This article describes the basic golf equipment needed for playing an average round of golf. It is intended to assist the beginner golfer by educating them about proper golf equipment so that they may enter into a round of golf with confidence from knowing they are properly equipped to play the game. Lets begin with the more obvious golf equipment.
You are not going to do much golfing with out a set of golf clubs. Beginner golfers should start with a set of golf clubs for beginners or starter golf clubs. These golf club sets include one driver and fairway wood, 7 through 9 irons, a pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter. This down sized set is all the beginner golfer needs. As your skill develops over time, so will the need for better golf equipment. When it comes to golf clubs for beginners, stay away from the game improvement clubs. This is great technology and is proven to work, however if you do not learn how to hit the ball square and execute proper golf swing mechanics, you will only become dependent on this technology. Keep it simple and keep it basic when it comes to golf clubs and golf equipment, especially when you are just starting out.
This can be tricky for many golfers and how to choose the right golf balls depends in part from experience. There are many different types of golf balls on the market all having their own unique features to enhance ball flight. Do not get hung up on this, buy the least expensive golf balls and buy in bulk or by the dozen. There is no such thing as a golf ball that will help you learn how to properly swing a golf club and until you get that right you are probably going to be losing a lot of golf balls. Do yourself a favor, buy in bulk and buy cheap, you will save money in the long run.
The same applies for golf tees, buy cheap and the best way to do that is in bulk.
Playing a 18 hole round of golf is equal to walking 5 – 7 mile’s. Even if you are planning on renting a golf cart you still need a good pair of golf shoes to provide the proper traction and support needed to hit the ball well. Golf shoes are standard golf equipment on the course these days and you will not be taken seriously if you are wearing a pair of sneakers.
You never see the pros playing without a glove and there is a reason for this. It is essential for keeping a good grip on the club. Without wearing a glove you run the risk of having the club slip out of your hands, not only is that embarrassing, but could be dangerous as well. Just try swinging the club without one and you will see what I’m talking about. A golf glove is affordable and necessary. Be sure to get equipped with a golf glove.
You might think this is a bit of an expenditure and not necessary, however the game of golf is a gentleman’s game, so lets keep with the tradition and dress for the occasion. You want to look good on the course and even if you are not playing like a pro yet, you will get respect and acceptance from your fellow golfers by wearing proper attire. It shows other golfers that you are taking the game seriously. However the real advantage is in the design. Manufactured specifically for golfers to maximize flexibility and comfort by not restraining the movement that is required when swinging a golf club
The same can be said for golf shirts as mentioned above for trousers, look good, loose fitting and comfortable.
Know lets go over the less obvious golf equipment that you may not have considered.
Golf Hat or Visor
Golf is a outdoor sport and you are most likely going to be in the sun for a few hours or more, so protecting yourself from heat and harmful sun rays is a must. Also consider sunscreen. A good idea is to carry some in your golf bag.
Pencil and Scorecard
Carry a pencil and scorecard in your golf bag. You are responsible for keeping track of your own score so be prepared to do so. Most courses provide scorecards.
You are going to need a golf towel for wiping the sweet from your hands, cleaning the golf club face or for drying your ball off after a washing. Your ball will get dirty or even muddy and will need washing. Most courses provide a simple ball washing machine that you can use and are located at different places around the golf course.
Some thing to mark the ball position on the greens when your ball is in another golfers line to the pin. Spare change like a dime or nickel can be used or you can get the real thing.
That concludes this article on golf beginner basics. You now know what proper golf equipment you should be bringing with you when entering in to a round of golf.