If you're traveling with golf clubs, you'll need a a good travel bag, especially if you're going by airplane. Safety regulations require that travelers check their clubs, rather than carrying them onboard. There are three types of golf bag: soft-sided, hard-sided and hybrid. The type you choose depends on the type of travel in which you'll be engaging.
When shopping for a new golf bag, it is important to select one that meets your needs as a golfer. Every style of golf bag has the purpose of holding your clubs and other objects such as balls and tees, but bags typically fall into the category of a cart bag or a stand bag.
What constitutes a complete set golf bag varies based on the manufacturer. According to United States Golf Association guidelines, golfers can carry a maximum of 14 clubs. The clubs you use depend on your ability. The traditional set of clubs consists of a driver; a couple of fairway woods, such as the 3 wood and the 5 wood; irons from the 3-iron to the 9-iron; a pitching wedge; and a sand wedge. Many sets now substitute the 3-iron and 4-iron with newer clubs called hybrids, which high handicappers find easier to hit than long irons.
When you go shopping for a bag, you will probably notice that there are different types available. If no one has ever explained to you what these differences are, you may find yourself confused as to which type you should purchase. The foremost thing you need to think about when bag shopping is how many clubs you want to carry with you on the course and how you would like to do the carrying. This will determine the kind of bag you need.
Golfers have individual preferences about what to carry in their golf bag, but some basics apply. Clubs include a driver, some irons, possibly some hybrids, wedges and a putter. In addition, many bags include accessories that make golf more fun and convenient when you are on the course.
Many modern golf bags come with their own partitions, but if you are using an older bag, you may feel the need to add a little organization to keep your clubs separated. A simple option is a hanging wooden organizer to separate your woods, low irons, high irons and wedges.
Whether you travel frequently with your golf clubs or whether it's once a year, it's important to protect your clubs when they travel in the cargo hold. And many airlines require the use of certain types of golf club travel bags. You need to decide whether to save some money with a cheap cloth travel bag or to splurge and get a hard case.
While there is no written rule on how golf bags should be set up, organizing your bag so you know where your clubs are can save you time on the course. Certain golf bags are also made with certain club placement in mind with taller clubs going in the front of the bag. So even though there is no set way, there are some logical, universal practices.
A golf bag is designed to carry a player's clubs, but it also can be used to keep all sorts of supplemental items handy on the course. In addition to clubs and balls, golfers can take along rain and cold-weather gear, devices to determine distance, instruments to repair the turf and a wide variety of accessories that make playing the game more fun and convenient. Aside from clubs, balls and other necessary equipment like tees, ball markers and gloves, what you put in a golf bag is an individual decision.