Golf Equipment List

Golf Equipment

Golf Equipment

Golf can be played competitively or recreationally. It can also be played individually, in pairs, or in groups. However, the goal remains the same no matter how you play: advance the ball with each successive swing to ultimately hit it in the hole, using the fewest attempts possible. The player with the lowest cumulative number of strokes/hits at the end of a round (generally 9 or 18 holes) is declared the winner. Below is a comprehensive list of equipment used to play golf.

Alignment Sticks

golf alignment sticks

Alignment sticks are long, skinny rods that a golfer uses during practice to help ensure they are lining up properly to an intended target. To ensure a golfer is aiming properly at a target, they will place one alignment rod directly at the target. The second alignment stick should be placed parallel to the first alignment stick to help the golfer maintain a proper toe line. These are typically cheap and will normally cost around $10 for a two or three pack.

Ball Markers

golf ball marker

A golfer uses a ball marker to mark the spot of their golf ball when on the putting green. A ball marker usually takes the form of a coin. When marking the golf ball, the golfer must slide the marker directly behind where the ball is resting. When putting the ball back on the green, the golfer must place the golf ball directly ahead of the ball marker. The golfer shall proceed to pick up the ball marker before putting the ball. Markers are typically very inexpensive as they are very small and used frequently.

Ball Retrievers

golf ball retriever

A ball retriever is used to reach lost balls that a golfer can not reach with their own hands or club. This is used particularly when golfers hit their ball into a water hazard. You typically cannot or will not want to hit your ball out of water, but you are certainly allowed to retrieve your ball. Golf balls can be expensive, so if you have an opportunity to get yours back, you should always take it. These cost anywhere from $20 to $40, but could save you lots of money on golf balls.

Ball Shags

golf-ball-shag

A ball shag is a device used mostly during practice sessions. Also known as a "shag bag," this is used to pick up golf balls in a quick and organized fashion. The pipe is just a bit bigger than a golf ball, and picks them up by pushing down on the device and stacking them in the pipe, eventually filling the bag on top. Once the bag is full, a zipper on the side can be used to get the balls out. These are mostly used around practice greens where you can walk a short distance to pick up the balls.

Ball Washers

golf ball washer

A ball washer can be found on just about every course. They are used to clean off any dirt or grass from your golf ball and use a plunger like system to push the ball down into soap and water. On some courses, these can be found on every hole, but it is more common for them to be available every few holes.

Club Head Covers

golf club cover

A headcover is a protective object that covers a golf club in order to protect the club from contacting another club and possibly damaging it. They are primarily used on drivers, fairway woods, and putters, but are available for purchase for every club in the bag. Headcovers can be bought individually or as a set for anywhere from $10 to $40, depending on the club and whether they are customized. These are especially useful when you walk the course, as your clubs will knock against each other a lot.

Clubhouse

Golf Clubhouse

The clubhouse is the main building where golfers go first when they arrive. The clubhouse usually includes the pro shop, locker rooms, and a restaurant or dining facility. Not every course has a full restaurant, but it is very common to have some area where golfers can get drinks or snacks.

Club Scrubber

golf club scrubber

The club scrubber is a small, fine brush that cleans a golf club after hitting a shot to remove dirt, grass, or sand from the grooves. A club scrubber is normally kept on or in the golf bag. This is the fastest and easiest way to clean your club in the middle of your round and is owned by many golfers because of their cheap price, typically $5 to $10.

Collared Shirt

golf collared shirt

A golfer should wear a polo or collared shirt when playing a round of golf. This aspect of golf relates to the proper etiquette that a golfer should follow. These kinds of shirts are normally required at exclusive or private golf courses, but are recommended everywhere. A typical golf shirt will cost anywhere from $30 to $100 depending on the brand and where you get it, so be sure to look out for good deals. Things like sweaters or pullovers can be worn over a collared shirt if it is cold, but it is always good to have one on.

Divot Repair Tools

Golf Divot Removers

Divot repair tools are used around and on the greens to fix any ball marks. It is a very important part of golf etiquette to fix any ball mark that you see or make on the green. This is because the green must be kept in good condition, and a mark could impact your ball's roll or someone else's. Divot repair tools can be purchased in most pro shops for $5 to $15 and every golfer should have one in their bag. They also sometimes feature a built in ball marker at the top that slides on and off, making it a great tool for every purpose around the greens.

Drivers

golf driver

A driver in golf is a very specific club that every golfer should have in their bag. Drivers are used strictly for distance, as they are the club that hits the ball the furthest. Drivers are usually only used off a tee because the face of the club is much larger than every other club, making it very difficult to hit off the ground. Drivers are typically used on the tee boxes of par 4's and 5's to get as far down the fairway as possible. Most par 3's are too short to use a driver.

When buying a driver, as with any club, it is very important to make sure it is the right height for you. You also need to make sure you are comfortable with it. It is very common for golfers to get fitted for clubs, which is when an expert takes your measurements and finds the right club for you. You want to be very careful when buying a driver because they tend to be the most expensive individual club (costing about $200 to $500), so you will want to like the one you choose.

Flagsticks

golf flagstick

In golf, a flagstick is located in the hole on each green on the course. Their main purpose is to show the location of the hole to golfers before they reach the green. This is extremely useful because when you are standing away from the green, it would be very difficult to see the hole location without the flagstick. The colored flag at the top of it is also very helpful for seeing hole locations because it catches your eye from almost any distance on the hole. It is uncommon for golfers to buy flagsticks, as the course will have them already in every hole.

Gloves

golf glove

A golf glove is an accessory that most golfers have, but is not mandatory to use. Golf gloves give you a much better grip on your club. It is common for golfers to only wear one glove; right handed golfers wear it on their left hand, and left handed golfers wear it on their right hand. This is because those are the dominant hands for golfers and take most of the control of the club. If you do not wear a glove, your club could slip as you swing and ruin your shot. When buying a glove, it is very important to look at the size and make sure it fits tight. If your glove is too loose, it defeats the purpose and your club will still slip. Gloves typically cost around $20, but are well worth the purchase.

Golf Bags

golf bag

A golf bag is used to hold every club and every accessory for golf, keeping everything in one place during a round. While holding clubs is its main use, golfers also keep gloves, tees, balls, rangefinders, snacks, and more in their bags. The bag can either be placed on the back of a golf cart, or it has shoulder straps for golfers who prefer to walk. When buying a golf bag, you need to make sure that it can fit all of your things without being too big to carry. Depending on what kind/size bag you get (some are bigger than others to hold more equipment) they will cost anywhere from $100 to $300.

Golf Balls

golf ball

A golf ball is a small ball with a diameter of 1.68 inches. A golfer uses a golf ball to play a round of golf and tries to hit the ball into the hole in the fewest strokes possible. Some golf balls are softer, meaning they are built to generate more spin on shots around the green. Some balls are harder, meaning they are built to generate more distance on longer shots. Everyone has a different preference and there is no true way to say what ball is right for an individual, so the best way to find your perfect ball is by practicing and seeing what you like. This is very important because golf balls are expensive and can cost up to $4 each, but can also be found cheaper for $2 to $3 each, and always come in packs of three (a "sleeve" of balls) or will come in boxes with 3-4 sleeves per box. Titleist balls are typically the most expensive while brands like Top Flite and Pinnacle have cheaper options.

Golf Carts

golf cart

A golf cart is the vehicle that golfers use to drive around the course while playing. Carts fit two golfers in each, so if you are playing in a group of three or four people, you will need to get two carts. Most carts have cup holders, tee holders, and places for two golf bags to be stored on the back of them. It is not mandatory to use a cart, as they almost always cost extra (prices vary dramatically depending on the course you are at). If you do not want to pay the extra money for a cart, walking the course is always a good alternative.

Golf Clubs

golf club list

A golf club is a metal club used to hit the golf ball. A golf club contains a grip and a shaft that attaches to the club head. Golfers are allowed to have up to 14 golf clubs in their bag during play. There are several kinds of golf clubs a golfer can use. The most common clubs for a golfer to have in their bag are; a driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, hybrid, 4 iron, 5 iron, 6 iron, 7 iron, 8 iron, 9 iron, pitching wedge, lob wedge, sand wedge, and putter. It is important to find clubs that you like and are comfortable with, because a full set of clubs can cost anywhere from $400 to $1500 depending on the brand and quality of the clubs.

Hats

golf hat

It is common for golfers to wear a hat or cap when playing a round of golf. Golfers often wear hats because the brim of the hat protects them from the sun. A hat also helps prevent sweat from dripping down a player's face and getting into their eyes. Hats are a good way for pros to show sponsor logos and get them seen on TV. Hats typically can be bought in stores or will be available in the pro shop for about $20 to $40.

Hybrids

golf hybrid

A hybrid is a specific type of golf club that is used when the golfer is a long distance from the hole. It has the look of a smaller fairway wood, and serves the same function, only does not go as far as they do. A hybrid is a good club to use when your longest iron is not enough, but your three wood is too much. Hybrids are also a good alternative if you struggle with hitting long irons as they are more forgiving. While they will not be included in most basic sets of clubs, it will most likely be included in a full set or can be bought individually. An individual hybrid can cost about $100 to $200.

Irons

golf irons

Irons are a group of golf clubs that are used from varying distances on the course. They are typically bought in a set but can also be purchased individually. When you buy a set of irons, it typically includes a pitching wedge, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 irons. Each club makes the ball go a different distance and gives the ball varying heights when it is hit. A four iron will travel the furthest and keep the ball the lowest, and a pitching wedge will go the shortest distance while getting the ball the highest in the air. Irons are typically bought all together in a set and will cost anywhere from $400 to $1000 depending on the set/brand.

Pants

golf pants

It is common for golfers to wear pants while they play. On the male professional tour, it is required that the players wear pants to keep tradition, while on the female tour players are allowed to wear pants or a skirt. When amateur golfers go out to play, they do not have to wear pants. There are many pants made by sporting goods companies that are made specifically for golf. Golf pants can also be bought in pro shops or stores and will typically cost $40 to $90.

Pencils

Pencils are used by almost every golfer while they play. They are used to write down scores on the scorecard and are usually provided by the course and given to you with your scorecard. Golf pencils are typically much smaller than a normal pencil to make it convenient and pocket-sized for golfers.

Pro Shop

The pro shop is an area inside of the clubhouse that serves many purposes to golfers and the course. The main purpose of the pro shop is it is the place where golfers check-in and pay for their round. You can also buy balls, tees, gloves, and many other accessories you may need during your round. The pro shop also serves as a sporting goods store as you can also buy golf clothes and clubs.

Pull Carts

golf pull cart

A pull cart is a device used by golfers to carry their clubs when they are walking the course. You rest your golf bag on the bottom platform of it, and pull the handle behind you as you walk. These are used as a good alternative to golf carts because they are typically a much cheaper option, but the course still controls the price of them just like the carts. They also allow golfers to walk the course without having to carry their golf bag on their back.

Pullovers

golf pullover

A pullover is a piece of golf clothing that is worn when golfers play in cold temperatures or rain. Many golfers prefer windbreakers, vests, or sweaters. They are great to use when golfing in the fall or early in the spring, as it is typically nice enough weather to play but a bit cold. Unlike polo shirts, these do not need to be collared. However, just like polo shirts, when buying one you should focus on comfort and size as they are just as expensive.

Putters

golf putter

Putters are used strictly on the green to roll the ball towards, and hopefully into, the hole. Putters are typically only used on the greens because they do not get the ball off the ground. Their purpose is to roll the ball along with the break to the hole, and unlike other clubs they are not used for distance. When buying a putter, you should mainly make sure that it is the right height for you and that you are comfortable with the grip on it. A good putter can be expensive, costing anywhere from $100 to $300, but is a good investment for most golfers.

Rangefinder

golf rangefinder

A rangefinder is a handheld device that calculates an exact yardage to the physical object at which it is pointed. A golfer uses a rangefinder to help decide which club to hit based on the provided distance. These are not necessary to use, as there are yardages on the fairways and around the course, but if you want an exact number, a rangefinder is extremely useful. Rangefinders are not permitted on the PGA Tour during events, but they are able to be used by any casual golfer or in some amateur events. These are very helpful, but also expensive, costing anywhere from $100 to $400.

Rulebook

golf rulebook

The rulebook is a small book that lists the rules of golf for a player to reference during a round. The book contains every single rule of the game and can be used at any time to check or learn a ruling. While they may not be used during a casual round, the rules are strictly enforced in any tournament and it is crucial for golfers to know and understand the rules. Every rule of golf can be found for free online.

Scorecards

golf scorecard

A scorecard is the piece of paper that players use to write their scores on as they play. There are spaces to write each player's score under each hole, and extra spaces after nine and eighteen holes to write total scores. Although this is the main purpose of a scorecard, there are many other reasons why they are useful. Scorecards will show the distance of each hole from tee to green, what par the hole is, and what the handicap of the hole is. A hole's handicap is its ranking of difficulty on the course. For example, the 18 handicap hole is the easiest hole on a course, and the 1 handicap hole is the hardest. Scorecards are always provided by the course and are given to you in the pro shop or are waiting in your cart.

Shoes

golf shoes

Golf shoes are shoes made specifically for golfers and are great for keeping a grip on the grass surfaces golfers are used to. Golf shoes should be used instead of sneakers because as you swing, even on dry days, it is likely that if you are just wearing sneakers you will slip and mess up your shot. Golf shoes are useful because the spikes on the bottom (rubber or plastic) dig into the ground to keep your feet set as you swing. This is great for keeping your balance, which is a very important part of a golf swing. When buying golf shoes, you should buy the same size you would wear with any shoe and make sure they are comfortable, as they can get expensive (anywhere from $40 to $150).

Shorts

golf shorts

Golf shorts are worn by amateur golfers and pro golfers when they are practicing. This is because wearing shorts is not allowed on the PGA Tour, but there is no rule against it for regular golfers. Many companies that make golf clothes also produce shorts that are made to look nice, but also to be comfortable and lightweight enough to play a round of golf in. When buying golf shorts, you should make sure that they fit and are comfortable because a round of golf can last a long time. They typically cost about $30 to $70 each.

Skirts

golf skirt

A golf skirt is a piece of golf clothing worn primarily by women. These are a very popular outfit choice on the LPGA Tour and with women golfers in general. They provide comfort while allowing the wearer to fully function while golfing. It is a general rule that skirts should go down to fingertip length. When buying a golf skirt, fit and comfort should be your top priority, but also look out for the price as they can cost $30 to $70 each.

Stroke Counters

golf stroke counter

A stroke counter is a device used by golfers to make sure they are counting their strokes correctly. While many golfers count their strokes in their head and write down totals after each hole, stroke counters are very useful to ensure that you do not miscount. After each stroke, the golfer adds a stroke on to the counter and continues doing so until the end of the round. If scorecards are not available, stroke counters are a great way to keep your score and are inexpensive, typically costing $10 to $20.

Sunglasses

golf sunglasses

Sunglasses are a very popular accessory for golfers to wear while playing. Golf is an outdoor sport, so weather is always going to be a factor. One of the biggest factors while playing golf is the sun. If the sun is in your eyes, it will be very hard to see your target or where the ball is going, so a good way to help this is wearing sunglasses. They protect a golfer's eyes from the sun and make it much easier to see. The most popular companies to buy golf sunglasses from are Oakley and Nike. These brands will sell their sunglasses for about $70 to $150 each.

Tees

golf tee

A tee is a skinny wooden peg on which the golf ball rests right before a golfer hits a tee shot. Golfers use a tee on the tee box, because having the ball lie just above the ground makes it easier to get the ball off the ground and into the air. Tees are not allowed to be used anywhere other than the tee box, but are not required on the box. Every golfer hits their driver off a tee, but on par three holes some opt not to use a tee while hitting an iron. Tees can be bought in large quantities for around $10 per bag, but some courses also have free tees available to use.

Towels

golf towel

Golf towels are towels that most golfers have clipped onto their bag or stored in their bag. These are useful because they can be used to clean dirt, grass, water, and more off of your clubs and balls. It is important to have clean clubs and balls so nothing can get in the way of your shot. Making clean and solid contact is extremely important, so using a towel to wipe away anything that could get in your way is always recommended. Towels are also inexpensive, typically costing around $20 each.

Training Aids

Training aids are practice tools that are designed to fix specific parts of a golfer's game. There are training aids out there for every aspect of the game, including putting, chipping, driving, swing angles, and more. Many golfers will use training aids to fix a certain part of their game. For example, using an alignment stick is a great way to fix your aim. Aids cannot be used on the course, but can be used any time during practice. When buying a training aid, you must know what aspect of your game you want to work on and find a product specific to that issue. Depending on what training aid you get, prices will vary. However, many golfers use makeshift training aids out of objects they already own.

Umbrella

golf Umbrellas

In golf, umbrellas are used mostly by people who are walking the course on a rainy day. Golf umbrellas are typically larger than a regular umbrella because their purpose is not only to protect the golfer, but to protect their clubs as well. They are also very strong to protect against high winds. When buying one you should make sure it is light enough to handle, but also large enough in order to keep you and your clubs dry. Good golf umbrellas typically cost $30 to $70.

Water Bottle

golf water bottle

A water bottle is used by many golfers to store water during their round. This is important to have because golfers spend lots of time outside in the sun, so it is easy to get dehydrated. Golfers can choose to bring their own water bottles, or they are almost always available for purchase in the clubhouse. Staying hydrated is a very important part of the game since it is strictly played outdoors. These will typically cost $10 to $20.

Wedges

golf wedges

Wedges are a set of golf clubs that are designed for short range shots. Typically, wedges are used for shots hit inside of 125 yards away from the hole. While there are many different wedges, the most popular to use are the pitching wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. There are also many different wedges with varying degrees of loft such as a 60 degree wedge, 56, 58, and many more. There are many variations of wedges because they each have different lofts and go different distances, so golfers want to have the exact club they need. Wedges are useful for chip shots, bunker shots, and other short range shots. Wedges typically cost around $100 each, but can certainly be found for cheaper or more expensive depending on the brand.

Yardage Book

golf yardage book

The yardage book is a small book that contains illustrations of each hole with marked distances to certain locations on that given hole. Yardage books are available in a golf course's pro shop and help a golfer determine what kinds of shots should be hit on certain holes. Every professional caddie has these since rangefinders are not allowed on the pro tour, but anyone can get them. They typically cost about $20 to $30.

FAQ

What equipment do you need to play golf?

Although golf is a relatively simple sport by nature, it requires a lot of specialized equipment. Almost every golf course already has the flagsticks and holes in place. Each player brings their own set of clubs in a golf bag. Generally speaking, there is a limit of 14 clubs per bag, with each club designed explicitly for shots of different heights and distances. Bags should also be fully stocked with tees, ball markers, divot repair tools, and golf balls.

Many players elect to bring additional accessories for comfort and convenience, including golf gloves, yardage markers, towels, and ball retrievers.

What makes golf equipment unique?

Golfing equipment is unique because each piece of equipment is tailored for different scenarios that may arise during a typical round. For example, the 'driver' has a thick, dense head at the base of the club to hit the long ball far distances on the first shot of every hole. The next few shots are taken using 'irons,' and the club head of each iron is angled slightly differently depending on whether the player is only a handful of yards away from the hole or a few hundred yards.

What do you wear to play golf?

At most courses, golfers are required to wear collared shirts, golf shoes, and either pants, shorts, or skirts for women. Some courses are more lenient than others when it comes to their dress code. On the PGA Tour, golfers are required to wear long pants and collared shirts. On the LPGA Tour, golfers must wear collared shirts and have the option of wearing a skirt or pants.

What clubs should I have in my golf bag?

Every golfer should have a driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, 4 iron, 5 iron, 6 iron, 7 iron, 8 iron, 9 iron, pitching wedge, and putter in their bag. Most golfers will also carry a hybrid, sand wedge, and lob wedge, but these are not required. It is important to have each of these different clubs because every club can be used in different situations, and you never know which club you will end up needing. Golfers are limited to carrying a maximum of 14 clubs in their bag at any time.