It is easy to travel with a "golf stick" -- which is synonymous with "golf club" -- on an airline. Just don’t expect to carry your stick into the passenger compartment. Airlines and government agencies have strict rules against allowing golf sticks as carry-on items. Your prized sand wedge is perfectly acceptable in a bunker on the golf course, but on an airline it could be used as a deadly weapon, and that's one reason you can't carry it onto the plane.
Golf carts are available at many courses. However, some people prefer to walk a course for the health benefits. A typical golf bag loaded with clubs and accessories can weigh between 15 lb. and 25 lb., and sometimes more. Walking and correctly carrying a weighted golf bag can provide a beneficial workout. As with any strenuous outdoor activity, you should take into account precautions to prevent injury.
Even if you’re playing on an empty course, an 18-hole round of golf will likely take at least three hours, and probably at least four if you’re walking, as opposed to riding in a golf cart. Nine holes of golf won’t require as much preparation, but if you’re playing 18 without a cart there are a few items you should always carry in your golf bag.
There are light golf bags and there are heavy golf bags. There are bags that stand on their own, and then there are motorized ones that follow close behind you. You can pay as little as $10 or less, or as much a hundred times that much for a golf bag. Before you make that choice, there are things you should know about them. Do your homework before your buying trip, and you'll find the right golf bag for you.
Novice golfers always wonder what clubs they need when starting out in the sport, because there are so many options on the market. It seems that every manufacturer and store sells "complete" sets that have all kinds of different clubs in them, which makes it confusing. On top of that are the rules at various courses that limit the number and kinds of clubs that can be used. So what does a golfer do? Relax, because a lot of times, setting up a golf bag is easier than expected as long as you keep the number of clubs under 14.
Golfers don't carry their entire world in their golf bags -- it just seems like it. In addition to all the clubs they carry -- the rules allow 14 -- golfers also carry golf balls, tees, an extra glove, snacks, a beverage and other accessories. With that amount of equipment, you need to keep your golf bag organized.
Because pace of play is so important, you should organize your golf club bag to facilitate quick retrieval and return of all clubs and accessories that you use on the course. There are two types of golf club bags: carry (you carry yourself when walking) and cart (carried by the golf cart when you ride). These steps describe organization of a cart bag. A cart bag has a front, where the hand-carry handle is, and a back. When placed on a cart, the front is positioned facing you as you stand behind the cart.
Every golfer has their own system for where they keep their clubs, but organizing your golf bag is key to keeping pace during a round. While some bags have individual slots for each club, others have pockets into which groups of clubs may be stored. In either situation, knowing which clubs are where will make club selection faster.
For those new to the sport of golf and looking to take on a round of 18 for the first time, properly stocking a golf bag is an important and enjoyable process. It can also be one filled with oversight, as a bag requires a number of items that don't directly classify as golf equipment. Make a list of some standard necessities before you take to the links.