Every golf player will need to have a basic knowledge of equipments in the game. A good golf player is also one who is wise in picking the right equipment for him in accordance to his skill level and area of expertise. Here are some basic golf equipment that a beginner golfer might want to know.
Golf clubs and Golf bag
Golf clubs are probably the most expensive among the equipments, and the one you need most in the game. A golfer can carry several clubs with him, but no more than fourteen. Clubs are often categorized into three different types known as woods, irons and putters. A beginner is recommended to start with a standard set of golf clubs that should price under 200$. Once you’ve decided that golf is your cup of tea, then you can go for the expensive 2,000$ priced golf clubs.
After a purchase of golf club, you might also want to buy a golf bag. The golf bag is where you will put your clubs and other golf equipment for the game. Newer designs of golf bags are usually made of leather, canvas or nylon and they even have plastic or metal framings. Golf bags are sold in a variety of sizes, with ones ranging from accounting for limited pocket space to one having number of compartments. If you are planning to walk all the time during the game, consider buying a lightweight golf bag. If you dislike walking and are set on riding a cart, then any type of golf bag will do. Golf bags are available at golf retailers and can amount to as low as 50$ to as high as 500$. Buy one that suits your needs.
Golf Balls, Markers and Tees
Golf balls are sold by the dozen and the price can range from 15$ to 50$ a dozen. For beginners, don’t be surprised if you lose a couple of golf balls during your first try. It is natural, and so it’s advisable to carry with you a sufficient supply of golf balls.
A ball’s position is marked when it is in the way of an opponent’s putting line, or when it is being cleaned or during many other circumstances that are inevitable in the game. In such instances, it is marked using a ball marker. Ball markers often look like circular flat pieces made of plastic or metal. Nowadays, there are personalized golf markers being sold, where you can put your initials, name or favorite motto.
Tees are tiny, raised platforms that hold the balls in place during the golfer’s first stroke. These golf equipment are usually made of wood or plastic and have a short cup like shape on its end which keeps the golf balls balance in place. Tees made of wood are cheaper than plastic but are quick to break and damage during the game. Plastics are expensive and usually last longer than wooden tees.
When transporting players and their golf equipment along the course, golfers use the golf cart. There are also hand carts but these are only designed to hold the bag. Carts can carry players and their gear, and are commonly found in public golf courses. Golf carts come in various designs and are typically used to contain a small number of passengers for traversing short distances over the course. Golf carts are usually powered by battery and electric motors, but nowadays there are also gasoline-powered golf carts.
A golfer’s clothing isn’t confined to anything too specific, but is usually comprised of gloves, shoes, golf apparels and additional accessories such as sunglasses and hats. All of these should be designed to help the player move freely and remain comfortable during the game. Clothing is used to keep a player cool, warm or dry depending on the weather, whilst still remaining fashionable.
Golfers wear special shoes with spikes attached to the soles. These shoes are designed to enhance traction and help the players maintain balance when doing swings, or traversing on greens, or wet parts of the course. Conveniently, these spikes are also replaceable. They are fastened with either a large thread or a small thread and have locking systems that are easy to use.