Basic Set of Equipment
Hints & Tips
Your main piece of equipment will be your set of golf clubs, the rules of golf state that you are allowed to carry fourteen clubs in your bag, which normally consist of a mix of drivers, wedges, putters and irons. It is important not to purchase the most expensive set of clubs initially until you have reached a basic level of competency and you understand what clubs will fit and suit you best.
A golfer typically transports golf clubs in a golf bag; your golf bag should have several pockets designed for carrying all your different golfing equipment and supplies around the course. Your golf bag will be chosen mainly on personal preference, there are a variety of bags that are available on the market and prices and features vary greatly. Golf bags can be carried, pulled on a two wheel cart or attached to a motorized golf cart during play. A stand bag is a good option as they have retractable legs that allow the bag to sit upright when at rest and are good for everyday golf.
There are many different types of golf balls on the market at the moment and which one you choose will depend on whether you are after distance or spin when hitting the ball. It is crucial that you can identify your ball and be able to distinguish if from the balls used by other players on the course, some players choose to personalise their golf ball to differentiate it from others.
Golf is played outside in all weathers and a game of golf can take a long time (usually four hours), preparing for the weather by wearing the correct clothing is essential. Comfortable clothing is probably one of the main things that you should consider before purchasing anything else. A lightweight shirt that won't restrict your swing and gives you room to move and a lightweight pair of trousers are crucial. Most golf clubs would require and prefer you to wear smart casual clothing; most clubs will not accept jeans or armless shirts as they wish to uphold the prestige and tradition of the game.
Your golf shoes are used to stabilise your body and help to achieve the perfect swing, it is advisable to choose shoes with a plastic stud rather than metal as some golf courses will not allow these as they can damage the green. These studs should increase your grip and footing on the greens when playing in wet conditions, which in turn will increase your stability.