Golf Bags, not UV Rays, not the stress of playing, not even the competition, the weight of golf bags is most likely to harm your health. Until you get a caddie, the golf bag looks like a heavy weight on your shoulders. Unless you descended from a cargo truck, you are not designed to carry so much weight continuously. Even your caddies shouldn’t be carrying unnecessary weight, they are humans too.
Organizing your golf bag is the key to reducing its weight. You throw out the junk, you keep the essentials, and you always have the urgent supplies handy. This guide on how to organize your golf bags teaches you exactly how to do that. Some of these tips seem too obvious, but sometimes it takes a blog post to trigger you into action. Let this tutorial be the post that inspires you to clean out your Pandora’s box and voila! Find a decently-stocked golf bag in its place.
What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial
- Golf Bag
- Golf Bag Essentials
A. Golf Bag:
Choose your golf bag wisely. Large bags are heavier and costlier. Smaller golf carry bags may be enough for your weekend golfing purposes. A cart bag is useful if you have a golf push cart or a riding cart. A stand bag has two spindly legs that allow you to prop them up on the ground. We have created a buying guide and reviewed the best golf bags for 2017 here.
Always choose the bag based on the how many items are absolutely essential to you. You can decide it based on climactic conditions of the golf courses you frequent, the amenities at the golf course and your gameplay strategy.
B. Golf Bag Essentials
When you start organizing the golf bag, the question arises, what does every golfer need in their bags. We discussed a prioritized list of items you may need in the post here
14 golf clubs are the maximum and you need only carry as many as you need. Some irons and fairway woods can be replaced by hybrids. Suntan lotion and golf caps are cardinal to your health as is hydration.
Step By Step Instructions
Here’s how a pack-rat can turn into a golf-bag whiz and reduce the stress on your back preemptively:
- Empty the golf bag
- Clean the bag
- Stock the golf clubs
- Important items
- Other pockets
1. Empty the golf bag:
If you have been carrying the golf bag around a long time without once ever emptying it, be ready for some grossness. Forgotten wrappers with spit pieces of chewing gum, discarded tissues, muddy golf balls, such maybe the treasures you pluck from the bag.
Make sure to unzip all pockets and remove every last scrap of paper or item. Empty the golf club dividers too, the insides of which could be carrying half the mud of the local golf course.
Pile up the items according to categories. Throw away the scorecards from last year, the empty suntan lotion tube, the damaged balls, the broken tees. Whatever doesn’t serve you well should be discarded.
Do check the golf balls for the possibility of reuse. We have explained how to clean golf balls here.
3. Clean the bag:
Clean the insides of the bag. Remove any dirt that might be stuck on the inner walls of the divider from the golf clubs. Clean the apparel pockets and the umbrella holder. Clean the base and check the end-caps of the stand, if any.
You can give the bag a thorough wipe-down on the outside with a damp cloth or a cotton dipped in with rubbing alcohol.
4. Stock the golf clubs:
Since these are the main fare of your golf bag, arrange the clubs first after you have cleaned the bag. Identify the front side of the bag. Based on the type of bag stock the golf clubs:
A. Stand/Carry bag:
- For a carry/stand golf bag, the front is away from the strap and the back is closest to the strap. In the front slots, arrange the short irons (8-, 9-iron) and the wedges (Pitching wedge, Sand Wedge). In the middle dividers place the mid and long irons (3-6 irons). At the top of the bag, slide in the woods and hybrids. Arrange the woods from the driver to the shortest.
- Putter might have a separate divider called the putter well. If not, stock them with the woods and hybrids. The irons can harm it.
B. Cart Bag:
- If the bag is strapped to a golf cart, it faces the other way. The front becomes the back. So stock the golf clubs in the reverse order. The idea is to have the taller clubs like woods and driver at the back. The shorter irons should be in the front.
- This arrangement creates a waterfall of golf clubs. The tall clubs should not block the shorter ones.
5. Important items:
The front and the side pockets at the top should be dedicated to essential items like golf balls, tees, divot repairing tools. You shouldn’t have to bend and jostle with zippers every time you need a golf ball. You will just slow people down behind you.
6. Other pockets:
Keep the rainfly neatly folded or rolled in its compartment. An umbrella holder with a drain hole will be provided for keeping the wet umbrella. Slip in pens and empty scorecards to designated slots. Place the rangefinder in its pocket or hang it off its ring.Replace the dirty or damp towels with fresh ones. You will need only one towel on the course so choose wisely.
The extra-conscientious golfers can learn these neat hacks for utilizing the space better:
1. Towel hack:
How to fold towel neatly at home and for the golf bag? Learn below:
2. Umbrella hack:
You ever have trouble packing the umbrella back to the compact way it was bought in. Learn this clever hack from this little genius:
Organizing the golf bag will reduce its weight by half. Even if you are carrying the same amount of stuff, after organizing properly, the golf bag seems lighter. This is because each portion of the bag has been carefully designed to hold a certain item in proper position. By organizing, we help the bag in managing the weight as intended. Reviewing how to organize a golf bag:
- Cascade the golf clubs from longest in the back to shortest in the front
- Remove all unnecessary items from the bag
- Use the checklist of golf course essentials to re-stock the bag
- Arrange items neatly rather than haphazardly
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you found it helpful tell us in a comment below. We have an exhaustive repository of golf information waiting to be read and shared!