusting of shaft.

GRIPS

5 – BRAND NEW – As it says on the tin, this grip is brand new, with protective wrapper still in place.
4 – VERY GOOD – 
As new and completely clean, would only have been played a handful of times.
3 – GOOD
 – Played with, showing some minor imperfections, but have plenty of golf left in them.
2 – USED – Well used, with some more obvious imperfections. Still playable, but will likely need replacing fairly soon.
1 – POOR – Needs replacing with rubber shiny and splitting.

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