The rules of golf state that a golfer may have as many as 14 golf clubs in his bag for a given round. If you violate this rule, you are assessed a 2-stroke penalty for each hole on which you have too many clubs, up to a maximum of 4 penalty strokes. In match play, you lose the hole for a maximum penalty of two holes lost. This can be the difference in winning and losing an important match, so follow the rules and don't put any more than 14 clubs in your bag.
Carry three woods in your bag. The driver, the 3-wood and the 5-wood are the three standard woods that most golfers use. Some golfers prefer a 7-wood and 9-wood instead of long irons or hybrids.
Carry at least one hybrid in your bag. Even tour players now carry this versatile club. It typically replaced the long irons, such as the 3-iron or 4-iron.
Put six irons and three wedges in your bag. Most golfers have a 4-iron, 5-iron, 6-iron, 7-iron, 8-iron and a 9-iron in their bags, as well as pitching, gap and sand wedges.
Place a putter in your bag for your work on the greens.
Add a lob wedge by removing a club you don't typically use.