What Do You Need? Basic Equipment for Your First Round of Golf
Golfing remains a popular American pastime, with nearly 10% of the population participating in the sport. If you’re new to golf, however, it may feel like a lot to learn at once. Here’s a list of the basic equipment you’ll need to play a round of golf, and why.
Gloves are something many beginners may not think about—but in fact, they’re essential. Golf is all about the swing, and gloves allow you to maintain a firm grip on the club regardless of sweat. Not to mention they’ll keep your hands safe from otherwise blistering after 18 holes of constant action.
A typical set of golf clubs will contain 12 clubs. This includes a driver (used for long distances), three woods (long distances), three hybrids (medium distance, easier to use for beginners) , 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons (medium distance), a pitching wedge (short distance), a sand wedge, and a putter. Beginners, though, can start off with a half set—at that level of play, you’re unlikely to be able to tell the difference between a 7-iron and an 8-iron. A half set will still allow you to overcome a wide range of obstacles while playing.
Remember that golf involves a lot of walking—especially if you don’t have a golf cart to speed you along. You’ll need to carry all your clubs, along with your balls and other playing accouterments, in a durable golf bag. Bags differ in terms of pockets, their handle location, and their dividers. You may not need a full-length, 14-way divider as a beginner, but this helps keep clubs separated and easy to find. A towel loop can also be great to have so that you can regularly use a towel to wipe dirt and debris off your clubs before returning them to the bag.
Neon tees are often a popular choice for golfers—possibly because they’re harder to miss. Throw a 200-count tee pack into your bag and you should be good for numerous rounds.
There’s a reason that visors are so ubiquitously associated with golf—it’s not only hot out there on the course, it’s sunny, too. Make sure you’re always protected from the sun with a visor or hat, and keep some sunscreen in your pack as well.
If you’ve just started playing golf, some of the benefits are already obvious—it’s a great way to network while also providing mental and physical exercise. Lessons can help beginners understand the nuances of the game and gain a better feel for which clubs to use, and why. Contact The Clubhouse for information on receiving lessons, and improving your game.