You’ve checked your golf bag. You’ve got your clubs, some old balls, and a handful of tees. You’re ready to go right?
If you’re happy where your game’s at, then yes, you’re ready to go. If you’re not interested in getting too much better, again, you’re ready to go. If you’re more of a social golfer than a serious golfer, go for it.
If you’re interested in taking your game to the next level, however, there are a few things you’re missing.
Here are five items that you’ll find in the golf bag of a PGA professional. If you want to get your handicap closer to scratch, it may be a wise move to invest.
A Club Brush
A brush for your clubs is perhaps the most underrated tool in the professional golfer’s bag. Looking like a double-headed toothbrush, a club brush will scrub the dirt from your club faces, allowing for cleaner contact with the ball. With nylon bristles on one side for your woods, and steel bristles on the other for your irons, it’ll be the best $10 golf investment you’ll make.
A Fresh Set of Balls
Unless you’re at the driving range, do away with the old balls. Just as you won’t see Roger Federer using week old balls at Wimbledon, so too does a fresh golf ball allow for the truest play. The current focus of new balls is on explosive distance while retaining a soft feel on impact. There’s no need to be dropping $4 or $5 a ball, you can pick up quality closer to $2.
You may think is overkill, but golf gloves serve a multitude of purposes. They prevent club slip, stop blisters and calluses forming, and also extend the life of your club grips. They’re an investment rather than an expense. Most importantly, the friction and subsequent grip allows your hand to relax a little more, giving you better control.
High Quality Sunglasses
High quality sunglasses are a must for any serious golfer. Degree Seven offers handmade titanium sunglasses that are as strong as they are light. They also come with polarized lenses, which filter out any glare, allowing for a clear look at the flag every time.
An All-Weather Jacket
18 holes of golf is a long time for the weather to change. You can’t guarantee that it’ll be sunny every time, and if you’re serious about your golf, you don’t want to be running back to the 19th hole halfway through a round because it’s started to lightly drizzle.
There’s no need to go a bulky umbrella, but there’s a lot to be said for a good quality all weather jacket. Be sure to have a few practice swings in the change-room when you buy it to ensure you get the required range of motion while wearing it.
Those who have spent a lifetime on their golf game will appreciate the impact that these little things can have on your game. By giving yourself access to the tools of a professional, you’ll be more likely to play like a professional.
You want to give yourself the chance to be the best golfer you can be. With a well stocked golf bag, that’s exactly what you’re doing.