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What's in Your Bag?

Aug 17, 2007
What you have in your golf bag might be the most important part of your game. Woods, irons, putters, drivers, what do you really need to play a great game of golf?

What you have in your bag depends on your skill level. An occasional golfer will not need what a professional golfer carries. Finding the right fit for your body, your level of skill, and your personal likes can take time.

Even Phil and Tiger have changed their club situation a few times to ensure the best fit for their game. If it takes time for the great golfers of the world to find what they like then expect for it to take some time for you as well.

Low handicap golfers don't really need my golf tips. These are people who have at one time considered golfing as a profession or are just really goodhave a great golf swing. They know what they need and don't carry around clubs that don't work for them.

A mid level golfer, someone with not exactly a low handicap but not really high one either, could use the 3,5,and 7 woods, a pitching wedge, sand wedge, 4-9 irons, and a putter.

If you fall into this category than you most likely have a fairly good understanding of your clubs and what you need. A trap that some golfers who are fairly good fall into is, believing that if their bag looks like Tiger's then they will play like him. Wrong. Tiger could play well with anything.

Someone with a higher handicap will most likely be an occasional golfer. Their golf bag should contain the 3, 5, and 7 woods, 5-9 irons, a pitching wedge, and a putter.

Using smaller woods rather than a driver is a good idea for a higher handicap golfer. The rules of golf state that no more than fourteen clubs are allowed in the bag for a tournament.

If you don't know how to use fourteen clubs or twenty-five or however many, then don't put them in your bag. A full bag does not ensure a good game no matter what anyone else says.

Not too long ago Tiger had to tackle someone who tried to take off with his golf clubs. Your skill should dictate which clubs you carry not which PGA Tour member uses them.

Don't get carried away when creating your collection. Remember that choosing sticks that fit your game and that you are comfortable with are the two most important issues.
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David Stargel publishes several golf related websites in addition to writing about all sorts of golf related topics.
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