How to Organize Golf Clubs

by J.D. Chi
    Organizing your bag can help prevent clubs from falling out.

    Organizing your bag can help prevent clubs from falling out.

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    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.

    The Process

    Items you will need

    • Golf Bag
    • Golf Clubs

    Step 1

    Take all of your clubs out of your bag and line them up in ascending or descending order.

    Step 2

    If you are re-organizing an existing bag, clear the bag of all additional equipment, such as ball retrievers, balls, tees, etc. This would also be a good time to clean your bag of debris and dirt. If you are using a new bag, skip this step.

    Step 3

    Place your woods at the top (the area closest to the strap) of the bag. If the bag has individual slots, the most logical way to place the clubs is in descending order from the driver, left to right. If there is just one pocket at the top, insert of all your woods into this pocket. Standard-sized ball retrievers often are kept with woods.

    Step 4

    Place your 3-4 longest irons in the slots or pockets below and to the left of the top of the bag. For example, place your 2, 3, 4 and 5 irons in this spot.

    Step 5

    Place your 3-4 short irons in the slots or pockets below and to the right of the bag. For example, place your 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons in this spot.

    Step 6

    Place your wedges and putter in the bottom slots or pocket of the bag. Many golfers place the putter in the very bottom slot or at the bottom of the pocket for easy access. In some cases, a device may be hooked on to the bag so that the putter is hanging outside of the bottom part of the bag during play.

    Step 7

    Once your clubs are organized, other equipment may be stored in the pockets. The most easily accessible pocket is the one below where the wedges and irons are stored, and balls should be placed in this pocket.

    Step 8

    Side pockets may be used for storing additional equipment and supplies, including collapsible ball retrievers, tees, markers, rain gear, sunscreen and insect repellent. In addition, small bags for tees, wire brushes, watches or other accessories may be clipped to the outside of the bag.


    • Consider carrying a limited amount of replacement equipment, such as extra gloves or a cleat wrench.
    • An organized bag will make club selection quicker and easier.
    • Carry a damp towel during your round so that you can wipe down clubs after every shot.


    • The USGA regulations allow golfers to carry 14 clubs in their bag.
    • Don't carry too much additional equipment, especially if you will be carrying your bag.

    About the Author

    J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.

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