Category Archives for Blog

Golf Rules

Golf Rules

When you look at the game of golf, it seems fairly simple. You have a golf club, a golf ball, and a wide playing field. The only thing that the player needs to do is get the ball from the start, the tee box, to the hole marked with a flag.

Most people already know that you aren’t supposed to touch the ball but there are a lot more rules that you need to know if you want to play.

This guide goes over all the basics: player rules, important equipment, getting around the golf course, and the rules of the game.

Chapter 1

Origins

The origin of golf is very challenging to decipher when looking at each region history. The description of the golf game makes it difficult to determine the exact history of golf.

Many describe the golf game as a ball-and-stick type sport. This type of sports dates back to the 2600 B.C. era. Listed below are some of the mentions of the ball-and-stick games.

2600 BC Egypt: A ball-and-stick type sport was mention in 2600 BC in Middle Egypt. There are images of players on the tomb of Kehti Beni Hasan. The Greeks, most likely adopted game from the Egyptians.

100 BC: The Romans developed an early form of golf called Paganica. The game consisted of a stuffed leather ball and a bent wooden stick. The balls were larger, and they range in size from five to five and a half inches in diameter. The object of the game was to hit a target, which could be either tree, a rock or something else. Two teams played in the opposite direction, similar to hockey.

960-1279: Chuíw án is a similar game to golf. The Chinese played the game at several clubs during the Song Dynasty.

1261: Jacob van Mae Maerlant, a Flemish poet, mention the game of kolf (golf) in the dutch manuscript in 1261. This was the earliest mention of the game in the Dutch language. Kolf was very popular in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

1297: The Dutch played the game with a stick and leather ball in Loenen. The object of the game is to put the ball in a hole using golf clubs. The winner is the person with fewer strokes to the spot a few hundred yards in the distance.

1360: Brussels council banned the game of golf/colf. If anyone played, there would be a fine or the confiscation of an overcoat.

The Modern game (the big debate, Scottish or not?)


Scotland is known as the home of golf, and it is seen worldwide as the national cultural icon of Scotland. The modern-day game of hitting a small ball with a stick around a course of 18 holes is a Scotland origin.

However, there are reports the game originated elsewhere. They believed there was a golf-like game played in continental Europe. Many scholars argue that the game originated in 17th-century Netherlands and that this time frame predates the game in Scotland.

Scholars argue the word golf was thought to be an alternate word for 'colf,' which is a Dutch term meaning stick or club. The Dutch version of the game related to a game where the lowest number of strokes need to hit a ball with a mallet into a hole determines the winner.

Early golf in Scotland

Most modern sports have origins in earlier games that goes back thousands of years. Golf is no different. Like most recent games, golf developed into a recognizable version.

Golf differs from other sports in that the origins lie in the stick-and-ball games of ancient times. The modern game dates back as far as the 1400s in Scotland.

The 1457 Act, which prohibited golf, of the Scottish Parliament documented golf in Scotland. King James II prohibited golf because he believed the popularity of the sport was a distraction from military training.

In the 1500s, however, King James IV became captivated with the sport. When there was a short term of peace, King James IV engaged in the sports and allowed others to do so.

There is proof that expatriates, immigrant and Scottish soldiers took the sport to the British colonies during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Chapter 2

Associations Develop

By the end of the 1800s, golf popularity increased in the U.S. Golf popularity led to a need for an organizing body. In1894, delegates from the area golf clubs met to form a golf organization. The delegates represented Yonkers New York, Southampton New York, Brookline Massachusetts Chicago and Newport Rhode Island.

In 1894, the United States Golf Association (USGA), which is a governing body, was created in New York. The governing body is for the U.S. and Mexico national association of clubs, facilities and golf courses. It establishes rules for the game and administers the golf championship.

There are five charter member the USGA, and they are:

-St. Andrew Golf Club of Yonkers, New York
-Newport (Rhode Island) Golf Club
-Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York
-The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts
-Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois.

USGA serves as a referee for rules, questions and general information on amateur status. In 1916, the USGA changed the name to Professional Golf Association of America (PGA).

Both professionals and amateurs are now allowed to play in the British Open, and the U.S. Open. However, they are not allowed to play in the Accenture Match Play Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Golf Championships.

The Ruling Authority (R&A), which is the ruling authority of golf throughout the world except for U.S. and Mexico and the USGA interprets and makes the rules of golf. The USGA does the following:

-Provides national handicap
-Conducts 14 national championships
-Test golf equipment for adherence to regulations

Britain


In ancient times, golf originated as the stick and ball game of the sport that's played today. Golf dates back to the 1400s in Britain.

When James VI of Scotland took the throne in England in 1603, he and his court played golf at the Blackheath course in London. 

Mary, the Queen of Scots and the ruling class, contributed to the rise of the sports. 

Queen Mary played golf often, and her students carried her clubs, whom she called cadet. Many believe that the word cadet is the origin of the word caddie.

In the 1600s, James I lifted the ban on playing golf on Sunday. He also appointed the official golf clubs and golf ball makers.

James II arranged the first international match between Scotland and England. The game of golf slowly became popular outside of Scotland. However, there were several notable courses outside of Scotland.

In the early 1770s, British slave traders built the first African golf course on Bunce Island in Sierra Leone. Below are notables reminders of the oldest golf clubs and golf excursion outside of the British Isles.

-In 1844 the Mauritius Gymkhana Club was built

-1829, the Royal Calcutta Golf Club

-1856 the Pau (the oldest golf course in continental Europe_.

Golf became widely popular in the 19th century outside of Scotland.

The United States and Canada

A vast majority of the nineteenth centuries golf had a difficult time gaining popularity in the U.S. The nation at the time was busy building rebuilding itself after the Civil War. When America found time for sports, it was horseracing, baseball and boxing.


However, there is evidence of golf in America during the 17th century. For example, in 1650, a group of men played golf for points near Fort Orange (Albany New York). And, in 1657, a group of men were cited and warned not to play golf, and in 1659, an ordinance was issued to prevent golf in Albany New York, because of broken windows.

In the 1800s golf thrive in the United Kingdom. However, it slowly began to spread outside the shores of Britain. The U.S. was slowly catching on to golf craze.

In 1873, Canada Royal Montreal Club was the first golf club in North America. The club members played on Dixie (formerly known as Fletcher Field). The name Dixie derived from Southern refugees of the U.S. Civil War. Golf was also played in 1876 at the Niagara and Toronto, Ontario clubs, and in 1879 in the Brantford, Ontario club.

Golf arrived at the tail end of the 18th century mostly in the northeastern part of the United States. The U.S. built the first golf club 15 years after the Canada Royal Montreal Club. In 1888, John Reid, a transplanted Scot, ordered a set of clubs from Tom Morris in St Andrews.

He gathered together a small group of his friends and set out to a three-hole course in the cow pastures of Yonkers, New York. After playing with his friends, the group formed the St. Andrew Club of Yonkers, which is the first golf club in America.

In 1889, a group of Englishmen built the Middlesbrough Golf Club. In 1894, there were a total of nine golf courses in the U.S. Chicago had the first golf course on the coast and the U.S. first 18-hole golf course. Chicago became a popular location for golf because of its 26 golf courses.

Chapter 3

Rules of Golf


In 1744, a small group of gentlemen golfers came together and formed a group called the honourable company of Edinburgh golfers. They are believed to be the oldest golf clubs in the world. In 1754, when the Society of St Andrews came up with the Saint Andrew code, the Honourable company drew up their own set of rules for golf. They framed 13 rules.

The first rule state that your ball must be teed within a club-length of the hole and your tee must be on the ground. The ball that is struck must not be changed, and the ball must be removed from water or water hazard. If you remove it, you must per permit rival a stroke.

Representatives from the British Unions Advisory Committee, the United States, Commonwealth and the European Golf Federation have co-opted to consolidate the codes. At various times the U.S. and Britain have decided to have separate codes. However, in 1967, a uniform code took effect.

The R&A and the USGA are golf rule-making bodies. Their goals were to provide uniformity in the rules of golf by analyzing views, recommendation and interpretation for revisions.

The golfers in St. Andrews established the R&A and embraced the rules of the Leith. Periodical changes were made before R&A was framed to turn the last position in 1897.

Equipment Develops


The allowance of a variety of iron heads is the most notable factor in golf. The introduction of the steel shaft began in the late 1890s, but the governing bodies of golf were slow to adopt them.

In the 1970s, there was a shift in shaft technology for strength characteristics and lightweight. Graphite shaft filled the role with both traits.In the 1980s, metal with its strength and versatility replaced wood.

New golf clubs employ graphite and lightweight titanium heads to increase the size of the clubhead. Modern material strength increases the distance the ball can travel by increasing the spring-like effect of the club. The new materials also allow a much thinner face of the club.

To maintain the challenge of the game, the USGA limited the spring-like effect to .83 and the maximum clubhead size to 460 ccs. The spring-like effect is known as the Coefficient of Restitution.

Golf Balls


For regulation golf balls, the maximum weight of 1.62 ounces and a minimum diameter of 1.6 ounces. The competition velocity of the ball should not exceed 250 ft. However, Britain does require a velocity specification.

The early golf ball


The golf balls made between 14th and 17th centuries composed of hard wood, such as Beach and box trees. In Scotland, however, the balls were filled with cows hair imported from the Netherland.

Feather Era


Later, the feathery ball came to light with a unique process. The feathery cover is a hand-sewn round leather pouch stuff with goose or chicken feathers and coated with white paint. The volume of the feathers should be a top hat full of feathers. The feathers were softened, boiled and stuffed into the leather pouch.

Gutta-percha (gutty)


In 1848, the emergence of the Gutta-percha revolutionized the game.

Dr. Robert Adams Patterson invented Gutta-percha (gutty) ball. Gutta-percha, a milky-like dried sap of the Malaysian sapodilla tree, has a softness and rubber-like feel of the sap. The sap can be heated and shaped in a mold. The sap becomes impressible and soft at boiling temperature. When it cools, it becomes brittle and retains its shape. Cold water does not affect the sap.

In the 1840s, it came to light that the properties of the gutta-percha were ideal for the manufacture of golf balls. The simple process of boiling the sap, molding it and allowing it to dry was efficient in manufacturing of golf balls.

Not only was the sap quickly to manufacture, but it was also cheaper to produce. During the manufacturing process, if a ball was damaged or not perfectly rounded, it could be quickly reformed.

By accident, the damage balls with nick and cuts actually provided a more consistent ball flight than the ball with a perfectly smooth surface.

The manufacturer started intentionally making the indentations on the surface of the new balls using a hammer, or a knife or chisel gave the guddy textured surface. The new protruding knobs left by carvings patterns across the ball surface became known as brambles due to the resemble of the Bramble fruit.

Rubber Ball


In 1903, the Spalding company launched a new ball, which covered with bladder, a natural rubber. The bladder ball is easier to control than the gutta-percha and more durable. The balls with indentations produced better results than the balls with bumps. They also reduced the drag on the ball by increasing turbulence.

 In 1899, George F Grant, one of the first African-American golfers, increase the playability and popularity of golf by introducing the golf tee. 

Grant's invention also increased the average player's opportunity of getting the ball airborne. Players previously made a tee from a pinch of wet dirt or used early tees made from rubber, steel or cardboard.

The 1.62 formula

The R&A enacted the 1.62 formula after World War I. The formula meant that the ball must be a maximum weight of 1.62 ounces (45.93 grams) and a minimum diameter of 1.62 inches (4.11 cm).

A ball 1.68 inches in diameter and weighing 1.55 ounces was tried by the USGA for two years. But, in 1932, it reverted to a weight of 1.62 ounces and a diameter of 1.68 inches.

Early clubs


The early specimen of golf club came to spotlight in 1970 during the excavation of the Dutch East Indiaman Kennemerland when it sunk in 1664. Previously the oldest clubs were discovered in Hull, England, with a newspaper with a date of 1741.

There are early specimens in the British Golf Museum at St. Andrews.

The clubs include two woods and a putting cleek, which is a putter with an iron head on a wooden shaft. The putter was made in the second half of the 18 century by Simon Cossar of Leith, who was a club maker for the Company of Gentlemen Golfers.

Allan Robertson, a member of R&A, made cleek for steady putting. After he realized that the gutta-percha ball did not ruin golf, he also realized the value of iron with approach shots.

"Young Tom" the son Tom Morris created an idea for the cup-faced niblick, which is the nine iron today for playing the shorter distance and approaches.

Golf Courses


A round of golf consists of 18 holes, which is available on most golf courses. However, some golf courses have nine holes. In a stipulated round, the golfer plays them twice. Golf courses usually measure from 6000 to 7000 yards and individual holes range from 150 to 600 yards.

The golf game requires play of the ball from tee to hole by continuous strokes according to the rules. The design of the golf accommodates for the different positions of the ball. The objective of the game is to make the fewest strokes.

During the early 19th century, there was no requirement for the number of holes. The number of holes required varied with the localities.

When Leith, with five holes, popularity drop. St. Andrews became a popular hub. In 1764, St. Andrews round was modified to 18 holes.

Golf clubs


In the average player golf set, there are either 9 or 10 iron and 3 or 4 wood golf club. During a round, no more than 14 clubs are allowed. All the clubs are different in some way, and no two are alike. They have different length, weight and size. The shape of the head, the angle of the shaft-end and the angle of the face of the club are also different.

The number and the name designate each golf club. The number identifies the length and pitch. It also determines the height and distance of the club will drive a ball.

Typically, the greater the distance, the lower the number The distance decreases and pitch increases as golf club numbers go up. For longer distances, generally, woods or metal are used. Golf clubs include the following woods, irons and putter.

Woods:

-number 1 (driver)
-number 2 (brassie)
-number 3 (spoon)
-number 4 (baffy)
-number 5 (replaces number 3 or 4 iron)

Irons:

-number 1 (driving iron)
-number 2 (midiron)
-number 3 (mid-mashie)
-number 4 (mashie iron)
-number 5 (mashie)
-number 6 (spade mashie)
-number 7 (mashie-niblick)
-number 8 (pitching niblick)
-number 9 (niblick)
-number 10 (wedge)
-putter (carries no number).

Tournaments

There are four prestigious men's major championship. They are the Masters, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

The top golfers play in these tournaments from around the world. Since its inception, the Master is played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The Master is the only tournament played on the same course every year.

The PGA Championship and the U.S. Open are played a different course around the U.S. The Open Championship is played at courses around the United Kingdom. Before The Masters and the PGA Championship, the four Majors were the Open Championship, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur.

History Of Golf

History of Golf

The first step to becoming a pro golfer is to know and master your tools. Even without the dream to go pro, you still need to have a good understanding of how golf clubs work. You can’t just take one and swing. Well, you can but you probably won’t get the ball in the hole.

Golf is a game of precision. Aside from just working on your swing, you must ALSO know which club you need to use. No matter how hard you hit the nail, it probably won’t be effective if you use a shovel when you should be using a hammer. In the same way, this guide will help you through identifying the different parts and types of golf clubs and when to use them. We’ll also be diving into what happens as your club hits the ball to help you understand how the energy from your swing is transferred to the ball.

Chapter 1

Origins

The origin of golf is very challenging to decipher when looking at each region history. The description of the golf game makes it difficult to determine the exact history of golf.

Many describe the golf game as a ball-and-stick type sport. This type of sports dates back to the 2600 B.C. era. Listed below are some of the mentions of the ball-and-stick games.

2600 BC Egypt: A ball-and-stick type sport was mention in 2600 BC in Middle Egypt. There are images of players on the tomb of Kehti Beni Hasan. The Greeks, most likely adopted game from the Egyptians.

100 BC: The Romans developed an early form of golf called Paganica. The game consisted of a stuffed leather ball and a bent wooden stick. The balls were larger, and they range in size from five to five and a half inches in diameter. The object of the game was to hit a target, which could be either tree, a rock or something else. Two teams played in the opposite direction, similar to hockey.

960-1279: Chuíw án is a similar game to golf. The Chinese played the game at several clubs during the Song Dynasty.

1261: Jacob van Mae Maerlant, a Flemish poet, mention the game of kolf (golf) in the dutch manuscript in 1261. This was the earliest mention of the game in the Dutch language. Kolf was very popular in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

1297: The Dutch played the game with a stick and leather ball in Loenen. The object of the game is to put the ball in a hole using golf clubs. The winner is the person with fewer strokes to the spot a few hundred yards in the distance.

1360: Brussels council banned the game of golf/colf. If anyone played, there would be a fine or the confiscation of an overcoat.

The Modern game (the big debate, Scottish or not?)


Scotland is known as the home of golf, and it is seen worldwide as the national cultural icon of Scotland. The modern-day game of hitting a small ball with a stick around a course of 18 holes is a Scotland origin.

However, there are reports the game originated elsewhere. They believed there was a golf-like game played in continental Europe. Many scholars argue that the game originated in 17th-century Netherlands and that this time frame predates the game in Scotland.

Scholars argue the word golf was thought to be an alternate word for 'colf,' which is a Dutch term meaning stick or club. The Dutch version of the game related to a game where the lowest number of strokes need to hit a ball with a mallet into a hole determines the winner.

Early golf in Scotland

Most modern sports have origins in earlier games that goes back thousands of years. Golf is no different. Like most recent games, golf developed into a recognizable version.

Golf differs from other sports in that the origins lie in the stick-and-ball games of ancient times. The modern game dates back as far as the 1400s in Scotland.

The 1457 Act, which prohibited golf, of the Scottish Parliament documented golf in Scotland. King James II prohibited golf because he believed the popularity of the sport was a distraction from military training.

In the 1500s, however, King James IV became captivated with the sport. When there was a short term of peace, King James IV engaged in the sports and allowed others to do so.

There is proof that expatriates, immigrant and Scottish soldiers took the sport to the British colonies during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Chapter 2

Associations Develop

By the end of the 1800s, golf popularity increased in the U.S. Golf popularity led to a need for an organizing body. In1894, delegates from the area golf clubs met to form a golf organization. The delegates represented Yonkers New York, Southampton New York, Brookline Massachusetts Chicago and Newport Rhode Island.

In 1894, the United States Golf Association (USGA), which is a governing body, was created in New York. The governing body is for the U.S. and Mexico national association of clubs, facilities and golf courses. It establishes rules for the game and administers the golf championship.

There are five charter member the USGA, and they are:

-St. Andrew Golf Club of Yonkers, New York
-Newport (Rhode Island) Golf Club
-Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York
-The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts
-Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois.

USGA serves as a referee for rules, questions and general information on amateur status. In 1916, the USGA changed the name to Professional Golf Association of America (PGA).

Both professionals and amateurs are now allowed to play in the British Open, and the U.S. Open. However, they are not allowed to play in the Accenture Match Play Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Golf Championships.

The Ruling Authority (R&A), which is the ruling authority of golf throughout the world except for U.S. and Mexico and the USGA interprets and makes the rules of golf. The USGA does the following:

-Provides national handicap
-Conducts 14 national championships
-Test golf equipment for adherence to regulations

Britain


In ancient times, golf originated as the stick and ball game of the sport that's played today. Golf dates back to the 1400s in Britain.

When James VI of Scotland took the throne in England in 1603, he and his court played golf at the Blackheath course in London. 

Mary, the Queen of Scots and the ruling class, contributed to the rise of the sports. 

Queen Mary played golf often, and her students carried her clubs, whom she called cadet. Many believe that the word cadet is the origin of the word caddie.

In the 1600s, James I lifted the ban on playing golf on Sunday. He also appointed the official golf clubs and golf ball makers.

James II arranged the first international match between Scotland and England. The game of golf slowly became popular outside of Scotland. However, there were several notable courses outside of Scotland.

In the early 1770s, British slave traders built the first African golf course on Bunce Island in Sierra Leone. Below are notables reminders of the oldest golf clubs and golf excursion outside of the British Isles.

-In 1844 the Mauritius Gymkhana Club was built

-1829, the Royal Calcutta Golf Club

-1856 the Pau (the oldest golf course in continental Europe_.

Golf became widely popular in the 19th century outside of Scotland.

The United States and Canada

A vast majority of the nineteenth centuries golf had a difficult time gaining popularity in the U.S. The nation at the time was busy building rebuilding itself after the Civil War. When America found time for sports, it was horseracing, baseball and boxing.


However, there is evidence of golf in America during the 17th century. For example, in 1650, a group of men played golf for points near Fort Orange (Albany New York). And, in 1657, a group of men were cited and warned not to play golf, and in 1659, an ordinance was issued to prevent golf in Albany New York, because of broken windows.

In the 1800s golf thrive in the United Kingdom. However, it slowly began to spread outside the shores of Britain. The U.S. was slowly catching on to golf craze.

In 1873, Canada Royal Montreal Club was the first golf club in North America. The club members played on Dixie (formerly known as Fletcher Field). The name Dixie derived from Southern refugees of the U.S. Civil War. Golf was also played in 1876 at the Niagara and Toronto, Ontario clubs, and in 1879 in the Brantford, Ontario club.

Golf arrived at the tail end of the 18th century mostly in the northeastern part of the United States. The U.S. built the first golf club 15 years after the Canada Royal Montreal Club. In 1888, John Reid, a transplanted Scot, ordered a set of clubs from Tom Morris in St Andrews.

He gathered together a small group of his friends and set out to a three-hole course in the cow pastures of Yonkers, New York. After playing with his friends, the group formed the St. Andrew Club of Yonkers, which is the first golf club in America.

In 1889, a group of Englishmen built the Middlesbrough Golf Club. In 1894, there were a total of nine golf courses in the U.S. Chicago had the first golf course on the coast and the U.S. first 18-hole golf course. Chicago became a popular location for golf because of its 26 golf courses.

Chapter 3

Rules of Golf


In 1744, a small group of gentlemen golfers came together and formed a group called the honourable company of Edinburgh golfers. They are believed to be the oldest golf clubs in the world. In 1754, when the Society of St Andrews came up with the Saint Andrew code, the Honourable company drew up their own set of rules for golf. They framed 13 rules.

The first rule state that your ball must be teed within a club-length of the hole and your tee must be on the ground. The ball that is struck must not be changed, and the ball must be removed from water or water hazard. If you remove it, you must per permit rival a stroke.

Representatives from the British Unions Advisory Committee, the United States, Commonwealth and the European Golf Federation have co-opted to consolidate the codes. At various times the U.S. and Britain have decided to have separate codes. However, in 1967, a uniform code took effect.

The R&A and the USGA are golf rule-making bodies. Their goals were to provide uniformity in the rules of golf by analyzing views, recommendation and interpretation for revisions.

The golfers in St. Andrews established the R&A and embraced the rules of the Leith. Periodical changes were made before R&A was framed to turn the last position in 1897.

Equipment Develops


The allowance of a variety of iron heads is the most notable factor in golf. The introduction of the steel shaft began in the late 1890s, but the governing bodies of golf were slow to adopt them.

In the 1970s, there was a shift in shaft technology for strength characteristics and lightweight. Graphite shaft filled the role with both traits.In the 1980s, metal with its strength and versatility replaced wood.

New golf clubs employ graphite and lightweight titanium heads to increase the size of the clubhead. Modern material strength increases the distance the ball can travel by increasing the spring-like effect of the club. The new materials also allow a much thinner face of the club.

To maintain the challenge of the game, the USGA limited the spring-like effect to .83 and the maximum clubhead size to 460 ccs. The spring-like effect is known as the Coefficient of Restitution.

Golf Balls


For regulation golf balls, the maximum weight of 1.62 ounces and a minimum diameter of 1.6 ounces. The competition velocity of the ball should not exceed 250 ft. However, Britain does require a velocity specification.

The early golf ball


The golf balls made between 14th and 17th centuries composed of hard wood, such as Beach and box trees. In Scotland, however, the balls were filled with cows hair imported from the Netherland.

Feather Era


Later, the feathery ball came to light with a unique process. The feathery cover is a hand-sewn round leather pouch stuff with goose or chicken feathers and coated with white paint. The volume of the feathers should be a top hat full of feathers. The feathers were softened, boiled and stuffed into the leather pouch.

Gutta-percha (gutty)


In 1848, the emergence of the Gutta-percha revolutionized the game.

Dr. Robert Adams Patterson invented Gutta-percha (gutty) ball. Gutta-percha, a milky-like dried sap of the Malaysian sapodilla tree, has a softness and rubber-like feel of the sap. The sap can be heated and shaped in a mold. The sap becomes impressible and soft at boiling temperature. When it cools, it becomes brittle and retains its shape. Cold water does not affect the sap.

In the 1840s, it came to light that the properties of the gutta-percha were ideal for the manufacture of golf balls. The simple process of boiling the sap, molding it and allowing it to dry was efficient in manufacturing of golf balls.

Not only was the sap quickly to manufacture, but it was also cheaper to produce. During the manufacturing process, if a ball was damaged or not perfectly rounded, it could be quickly reformed.

By accident, the damage balls with nick and cuts actually provided a more consistent ball flight than the ball with a perfectly smooth surface.

The manufacturer started intentionally making the indentations on the surface of the new balls using a hammer, or a knife or chisel gave the guddy textured surface. The new protruding knobs left by carvings patterns across the ball surface became known as brambles due to the resemble of the Bramble fruit.

Rubber Ball


In 1903, the Spalding company launched a new ball, which covered with bladder, a natural rubber. The bladder ball is easier to control than the gutta-percha and more durable. The balls with indentations produced better results than the balls with bumps. They also reduced the drag on the ball by increasing turbulence.

 In 1899, George F Grant, one of the first African-American golfers, increase the playability and popularity of golf by introducing the golf tee. 

Grant's invention also increased the average player's opportunity of getting the ball airborne. Players previously made a tee from a pinch of wet dirt or used early tees made from rubber, steel or cardboard.

The 1.62 formula

The R&A enacted the 1.62 formula after World War I. The formula meant that the ball must be a maximum weight of 1.62 ounces (45.93 grams) and a minimum diameter of 1.62 inches (4.11 cm).

A ball 1.68 inches in diameter and weighing 1.55 ounces was tried by the USGA for two years. But, in 1932, it reverted to a weight of 1.62 ounces and a diameter of 1.68 inches.

Early clubs


The early specimen of golf club came to spotlight in 1970 during the excavation of the Dutch East Indiaman Kennemerland when it sunk in 1664. Previously the oldest clubs were discovered in Hull, England, with a newspaper with a date of 1741.

There are early specimens in the British Golf Museum at St. Andrews.

The clubs include two woods and a putting cleek, which is a putter with an iron head on a wooden shaft. The putter was made in the second half of the 18 century by Simon Cossar of Leith, who was a club maker for the Company of Gentlemen Golfers.

Allan Robertson, a member of R&A, made cleek for steady putting. After he realized that the gutta-percha ball did not ruin golf, he also realized the value of iron with approach shots.

"Young Tom" the son Tom Morris created an idea for the cup-faced niblick, which is the nine iron today for playing the shorter distance and approaches.

Golf Courses


A round of golf consists of 18 holes, which is available on most golf courses. However, some golf courses have nine holes. In a stipulated round, the golfer plays them twice. Golf courses usually measure from 6000 to 7000 yards and individual holes range from 150 to 600 yards.

The golf game requires play of the ball from tee to hole by continuous strokes according to the rules. The design of the golf accommodates for the different positions of the ball. The objective of the game is to make the fewest strokes.

During the early 19th century, there was no requirement for the number of holes. The number of holes required varied with the localities.

When Leith, with five holes, popularity drop. St. Andrews became a popular hub. In 1764, St. Andrews round was modified to 18 holes.

Golf clubs


In the average player golf set, there are either 9 or 10 iron and 3 or 4 wood golf club. During a round, no more than 14 clubs are allowed. All the clubs are different in some way, and no two are alike. They have different length, weight and size. The shape of the head, the angle of the shaft-end and the angle of the face of the club are also different.

The number and the name designate each golf club. The number identifies the length and pitch. It also determines the height and distance of the club will drive a ball.

Typically, the greater the distance, the lower the number The distance decreases and pitch increases as golf club numbers go up. For longer distances, generally, woods or metal are used. Golf clubs include the following woods, irons and putter.

Woods:

-number 1 (driver)
-number 2 (brassie)
-number 3 (spoon)
-number 4 (baffy)
-number 5 (replaces number 3 or 4 iron)

Irons:

-number 1 (driving iron)
-number 2 (midiron)
-number 3 (mid-mashie)
-number 4 (mashie iron)
-number 5 (mashie)
-number 6 (spade mashie)
-number 7 (mashie-niblick)
-number 8 (pitching niblick)
-number 9 (niblick)
-number 10 (wedge)
-putter (carries no number).

Tournaments

There are four prestigious men's major championship. They are the Masters, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

The top golfers play in these tournaments from around the world. Since its inception, the Master is played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The Master is the only tournament played on the same course every year.

The PGA Championship and the U.S. Open are played a different course around the U.S. The Open Championship is played at courses around the United Kingdom. Before The Masters and the PGA Championship, the four Majors were the Open Championship, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur.

How Golf Clubs Work

How Golf Clubs Work

The first step to becoming a pro golfer is to know and master your tools. Even without the dream to go pro, you still need to have a good understanding of how golf clubs work. You can’t just take one and swing. Well, you can but you probably won’t get the ball in the hole.

Golf is a game of precision. Aside from just working on your swing, you must ALSO know which club you need to use. No matter how hard you hit the nail, it probably won’t be effective if you use a shovel when you should be using a hammer. In the same way, this guide will help you through identifying the different parts and types of golf clubs and when to use them. We’ll also be diving into what happens as your club hits the ball to help you understand how the energy from your swing is transferred to the ball.

Chapter 1

Golf Club Parts

The golf club is your main tool in this game. There are many different types of golf clubs, each type with a specific purpose, but they all have the same general parts. From the top to the bottom, you have the Grip, Shaft, and Head.

Grip


The Grip is the part of the golf club that you hold. Now, a majority of golf clubs have a rubber grip which can range from being firm to soft. Other materials used are synthetic polymer blends, cords, and leathers; with leather grips being the only material used in the earlier years of golf. Grip selection is dependent on your needs. As a beginner, a standard rubber grip should be enough for you to have a firm hold.

Aside from the type of material, grips also have different sizes. A standard size grip would suit most golfers but, depending on your style, you might prefer a larger or smaller grip. The smallest size is for hands that are shorter than 7 inches. The way to measure the length of your hand is to start from the center of the base of your hand, where your palm meets your wrist, all the way to the tip of your middle finger.

The smallest grip size is known as a junior grip. Standard grips are for hands that are 7 to 8 ¾ inches long. Midsize grips are for hands 8 ¼ to 9 ¼ inches while the largest Jumbo grips are for hands larger than that. For people with even larger hands or those who just prepare oversized grips, you can use tape to extend it.

Shaft


Extending from the grip and carrying the head is the shaft. Different golf clubs vary in shaft length and the shape of the club’s head. You’ll find that common materials used are either steel or carbon-fiber compound.

Other materials that are now being used are graphite, titanium, and nano fuse which is a crystalline alloy with a carbon composite sublayer. The type of material that makes your shaft can affect how your swing might feel. These materials relay energy and vibrations differently so if you are used to using a club with a steel shaft, you’ll feel a different kind of impact when you use a graphite club.

  • Flex Rating

Shafts also have a flex rating. A flex rating is basically the measure of the shaft’s stiffness. The rating ranges from Ladies (L), Seniors (A), Regular (R), Firm (F), Extra Firm (X), and Stiff (S) with L being the least stiff, allowing the most bend during a swing.

A pro would ideally prefer a stiff shaft since it would provide better control and relay the most energy from an effective swing. However, a beginner would benefit more from a limp L or A rated shaft, which could provide an extra whip-like motion, relaying stored potential energy to the ball.

Head


The head is where you will see the most variety between golf clubs. The different types of golf clubs are divided depending on the shape of the head. The head may seem to be the smallest part of the golf club but variations in its design play a crucial part in how the club is best used.

Parts of the Head


The head is further divided into parts: the Hosel, Face, Sole, and Back. The Hosel is the part that connects to the shaft. The face is the part that will hit the ball. The part behind the face is known as the back.On the face of the head, you’ll find the toe, heel, and sole. The toe is the part that is furthest away from you, while the heel is the one closest. The sole is the lowest part which is closest to the ground.

Loft


The loft refers to the angle face of the head is tilted away from the perpendicular axis of the shaft when you stand it on the ground. You’ll need the right tools to measure the exact loft of a golf club. A higher loft would have a more angled or horizontal face while lower lofted club faces will look more vertically oriented.

The loft, also referred to as the slope of the face, can determine your strike’s trajectory and distance. A club with a lower loft, such as a Driver, would cause the ball to move at a lower trajectory but travel a longer distance which is why a Driver is used at the tee where getting a wider coverage is a priority. Drivers have the lowest loft degree.

Higher lofted clubs, such as irons and wedges, are for shorter distance shots. The higher angles on wedges are extremely useful because they give golfers better control. A commonly used wedge is the Sand Wedge which, from its namesake, is often used to bring the ball up in the air and out of sand bunkers.

Grooves


The grooves on the face of the golf club prevents the ball from skidding. It keeps a firm grip on the ball even when there are droplets or bits of grass that could get caught between the ball and face during impact.

For example, when there is moisture that gets caught in the swing, the droplets of water can enter into the grooves while the face impacts the ball. If there were no grooves, the water would affect the shot and cause the ball to either go in another direction or slip off.

Chapter 2

Types of Golf Clubs

Identifying the different types of Golf Clubs: When to use...


A recommended set of golf clubs would include 3 woods, 7 irons, 1 hybrid, a putter, and 2 wedges of your choice. This is not a requirement, but it is a good variety of clubs to complete your set of 14. 

Each golfer is allowed their pick of 14 clubs. Most would opt to have a larger selection of irons, wedges, and putters. The reasoning behind this will be clearer after we discuss the different types of golf clubs.

Woods


Originally, woods were golf clubs with large heads made from wood. While the name has remained, these golf clubs now have heads made from metals. A major advantage in the manufacturing of metal golf clubs is the liberties that manufacturers have in terms of design. With metals, they are able to mold the head to its best design.

There are many things to take into consideration with golf clubs with large heads. A heavier club head is good for stability when taking your swing because it prevents twisting. A slight twist as you swing would change the direction of the ball. However, light heads allow you to put more power and speed into your swing, relaying more energy into the ball causing it to travel further. Now, most golf heads are hollow because this places the weight of the head along the perimeter. A hollow head is better designed to prevent twisting than one with the weight in the center.

With a hollow center, the head can also be made larger, creating a wider surface area to hit the ball with. Remember that precision is key when playing golf, so the larger area gives you a better chance to strike the ball.

The golf club with the biggest head, lowest loft, and longest shaft is the Driver. Drivers are used at the tee because the design is best suited for driving the ball to a distance, bringing it as close as possible to the hole. The Driver is also best used at the tee because its large size makes it difficult to strike the ball when it is on the ground. Following the Driver in head size, and with a higher loft degree are the Fairway woods. They are so named because they are usually used when on the fairway.

Irons


Just as the woods were originally named because they were made from wood, irons were the first golf clubs that were made of metals; Iron to be exact. Unlike woods, irons are characterized as having higher loft degrees. 

This means their faces are more angled, making them best suited for taking shots that are less than 200 yards away. You can easily identify irons by the shorter shaft and smaller clubheads. Grooves on irons may sometimes be more prominent.

There are 2 types of irons. First is the Muscle Back, also known as the “Blade Style” Iron. The second is the Cavity Back Style. The main difference between the two is the presence of a full back behind the face of the former while the latter has a hollow back.

Muscle Backs are often preferred by more skilled players. Also known as Full Back Irons, the presence of the weight gives it a higher center of gravity. This means that using a full back would give a lower trajectory shot as compared to a hollowed-out Cavity Back iron. On the other hand, the hollowed back of Cavity Back irons gives it better perimeter weighting, making it easier for players to hit the ball.

  • Sub-type: Wedges

Wedges can be identified as either a subset or irons or a whole other set of golf clubs. These are the golf clubs that have the shortest shaft lengths and the highest loft degrees. When you look at the pros, most carry 3 to 4 wedges. From the lowest to highest loft, you have the Pitching Wedge (PW), Approach Wedge (AW), Sand Wedge (SW), Lob Wedge (LW).

Maintaining the same rule, the higher lofted Lob Wedge (LW) can give you a higher trajectory but shorter distance to your shot. Propelling the ball higher may not be important when you are at the tee, but it is useful for when you get stuck in a bunker or are on a steep hill.

Putters


The main purpose of the putter is to putt the ball into the hole. You will find many variations on the putter head but we can classify that into either traditional blades, heel-toe head, and mallet putters.

The traditional blades are narrow blades where you can find the shaft supporting the blade at the heel. These are the putters that carry some similarity with hockey blades. The heel-toe heads are similar but carry some weight at the heel and toe areas. Instead of being a narrow blade, it will have thicker edges. Lastly, the mallet putters are those with larger heads.

There are many different styles and shapes to putters because putting is dependent on the golfer’s preferences. The best way to identify which one works for you is to test them out.

Hybrids


Wedges and Putters are more specialized golf clubs. Hybrids are the clubs that carry characteristics of the other 2 types discussed earlier: Woods and Irons.

 Long irons, which are those with the lower loft and longer shafts are now opted out in favor of hybrids. Because of the design of those long irons, hitting the ball can be difficult. Thus, hybrids which retain the lofts of irons but the bigger heads of woods can give golfers a “best-of-both-worlds” advantage.

Chapter 3

Golf Club Numbers Meaning

Reading Numbers: What do golf club numbers mean?


When choosing golf clubs, there are more things to worry about than just picking out whether you need a wood or an iron. Woods and irons are numbered to identify the loft and shaft length. 

With each increasing number denoting a higher loft and a shorter shaft. For example, a 1-Wood, which is commonly known as the Driver, has the lowest loft and the longest shaft. A 2-Wood would have a higher loft, and a shorter shaft. The same applies when comparing Irons.

Long irons are the 1-,2-,3-,4- irons, that have higher lofts than fairway woods, which are most commonly the 3- and 5- woods but have longer shafts when compared to other irons. Wedges and Putters don’t follow the same numbering system because Wedges are already divided into types based on the loft degrees, while putters vary in the general shape of the head and not the loft.

Club-to-Ball: What happens when you swing

The actual contact time between the ball and the golf club is 450 microseconds. When that happens, the ball undergoes 4 phases. Initially, the club presses up against the ball, causing the impacted side to flatten. During this phase, the ball looks like the letter D. Next, 2 things happen: the ball returns to its original shape and it starts to move up across the face of the club head. The third phase involves the ball stretching forward. During this phase, the ball elongates and starts to spin as it moves forward. Lastly, the ball leaves the face of the club and bounds forward. Hopefully, straight into the hole.

Prior to that, you and every other golfer, take the time to get your stance ready, position your feet, straighten your back and ready your aim. The goal is to focus your energy and direct it into the ball. The impact between club and ball is the culmination of your stroke, but the outcome is largely dependent on more than just your technique.

The stiffness of the shaft of your golf club would affect how the energy of your stroke is related to the ball. The length of the shaft would change your stroke dynamic. The type of golf club you use, specifically the head shape and loft would change how the ball will move forward. Whether it will move higher up in the air or have a lower trajectory to cover more distance.

Conclusion


Aside from your skill and your equipment, there are other things that will affect the game. Some of these things are beyond your control, such as the wind direction. Regardless, your technique is critically important in the sport. Pros aren’t pros because they have the best and most expensive equipment. They have a combination of skill and the right tools. They know how to hit the ball and they know which club to use when they need it. 

However, it is fair to note that manufacturers have made it easy for beginners to enjoy the game. There are golf clubs available that are ideal to make golf more friendly for those without Tiger Woods’ skills. 

Putting Tips

Putting Tips

One of the hardest aspects of playing golf, is to change the speed with which you strike the ball in the beginning of the game to the one you use during putting. When you start the game you need to use a lot of speed so that the ball advances the greatest distance possible. However, by the time you get to the green, you have to learn how to calm down and strike the ball steadily so that it enters the hole.

Putting is a very important part of this sport because it can require more strikes than you could initially expect. Usually the green has a slope which is needed so that the water drains when it is raining. It is not always clear what orientation or how pronounced the slope is. If you add to this the resistance created by the orientation of the grass, it can be a very complicated part of the game.

Putting is a very personal part of playing golf. It is so personal that a lot of different types of putters have been designed in order to adapt to the different requirements of the players. Some people believe that putting correctly is all about intuition the feeling. In the end, the key to putting is practice, repeating the concepts and really good drills. No matter how well you can putt, you can always get better. These next putting tips are a collection of the best advices given by experts in the Internet.

Chapter 1

Putting Basics

The Left Hand Guides the Putter

One of the hardest parts of putting is controlling the trajectory of the ball inside the green. Your right hand is used for the strength of the strike. The left hand guides the putter. Hold the grip with your left hand in a steady position that guarantees you will have perfect control of its direction. 


If you align your left hand's lifeline with the grip you will have the same angle between your forearm and the putter always. The shaft should look like an extension of your forearm. This will give you better control of the strike.

Hold the Putter Using Your Fingers

Holding the putter with your fingers, will give you better control of its movement. The arm has the strongest muscles near the shoulder and the weakest tendons in the fingers. Since fingers are great for dexterity and putting has to do with precision, they have to be a part of the process. Your right hand has to hold the grip with emphasis on the fingers to release the strength and focus on direction.

Chapter 2

Proper Position

Separation of the feet

The separation of your feet can affect how well you putt. If you separate your feet too much, you are in a potion that prepares you for rapid movement. This is not the case in putting. While it is not wrong to separate your feet too much, it is preferred to separate them just a little bit (about one feet apart) and slightly bend your knees.


Keep Putter at a Constant Distance

Keep the distance of the clubface and your chest constant. If you move your putter near you or far away from you by folding your elbows, you will have many inconsistency problems. By keeping a constant distance you can have a better control of your stroke. Your elbows should be half bent and remain like that at all times during the stroke.

Tilt Your Upper Body

Tilt your upper body forward a little bit so that you don't have to twist a lot for the strike. That way you will have a more natural and stable stroke. Your eyes should be on top of the ball and your hands should be more or less under your shoulders.

Rotate Your Shoulders

Some golfers like to move their wrists when they are putting. That is fine, if it works for them. However, if you strike the ball by rotating your shoulders, and keeping your arms close to your sides at all times, you will have greater control on the direction of the ball. The rotation of your shoulders should be minimum because you are not striking the ball hard.


It is important not to move your knees or your hips during the strokes because you would loose control of the ball. In order to control the degree of rotation required and the balance of your body for the stroke, practice putting by standing only on your left foot. When you do this, try to
stand still throughout the entire swing (don't move your weight to your right foot).

Do Not Move Your Wrists

In order to keep control of the stroke, your wrist should not move. The shaft should be tilted a little bit towards the ball, but it is barely noticeable. Your arms and the putter should move like a single object. Practice your strokes by placing a golf ball between your right wrist and your putter's grip. Try to strike without dropping the ball.

Chapter 3

Stroke Technique

Strike Using the Central Part of the Clubface

If you hit the ball with the central part of the clubface, you will have better control of its direction and speed. When you practice, you can place two sticky objects on the clubface to frame the center. If the ball did not hit the center, it will get pasted and it will get nowhere.



There is a method to find the exact place of the clubface where you should hit the ball. If you hold your putter vertically, from the middle of the shaft, and tap the clubface with your other hand, there will be a point where the clubface will stop twisting and move straight backwards. That is the best place where you should hit the ball because it will give you very goodcontrol of the ball's trajectory. It is somewhere in the center of the clubface, but in some specific putters it may move a little to one side.

Keep Consistent Speed On Your Stroke

The putter should hit the ball at a constant speed. If it is accelerating or decelerating during the strike, you will have less control of the ball's speed. In order to strike the ball with a constant movement, first calculate the direction of the strike. Next you move the putter backwards and
pause for one or two seconds. Finally you let the putter fall like a pendulum. This simplifies the process of putting.

Use a Putter that Matches Your Type of Stroke

There are several types of common strokes. You should use a putter that matches the shape of your stroke. If you have a straight stroke, you will perform better with a balanced putter. If your stroke has the shape of an arch, you will do better with a putter that has a toe hang.

Chapter 4

Control Mastery

Don't Look at the Ball Moving

Do not look at the ball while it advances towards the hole. This can make you twist your hip and that can ruin the last part of your stroke. There are golf players that only hear the ball go in the hole (and never look at it moving). If you have to look at the ball, twist your neck (but never your hip).


Don't Look at the Ball for Too Long

If you look at the ball for a long period of time, there will come a point in which your brain will get locked. Focus on rolling the ball on top of the spot between the ball and the hole. This will help define the direction that it needs. The best tip for putting is do not force yourself too much. I you think too much about how to hit the ball, chances are you will do it poorly. Relax, keep it simple, and be a little careless. Don't get very nervous because that could make you miss the hole. Looking at the ball for too long can be the result of this nervousness.

The Ball Should Roll to the Hole

You will have better control of the ball's direction if you roll it through the green. You should avoid hitting the ball too hard, lifting it from the green, or making it bounce on the green. The type of strike you require here is more about precision. Place your putter vertically just before
it hits the ball. And align the central part of your body with the putter. Some people believe that at this point you should strike the ball tilting the putter's shaft very slightly towards the ball so that you hit the top part of the ball and make it roll over the green.

Length of a Putting Stroke

When you are putting, the length of the backstroke does not match the length of the forward stroke. This could lead to pushing the ball with the putter instead of hitting it, which does not help in accuracy. If you use a 60% in the backstroke and a 40% in the forward stroke, you will achieve better results.

Practice to Control the Speed

Controlling speed is important because, despite the fact that you need a lot less speed in putting than in the first part of the game, some greens can be large and the difference of speed required for strokes of different distances can be hard to master. 

These are two exercises to control speed. In the first one, you need a fake target, which is a circle drawn on the green, or any flat round object that substitutes the hole. When you practice, aim at a fake target and try to make the ball pass it by a certain distance, like one or two feet. This will help you control your speed.

Another exercise is to align five balls, each tree feet apart. The hole has to be aligned with the balls and there must be a tee at about one foot behind the hole. Next you have to put each ball in the hole, but trying to give each ball enough speed to reach the tee behind the hole. You start with the closest ball and as you retreat from the hole you will need greater speed so that each ball reaches the hole. If you miss a shot, see if it reaches the tee (to check if the speed was the correct one). The interesting part of the exercise is to do this uphill, downhill, and from each side of the
slope of the green. It is a very complete exercise that allows you to manipulate the speed almost intuitively when you are playing in the green.

Practice Short Putts

Practice putting from a distance of three feet. That is a hard distance to get the ball in the hole. If you get to dominate that, you are going to be in good shape for the rest of the cases. Try this exercise by stroking from the four cardinal directions. If the green has a slope, you will practice this also.

Practice With Different Slopes

Sometimes greens have slight slopes. In these cases, when you strike the ball gravity pulls it downward creating a curved trajectory. Some people miss because of this. 

By practicing with different slopes, you can calculate how much the trajectory of the ball will be curved downwards and strike the ball upwards, just enough so that he ball enters the hole with the curved trajectory. If you retreat a long distance and lower yourself, you can see more clearly the slope of the green and make more precise calculations.

How to Read the Green

Reading the green means understanding the slope and the texture of the grass. First, look for the highest and the lowest part of the general terrain. The green's orientation might be related to that general slope. Then look for the places where the water would go if it rains and try to define that slope. Next, look at what happens with the balls of the other players as they play in the green and try to determine its slope. Next retreat and lower yourself trying to determine the slope of the green and see if all that information makes sense. Finally look at the direction in which the grain of the grass grows to determine how that will affect the break of the putt.

Plumb Technique to Calculate Slopes

If you want a precise calculation of the slope of the green and the direction to which you should aim your strike, use this technique. Place yourself in a straight line that includes the hole and the ball. Then hold your putter vertically and loosely from the top of the grip (allowing it to move like a pendulum). Using the eye that is opposite to the arm that is holding the putter, cover half of the ball with the bottom of the shaft. Since gravity will orient the putter to a vertical position, the side of the shaft where the hole appears will indicate where the lowest part of the slope is.

Also, if you drew a line from the hole perpendicular to the shaft, that intersection is the place where you should aim your strike. If you do so, gravity will curve the ball's trajectory towards the hole. This technique only works for flat, inclined plains. Practice this technique to get better in putting.

Practice With a Wedge

If you practice with a wedge, you will improve your skills enormously (with the putter it is too easy). The problem with the wedge is striking the ball in the correct place so that it stays rolling on the ground. The area for the strike is a lot smaller on the wedge. This method can really speed up your ability for putting. However, if it creates confusion, then don't use it.

Control the Toe and Heel of the Putter

During the swing, the toe of the putter always advances more than the heel of the putter. In order to control this, practice by striking two balls at once. Align the balls perpendicular to the trajectory to the hole, so that you hit both of them at the same time with one strike (one with the heel of the putter and the other one with the toe of the putter). Try to make both of them advance at the same speed. Practice this exercise regularly to have a more consistent and even stroke.

Practice Controlling the Direction of the Stroke

Don't only study how to move your arms to putt. Practice controlling the direction of the stroke. You can do this by placing the ball in a specific place on the green and placing two tees or golf balls that frame the line that marks the trajectory that the ball must follow in order to enter the hole. Remember that a difference of two degrees will make you miss the hole.

Conclusion

Putting is a very important part of golf because it can affect enormously the score. It requires different abilities than those used during the beginning of the game. It is one of those areas that golf players constantly want to master. As it turns out, it seems there is always something new to learn about putting. That is one of the fun things about golf, there is always something new to learn.

Best Sunglasses For Golf

When it comes to the best sunglasses for golf, you can become easily susceptible to choice-blindness. With so many brands offering a myriad of models, it can be challenging to make an affirmative choice.

Not only that, but how do you know what will be the best fit for your needs? Do you require greyscale lenses, or will a copper lens be more suitable? Half frame or full-frame?

Luckily here at Golferpros, we have not only reviewed what we consider to be the best options on the market, but also compiled a comprehensive buyers guide. Filtering down to the core features to consider when purchasing your next set of sunglasses.


Short on time? Heres a quick roundup of our top 3 picks and why you need them!

Product

Photo

Cost

*

Pros

*Best Overall

$$$

​The Oakley brand is renowned when it comes to sunglasses and they’re known for quality

*Runner Up

$$$

An active fit for active people, the soft rubber nose and earpieces provide all-day comfort and excellent fit.

*Also Great

$$

Designed for running, cycling, and hiking, the Tifosi Slip Sunglasses are also an excellent pick for golfers.


Top 5 Best Sunglasses For Golf


1. ​​​​​Oakley Men’s Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses

Best brand with exceptional durability and comfort

Made in the United States, these sunglasses are so lightweight, it has been known to forget that you’re even wearing them, and their durability makes them the perfect choice for the modern athlete. The Flak Hacket XLJ’s are definitely worth some consideration by those keen golfers who are lucky enough to live in sunnier climates, as they afford a 100% UV protection coating.

Quick Summary

  • Oakley is a well-known brand when it comes to sunglasses. You can't question the quality and durability.
  • Durable, lightweight, and very comfortable
  • Price: $$

The Oakley brand is renowned when it comes to sunglasses and they’re known for quality; their Men’s Flak Hacket XLJ Sunglasses are no exception to this rule.

Made in the United States, these sunglasses are so lightweight, it has been known to forget that you’re even wearing them, and their durability makes them the perfect choice for the modern athlete.

They boast a design that fits extremely well to the shape of your face, reducing the likelihood of slippage, and they emphasize the color spectrum; ideal for the budding golfer as it allows them to easily make out their golf ball when in the rough, and the semi-rimless design means there’s no frame rim to block downward view.

The Flak Hacket XLJ’s are definitely worth some consideration by those keen golfers who are lucky enough to live in sunnier climates, as they afford a 100% UV protection coating.

The socks, nose pads and lenses are interchangeable, allowing the user a more customizable feel, and they even come with extra accessories.

Pros

  • Features an O-Matter stress-resistant frame material that withstands environmental extremes
  • Lightweight, yet highly durable
  • Enhanced impact resistance
  • Premium lens coating to balance light transmission and reduce glare
  • Smudge-resistant lenses that are easy to keep clean

Cons

  • Narrow lenses

2. ​​​​JiMarti JM01 Sunglasses

Affordable but good quality!

The JM01 bendable TR90 memory frame is designed for sports and outdoor activities to weather whatever you put them through. The JiMarti JM01 Sunglasses ring in at a friendly $30 without compromising on quality, making them an excellent inexpensive choice.

Quick Summary

  • JiMarti JM01 is affordable and good quality. Perfect for outdoor activities
  • Designed for sports and outdoor activities. Soft rubber nose and earpieces.
  • Price: $

The JiMarti JM01 Sunglasses ring in at a friendly $30 without compromising on quality, making them an excellent inexpensive choice.

The JM01 bendable TR90 memory frame is designed for sports and outdoor activities to weather whatever you put them through.

An active fit for active people, the soft rubber nose and earpieces provide all-day comfort and excellent fit.

Additionally, the polycarbonate shatterproof reflective flash lens comes in 8 different colors, ranging from timeless greys and blacks to stand-out shades like cobalt blue and orange.

The green lenses are exceptional for dusk, morning, overcast conditions and for riding through areas of bright sun and shade.

The grey lenses are a little darker than the green and are nice and clear in the bright sunlight.

Although this range only comes in one size, the half-frame makes them flexible enough for all face shapes and sizes.

Pros

  • Bendable
  • Lightweight
  • Mirrored
  • Active fit
  • Soft rubber nose and earpiece

Cons

  • Plastic may scratch easily

3. ​​​​​​Tifosi Slip Sunglasses

Outstanding grip and design!

Designed for running, cycling, and hiking, the Tifosi Slip Sunglasses are also an excellent pick for golfers. Additionally, there’s a ventilation gap on the upper side of each lens that reducing fogging by encouraging a small amount of airflow behind the glass.

Quick Summary

  • One of the best Sunglasses for golfers. Designed for running, cycling, and hiking, the Tifosi Slip Sunglasses are also an excellent pick for golfers. 
  • Grip better when wet. Durable and flexible
  • Price: $$

There’s nothing worse than your sunglasses slipping down your nose, Tifosi claims that these sunglasses grip better when wet, perfect for hot days on the course.

Designed for running, cycling, and hiking, the Tifosi Slip Sunglasses are also an excellent pick for golfers.

The lenses are made from decentered polycarbonate plastic, which is designed to flex slightly.

Frames across the Tifosi range vary in shapes and sizes, the Slip Sunglasses’ plastic frame has Grilamid TR-90 homopolyamide nylon components for strength and flexibility rather than brittleness.

Additionally, there’s a ventilation gap on the upper side of each lens that reducing fogging by encouraging a small amount of airflow behind the glass.

However, it’s useful to remember that the Slip Sunglasses may not be suitable in dusty conditions due to the ventilation gaps in the lens.

Ventilation gaps are often more useful when they’re on the side of the frames.

These glasses are great if you have a smaller face because the distance from hinge to hinge is 150mm.

Pros

  • Increase grip when in contact with sweat
  • Medium price point
  • Adjustable nose piece
  • Hydrophilic rubber - UV resistant
  • High impact resistance
  • Eliminates optical distortion

Cons

  • May not be suitable for dusty conditions

4. ​​​​​​Oakley Men’s 009144 Half Jacket 2.0 Rectangular Sunglasses

Performance, protection, and comfort!

The sleek design offers all-day comfort thanks to its durable and stress-resistant O Matter frame material. All lenses are made from Plutonite to filter out 100% of UV rays, meeting the recommended standards for impact resistance and optical clarity. These unisex sunglasses have a Three-Point Fit that, unlike ordinary glasses, won’t hook on to your ears, allowing for a personalized fit.

Quick Summary

  • Oakley Men's 009133 Half Jacket 2.0 offers Performance, protection, and comfort.
  • High definition Optics,  Unisex sunglasses, and interchangeable lenses
  • Price: $$$

Performance, protection, and comfort are chiseled into a new era of style with an interchangeable lens design that keeps you ahead of changing light conditions.

Oakley’s 009144 Half Jacket 2.0 Rectangular Sunglasses’ patented high definition optics (HDO) provide superior optical clarity and razor-sharp vision at every angle.

One of our premium priced picks, the sleek design offers all-day comfort thanks to its durable and stress-resistant O Matter frame material.

The original Half Jacket has become a timeless classic amongst golfers; version 2.0 takes the proud heritage to the next generation of design.

The 2.0 sunglasses’ are made with O Matter frame materials and Unobtainium components that keep them comfortably in place even when you’re dripping in sweat.

The interchangeable lenses are great for when the sun dips in and out, swap your lenses for the new set, and you’re ready to play without visual disturbance.

All lenses are made from Plutonite to filter out 100% of UV rays, meeting the recommended standards for impact resistance and optical clarity.

These unisex sunglasses have a Three-Point Fit that, unlike ordinary glasses, won’t hook on to your ears, allowing for a personalized fit.

Pros

  • Lightweight design
  • Great for light changing conditions
  • Unisex
  • Sweat resistant
  • UV resistant
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Not budget friendly

5. ​Hulislem S1 Sport Polarized Sunglasses FDA Approved

Bright sunlight? No problem!

Are you a novice golfer that’s yet to play in bright sunlight? These glasses are perfect for you. Each of the lenses are cut from one single Toric lens, incorporating the Dual Lens Polaric Ellipsoid Geometry, which provides fantastic depth perception, color contrast, and clarity.

Quick Summary

  • Perfect for novice golfer
  • Exceptionally lightweight and outstanding comfort
  • Price: $$

Are you a novice golfer that’s yet to play in bright sunlight? These glasses are perfect for you, even better, they’re bank-account friendly!

The Hulislem S1 Sports Polarized Sunglasses have been designed to be exceptionally lightweight for those that don’t often wear glasses.

The S1 Sports Polarized Sunglasses are great for men and women thanks to their flexible Polycarbonate frame.

The lenses provide complete UV protection against UVA, UVB, UVC and Blue Light, and any light with a wavelength of 400 nanometers and below.

The Stress-Resistant O Matter frames are sturdy and rugged enough to keep up with your active lifestyle.

Each of the lenses are cut from one single Toric lens, incorporating the Dual Lens Polaric Ellipsoid Geometry, which provides fantastic depth perception, color contrast, and clarity.

Additionally, these sunglasses have an AcuTint coloring system that enhances your vision without being warped, allowing you to see color in all its natural glory.

The added holes on the frame of the glasses create effective air ventilation to reduce head.

Pros

  • Great for novice and experienced golfers
  • Fantastic price point
  • Stress resistant
  • Unisex
  • Ventilation
  • Snug fit
  • Scratch resistant

Cons

  • May be too small for larger faces
  • Not made for extremely hot climates

How important are golf sunglasses?

In the early days of golf, sunglasses would never have been considered an essential piece of kit for golfers. These days you will be hard-pressed to find golfers, both hobbyists, and seasoned pros, without at least one pair of sunglasses packed in their golf bag; with many owning several pairs.

Sunglasses designed explicitly for golf differ in numerous ways from the regular sunglasses you may pick up at your local grocery store. But most importantly, they are rated very high for UV protection.

Golfers will spend a long time exposed to the harmful UV rays the sun emits, especially during the summer months. Because of this, eye protection is crucial; as prolonged exposure to these rays can increase your risk of cataracts and other eye complications.

Lenses

Many sunglasses designed for golf with come with several interchangeable lenses, allowing you to swap and choose based on the weather and course you are playing that day. When shopping for new sunglasses, you will want to ensure the process of changing lenses is straightforward and not overly complicated.

You will also want to stock lenses of differing colors as they each offer their own drawbacks and benefits;

Lens Colors

 

Green/Grey Lenses

Grey and green lenses should be considered a more neutral lens, suitable for all situations. Blocking excess brightness well, green will improve the color balance while greys will be better for days that are overcast.

Yellow Lenses

Yellow lenses are fantastic if you want to improve depth perception or contrast.

Red Lenses

Great for emphasizing reds and yellows on the green, work well in putting situations, but be aware that color can become distorted with red lenses.

Amber Lenses

Overall, amber lenses are the best choice for golfers, providing high contrast, distance vision, and depth perception. Amber lenses provide excellent ball tracking against both blue sky, and on the green.

Modern lenses will generally be constructed from polycarbonate, providing benefits over glass lenses such as; reduced weight, durability and scratch resistance. Lenses that are photochromic are also an advantage, as they adjust to changing light conditions.

Fit

As you will be wearing sunglasses for extended periods of time as you play, you will want to ensure they deliver a fit that remains comfortable throughout. Many modern sunglasses will have adjustable or interchangeable nose and temple grips.

Standard sizes are small, medium, or large. It will make the process of buying new sunglasses much smoother, knowing your size beforehand.

Design

The design of sunglasses you choose will be a much more personal choice, as only you will know what you like when it comes to the aesthetics of your glasses. Although, you will want to ensure that any sunglasses you do choose are durable enough to survive years of prolonged use.

Price

For many of us, when it comes to choosing a new pair of sunglasses, the price will be a significant deciding factor. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to review the products we feel offer best bang for the buck when it comes to your eye protection needs.

Recap

At Golferpros, we feel that the Oakley Men’s Flak Jacket XLJ sunglasses will provide you with the most amount of kit for your money. Being extremely comfortable and lightweight, they are also durable enough to survive years of use.

Your optician will also be pleased with this choice as they offer a 100% UV protection coating, with a semi-rimless frame ensuring a full field of view.

Do you agree that these are the best sunglasses for golf? Or do you find yourself reaching for a different model? Let us know in the comments below if you have found this article helpful, and if there are any topics you would like us to cover at Golferpros.

Our Top Pick Again

#1. Oakley Men's Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses

Best brand with exceptional durability and comfort

The Oakley brand is renowned when it comes to sunglasses and they’re known for quality; their Men’s Flak Hacket XLJ Sunglasses are no exception to this rule.

Best Golf Bags

Whether you are a beginner, hobbyist or seasoned pro, golf bags are an essential bit of kit to have with you on the green. Protecting the clubs you’ve spent your hard-earned money on, and providing a comfortable way to maneuver your gear around even the largest of courses.

If like me, you are a stickler for keeping organized, then you will undoubtedly be in the market for a bag that keeps all your equipment compartmentalized and readily available. The prepared golfer is in luck; modern bags typically only rise in price as the amount of club storage increases instead of seeing pricing based on features, or the number of compartments available.

A quality golf bag will have space for all your clubs, gloves, weather protective clothing, valuables, sunglasses, and anything else you may pack when planning a trip to the fairway.

With many brands offering a host of models, we at Golferpros have taken it upon ourselves to help you sift through the murky waters. Followed up with a comprehensive buyer’s guide to help you make the right decision, please enjoy our top picks for the best golf bags.


Short on time? Heres a quick roundup of our top 3 picks and why you need them!

Product

Photo

Cost

Pros

*Best Overall

$$$

​If you are looking for a new golf cart bag, you will be hard-pressed to find a better trade-off in features and value.

*Runner Up

$$$

14-way top, more traditional than the Founders Club molded variant, but still including full-length dividers for each slot. Providing a lot of protection for all your favorite clubs.

*Also Great

$$

Stand bag you can expect a slightly more straightforward construction. This bag is better suited for younger or less experienced players.


Top 5 Best Golf Bags


1. ​​​​​Founders Club Premium Cart Bag

Premium cart bag with rubberized protective slot technology

Ten well-placed pockets are featured on the Founders Club Premium Cart Bag, with an additional two mesh pockets available; all positioned to provide an even load across the whole unit. If you are looking for a new golf cart bag, you will be hard-pressed to find a better trade-off in features and value.

Quick Summary

  • No doubt this cart bag has a lot to offer. It has well-placed pockets with rubberized protective slot technology
  • Fourteen-way dividing top, weather resistant material, and rubberized protective slot technology
  • Price: $$

An outstanding golf bag for the money, the Founders Club Premium Cart Bag offers a fantastic number of features. If you are looking for a new golf cart bag, you will be hard-pressed to find a better trade-off in features and value.

Providing a fourteen-way dividing top, with rubberized protective slot technology; it not only boasts enough room to pack for any golf trip, but it also affords your precious clubs the protection they deserve.

The molded top allows each clubhead to drop into its own designated slot, hugging them close to avoid any knocks or bangs. You may also notice how quiet this makes your walks across the green, with the reduced clanging from your clubs allowing you to enjoy the moment.

Ten well-placed pockets are featured on the Founders Club Premium Cart Bag, with an additional two mesh pockets available; all positioned to provide an even load across the whole unit. The durable weather-resistant material and included rain hood ensure you won’t be worrying about the effects of adverse weather during your next golf excursion.

The only thing to note is that some may find the bag a little heavy, at 9.5lbs, but this is still relatively light and will come down to personal preference.

Pros

  • Bargain
  • Molded top
  • Plenty of well-placed storage

Cons

  • Some users may want a lighter bag

2. ​​​​EG EAGOLE Super Light Golf Cart Bag

Durable and plenty of important features!

Well-constructed, the material is tough and hard-wearing, and you will be thankful that the rain hood is included during poor weather conditions. Manufacturer warranty provided lasts for five years, a massive plus in our book.

Quick Summary

  • EG Eagole provides full-length  dividers for each slot and many other important features
  • Durable, affordable, well-sized pockets, and has five-year warranty 
  • Price: $

The EG Eagole Super Light Golf Cart Bag is the second on our list to feature a 14-way top, more traditional than the Founders Club molded variant, but still including full-length dividers for each slot. Providing a lot of protection for all your favorite clubs.

Three integrated molded handles ensure easy lifting and maneuverability when handling on the course, with the E-Trolley base system making it easy to transfer from pull carts to riding carts with ease. Nine pockets are provided, featuring two full-length apparel pockets, two velour-lined valuables pockets and a nicely sized cooler pocket for your snacks and beverages.

Well-constructed, the material is tough and hard-wearing, and you will be thankful that the rain hood is included during poor weather conditions. Manufacturer warranty provided lasts for five years, a massive plus in our book.

It is worth noting that a downside for me is the placement of some of the plastic parts of this bag, which I feel may suffer from excessive wear and tear.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Well sized pockets
  • Five-year warranty

Cons

  • Plastic parts susceptible to wear

3. ​TaylorMade Golf TM Stand Golf Bag 5.0

Stand bag with straightforward construction

TaylorMade’s Golf TM Stand Bag 5.0 is the first stand bag to be featured in this roundup, as such you can expect a slightly more straightforward construction.

Quick Summary

  • First cart bag that has a stand with very straight forward construction
  • Sturdy anti-slip stand system, available on different colors, and has a hood
  • Price: $$

TaylorMade’s Golf TM Stand Bag 5.0 is the first stand bag to be featured in this roundup, as such you can expect a slightly more straightforward construction. Featuring a four-way top with plenty of room for all your clubs, although lacking the organizational capability of similarly priced golf bags.

Available in several colorways all golfers are sure to find something to their taste. Comfort can be found in the shoulder strap system that is well padded and ergonomic; while the bag itself features padded hip areas providing relief over long periods of use.

Non-slip footings found on the anti-slip stand system mean you can rest assured your clubs are kept safe on uneven and wet terrain, with little chance of the bag toppling during unexpected bursts of wind. Combined with the included rain hood, adverse weather should no longer be an issue when it comes to club safety.

Ample storage is provided with numerous pockets, including a velour-lined pouch. I feel this is an area of improvement for the TaylorMade Golf TM Stand, and think this is a bag better suited for younger or less experienced players.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Sturdy anti-slip stand system
  • Several colorways
  • Provided rain hood

Cons

  • Less organization available, compared to other models
  • More storage would be an improvement

4. ​​​​​​Izzo Versa Stand Golf Bag

Comfortable Golf bag with power bank

Despite being labeled as a stand bag, the Izzo Versa is a hybrid, meaning it is compatible for cart use too. Izzo also includes a 10,000 mAh Lithium-Ion power pack so you can easily keep all your devices charged on the go.

Quick Summary

  • Hybrid golf bag that can be used on stand and cart mode. Best of both worlds!
  • Lightweight and Plenty of space for all your needs
  • Price: $$$

You should never be short on space with the Izzo Versa Stand Golf Bag, despite having slightly fewer club dividers than others featured on this list. Available in several colors with a free personalized embroidery option when purchased.

Despite being labeled as a stand bag, the Izzo Versa is a hybrid, meaning it is compatible for cart use too. With legs supplying sturdy support in the upright position it also features a non-slip rubber bottom preventing slippage on wet and hard surfaces.

Plenty of pockets throughout; including secure lock magnetic pockets, velour-lined pockets to house your valuables, and uniquely, a power pocket. Izzo includes a 10,000 mAh Lithium-Ion power pack so you can easily keep all your devices charged on the go.

While only having a single strap, users have found it quite comfortable to their surprise during transport, helped with extra padding featured on the bag itself.

Pros

  • Hybrid bag, best of both worlds
  • Low level of slippage when legs are engaged
  • Plenty of space for all your needs
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Slightly less hardwearing than other brands

5. ​​​​Sun Mountain C-130 Cart Bag

Made of premium materials and accessible pockets

Once cart-mounted, all pockets are easily accessible, designed to have no obstruction for the user. Three velour-lined pockets for your valuables, with one being water-resistant, two full-length apparel pockets and a spacious cooler pocket deliver all the space golfers demand for extended periods of play.

Quick Summary

  • Sun Mountain C-130  is one of the expensive bags but reasonable because of its features
  • Premium material, accessible pockets, available on different colors
  • Price: $$

Sun Mountain’s C-130 is the most expensive bag on this list, and it shows. Constructed of premium material it seems the guys at Sun Mountain have thought of everything when designing the C-130.

All the features found on the C-130 have been developed with the cart user in mind. Three integrated handles crown the bag, which sports a reverse orientation creating ease of access to all your clubs.

Once cart-mounted, all pockets are easily accessible, designed to have no obstruction for the user. Fourteen full-length dividers offer supreme protection, if you are a golfer with an extensive collection of expensive or modified clubs the C-130 should rank highly on your list.

Three velour-lined pockets for your valuables, with one being water-resistant, two full-length apparel pockets and a spacious cooler pocket deliver all the space golfers demand for extended periods of play. Made from very hard wearing and durable material, the Izzo Versa is a bag sure to find its way to the fairway for many years.

Included is a matching rain hood in any of the numerous colorways on offer. A generous one-year warranty is provided, although I’m confident that users won’t be calling upon it.

Pros

  • Quality construction
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Well designed
  • Plenty of available colorways

Cons

  • Not a budget model

The Guide

Many seasoned golfers will already know what they like in a golf bag, but those newer players looking to up their game may not know where to begin. What is the difference between cart and stand bags? Does the material matter? How many clubs should my golf bag be able to fit?

At Golferpros we have been there before, that’s why we have compiled this wide-ranging buyer guide. Golf bags have seen a transformation over the years as materials have improved and standards have changed, but there are five main points to keep in mind when asking the question; what makes a good golf bag?

What makes a good golf bag?

A new golf bag can be an excellent addition for any golfer, easing the strain from long walks on the green and keeping your day well organized. For all golf bags, there are five points to consider; all the points are important, and if a bag checks all five boxes you can expect to gain years of enjoyment from your latest purchase.

Material  

You want your new addition to be made form an extremely tough durable material, not only do you want it to stand the test of time. But you want the additional protection higher quality materials offer.

Why would you put the expensive gear you have worked hard to purchase in an inexpensive, low-quality bag? Not only will a bag crafted from inferior materials wear faster, requiring another investment to replace it, but it is far more likely that your equipment will become damaged during use.

Being water-proof is a massive bonus, protecting your valuables from any adverse weather you can experience on the green.

Full-length dividers

Full-length dividers will offer you far greater protection than ½ or ¾ length as they eliminate the chance of clubs knocking together causing damage. Having full-length club dividers is a money-saving effort, as you will need to replace your gear less frequently because of the reduced risk of damage.

Strap padding 

Strap padding is extremely important, not only will premium straps keep you comfortable for longer. Your spine will thank you.

I’m sure many of us can attest to the effect carrying around a golf bag for extended periods of time can have on back health.

Budget

Budget, obviously this is at the forefront of consideration when making any purchase. With golf bags, there is a rate of diminishing returns after a certain price point.

Even lower to mid-tier bags will have all the features and appointments you would expect. Eventually, you are just paying for the branding and negligible features.

Customer service

The final point to consider is the brand’s reputation for customer service. While this may be something a lot of golfers don’t consider it is quite a substantial consideration.

The longevity of your purchase is exponentially improved if quality customer service is provided. If you happened to run into an issue with your new purchase and it is still under warranty, dealing with a quality customer service team to resolve the issue will allow you to avoid multiple headaches in the future.

Even a great bag from a mediocre company can be detrimental to your enjoyment of the product.

Features to look out for

Many features are available on a golf bag, and the decision to purchase a new one will depend on how many features you require. Some of you will only make use of one or two of the features found on this list; some may need all of them.

But we have compiled a list of features regularly found on the best golf bags to allow those of us newer to the game to make an informed decision about what bag will best suit their needs.

  • Full-length dividers: We mentioned these earlier, but they are a great feature to take into consideration. If you have an extensive collection of expensive or modified clubs, you will definitely want to be purchasing a bag with full-length dividers. The dividers are designed to separate clubs from one another during transit, even bags with ¾ dividers can end up causing problems in the long term for golf enthusiasts.
  • Driver/Putter wells: Specialised wells that are similar to dividers but used specifically to separate drivers and putters from the rest of your collection. A quality bag will boast this as a feature, saving you money in the long term. Replacing a putter due to head knock damage can be a costly endeavor, you will want to consider this highly when looking for a new golf bag.
  • Pocket size: The required pockets will be personal to each golfer, as only they know what they will be bringing to green with them on a regular basis. At Golferpros, we have our own preference when considering the pocket space we require. We think it is far more beneficial to look for a bag with larger pockets, rather than a bag with lots of smaller sized pockets. Front-facing pockets are also a massive plus for us, a slight touch that makes a tremendous difference. Front-facing pockets improve the accessibility of all your accessories and valuables. Over time you will develop your preferences for pocket space, but this is a good starting point for anyone new to the game.
  • Locking system: Generally reserved for cart bags, but can be found on a lot of modern bags also. Locking systems keep the bag secured, keeping all your equipment in place.
  • Customization options: While this feature won’t necessarily improve the way the bag performs, having the opportunity to purchase a bag that matches your personality is a nice touch. Many brands now offer multiple colorways on their bag models, with some even offering custom embroidering and tagging.
  • Rain hood: Unfortunately, some golf bags still don’t come with a rain hood as standard, but we believe that this should change. A rain hood is an essential piece of kit for anyone considering a new golf bag.
  • Apparel pockets: A nice feature to have, but not essential as it can bring the weight up; and therefore, comfort levels down. An apparel pocket is a pocket designed specifically to hold a change of clothes for you, generally used to keep adverse weather gear in, just in case. Some bags will also include a pouch to hold a spare set of shoes.
  • Cool pocket: Again, not fundamental to a good golf bag but is an excellent addition, especially if you golf in warmer climates. As the name suggests, this feature allows you to keep things cool throughout the day, especially useful for snacks and beverages.
  • Water-resistant pockets: If you keep any electronics in your bag during play, you will want to ensure your bag of choice has water-resistant pockets. So even if you forget, or your bag doesn’t feature a rain hood, your electronic devices will remain well protected during adverse weather conditions.
  • Valuables pocket: These pockets will typically have a soft velour lining and should be used to store anything with a screen that you may bag up. Great for GPS and phones, but perfectly suited to watches too.
  • See-through pockets: Clear pockets are a fantastic way to check on your texts as they come through, without having to remove your phone from the bag. Well suited to holding any GPS device you may be using, allowing you to still access the screen without exposing it to any weather that may be detrimental to the unit.
  • Size: The size of the bag has a direct correlation to how much stuff you need to store in it, the larger the bag, the more you can fit inside. The downside to this is that it will also take up more space when stored in the house, or when in the boot of the car. Some brands are better than others when considering this trade-off, with some able to keep a relatively large amount of storage in a smaller package. This is due to good design and use of modern materials that are both strong and light.
  • Weight: Golf bags are getting lighter and lighter every year, with golfers consistently requesting more from golf bag manufacturers. Generally, you shouldn’t have a problem with any of the bags reviewed in this article as they are all lightweight. The most significant determining factor of weight is the gear you place in your bag. If you have a lighter bag that features more pockets, you are more likely to overload it unnecessarily bringing the weight up.

Cart vs. Stand golf bag

There are pros and cons to each type of bag, both do serve specific functions, and at the end of the day it comes down to your requirements, and how you want to use your gear.

Cart bags

Cart bags are defined by their name; they are well suited to be used in a cart. Generally boasting more storage than their stand counterparts, cart bags typically come with more modern appointments such as locking systems and extra apparel space.

They are ideally suited for the older golfer or golfers who enjoy the luxury of a golf cart.

Stand bags

Stand bags are of a simpler design than cart variants. Having retractable legs to keep the bag balanced while you play; offering great accessibility to your clubs and accessory pockets.

Stand bags often have a lot more convenience features also, providing comfort over extended days of golf where you will be walking a long distance. Golfers that like to get their daily exercise with a walk on the green favor stand golf bags.

Golfers are also moving towards a more modern approach to golf bags; Hybrid golf bags combine the best features of both cart and stand bags. Any golfer thinking of purchasing a hybrid needs to be made aware that not all brands are taking the correct approach, with some being little more than cart bags with legs.

If you are considering a hybrid golf bag, however, there are some pros to look out for:

  • Hybrid golf bags will have legs comparable to those found on stand bags, during adverse weather or on uneven ground you can be safe in the knowledge your equipment is secure and won’t topple over.
  • The best quality of a hybrid golf bag is the room to weight ratio, and one of the most significant selling points. Providing more room for a cooler pocket and space for apparel without sacrificing club storage.
  • Hybrid golf bags typically have improved cart locking systems using much newer technologies than standard cart bags.

Recap

Sun Mountain has hit the ball out of the park with the C-130 Cart Bag and is my #1 pick for anyone in the market looking for a new golf bag. Premium quality and feel do command premium price, however. But when you factor the longevity of the bag and level of protection provided to your golf equipment, the C-130 is a smart investment.

A close second would be the Izzo Versa, primarily for the flexibility a hybrid bag offers.

I hope these reviews and buyers guide has been helpful for you on your journey to find the best golf bags. If you have purchased any of these bags, please comment below and let us know what you think; or suggest any topics that you would like to see us cover in the future.

Our Top Pick Again

#1. Founders Club Premium Cart Bag

Premium quality with lots of important features

An outstanding golf bag for the money, the Founders Club Premium Cart Bag offers a fantastic number of features.

Best Golf Rangefinder

If you’re getting serious about golfing and you want to upgrade to some more advanced equipment to help you excel, you’ve probably heard about rangefinders. Over the last decade, rangefinders have become increasingly sophisticated and sought after.

How do you find the best golf rangefinder for you?

We’ve analyzed and researched various rangefinders to serve as points of comparison for the potential buyer, offering a comprehensive analysis. Now, we want to share our information with you.

This, combined with our years of experience in the sport of golfing, allows us to make solid recommendations and inform you about which factors are important in the selection of a rangefinder for your days out on the course.

Whether you are a casual or beginner golfer who wants to improve, or a professional golfer playing for huge cash prizes, this article has all the information that you need to shop efficiently for a good rangefinder.


Short on time? Heres a quick roundup of our top 3 picks and why you need them!

Product

Photo

Cost

Pros

*Best Overall

$$$

​If you’re looking for that affordable product that provides good value with premium features, this is a great option for you.

*Runner Up

$$$

Offers the ability to find the slope of the terrain with crystal clear optics, 6x magnification capability, precise locating, and a quick yardage system

*Also Great

$$

If you are looking for something stylish, there’s always this option courtesy of Nikon, one of the most reputable electronics companies out there.


Top 5 Best Golf Balls


1. ​​​​TecTecTec VPRO500 Laser Rangefinder

Good value with premium features

Even though it’s affordable, It features ‘pin sensor’ technology, which allows the rangefinder to be accurate and fast. It also features some premium options like continuous scanning. We would recommend this rangefinder for any average golfer who wants a simple, reliable, and serviceable rangefinder without all the bells and whistles.

Quick Summary

  • Excellent choice for those who want an affordable product with premium features
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Price: $$

If you’re looking for that affordable product that provides good value with premium features, this is a great option for you. This rangefinder is the most affordable one on our list.

Even though it’s a budget pick, you wouldn’t know it by some of the great features it provides and the high-quality materials that are used in its construction.

It features ‘pin sensor’ technology, which allows the rangefinder to be accurate and fast. It is completely accurate to within 1 yard, which is an excellent standard: especially a laser rangefinder, which are rumored to be less accurate than a GPS rangefinder.

You can also continuously adjust your target, and the rangefinder will determine the distance in real-time. Using the premium, ultra-clear lens, you can lock on to any target you want, including a tee flag, wooded area, or putting green.

Measuring just 104mm x 72 mm x 41mm, this rangefinder is lightweight and easily portable. You won’t have any problem taking it with you to the course or anywhere else that you might need it.

It’s also water and dust resistant, making it a good candidate for those who are golfing in more troublesome weather conditions,

Included with your purchase tan eye-safe laser, premium carrying pouch, CR2 battery, carrying strap, cleaning cloth, and a guide for the use of the device. You’ve got everything you need to use this rangefinder out on the golf course effectively.

We would recommend this rangefinder for any average golfer who wants a simple, reliable, and serviceable rangefinder without all the bells and whistles. It’s very affordable and has a range of up to 540 yards.

Even though it’s affordable, it also features some premium options like continuous scanning. This is a solid purchase for the budget-conscious.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Long range
  • Continuous scan mode
  • Very accurate

Cons

  • Very basic and does not offer much-advanced data

2. ​​​Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Slope Rangefinder

Ability to find the slope of the terrain with crystal clear optics

One of the most notable things about the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Slope Rangefinder is that it offers is the ability to find the slope of the terrain. A convenience of this device is that it can measure in meters or yards. It is accurate to one yard and gives you a vibration as feedback when you identify your target.

Quick Summary

  • Ideal choice for a golfer that needs to find the slope of the terrain 
  • It can measure in meters or yards with 6x magnification
  • Price: $

This rangefinder should be considered a strong intermediate option for those who don’t want the most basic rangefinder out there but also don’t want to break the bank on a premium product. It has some additional features that are surprisingly effective at this price point.

One of the most notable things about the Precision Pro Golf NX7 Pro Slope Rangefinder is that it offers is the ability to find the slope of the terrain. This can come in incredibly handy out on the course as you try to determine the power and direction of your putts.

It also features crystal clear optics, 6x magnification capability, precise locating, and a quick yardage system that won’t have you waiting too long for your data.

One place where this rangefinder falls short is the range that it has. It provides up to a 400-yard range, which isn’t terrible but is less than some more affordable options.

A convenience of this device is that it can measure in meters or yards. It is accurate to one yard and gives you a vibration as feedback when you identify your target.

Precision Pro Golf stands by this product with a 2-year warranty and a commendable free lifetime battery replacement policy. We recommend this rangefinder for anyone who wants something affordable that gives data on slopes and terrain as well as distance.

Pros

  • Provides terrain data
  • Medium price range
  • Comes with a warranty

Cons

  • The 400-yard range is on the low end when it comes to rangefinders

3. ​​​​​Nikon Coolshot 20 Golf Rangefinder

Compact design but has superb features

If you are looking for something stylish, there’s always this option courtesy of Nikon, one of the most reputable electronics companies out there. Very handy but has powerful features.

Quick Summary

  • If you are looking for a stylish and reputable brand, this is the one!
  • Weatherproof and compact design 
  • Price: $$

If you are looking for something stylish, there’s always this option courtesy of Nikon, one of the most reputable electronics companies out there. This rangefinder has a superb range of about 550 yards and reads in increments of 1 yard.

This Nikon Coolshot 20 Golf Rangefinder is highly compact and measures only 3.6 inches on its longest side. This means you can easily take it with you in your back pocket or stick it in the cart while you are on the course, taking it out whenever you need it.

It is completely compliant with USGA Local Rule 14-3, which restricts which types of data you can use as you golf. It also weighs only 4.4 ounces, further contributing to the mobility and compactness of the device.

It has a continuous scanning feature and first target priority mode, which both come in very handy when trying to shoot for multiple distances at a time. It’s also weatherproof and made from exceptional durable materials.

We don’t have any concerns about the rangefinder from Nikon, but it is a bit less affordable than other options and about twice the price of our most affordable rangefinder on the list, likely due to the additional features it offers.

The golfer that buys this might be one who knows and trusts Nikon products, as thousands do. They are a reputable company with a knack for building reliable equipment that golfers love to use.

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Continuous scanning mode
  • Weatherproof design
  • Very reputable company

Cons

  • Less affordable

4. ​​​​​Bushnell Tour V4 Patriot Rangefinder

All-in-one solution that offers a copious amount of data

If you are a golfer looking for an exceptional option, this is the rangefinder for you. It has everything you need and is only marginally more expensive than your average rangefinder that offers solely distance data.

Quick Summary

  • A good choice if you want to measure large a large area accurately
  • Offers 3D maps of the courses
  • Price: $$$

First and foremost, this rangefinder is named very appropriately. For each purchase, Bushnell makes a donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which is an organization that offers scholarships and other financial aid to the children or spouses of those in the armed forces.

It’s a worthy cause, and we’re happy that Bushnell is contributing to it.

This rangefinder offers Pinseeker technology with Jolt included, which issues short vibrating pulses to let you know that the laser has locked onto the flag or target. Also, this rangefinder offers a ton of functionality.

You can use the Bushnell Golf App to have access to advanced statistics, too.

A unique feature of this laser rangefinder is that it offers 3D maps of the courses that you are playing on to give you the best possible insight into the terrain, distance, and potential hazards. It comes with over 36,000 courses preloaded. Another perk to the V4 Patriot Rangefinder is that it’s lightweight and compact.

This rangefinder is the all-in-one solution that offers a copious amount of data and gives you the best of both a laser rangefinder and a GPS rangefinder. This includes visuals of the courses being playing and pinpointing accuracy.

If you are a golfer looking for an exceptional option, this is the rangefinder for you. It has everything you need and is only marginally more expensive than your average rangefinder that offers solely distance data.

Pros

  • Comes with a mobile app
  • Has a large range
  • Very accurate
  • Offers 3D maps of the courses that you play on

Cons

  • May not be tournament legal

5. ​​​Bushnell Pro X2 Golf Laser Rangefinder

Dual-display and up-to-date technology

It has dual-display technology, which means you can easily toggle between a bright red vivid display screen to a sharp black display depending on the lighting conditions that you are playing in. Also, this rangefinder has the standard and up-to-date technology such as Pinseeker and Jolt, The Pro X2 will vibrate to let you know that the Jolt is locked on.

Quick Summary

  • Perfect for those who are looking for rangefinder with dual screens
  • Can provide 3D flyover models of golf courses
  • Price: $$

This Bushnell product offers everything that you should want in a rangefinder. You can easily switch from slope mode to distance mode to ensure that you are compliant with USGA rules and compete in tournaments without the worry of becoming disqualified.

A unique feature of this rangefinder is that it has dual-display technology, which means you can easily toggle between a bright red vivid display screen to a sharp black display depending on the lighting conditions that you are playing in.

This rangefinder has the standard and up-to-date technology such as Pinseeker and Jolt, The Pro X2 will vibrate to let you know that the Jolt is locked on. Bushnell is a reputable company and has made various rangefinders that are proven to be reliable and popular amongst its consumers.

It also includes 3D flyover models of your courses and a mobile app. It’s truly a premium option, and as such, will entail a significantly higher investment.

We would recommend this for the pro golfer who frequently competes in championships and needs a rangefinder that’s current, reliable and tournament compliant.

Pros

  • Legal for tournaments when used without additional data
  • Comes with Bushnell app
  • Has 3D flyover models of golf courses for terrain information
  • Dual-screens

Cons

  • Not very affordable

What is a Rangefinder?

To find the rangefinder that’s the right fit for you, you need to first understand what they are and how they work. Understanding these basics will give you insight into what features are available as well as what constitutes good value.

A rangefinder uses a process called ranging to measure the distance from the observer to target.

I know what you’re thinking, is that legal?

Since 2016, GPS and golf laser rangefinders have been given more allowance in many tournament events.

We’re going to help you understand the rules and find the option for you.

Technology has advanced over the last decade allowing golfers to use specially designed rangefinders to judge the distance to the green of any given hole. The breadth of knowledge a rangefinder can offer typically depends on the price point however you can use almost any to help you on the course.

Golfers use rangefinders to enable them to make accurate shots and get more insight into a course. Given the knowledge and data that a good rangefinder can provide a golfer, it is unsurprising that many players attest to getting better results from their shots while using one.

 

Different Types of Rangefinders

When it comes to rangefinders, there are two basic types available on the market. The first type works on GPS technology, and the second type uses lasers.

Both can be used on a golf course, but golfers typically play better with one or the other. They also each carry particular benefits, which we will discuss.

If you’ve decided it’s time to purchase a rangefinder to assist you on the golf course, you’re going to need to know which type of rangefinder is going to suit your needs best. Here’s a brief rundown of both kinds of rangefinder and what their known attributes are.

Laser Rangefinders

Laser rangefinders determine the distance between the observer and the target by sending a beam of light to the selected object. The object must be in the observer’s field of view and this is activated by pulling a trigger on the rangefinder.

The distance is then presented on the rangefinder display. If you haven’t locked on to the target successfully you’ll receive an error message and will need to try again.

Laser rangefinders can take a longer time to get an accurate measurement than a GPS rangefinder because they don’t contain any preloaded data about the course. They also are only as accurate as of the person using the device.

GPS Rangefinders

GPS rangefinders require less effort and time to determine the distance between the observer and target because they already have the measurements and course map loaded onto its system. This information is useful because it provides the player with the number to the front, middle and back of the green.

Also, the GPS rangefinder will identify your GPS location, providing you with a flyover map and yardages to hazards.

Drawbacks to GPS rangefinders are that they are dependent on whether the course you’re playing has been mapped and they might also require a monthly subscription fee in some cases.

Which is Best?

Now for the tricky part, which rangefinder will you go for?

The right answer depends on personal preference and technological understanding. 

Both a GPS and a laser rangefinder can effectively find the distance to the green on a golf course. The advantage that laser rangefinders have over GPS rangefinders is that they are simple, affordable and don’t require a subscription fee.

 GPS rangefinders have more features and higher accuracy but they require routine maintenance to remain up-to-date. If updates don’t phase you, here are some perks;

GPS devices are attractive to professional golfers because they provide modern-day convenience. For example, although the handheld device is still popular, you can get yardages on your watch or phone. This is an attractive feature to golfers as they can determine information by glancing at their wrist.

Generally, laser rangefinders are versatile and easy to use.  So, if you’re a casual or beginner seeking a rangefinder to help you become a more effective golfer, we recommend that you start with a laser rangefinder.

Laser rangefinders are battery-ran therefore providing a stress-free option in comparison to GPS devices that require charging.  Although they are less accurate than GPS finders generally, this is only because they are often used incorrectly which is expected for beginners. 

In addition, you won’t have to pay a monthly subscription fee or worry about updating maps or downloading courses. You can simply bring it to any course that you’re playing on and have near-instant distance information just by pointing the laser and pulling the trigger.

Are Rangefinders Allowed in Major Tournaments?

Earlier we touched upon the legalities of rangefinders, a natural concern to any golfer.

The last thing you want is to be thrown out of a tournament for using a piece of illegal equipment, we’re going to help you make sure that doesn’t happen.

For most professional tournaments, including major events, the use of a basic rangefinder is permitted. Something to remember is that devices that determine wind speed or ground slope are still not allowed.

So, if you are a high-level or professional golfer who is interested in using a rangefinder and recognizes the technological benefits, you are permitted to use one in major tournaments.

The USGA allows laser and GPS rangefinders in both hand-held and watch form.

Once you’ve made your purchase, the USGA gives you the green light to access benefits such as measuring the distance to your target and recording the distance of shots. During tournaments, you must not use your device to measure weather conditions or calculate distances for slope.

Benefits of Using

Rangefinders to Golfers
There are several benefits to using a rangefinder while golfing. They can make you more accurate and provide you with additional critical data that you need to make the most efficient and effective shots possible.

Precise Measurements

The most prominent feature that rangefinders are known for is providing golfers with precise measurements while they are out on the course. This is their primary purpose, and they tend to be very good at fulfilling it.

With advancing technology, it is possible for a golfer to get an extremely accurate distance to the target on the course that they are golfing on.

Golf has a reputation for being a game of inches. Thus, accuracy is everything.

The newest laser rangefinders on the market today are the most accurate rangefinders we’ve ever seen when pointed correctly. Accuracy is vital in golf because it can be the difference between a top 5 finish and a bottom 5 finish.

With a rangefinder, you won’t ever find yourself guessing at a distance again. You don’t have to use it just to find the range to the tee, either.

You can also find the difference to a water hazard, bunker, or tree line. If you’re tired of guessing and want accurate, near-instant measurements while you are out on the course, a rangefinder might be the way to go.

User-Friendly

The fear that most people have when they consider integrating new technology into their game is that it’s going to be challenging to use. For some products, this is sadly true.

Technology is a great thing that has helped many people in sports. However, for others, it has made things more complicated.

Where some gain an edge, others lose one based on their apprehension or inability to use new tools and advance with technology.

Fortunately, rangefinders are very easy to use. Whether you use a GPS or laser rangefinder, it will be straightforward to determine the distance that you are trying to identify.

They are straightforward machines with only a few buttons and a clear objective. Most will also be shipped with manuals that teach you how to operate them.

Rangefinders are a valuable tool on the course, and they don’t alienate anyone, even those who aren’t known for their prowess when using technology.

Affordable

Another common misconception about modern technology is that it always has to cost a pretty penny. This isn’t necessarily the case.

While higher-quality and professional-grade machines do exist and naturally cost more money, entry-level rangefinders are just fine for a day out on the course. They are accurate, and you won’t need to part with too much money to get hold of one.

Most entry-level rangefinders can be purchased for short of $200. If you feel that you need a better one with more features, you can always increase your budget and invest a little more.

Convenience

Once renown for how heavy and difficult they were to carry around, rangefinders are now one of the most convenient and easy-to-carry pieces of equipment that a golfer can own. They are compact, lightweight, and have never been easier to bring out with you on the course.

If you’re worried about a rangefinder slowing you down, you shouldn’t be! You can often fit them in your pocket, keep them in your bag, or set them in the cart when you’re not using them.

Pace of Play

While some traditionalists complain that new technology intrudes on the game and makes things slower due to more players practicing situational golfing, studies have shown that rangefinders actually help to increase the pace of play.
We know that sounds counterintuitive because more people will be taking more measurements. However, there is some sound logic behind this.

The old way of finding measurements included caddies trying to figure it out using books that they were provided. They would then provide estimates or do some quick math and provide the golfer with insight.

This entire process took much longer than what it takes to simply take out a rangefinder, point it at your target, and shoot the laser.

Alternatively, if there was no caddy present, the golfer would be left to mull over the options themselves without the assistance. This kept the game at an extremely slow pace.

Therefore, having a rangefinder to quickly give you accurate measurements on the course will actually speed up the pace of play and make it more enjoyable for players and spectators alike. It also helps other players behind you on the course because they’ll be able to proceed and minimize the amount of time that they’ll have to wait at holes.

Not everyone has a full day to spend out on the course. If that’s the case for you, you might want to consider investing in a rangefinder to quicken your game.

Mobility/Wearability

There is a tendency to conceptualize a rangefinder as a large, clunky machine. However, this isn’t always the case. In fact, a rangefinder can be so convenient that you can even find some that you can wear on your wrist and take everywhere with you! These types of rangefinders might not be the best for extremely long distances, but they can serve you well in a variety of situations and assist you in making accurate and appropriate shots whilst providing ultimate mobility.

Technology has come a long way, and that’s exemplified by the availability of these excellent devices that you can bring to the course in lieu of a standard watch.

Assistance with Club Selection

A huge part of being successful in golf is knowing which clubs to select in certain situations, a decision which almost always comprises the distance you are from your target destination.

As every golfer knows, each club is suited for a different type and distance of a shot. The more you know about the shot you’re trying to make, the better odds you have of selecting the club that is best suited for that shot.

This is where accuracy comes into play. If you can use a laser rangefinder correctly, and you are equipped with the knowledge, you should have no problem at all correctly selecting your clubs based on the data that it gives you.

Avoiding Hazards

A rangefinder doesn’t just help you find the hole and get there in the best way possible. It can also help you avoid undesirable locations on the course, such as hazards.

These take form in the shape of bodies of water, sand bunkers, and out of bounds areas. A good laser rangefinder will help you determine the distance to these areas that you want to avoid and help you decide which clubs to use, as well as how much power to strike with.

When golfing, everyone loves to focus on getting to the tee as quickly as possible, but an equally important skill is learning to avoid areas that are going to cause trouble for your game. By doing both of these things simultaneously, you can effectively optimize your game and deliver consistently better performances each time you play a round.

If you’re going to get a rangefinder, make sure that you train yourself with it by repeatedly using it to select clubs. After repeated use, you should be able to effectively formulate a decision-making process that efficiently uses the data that you gather from the rangefinder.

Hazards can undoubtedly derail your game, as they have done for thousands of golfers before you. Using a rangefinder is one of the best ways to combat this threat and save your game from being negatively affected by hazards.

Get Out of Blind Spots

Another benefit that rangefinders can provide you with is the ability to get out of blind spots. Sometimes on a round, you’ll find yourself in a situation where you can’t even see where your ball is going to land because the destination is around a curve.

If you can’t see what is around the curve, it’s tough to make a decision on which club to use or how much power to put in your shot.

A rangefinder can help with this. You should keep in mind that not all rangefinders will be able to help you in this area: what you need to help you out of blind spots is a GPS rangefinder.

GPS rangefinders are a little less common than laser rangefinders, but they are readily available. If you find yourself getting stuck in a lot of blind spots on your courses that don’t have a typical layout, you might greatly benefit from a GPS rangefinder.

Knowing the Distance

The final and perhaps most obvious benefit to having a rangefinder in your arsenal of golf equipment is that you can know the distance to pretty much any destination on the course (as long as you can see it in the case of a laser rangefinder). This is an invaluable benefit to your game.

Knowing the distance to any given point on the course allows you to make better club selection, select appropriate power, and get a better feel for what’s going on in the game and where you’re at on the course. This information removes the guesswork from many areas of your game.

A great way to capitalize on this knowledge is to practice various types of swings with several different types of clubs and record their distance. Knowing how far your shots go is super important and will help you correctly utilize the information that a rangefinder can give you.

How to Pick a Rangefinder

If you’ve never bought a rangefinder before, you probably have no idea how to shop for one. When it comes to golf, there are literally thousands of products out there to choose from for all types of equipment.

This can prove to be quite overwhelming, and all the distractions can get in the way of efficient and thorough decision-making. Not only are rangefinders a bit confusing to shop for, but they also represent a significant investment.

If you are going to make the investment in a rangefinder, especially an expensive high-quality one, you need to be sure that you’re getting good value for your money.

We’ve done all of the research for you and have compiled a complete buying guide that will show you exactly what features to look for, what functions you might need, and we’ve also compiled some products that have a good reputation on the market.

Before you begin shopping, you’ll need to know what features you should be on the lookout for. Here’s everything you need to consider when shopping for a rangefinder for your next golf outing.

Type

The type of rangefinder that you select is important because each type has its own strengths and weaknesses. As we covered earlier, there are two basic types of rangefinders: laser and GPS.

To recap, laser rangefinders use a beam of light to determine the distance between the device and your destination while a GPS rangefinder uses GPS technology to map out the course and determine your distance from key points on the course.

We already covered the benefits of each as well as the drawbacks earlier in our comparison, but just to remind you, most people prefer laser rangefinders for their affordability and ease of use. Our rankings of the best golf rangefinders later in the article will reflect a bias towards these machines, which many believe to be superior.

Make sure that you know what type of rangefinder you are buying before you do so. This will allow you some time to analyze the benefits of that type and see if it is a good fit for you.

Brand

While this is a less important factor, many golfers are fiercely loyal to a brand. We can understand why.

Golf equipment is expensive, and when there is often a tendency to attach your success to the equipment you use, it can become very difficult to be willing to try different branded products.

For that reason, the brand is the first factor that some people look at when they are shopping for new equipment. Indeed, there are tons of golfers out there who refuse to use any equipment that isn’t manufactured by their favorite brand.

Though we haven’t seen any glaring issues with any particular brand in our roundup, we will say that the brands we are recommending are some of the most notoriously reliable ones out there. You can be confident that, if you select your next rangefinder from our suggestions, it will be coming from a top-class company.

Range

Obviously, the range that you get with a rangefinder is going to be important. Ideally, you want something as far-reaching as possible to increase your flexibility, but extreme ranges generally aren’t necessary.

If you know that you don’t need the maximum range out there and just want something simple, you can usually get away with spending a little less and getting something more suitable for what you need. Being willing to downgrade can save you a bit of money, but make sure that you don’t neglect your needs if this is your plan.

Having a good rangefinder is a massive asset for a golfer, and if you sacrifice functionality just to save a few bucks, it defeats the purpose of owning one. These tools are meant to be something extra that you can do to increase performance, not add more limitations to your game.

Having a good range on your rangefinder will allow you to see everything that you need to see without having to do any guesswork. As we covered before, this enables you to make better and more informed shots and improve your score.

One thing that you should keep in mind when considering range is that there is a difference here between the two types of rangefinders.

Lasers can have a very long-range, but they aren’t unlimited. GPS devices, on the other hand, are not typically limited by range, allowing you to view anywhere you want to on the course.

If range is a concern and you are golfing on an extremely large course and need to look ahead to future holes, you may want to consider opting for a GPS rangefinder instead of a laser rangefinder.

However, if you know that your rangefinder usage is going to be more pedestrian, you can definitely get by with just a laser rangefinder. You’re also likely to save quite a bit of money by opting for a laser device!

Features

When shopping for a rangefinder, you’re also going to want to decide how much functionality you need. This is largely going to depend on how much you’re looking to spend, as well.

Rangefinders started out as simple devices when they first appeared on the market, but have evolved into significantly more sophisticated devices that can include dozens of additional features besides determining basic distance measurements.

The first thing that we all likely think of when we think about what features a rangefinder has is what kind of data it can show us? Many standard rangefinders will only show you the distance that you want, but there are many more advanced devices out there that can show you more sophisticated data such as terrain slope, wind speed, and more.

One thing that you need to watch out for when using devices like this is the legality of these advanced rangefinders. As we covered earlier, most major tournaments allow the use of a rangefinder to determine distance, but advanced machines that give you more data than that are generally not allowed.

If you are a pro hoping to make money while golfing on tour, you shouldn’t get accustomed to using these advanced devices for this reason. However, if you are going to be using your rangefinder for a casual round of golf, these more advanced machines could be a great tool for you if you’re willing to invest in them.

Other important rangefinder features include adjustability settings. These can make a world of difference and make the unit much easier to use.

Adjustability on a rangefinder can come in the form of the viewport zoom, display settings, and laser strength. Having a broad range of settings makes rangefinders much more versatile and suitable for a wider range of needs.

Affordability

The price of any rangefinder will likely weigh heavy on the mind of any golfer who is in the market for one. Affordability is a huge factor in the decision-making process, especially for those who are on a tight budget or want to save money by any means.

The affordability factor will likely be determined by the brand, quality, and features. The more advanced and comprehensive the device is, the higher-priced your rangefinder is likely to be.

If you want to spend as little as possible on a rangefinder, you should be prepared to get something that is less technical but still gets the job done. The key idea to keep in mind when shopping for an affordable rangefinder is actually value, not the total cost: what you really want to get out of any purchase is a feeling of value that is fair for the amount of expenditure.

Generally, a rangefinder provides good value when it meets all the basic criteria (and some peripheral criteria if you desire) to make sure the product is of good quality while also being priced competitively. The dream scenario is to find a rangefinder that offers all the reliable benefits of a higher-priced model while being priced lower.

We’ll point out some affordable options in our guide to give you a good idea of what you can get for your price range.

Durability

Durability is one of those factors in the decision-making process that’s useful to consider no matter the product. This is no different when it comes to rangefinders, which are unlikely to be the most expensive piece of golf equipment in your cart, but still, represent a significant investment.

A good way to determine if a product will be durable and stand the test of time and wear through frequent use is by examining what materials it is constructed from.

If the product is constructed mostly from plastic, you may run the risk of purchasing something that will only last you a couple of years. If you see a lot of metal or composite materials, the product is way more likely to be built for the long haul.

You should weigh what you are looking for in durability against what you are willing to spend. If your budget is very low, the chances are that you’re not going to be able to get the most durable option out there.: these models generally cost the most because they are made of higher-quality, more expensive materials.

However, you should know that spending a little extra when you’re shopping can lead to years of additional productive use of your rangefinder. Often, it is well worth spending a little more to get something of higher quality.

You’ll also tend to receive better access to, and a higher quality level of customer service, as these more expensive products, are generally made by more reputable companies that have the resources to provide good support for customers.

Warranty Offerings

The final factor that you want to look for in a rangefinder is an agreeable warranty policy. As you probably already know, companies put warranties on their products to help customers recoup their money or get another product in the event that the one they purchase turns out to be defective or does not live up to the expectations set forth by the company that sold it.

While you hope never to have to use them since they are notoriously inconvenient to redeem, it’s nice to know that they are there to help if something does go wrong. You should think of a warranty as a form of insurance on your investment into a rangefinder.

Warranties are also a good way to determine how confident a company is in its product. If you see a rangefinder with a 3-month warranty, the chances are that it won’t last as long as a product that has a 2-year full warranty.

Any company that puts an extended warranty on their products is certainly more confident that they will not have to fulfill it within that time. When you buy a product with a warranty, you can be fairly sure that you’ll at least get the warranty’s worth of use out of it.

Best Golf Rangefinder Reviews

Now that you know everything there is to know about rangefinders and what makes a good one, you’re ready to take a look back at our list of some of the best ones out there. We made our judgments based on all of the criteria that we listed here.

Countless hours have been put into our research to locate a variety of products that suit a wide range of needs. Whether you are looking for an affordable rangefinder or a premium one, we have you covered.

Recap

All of these products are extremely reputable, and they were each chosen for a reason, to suit a different type of golfer. However, in our opinion, one product stands above all the rest.

The Bushnell Patriot is the model that we feel meets the broadest range of needs for the average golfer that wants a rangefinder for casual games.

The Bushnell Patriot price is average, offering a lot of great features, including terrain and course layout information.

It’s fast, easy to use, and affordable!

If you’re the average golfer looking for the best value for your money, it’s clear that the Patriot offers everything you would need and more.

Be sure to research all products thoroughly to ensure that you end up with the best golf rangefinder for your own needs!

Our Top Pick Again

#1. ​​​​TecTecTec VPRO500 Laser Rangefinder

Good value with premium features!

If you’re looking for that affordable product that provides good value with premium features, this is a great option for you.

Best Golf Push Cart

If you are an avid golfer, you’ll know that there are three primary ways that you can choose to transport yourself and your clubs across the course: use a motorized golf cart, carry your equipment and travel by foot, or use a push cart. The purpose of this article is to provide a ton of information about these transportation methods, with a keen focus push carts and their functionality.

We’ll also provide some example products so that you can determine what the best golf push cart is for your own needs. A golf push cart will help you to traverse the course more easily than carrying your equipment, but it still offers you the exercise that walking provides. Also, it can reduce the risk of damaging your posture since you won’t have a heavy bag weighing down your shoulder and causing you to walk tilted to the side or hunched over.

There are many benefits having the best golf push cart, but it’s always better to be equipped with knowledge that will allow you to pick one out that will best serve your needs as a golfer and be a durable and functional addition to your golf equipment for years to come.

In this complete guide to finding the best golf push cart, we’ll cover their benefits, features to look out for when buying one, and we’ll also take a really close look at some reputable products on the marketplace that you might be interested in.


Short on time? Heres a quick roundup of our top 3 picks and why you need them!

Product

Photo

Cost

Pros

*Best Overall

$$$

Compact Golf push cart that offers multiple storage and has stylish design that comes with different colors.

*Runner Up

$$$

Maintenance-free parts and tires, and everything fits neatly into designated sections of the cart for stress-free golf outings.

*Also Great

$$

If you want a slightly higher quality option that costs a bit more but also has some unique features, this is the one.


Top 5 Best Golf Balls


1. ​​​Clicgear Model 3.5+ Golf Push Cart

Simple, stylish, and straightforward cart!

Concerned about style? You don’t have anything to worry about with this cart. It comes in multiple colors and it has a sleek design. The compact design uses a slide-to-close mechanism that can fold the whole cart down to just13-inches x 15-inches x 24-inches. It also features extra storage options like a storage net and a full console near the handle. 

Quick Summary

  • Perfect choice for those who want a compact and sleek design
  • Good collapsible dimensions
  • Price: $$

This simple, stylish and straightforward cart comes in at the bottom of the price range. That’s part of what makes it so attractive, but aside from its price, it also has some great features that allow it to compete with higher priced carts as well.

Concerned about style? You don’t have anything to worry about with this cart. It comes in multiple colors and it has a sleek design. It’s an exceptionally elegant product to take out onto the course with you.

The compact design uses a slide-to-close mechanism that can fold the whole cart down to just13-inches x 15-inches x 24-inches. This makes it an excellent candidate for anyone who needs to put it in their car or easily store it when not in use.

It features extra storage options like a storage net and a full console near the handle. That’s not all, it has lots of useful bells and whistles too like a built-in scorecard, golf ball holders, pencil holders, and tee holders.

It utilizes a hand parking brake to prevent the cart from rolling away and also features a cup holder, umbrella mount, and other accessory tabs if you have more Clicgear equipment that you want to bring along.

Pros

  • Good collapsible dimensions
  • Has expandability for other Clicgear equipment
  • Easy collapsing mechanism
  • Made from quality materials, making it a good value for the price

Cons

  • Made of heavier materials, making it harder to lift and sometimes navigate

2. ​​Bag Boy Quad XL Golf Cart

Affordable, Durable, and Maintenance free!

One massive benefit of this cart is that it’s made from lightweight materials, making it a breeze to transport and maneuver on the course. The total weight of the Bag Boy Quad XL is less than 20lbs! Additionally, this product has a cellphone holder, beverage holder and a tee/ball holder next to the scorecard console.

Quick Summary

  • Ideal choice for those who are looking for affordable golf cart with high-tech features
  • Stable, no-maintenance parts
  • Price: $

If you prefer a push cart that has four wheels for added stability, but you still need to adhere to a strict budget, this is an excellent candidate. As with many other carts, this one is available in multiple colors to accommodate your personal style.

The handle is easy to adjust and can work for golfers of multiple heights. It also features a large accessory bag for added storage, and there’s a handle-mounted parking brake.

Additionally, this product has a cellphone holder, beverage holder and a tee/ball holder next to the scorecard console. Further, it features a canopy umbrella and holder for sunny afternoons on the course, an adjustable seat and a Bluetooth speaker.

One massive benefit of this cart is that it’s made from lightweight materials, making it a breeze to transport and manoeuvre on the course. The total weight of the Bag Boy Quad XL is less than 20lbs!

This product also guarantees maintenance-free parts and tires, and everything fits neatly into designated sections of the cart for stress-free golf outings.

Pros

  • Stable, no-maintenance parts
  • Adjustable handle and easily attachable accessories
  • Made from lightweight and colorful materials
  • Many accessories available to suit the needs of individual golfers
  • Relatively inexpensive option when compared with other options on the market

Cons

  • Lightweight materials might be of lesser compared to pricier options

3. ​​​​CaddyTek One-Click Folding 4 Wheel Version 3 Golf Push Cart

Great alternative to higher-priced options!

The one-click button design is patented and allows you to fold the cart to a compact size measuring 17 inches x 14 inches x 26 inches. An awesome feature of this push cart is that basket that has a built-in cooler. To top it off, it comes with an umbrella holder and storage rack. 

Quick Summary

  • Great choice for those who want a foldable pushcart with built-in cooler
  • Unique basket and built-in cooler
  • Price: $$

If you want a slightly higher quality option that costs a bit more but also has some unique features, the CaddyTek V 3 Golf Push Cart is a strong middle-of-the-road pushcart, coming in two color schemes.

The one-click button design is patented and allows you to fold the cart to a compact size measuring 17 inches x 14 inches x 26 inches. In addition to being compact, it’s also very light, weighing less than 20 pounds.

The handbrake is reliable and has a patented design. You simply press it to break and press it again to release, making it super easy to use.

An awesome feature of this push cart is that basket that has a built-in cooler. This allows you to carry cold drinks with you out on the course to rehydrate, particularly on those hot summer days.

To top it off, it comes with an umbrella holder and storage rack. This product is undoubtedly a great alternative to higher-priced options.

Pros

  • Unique basket and built-in cooler
  • Easy to use and fold up
  • Folds into a compact design
  • Made from a lightweight material

Cons

  • Four wheel design is great for stability but can be more difficult to maneuver

4. ​​​​Tangkula Golf Pushcart

Made of extremely lightweight materials and affordable.

It is one of the most affordable 3 wheel carts out there with a handle that’s ergonomically shaped for left and right-handed golfers. It features foot-operated brakes and takes only a moment to collapse and store when you’re not golfing.

Quick Summary

  • Excellent choice for those who are looking for an affordable and extremely lightweight pushcart
  • Very lightweight frame
  • Price: $$$

Affordability is a huge factor in the decision to choose the best golf push cart over other methods, and if you want to keep within a budget no matter what, this cart would be a good option for you.

It is one of the most affordable 3 wheel carts out there with a handle that’s ergonomically shaped for left and right-handed golfers.

This cart is made of extremely lightweight materials which allow you to maneuver it easily on paths and on the course. The total weight of this cart is less than 19 pounds!

It features foot-operated brakes and takes only a moment to collapse and store when you’re not golfing. If you’re looking for a budget option, this is a contender for sure.

Pros

  • Very lightweight frame
  • Easy to transport
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Limited storage options

5. ​​Sun Mountain Speed Cart Gx Push Cart

One of the most premium options.

If you’re looking to get hold of a cart that has everything you need, this could be on your radar as a potential option. The newly-redesigned handle allows for a large mesh tray, and the built-in bracket holds the seat that comes with it. There’s also a tracking system, and the cart folds easily in just two steps.

Quick Summary

  • Good choice if you want a premium quality and it has everything you need
  • Tons of functionality
  • Price: $$

This cart from Sun Mountain is one of the most premium options out there. If you’re looking to get hold of a cart that has everything you need with little to no limitation on cost, this could be on your radar as a potential option.

The newly-redesigned handle allows for a large mesh tray, and the built-in bracket holds the seat that comes with it. There’s also a tracking system, and the cart folds easily in just two steps.

With all the storage options that you could possibly want, a solid construction, sleekness and easy maneuverability, this cart is truly one of the highest-quality options out there.

Pros

  • Solid construction
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Many storage options
  • Comes with seat
  • Tons of functionality

Cons

  • One of the more expensive options

What are Golf Push Carts?

A golf push cart is a stand that you can put your golf bag on to transport it between holes more easily. A push cart usually has three wheels, with two being at the back near the handle for increased stability.

Golf push carts are not the most common piece of equipment for golfers. Most golfers forego a golf push cart in favor of the more straightforward, less strenuous motorized cart to get across the course.

Instead of putting your bag on the back of a golf cart or having a caddy carry it, golfers who use push carts transport their equipment on these wheels.

Stability is accounted for, as well. Most golf carts have very secure straps to ensure that your golf bag doesn’t roll off of the push cart and damage the valuable equipment inside it. Golf equipment is a significant investment, so you want to keep safety in mind when purchasing a push cart to ensure you’re not making a decision that could endanger the resale value or quality of your equipment.

Ways to Transport Clubs

While you’re looking at golf push carts, you might also want to consider other methods of transporting your clubs. Reading our in-depth analysis of the various techniques for golf club transportation will either sway you towards golf push carts or away from them, but at least you’ll be informed either way.

In this section, we’ll cover the most common ways to transport your golf clubs from the first hole to hole 18 – or the clubhouse! We’ll also include the benefits and drawbacks of each method to determine how they stack up against one another.

Motorized Golf Carts

This is probably the most common way to transport across the course. You’ve probably seen a golf cart before, but if you haven’t, we’ll provide a brief explanation.

Golf carts are motorized carts that typically carry two people. They’re popular amongst golfers because they’re quick and easy-to-use.

Most people will use a golf cart, especially when they golf 18 holes. However, there is a solid case to be made against using a golf cart when you go golfing.

The most pertinent argument against renting a golf cart is the financial cost. Golfing is already an expensive sport, and it becomes more costly when you decide to rent a golf cart from the course.

If you don’t choose to rent a golf cart, you can save your money and use it for the next day’s golf outing or save up for a rainy day. These savings might not seem significant at first, but they certainly add up for the frequent golfer.

When you’re on a motorized cart, you often don’t get a chance to soak in what is often beautiful scenery and enjoy the fresh air. You are always in a rush to get to the next hole, and we think that golf carts might hinder your ability to enjoy the course and your company as much.

Overall, golf carts are a very convenient method of getting around the course, and that’s why they’re so popular. They certainly aren’t the most affordable option, nor are they conducive to appreciating the course and its surroundings, so we don’t recommend them for someone on a tight budget or lovers of nature!

Carrying Your Clubs

If you’re trying to save money, or want a more leisurely experience, you might choose to carry your clubs, this considered as the least popular way to get your clubs from the beginning of the course to the end.

That’s because it can be a pretty miserable experience, particularly if you’re not in the best physical shape. Golf clubs are heavy, and on a hot day, you can find yourself taking hours more to finish a course than usual, as well as sweating a substantial amount.

Though you will undoubtedly get used to this as you do it more frequently, it’s not the most pleasant way to golf a round.

Carrying your clubs involves using the strap that comes with your bag and slinging it around your shoulder. Not only do you have to walk from the start of the hole to the end of the hole, but you have to walk to each spot that your ball ends up to prepare for your next shot.

As you can imagine, this can become inconvenient pretty fast. It might not be so bad if you are only golfing nine holes, but most people don’t want to do it throughout 18.

Though carrying your clubs is not the most desirable option out there, there are some benefits to it.

If you love playing golf but also want to get some additional exercise aside from your shots, carrying your clubs can be a fun way to enjoy the sport and burn a ton of calories at the same time.

Walking is a fantastic exercise, and when you add the weight of a golf bag, this sort of exertion can contribute towards positive health benefits.

That’s not to say that walking and golfing should constitute your entire workout routine, but it’s a pretty good start if you’re trying to increase your physical activity.

It’s essential to consider the strain that carrying golf clubs can have on your posture. Having a heavy golf bag resting on your shoulders can cause significant stress on your neck, back, and shoulders.

If you already have strain or tension in these areas and want to avoid causing further damage, you should speak with your doctor before carrying a golf bag for long distances or invest in a motorized golf cart.

The Case for Push Golf Carts

There are a few reasons that push golf carts are becoming increasingly popular as golf becomes a more approachable sport for those who don’t want to spend too much to participate.

The primary reason that people choose push golf carts is that they are more affordable than motorized. They do require an upfront investment for the purchase of the pushcart, but after that, they are yours to use forever, unlike motorized carts.

When contrasted with this cost of renting a motorized golf cart, the savings, in the long run, are astronomical and make push carts a no-brainer if you are trying to save money. You can save thousands by investing in a good quality push cart.

Another considerable benefit of push golf carts is the exercise that you get. We’ve already mentioned that carrying your clubs in hot and humid weather can be pretty grim, but purchasing a push cart allows you a lot of the same exercise while making the whole experience much more pleasurable.

You’re still getting the same amount of steps in as you would be if you were carrying your golf bag, but you’re making it much easier on your body by not having to haul around the weight of your clubs to each shot and hole.

For many golfers, one of the best things about playing the sport is that they get to be outside in nature and get a lot of fresh air, something that investing in a push cart facilitates.

Using a push cart over a motorized cart might even benefit your game because you’ll be able to take things at a walking pace and adequately examine the terrain to strategize your shots.

Drawbacks of a Push Golf Cart

So far we’ve only touched on the positives of using a push golf cart, but it’s only right that we acknowledge the drawbacks as well. We feel that it’s vital that you’re fully aware of these drawbacks so that it’s easier for you to understand what you’re getting into when you purchase a push golf cart.

One of the main drawbacks of using a push golf cart is that your speed of play will be profoundly affected; this is one of the most significant benefits of using a motorized cart.

When you use a riding golf cart, you can move quickly from hole to hole as you wish. You’re also able to reach your shot earlier, which means you complete each hole quicker.

Realistically, the time that it takes to navigate a course on foot, you might be able to squeeze in an extra round if using a motorized cart, but ultimately this boils down to personal preference.

Time might not matter to some people who don’t care how long they are out on the course, but for those who don’t want to spend several hours on one round of golf, a push golf cart might not be the best option.

Another factor to consider is that even if you don’t mind how long you are out on the course, those playing behind you might.

Most people use a motorized cart, so if they get stuck behind someone who is walking the course and they are in a hurry, they might become frustrated.

If you realize that this is the case, it’s considered proper golfing etiquette to let the group behind you play the next hole before you play it so that they can get through the hole quickly.

Courtesy dictates that they don’t bother you or infringe upon your playing, but you might feel obliged to allow them to leapfrog you on any given hole.

That said, if you choose to hold up other players, you might feel the pressure of them waiting behind you, and this could affect your game and put you under additional stress, creating a less than ideal situation for both parties.

Another drawback to a push cart is the obvious one, and it’s the fact that you have to walk entire golf courses without the assistance of a motorized cart that can ultimately get you where you want to go in a more convenient and timely fashion.

Quite a common mistake that golfers make is buying a push cart solely for the affordability without considering that they will need to exert considerable effort to use them.

So, if you are considering a push golf cart, you need to make sure that you meet the criteria. Firstly, make sure that you are happy with the slower speed of play that you’ll be experiencing given your selected mode of club transportation.

Secondly, be sure to acknowledge the incredible amount of exercise that you’ll be getting by pushing your golf carts around the course as opposed to using a motorized cart which entails considerably less effort.

Though both of the inconveniences that we have described for push golf carts are insignificant to anyone wanting to shape or the or the golfer who prioritizes frugality, we felt that it was vital that you understand the drawbacks of push golf carts right from the get-go.

Understanding these factors will also allow you to better select a push golf cart from the list that we provide or choose a different mode of transportation since you will have a better understanding of your own needs and desires.

Push Carts vs. Carrying Your Clubs

If you are aiming to be a frugal golfer, carrying your clubs and using a push golf cart might have crossed your mind at one time or another. However, rarely do people assess how they compare.

So, we’re doing just that! We’re going to tell you exactly why, in our opinion, carrying your clubs is a worse solution than investing in a pushcart.

Safety

The first area that carrying your clubs falls short in relates to your safety.

Carrying golf clubs is not an easy thing to do.

It’s highly stressful on your body and can cause you to strain yourself and take on more than what you can handle. Many golf-related injuries happen because players were trying to carry their bags and becoming off-balance or throwing out their back in the process.

Balance is an especially pertinent issue for senior citizens, who make up a large part of the golfing community. If safety and injury prevention are essential factors for you when figuring out how to get your equipment from start to finish, carrying your clubs might not be the best option.

Focus & Energy

If you’ve ever dragged around a golf bag for nine or 18 holes, you know how much it can drain your energy and get in the way of your effective swing. As a golfer, you also know that focus is one of the most crucial elements in the game.

If you’ve spent all of your energy on carrying your bag, you are doing yourself a disservice as a golfer by unevenly distributing your power across an aspect of the game that isn’t directly related to performance.

Although you still need to exert some energy when using a push cart, it bears the weight of your equipment for you.

The very last thing you want is to step up to your ball and be too tired to drive it with power or fall short of the stroke that you wanted to achieve.

Hauling your equipment on your person can undoubtedly cause this negative outcome which could, in our opinion, create a huge disadvantage for any golfer.

Storage Capacity

One thing that many people neglect when deciding between the two options is storage capacity. The modern game dictates that you have several clubs available for increased versatility.

You should have the ability to use a variety of clubs so that you can golf in a variety of situations and hit the shots that you need, working against several tricky terrains.

If you are carrying your bag, you have fewer storage options. A pushcart provides you with additional storage options that you can use to carry more equipment. They unquestionably come in handy if you want to bring an even wider variety of clubs, an umbrella, or any extra gear that you think you might need such as a rangefinder.

Carrying your bag doesn’t necessarily eliminate your ability to bring all of this gear with you, but the more equipment you add, the more unpleasant traveling across the course is likely to be due to the extra weight. If you want to bring additional equipment to carry, you either have to invest a bigger bag or be willing to carry it in your arms.

Affordability

How much your golf trip costs undoubtedly weighs heavy on the mind of anyone who is concerned about ensuring that they live and golf economically. Fortunately, both of these options are quite affordable. If you decide to carry your clubs, you immediately reduce the monetary cost associated with golfing, which is excellent!

However, when considering affordability, it must also be taken into consideration how much more additional time you’ll be spending when you carry your bags. You’ll also be exerting a lot of energy and likely experiencing discomfort, which you could say runs the risk of coming at a real cost.

You have to be able to put a price tag on your time and come to a conclusion on how much you are willing to spend to save time. While push carts aren’t free, they are very affordable. You can easily spend under $200 on a pushcart and get hundreds of uses out of it.

If you play 100 rounds with a push cart, that would mean it would generally only represent a cost of less than $2 each time that you use it: that’s assuming that you only use it 100 times!

All in all, walking without a push cart is more affordable, an ever-increasing number of golfers are choosing to spend some cash on a pushcart to add a ton of convenience to their round.

Ultimately though, nothing can beat free, and that’s why we must say that not using a cart at all would be the more affordable option.

Which Method Wins?

We think that it’s much more practical to purchase a push cart rather than carrying your clubs to each hole. Not only will you save time and energy (both of which are crucial for success when golfing), but we do think that spending some capital on a push cart is worth it, rather than carrying your clubs.

Everything is relative, and if you are trying to be financially-conscious and spend less money on your golf excursions, we certainly recommend that you get the best golf push cart as opposed to a motorized cart.

You’ve got to weigh up the benefits and make sure you’re making the right move for yourself and your game.

How to Pick the Best Golf Push Cart

If you’re settled on getting a golf push cart but have never purchased one before and don’t know what you need to look for in one, you might be in a bit of a tight spot.

Shopping for things can be tough when you’ve never had to purchase one because of the lack of knowledge that you have in that subject.

That’s why we’ve compiled this next section, which should help you to determine which features and characteristics are essential to you in a golf push cart. Some of these factors might be obvious, but others might discuss factors that you never thought to consider.

Either way, by the end of this buying guide, you’ll feel confident knowing that you know what to look for when you’re shopping for your pushcart.

Ease of Use

If you’re going to get a push cart, you need it to be easy to use. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to struggle to open and close your push cart when you’re trying to work your way around the course.

Walking a course already takes long enough without the added frustration of having to deal with an uncooperative push cart.

Before you purchase a push cart for your golf trips, you should make sure that the mechanism that you use to open and close the cart is easy to operate and doesn’t have a reputation for getting jammed.

Compact Size

If you are getting a push cart, you’re also going to want it to be able to collapse to a small size when not in use.

If you can fold the cart down to small size when you’re not using it, it will be much easier to store and won’t be such an inconvenience in the winter months or during other long stretches when you don’t need it.

Compact push carts are also much easier to fit into your car when it’s time to go to the course.

Most golfers are not known for traveling to the course in a huge van, so you’re going to want to make sure that it folds down small enough to fit in your car or trunk along with your regular golf gear like your bag, clubs, and balls.

 If all other components are equal between two carts, the size that it folds down to can become a hugely important factor.

Ride Smoothness

If you’re going to be walking a course, as you will be with a push cart, then you want there to be as little inconvenience as possible.

When you’re walking through rough terrain or over hills and bumpy ground, the constant jostling of your clubs can cause damage to them as they smack into each other repeatedly.

You should have head pads for your clubs, but it’s still not a good idea to be putting constant stress on them in this way.

Also, it’s just not pleasant to have an extremely bumpy cart while you’re trying to walk. Golfing has a lot to do with rhythm and serenity and having to deal with constant rattling and bumpiness isn’t the ideal situation for a golfer who is trying to focus on the game.

Your clubs and cart should be tools to help you succeed in your golf game, not distract you from playing the best round you can.

When you are selecting a pushcart, be sure to pay attention to any features that might contribute to or detract from the smoothness of the ride. These include wheels, tires, shock systems, and the flexibility of the frame.

It’s impossible to have a cart that doesn’t bounce at all, but you can certainly make it easier on yourself by finding one that will jostle as little as possible over bumpy terrain.

Durability

Though a pushcart probably represents one of the smallest investments you will make when it comes to golf gear, you still don’t want it to be a waste of money.

Getting a cart that is known for durability can help to reduce the chance that you buy a cart that doesn’t last.

There are a few things to consider when examining the material of the cart.

Manufacturers will often make it very clear whether a product has been made using plastics or other materials such as metal or composites.

Although plastic is considerably lighter, it is much less durable, and you can almost always expect a stronger, sturdier golf cart to outlast a plastic one.

It comes down to personal preference and how often you’d be willing to replace a cheap cart.

We’d generally recommend opting for a more expensive cart that you can rely on because that will save you more money in the long run even if the initial cost is a little higher.

Brakes

Many golfers have reported issues with braking systems on push golf carts. When shopping around for your golf cart, make sure the model of the cart you choose has strong and sturdy brakes.

Without the right brake, your push cart can roll away and cause damage to your clubs or add significant time on top of your round as you try to retrieve it.

The last thing you want to be doing in addition to walking the whole course is to be continually chasing around a cart that won’t stop rolling away from you.

That’s why you should look specifically at what braking system your cart has and determining whether it will be useful on the course: aim for a reputable company or brake manufacturer here!

Stability

Stability is going to be affected by the number of wheels that your push cart has. Older carts typically have two wheels, but newer carts generally come with three wheels as standard and sometimes even four for additional stability.

It’s not often that people have problems with these carts falling over, but you should ensure that your cart has at least three wheels to minimize the risk of damage to your equipment.

Storage

One of the best features of a push cart is the expanded storage.

There are added pockets and racks for you to bring along extra supplies that you might need while you’re out on the course such as sunscreen, first aid materials, or an umbrella.

Golf bags have some pockets, but not nearly enough to carry all of this equipment. Also, if you are bringing extra supplies, you will have added weight, which we know will make your walk more strenuous.

A basic, affordable push cart might not have any added storage options at all while a high-end push cart could have dozens of additional pockets to put your extra supplies.

How much storage you need is something you should consider when shopping for a golf push cart. Make sure that whichever one you buy will give you the space you need to bring the supplies that you desire.

Warranty Information

Another way that you can ascertain the quality of the cart you buy is by what kind of warranty is offered.

Not only does a warranty give you peace of mind in case of a defective component in the product you buy, but it can also give you a useful insight as to how confident a company is in their product.

For example, if they only offer a 3-month warranty, you could interpret that as the company is not confident that the product will last beyond three months.

 Always check the warranty information before purchasing your push cart.

Best Push Golf Carts Buying Guide 2019

Now that you know everything that there is to know about push golf carts and how to select the one that’s right for you

You equipped with all the necessary knowledge to find and buy your next push cart.

Recap

Now that you’ve seen a couple of options and have learned a ton of information about push golf carts, you want to know which one is the best.

We have reached a conclusion on our favorite cart by looking at all of the factors that we’ve discussed in this article, figuring out which product most completely satisfies those requirements.

With this in mind, we feel that the CaddyTex One-Click Folding Cart offers the best value for money when compared against the other products we have reviewed.

The CaddyTex One-Click Folding Cart has a ton of features, is easy to collapse, and is made from strong, durable materials. 

Although it’s not the most affordable item in our roundup, it’s not the most expensive either, which is why we feel it would be an excellent option for most golfers who are looking for a push golf cart to save money and get more exercise.

Be sure to use this article as a useful tool when assessing precisely what kind of transportation method you want to be using for your equipment.

If a push cart is what you want, you’re now equipped with all of the tools to evaluate your options based on their cost and how much they can benefit you and your game.

Our Top Pick Again

#1. ​​​Clicgear Model 3.5+ Golf Push Cart

Simple, stylish, and straightforward cart!

Compact Golf push cart that offers multiple storage and has stylish design that comes with different colors.

Best Golf GPS

In recent years, the game of golf has started to incorporate sophisticated technology, and the use of this technology during games is becoming increasingly necessary from both a competitive and convenience standpoint.

One of the ways that you can enhance your experience and performance by using technology while golfing is with a golf GPS (global positioning system), and the purpose of this article is to compare existing products and help you source the best golf GPS on the market.

If you have never heard of or used a golf GPS before, don’t worry. They are simply machines that golfers and spectators use to know how long the ball is from the green.

They can assist with things like club selection and strategic shot-making for players, and enable spectators to feel more connected with the round of golf that they are watching.

Best Golf GPS products give us a newfound insight into golf, which is why they are booming in popularity. However, there are lots of products out there, and they all have strengths and weaknesses that are worth assessing before you part with your cash.

If you’ve never owned a GPS before, you might not know what features are going to be most beneficial for you. This article aims to ensure that you understand these machines and can find the one that will fit your needs best.

Let’s begin by learning a little about what distinguishes one GPS from the other, as well as what makes for the best golf GPS.


Short on time? Heres a quick roundup of our top 3 picks and why you need them!

Product

Photo

Cost

Pros

*Best Overall

$$$

Possesses Autoshoot feature that analyzes shot distances with auto-recording for post-round analysis.

*Runner Up

$$$

The interface is easy to use and it features auto course recognition. This might not be the fanciest or flashy out there, but it’s affordable and powerful.

*Also Great

$$

If you’re looking for something basic that provides you with the essential data at a great price, this should be on your list to check out.


Top 5 Best Golf GPS


1. Garmin Approach S20 Watch

Analyze shot distances with auto-recording!

You can optimize your shots, understand the course better and get a general overview of how good of a round you had compared to average statistics. This GPS watch will also track your activity and statistics.

Quick Summary

  • Ideal for those who want to analyze their shot distances and record it as well
  • Activity tracking
  • Price: $$

The Garmin Approach S20 Watch possesses a progressive Autoshoot feature that analyzes shot distances with auto-recording for post-round analysis. Having access to this kind of data is undoubtedly valuable to any golfer.

Using it, you can optimize your shots, understand the course better and get a general overview of how good of a round you had compared to average statistics.

This GPS watch will also track your activity and statistics. The sleek watch band is designed with comfort in mind, and the screen is 128 pixels square, big enough to provide a great amount of helpful data.

The Garmin Approach S20 Watch comes in multiple colors, providing its wearer with the option to coordinate it with their golfing attire. This watch can help you analyze your shots, record your score, and interact with other golfers on the course and those who have golfed the course before.

Pros

  • Features activity tracking
  • Autoshot round analyzer
  • Comfortable and sleek

Cons

  • Fairly expensive

2. ​Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS

Durable and very easy-to-understand

The interface is easy to use and it features auto course recognition. This might not be the fanciest or flashy out there, but it’s affordable and powerful.

Quick Summary

  • If you are looking for a durable and easy-to-understand GPS, this is the one!
  • Connects via Bluetooth
  • Price: $

If you’re looking for a simple Golf GPS that’s back-to-basics and easy-to-understand, you need to check out the Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS. The Phantom can mount to your golf cart or any other metal surface and is the textbook example of an original golf GPS.

The watch is durable and although it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of an expensive unit, you will most certainly enjoy a great round of golf with it. It gives you basic, actionable data with long battery life, and it also has 36,000 preloaded courses.

The interface is easy to use and it features auto course recognition. This might not be the fanciest or flashy out there, but it’s affordable and powerful.

Pros

  • Easy to use interface
  • Connects via Bluetooth
  • Long battery life
  • Thousands of preloaded courses
  • Auto hole advance
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Doesn't give advanced statistics or update to an online account

3. ​​​GolfBuddy Voice 2 Golf GPS

Easy to use and water resistant!

The Voice 2 is water resistant and provides the distance to the front, center and back with dynamic green view technology that provides player-perspective distance readings. In addition the GPS is voice activated and preloaded with up to 11 languages, an essential and highly beneficial feature for all golfers that want to focus on their game.

Quick Summary

  • Good choice for those who want an easy to use and water resistant GPS
  • Has voice technology
  • Price: $$

Are you looking for an essential, easy-to-use golf GPS? The GolfBuddy Voice 2 Golf GPS is a great choice. It does exactly what it says on the tin and it comes at an affordable price

The Voice 2 is water resistant and provides the distance to the front, center and back with dynamic green view technology that provides player-perspective distance readings.

In addition the GPS is voice activated and preloaded with up to 11 languages, an essential and highly beneficial feature for all golfers that want to focus on their game.

Regardless of the low price, the buyer is able to personalise their GolfBuddy Voice 2 by selecting from a range of modish colors.

The dimensions are a neat 1.76″ x 1.78″ x 0.49″ and holds a course capacity of 40,000.

If you’re looking for something basic that provides you with the essential data at a great price, this should be on your list to check out.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Gives distance to green
  • Not a complicated interface
  • Has voice technology

Cons

  • Sometimes off by a few yards
  • Fairly limited functionality

4. ​​​SkyCaddie Sky Golf SX500 GPS

All-in-one solution Gold GPS

It has a 5-inch high-definition touch, is preloaded with over 35,000 courses, and connects to Wi-Fi to download all necessary updates and course downloads. It truly does everything at once while also giving you shot and score tracking.

Quick Summary

  • Perfect choice if want an all-in-one GPS solution
  • Wi-Fi capability
  • Price: $$$

The SkyCaddie is the premium choice for golfers that want an easy-to-use handheld GPS.

It has a 5-inch high-definition touch, is preloaded with over 35,000 courses, and connects to Wi-Fi to download all necessary updates and course downloads. It truly does everything at once while also giving you shot and score tracking.

If you want an all-in-one solution, this is the option for you. The color screen lets you see the Green in real-time and the device is packed with data for the player to download up-to-date courses.

Pros

  • High-definition color screen
  • Allows you to see the shape of the course
  • Thousands of preloaded maps
  • Wi-Fi capability

Cons

  • More expensive than other GPS products

5. ​GolfBuddy Voice GPS

Voice GPS that you can depend on

It automatically advances holes and loads courses, and also features up to 8 different languages. Also, the device possesses an 8-hour battery life, making The GolfBuddy Voice GPS an undoubtably superb value for money.

Quick Summary

  • If you want a GPS that has voice technology, then this product is perfect!
  • 8 Different languages
  • Price: $$

Are you seeking a Voice GPS but have found yourself dissatisfied with similar devices on the market? The GolfBuddy is a trusted device for you to consider! This neat and mighty GPS gives its user accurate distance readings and comes with thousands of preloaded courses.

It automatically advances holes and loads courses, and also features up to 8 different languages. Also, the device possesses an 8-hour battery life, making The GolfBuddy Voice GPS an undoubtably superb value for money.

Pros

  • Gives you accurate distance information to the next green
  • Preloaded with thousands of courses
  • 8 different languages
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Does not provide any advanced statistics
  • Does not track score

Why Use a GPS?

As technological developments continue within our world and therefore filter into our sporting environments, sportsmen and sportswomen are increasingly turning to new products to improve their game and remain competitive with other adopters.

Golf is not exempt from these developments.

Some skeptics may propose that technological developments ruin or impurify a sport, but we think that a golf GPS can be a handy item to own for golfers of any standard.

A GPS doesn’t change anything fundamental about the game, except for maybe the club selection process. A GPS provides players with a means of seeing the layout of the hole and how far away they are from it.

This could previously be done manually using markers or paper course maps obtained from the clubhouse. This is just a more efficient way of doing the same job.

A GPS can provide you with a lot of information very quickly, allowing you to make more accurate and useful decisions about club selection.

This contributes to the intensity of the game by increasing the pace of play and also increasing fan interaction and awareness.

Golf has a reputation for being a reasonably tricky sport to remain engaged in as a spectator when compared against other more high-action sports, which is one of the reasons why it is lagging behind other major sports in both television viewership and attendance figures.

Having a GPS golf tracker can make a world of difference for an attendee, making spectatorship much more interactive and fun. Whether you are a golfer or a spectator, a GPS tracker can undoubtedly enhance your experience.

Is a GPS Worth It?

As with many luxuries in golf, the answer to this question depends on how comfortable, accurate, and competitive you want to be on the course. A GPS is not a necessary piece of equipment to play golf by any stretch.

You can get by without one, and many golfers do. However, if you determine that the convenience and the increased accuracy and ease of club selection would be beneficial for you, then a GPS could be worth spending some cash on.

If you want one, but don’t want to spend a lot, there are many budget options out there. It just boils down to how much you are willing to spend and how much functionality you want to get out of your GPS.

Golf GPS Buying Factors

These systems are relatively complex electronic, and even though they are quite easy to use, many factors should affect your decision-making process about which product, if any, you should buy.

We’re going to point out some key features of GPS products and explain how they could impact your decision.

You may find that some of these aren’t crucial to you, but we think it’s essential that you have an awareness of them regardless.

Ease of Use

Golf GPS products are great tools for any golfer or spectator, but if you have trouble using them effectively or don’t understand how they work, it’s going to be hard to benefit from them.

You should make sure that you get a GPS that is easy for you to use and has features that you can navigate.

This will allow you to get the most out of your GPS instead of scrambling trying to figure out which button does what.

An excellent way to determine ease of use is to examine photographs of and watch videos about a particular product to decide whether the device and its layout are compatible with your needs.

Accuracy

If you are going to invest in a GPS, you want it to be accurate.

If you’re a spectator, you can probably settle for a product with high but not exact accuracy, but if you’re a player, you want an accurate or near-exact system to give you the best competitive edge.

This means getting the best and most accurate golf GPS that you can for your budget.

Descriptions of GPS products will generally disclose how accurate they are before you purchase them, so there shouldn’t be any guesswork here. If you are struggling to locate this information at the first time of looking, don’t be afraid to do a bit of digging.

It’s crucial to figure out if a product is going to be the right choice for you from an accuracy standpoint before you commit to it.

Speed of Operation

If you are playing a nice leisurely game with your buddies on a Sunday, you might not care how fast your GPS loads your data.

However, if you are playing a cash game in an intense competition, you want your ball data as quick as you can get it.


Higher speeds of operation will allow more time for you to make your club selection and decide on a strategy for your shot before you attempt it.

This is a neglected feature, but it can be a significant impact from a strategic and convenience standpoint.

Nobody wants to wait forever for their electronics to work, so make sure that whichever GPS you select provides s data at a speed that you can tolerate.

Setup and Syncing

Technology is remarkable—when it works. The chances are that you’ve had your fair share of frustrations when technology fails to work as intended.

If this is the case, you know how much it can get in the way of your intentions.

The best way to discover how user-friendly a GPS is to set up and sync is to examine what the production company has said about it in their promotional sales materials.

Ideally, you want a GPS that is very easy to set up and syncs quickly with little effort. The GPS should be a tool for you to golf more effectively, not a hindrance that you have to contend with on the course.

Annual/Monthly Fees & Recurring Costs

One of the factors that potential often overlook is the possible recurring costs of a GPS. This isn’t something that applies to every product, but we recommend being on the lookout for service fees when deciding on a product.

A company that offers a GPS with additional fees might attempt to sell you the device up front for a low price, but the device is ultimately useless unless you complete your monthly or annual payments to use the GPS service.

You should be sure to weigh up costs and benefits in these situations, mainly if you are skeptical.

We wouldn’t recommend taking on large monthly payments for a GPS unless you are playing golf at a level that earns you enough money to justify the cost.

We also recommend that you are very diligent in your research of a golf GPS so that you are sure of what your monthly commitment will be to use the product.

As always, avoid getting tied down to any contract that you don’t understand.

Charging

When we say charging, we mean a couple of different things. The first thing that you want to be aware of is how long it takes to charge your GPS.

If you are frequently golfing multiple times a day, you probably want to aim for a product with low charging time.

This will mean that you don’t have to wait for an age for your GPS to charge before you head out for a day on the course, and you can always give it a quick recharge as you refresh in the clubhouse between rounds.

The other factor that you’re going to want to examine is battery life.

Ideally, you want to source a GPS with a battery that lasts long enough for you to play at least one complete round of golf.

If the GPS battery dies in the middle of the fourth hole, this is not conducive to a good round, especially if you have become accustomed to using a GPS as an integral part of your game.

Make sure that everything about the charging and battery system is going to be suitable for your needs before you buy a GPS. This will ensure minimum frustration and maximum utility.

Picture Quality & Course Details

What good is a GPS screen if you can’t tell what’s going on because of low picture quality? It’s essential to consider picture resolutions and screen size when you’re shopping for a GPS, particularly if you have problems with your sight.

A clearer picture will allow you to read the data that the GPS is presenting more accurately, making it easier to act upon.

The other factor that affects how well you can see detail is the course information that is available on the GPS.

You might want to opt for a device that is going to give you the most data as possible with the least investment. Using this strategy is likely to get you a product that represents excellent value.

Getting the maximum details of a course from your GPS is vital for making the right decisions about power and club selection.

Without accurate or precise data, you might struggle to make critical decisions on the course that directly affect your score and performance.

Features Roundup

Since GPS is a complex piece of electronic equipment, several features and options are integrated into it.

The decision that you have to make when you purchase one is how many features and how much functionality you need.

If you prefer something reliable, simple, and uncomplicated, you can get away with spending less on additional features such as weather and wind conditions.

It just depends on what you feel you need and how much you are willing to pay.

Value

Value is an incredibly important factor in your decision-making process for any product, not just a GPS. However, you may not know what makes a GPS a good value buy.

If that’s the case, we’re here to help!

We believe that a GPS that provides excellent value is one that offers you a large number of features, durability, and functionality in return for a standard or below-average investment.

For instance, if you see a GPS that has all the features that you want at a price tag that you’d be willing to spend on something of lower quality and versatility, that product can be considered a good value from your perspective.

Types of Golf GPS Products

You might think of a golf GPS as a singular machine that only comes in one iteration, but there are two different types of golf GPS: the watch GPS and Handheld GPS.

They each have their benefits, but they’re both popular amongst those that find either of them more tailored to their own game.

Watch Devices

Some people prefer to have a golf GPS built into their watch or purchase a golf GPS suitable for their watch.

People who use these watches enjoy certain benefits such as the convenience, mobility, and simplicity of use that comes with the watch GPS.

However, there are some drawbacks, as well. If you are using a watch GPS, you’re probably not getting a huge screen.

Because of the smaller screen, you can’t fit as much data or information on the interface, or at the very least it is likely to make makes masses of data look untidy and difficult to understand.

The small screen limits the amount of use that you can get from this type of GPS and complicates your ability to make quick, informed decisions based on the information that the device provides.

Handheld Devices

On the other hand, you have the larger and less compact handheld GPS. Many people prefer these because they give you the best of both worlds.

They are often small enough to fit in a pocket while also giving you a big enough screen to have easy access to a lot of detailed data.

They’re also large enough to house bigger batteries with more capacity; therefore, their charge generally lasts longer.

The only downside that we can identify with a handheld device is that they are a little harder to access than a wristwatch.

With a watch GPS, you can look at your wrist to see the data that you need.

With a handheld, you have to pull it out of your pocket or wherever you are keeping it to access the data

We don’t see this as a deal breaker, as we said earlier that most GPS systems are small enough to fit in the pocket and it doesn’t require much more effort to retrieve it than to look at a product on your wrist.

In either case, you have to interrupt your game to use the product.

Which is Better?

It depends on your personal preference. You should go with whichever type of GPS you think will be more comfortable and convenient for you to use.

Generally, we would recommend a handheld since you are enjoying the mobility and additional functionality that they provide, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a wrist GPS as well.

It’s up to you!

Top Golf GPS of 2019

Now that we've shared our knowledge of golf GPS products and which factors you should consider when trying to select the right one for you, why don’t you look back at some of the best options currently on the market that we have provided for you?

When analyzing these GPSs, we took into account all of the factors that we discussed in our guide.

We are confident that regardless of your GPS preferences, you’ll be able to find something in this guide that will suit your needs.

Recap

We conclude that the Garmin Approach Watch is one of the all-around golf GPS products out there.

Though we love handheld units, this watch ticks all the boxes, It gives you a ton of data by watch standards, is incredibly mobile, and has a lot of useful functionality.

It can help you track scores and keep track of advanced statistics as they relate to your golf game. It’s also priced very competitively, while not being the cheapest option out there.

For what it provides, we think it represents excellent value, and it certainly offers players and spectators alike more data than a lot of units out there that are in the same price bracket

Though we recommend the Garmin Approach, you can select whichever GPS from our list that suits you the best.

Remember to analyze each of the decision-making factors that we discussed, and you’ll be well on your way to finding the best golf GPS for you!

Our Top Pick Again

#1. ​​Garmin Approach S20 Watch

Analyze shot distances with auto-recording!

This watch can help you analyze your shots, record your score, and interact with other golfers on the course and those who have golfed the course before.

Best Golf Clubs for Beginners

If you’re starting to learn how to play golf, the chances are that you’re feeling overwhelmed with all of your options for gear.

It’s true—there are hundreds of options out there for your clubs, gloves, tees, balls, rangefinders and all the other equipment that you’ll need as a golfer.

If you’re overwhelmed, don’t worry. We’ll help you find the best golf club for beginners that you can use to get started on your road to becoming a pro!


Short on time? Heres a quick roundup of our top 3 picks and why you need them!

Product

Photo

Cost

Pros

*Best Overall

$$$

Perfect for beginners!It has everything you need as a beginner.

*Runner Up

$$$

These clubs are designed specifically for beginners, consistently allowing them to hit the ball further.

*Also Great

$$

If you’re petite and looking for clubs that are the right fit for you, you should consider these.

Enter your text here...

Cell
Cell
Cell
Cell

Top 5 Best Golf Clubs


1. ​Callaway Men’s Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Set

Callaway Men’s Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Set has everything for beginners

The full titanium driver in this set provides a large sweet spot, making it easier for beginners to hit with power since you don’t have to pay as much attention to precision or control.

Quick Summary

  • Perfect for beginners who want easy precision or control
  • Available in left or right-hand orientation
  • Price: $$

This set is a competent option for those that are ahead of the curve when it comes to their swing and ability to effectively use clubs. Available for left and right handed players, we regard this as a reputable set for golfers with experience.

Designed and produced by Callaway, there are no concerns over durability due to their reputation for creating a fine golf club. The full titanium driver in this set provides a large sweet spot, making it easier for beginners to hit with power since you don’t have to pay as much attention to precision or control.

The woods in this set are very forgiving and are built well for beginners to make long shots and close the gap quickly between you and the green. The heads on the greens are made in an aerodynamic shape.

The Callaway Men’s Strata Complete Golf Set has everything you need as a beginner. They’re pricier compared to other sets that we’re going to look at. However, if you feel confident in your golfing abilities and want to invest in a high-quality set, this is the choice for you.

Pros

  • Very forgiving
  • Large sweet spot
  • Available in left or right-hand orientation
  • Aerodynamic design for power and club speed

Cons

  • Prior generation, made with older technology

2. Wilson Men’s Ultra Complete Golf Set

The most affordable set and perfect for the absolute beginner.

This Wilson Men’s Ultra Complete Golf Set is undoubtedly a budget pick. This set also features a high-quality putter and a lightweight, comfortable bag with ample storage space with plentiful pockets.

Quick Summary

  • Ideal golf set for beginners and affordable as well
  • Large sweet spot on the irons
  • Price: $

This set from Wilson comes with a reputable brand name. These clubs are designed specifically for beginners, consistently allowing them to hit the ball further.

The titanium driver is substantial and uses a low center of gravity to launch the ball off the tee with as much power as possible. In the irons, you’ll find large sweet spots that improve your performance, perfect for beginners or for players returning to golf.

This set also features a high-quality putter and a lightweight, comfortable bag with ample storage space with plentiful pockets.

This Wilson Men’s Ultra Complete Golf Set is undoubtedly our budget pick: it’s the most affordable set on our list and is perfect for the absolute beginner. They don’t represent a considerable investment, but they are of admirable quality and provide excellent value.

Pros

  • Made by a reputable brand
  • Very affordable
  • The large sweet spot on the irons
  • Titanium driver

Cons

  • Doesn't include a sand wedge

3. ​​Palm Springs Golf Visa Lady Petite

Clubs designed specifically for women beginners

If you’re petite and looking for clubs that are the right fit for you, you should consider these. The clubs are made 1 inch shorter than standard and are ideal for golfers who are 5 ft 6 in and below.

Quick Summary

  • This is a perfect choice If you are looking for golf clubs that are specifically designed for women
  • Huge sweet spot on the driver
  • Price: $$

If you’re looking for a set of clubs designed specifically for women beginners, these are a great option. The clubs are made 1 inch shorter than standard and are ideal for golfers who are 5 ft 6 in and below.

The driver in this set has a 460cc head teamed with lightweight and flexible shafts for optimal control and precision, this provides for a massive sweet spot compared to other beginner drivers.

If you’re petite and looking for clubs that are the right fit for you, you should consider these. They’re undoubtably good value compared to clubs in their category and they come with an elegant stand bag with plenty of storage space for tees, balls and waterproofs.

Pros

  • The huge sweet spot on the driver
  • Extra forgiveness
  • Good for golfers under 5ft 6in
  • Includes matching head covers

Cons

  • Not sold in left handed sets

4. ​​Wilson Men’s 2015 Profile Junior Complete Package Golf Set

Perfect balance between price and quality

If you have a child that is wanting to learn how to play, but you don’t want to invest heavily in clubs, these are an excellent option for you. You should keep in mind that these clubs are only intended for use by children, not adults. 

Quick Summary

  • Ideal choice for those who are looking for perfectly balance golf clubs in terms of price and quality
  • Good range of clubs
  • Price: $$$

These clubs are the perfect balance between price and quality, offered by Wilson. The Junior Complete Package Golf Set includes a driver, a hybrid, 2 irons, a wedge, and a putter, this set isn’t anything super special, but it comes at a respectful price and offers a good range of clubs for beginners.

You should keep in mind that these clubs are only intended for use by children, not adults. They aren’t going to be suitable for an adult golfer on a large course due to their size.

If you have a child that is wanting to learn how to play, but you don’t want to invest heavily in clubs, these are an excellent option for you.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Provides a good range of clubs
  • Made by a reputable brand

Cons

  • Only for junior players

5. Precise Golf ​18 Piece Men's Complete Golf Club Package Set

Clubs especially made for senior men.

They are made with graphite shafts to increase forgiveness and power, which is often necessary for seniors when golfing. It’s rare for golfers to use all hybrids, but for seniors, it is more common because some find them easier to swing and get club speed with.

Quick Summary

  • Excellent choice for senior men who love to play golf
  • Hybrid clubs for more speed
  • Price: $$

These clubs are made especially for senior men who are looking for a solid set to begin golfing and get a few years use out of. They are a little more expensive than other sets, but they are of higher quality and have good durability.

They are made with graphite shafts to increase forgiveness and power, which is often necessary for seniors when golfing. One unique feature of this set is that all the clubs are hybrids, borrowing designs from irons and woods whilst differing from both.

It’s rare for golfers to use all hybrids, but for seniors, it is more common because some find them easier to swing and get club speed with. We recommend this for almost any senior to use regardless of skill level: anyone from a beginner to an expert should be able to use these effectively.

Pros

  • Hybrid clubs for more speed
  • Comes with 8 clubs
  • Graphite shafts

Cons

  • For seniors only
  • Less affordable

Buyer Guide

In this guide, we’ll walk you through some common questions that beginners have as well as some things that you should consider before you buy best golf clubs.

Golf clubs often represent a significant investment—even beginner clubs.

We believe that it’s important to focus on the education of beginner golfers so that they purchase the right clubs the first time around instead of making costly mistakes without guidance.

Within our research team, we have some experienced golfers who have worked with a variety of club types.

With their experience and research, we are confident that we’ll be able to offer a valuable resource for anyone who’s just starting out.

We’ll also give you some great ideas for starter clubs that will make your time as a golfing beginner easier and make the concept of club selection friendlier.

We understand that golf can be an intimidating sport to the beginner, so we will lay out all the information that you need in an easy-to-digest way.

What Clubs do you Need?

The best place to start is to describe the clubs that you’ll need to golf effectively as a beginner.

As a beginner, we recommend that you have a driver, two woods, one putter, one hybrid club, two wedges, and seven irons.

This might seem like a lot of clubs, and we definitely understand that concern.

However, it is necessary to have these clubs in your arsenal.

Golf courses offer a variety of shot situations and terrains, these require different types of club.

The ability to identify good club selections is a vital skill for anyone who hopes to succeed in golf.

 You succeed without a wide range of clubs, so it’s crucial that you invest in the right clubs.

We’re going to break down each of these clubs and when you’ll need them.

Driver

The driver will be your long-distance club and is generally used to make the first shot of each hole. You can get the most distance with the driver, so practicing your swing with this club is important.

If you can get a good start on each hole, you’re going to make each subsequent shot easier, increasing your chances to score well on each hole. You only need one driver in your golf bag, but you could choose to bring a backup if you wish.

Fairway Woods

Fairway Woods are used for long-range shots and are optimized for both distance and control.

These will generally be used on your second shot of the hole, although not every situation calls for the use of one.

It’s important to keep in mind that you will not need every club on every hole; though you will need every club at one point in a round of golf, there are going to be holes where you skip over clubs, and there will be clubs that you don’t use nearly as often.

Your wood clubs could be a good example of a club that you skip over frequently.

Every golfer keeps 2-3 woods in their bag. These clubs come in handy on the fairway so be sure to practice your swings with them.

Irons

Irons are clubs that will be used for short to mid-range shots. These shots are usually made from the green.

Irons are unique because they come in several different angles. Each Iron is used for a different distance that you are from the hole.

Irons that are higher in number generally have a drastic angle and are used for lifting the ball higher and traveling shorter distances.

As you travel down the course, you’ll find that Irons are suitable for linear swings.

Many golfers keep around 7 irons in their bags to ensure that they have one for almost any situation in the short to mid range.

Wedges

Control is vital when using these clubs, and swinging without it can cause you a lot of anguish on the scorecard: be sure to practice getting out of difficult situations with these clubs as much as you can.

If you’re a beginner, you’ll likely find yourself using your Wedges frequently.

Wedges are used for situations like getting stuck in the sand or the rough.

The target when using Wedges is the green, but we know it doesn’t always work out that way.

Putter

As one of the most commonly-used clubs, these are also generally the easiest to use.

Most people are familiar with the motion, but these clubs are actually quite challenging to master.

Putting is tricky because it can be a mental struggle: it’s easy to overcomplicate the putt resulting in miss an easy tap-in or lose focus.

Although it’s easy to use a putter, it’s hard to be consistently successful with it, given the fickle terrain that you must take into consideration.

You’ll only need one putter in your bag, but you’ll need plenty of practice before you feel confident.

Do I Need Special Clubs for Beginners?

A common mistake amongst beginner golfers is to buy any old set of clubs to practice with. However, this is not an optimal strategy.

There is a distinct difference between clubs made for beginners and regular golf clubs.

The difference between regular clubs and beginner clubs is that beginner clubs are going to have a larger ‘sweet spot.’ This means that there are more areas on the head of the club that you can use to hit the ball to get a good shot from it, so these clubs are said to be more forgiving of poor form or bad swings.

That’s not to say that you can’t use beginner clubs to make expert shots, but they are definitely not made specifically for hitting them.

While beginner clubs are more forgiving and allow for a less than perfect shot form, standard clubs will enable you to focus on placement and give you a more specific tool to get the job done.

If you are a beginner, you will benefit from investing in beginner-level clubs. These will help you ease into the game and become familiar with the proper swinging form.

Do Women Need Different Clubs Than Men?

This is a common question.

To answer this question in short, the difference between clubs made for women is that they’re shorter and more flexible in the shaft.

There’s also a difference found in the grips of women’s clubs.

They are typically shorter and smaller in diameter, making them suitable for women with small hands.

To accommodate the lower swing speed that women can have, the shafts of women’s clubs are flexible and lighter. The added flex gives a little more power to the shot and has a slingshot effect.

If you’re a petite woman that’s learning to play golf, you will benefit from a beginner set of clubs that offers all of these things. 

Does Brand Matter?

Most golfers are brand aware and stick to brands that they’re comfortable with.

That’s what you should be looking for. The benefit that you have as a beginner is that you don’t have any pre-existing opinions about any of the big golf brands.

This allows you to keep an open mind when you’re shopping for your first set of clubs, be sure to select the set of clubs that work best for you and you can build from there.

As a beginner, you should keep your mind and options open so that you can more easily find your ideal set of beginner clubs.

How Long Should I Use Beginner Clubs?

The answer to this question is that it’s going to vary based on how quickly you pick up key concepts of golf and can translate that understanding to results on the course.

You won’t use your first set of golf clubs forever, you’ll be able to upgrade once you’ve moved to an intermediate standard.

We understand that you’re eager to move on to regular clubs, but beginner clubs are made for a reason. They are better suited for those who don’t yet have a refined swing and if you only play for a short time then you haven’t wasted money, 

Regardless of whether you use beginner clubs or not, a useful rule of thumb is to keep your clubs for at least three years before they become outdated.

In addition, wear and tear is a concern when dealing with golf clubs. If you play frequently, the grooves in the head of your club will start to wear down and affect the spin and contact of your ball.

It’s a good idea to replace clubs before they start to affect your performance, and beginner clubs are no different.

You should begin to move on from them when they start to show signs of wear and tear and your ability surpasses their usefulness

 The time frame is going to be different for each individual based on their progress and frequency of play.

About Shafts

Although this is a less-discussed point when choosing best golf clubs, it’s just as important as any other.

In general, there are two different materials that golf club shafts are made of: steel and graphite.

The slower your swing speed, the lighter and more flexible the shaft of your golf club should be.

A slow swing speed can carry a low amount of power, which can be compensated with a flexible shaft. This would be achieved with a graphite shaft.

If you already have a fast and powerful swing, you can opt for a steel shaft to increase your accuracy. 

You should consider which type of shaft you’ll need based on how fast and powerful your swing already is. If you don’t know, you might want to go with a graphite shaft just to be safe.

Something to consider about clubs with graphite shafts is that you will generally have less control when using them.

Used or New?

When beginners are looking for clubs, it’s not uncommon for them to turn to the used market because it can offer an affordable option.

However, it can be challenging to find used beginner clubs in good condition.

The reason for this is that beginners often don’t know how to properly care for their clubs, therefore causing damage or unusual ware to them while golfing.

For that reason, we recommend that a beginner does not opt for used beginner clubs unless they have the expertise to determine if a club is in good condition or not.

We would recommend that any used club you buy be manufactured in the past 5-10 years so that you don’t end up with clubs that are built with vastly outdated technology.

Overall, you will benefit highly from investing in a new set of clubs.

Used clubs can hinder your progress and prevent you from progressing as a golfer, especially if they are damaged and not performing as they should.

New clubs are also more likely to include high-quality forgiveness technology, meaning that you can perform better as a beginner.

Complete Set vs. Individual Clubs

Another question that you might have is whether you should be buying your beginner clubs individually or as a complete set.

If you’re just starting out, you have likely seen advertisements for singular clubs everywhere, especially drivers.

Selecting clubs individually is something that intermediate players do when they’ve already developed a playing style and know exactly what they want out of each individual club.

This allows them to understand the technology and build the golf bag that perfectly suits their style and ability.

For beginners, skills and strategy are still developing, which doesn’t put them in the best position to handpick their clubs just yet.

We recommend that if you are just starting out, you buy a complete set of beginner golf clubs as opposed to trying to hand-select each one to build a golf bag.

The other reason that this is the best choice for a beginner is that clubs are much more affordable when they are bought in a complete set.

Buying clubs individually can represent a significantly higher investment that beginners are not always able or willing to make.

By maintaining your financial flexibility, you can increase your chances of affording a top-of-the-line set of clubs later.

Your best bet is to find a good, complete set.

Should I Get Custom Fitting?

If you’re excited about starting golf, you’ve probably got lots of ideas running around in your head, and one of those could be about custom fitting your golf clubs.

However, custom fitted clubs represent a significant cost.

The cost of a custom fitting alone would be enough to discourage many beginners and even many advanced golfers.

While there are valid reasons to get a custom fitting for your golf clubs, we don’t recommend it for beginners because you should start with a beginner set of clubs that’s temporary.

Fitted clubs sound like an unnecessary luxury to those who don’t golf, but they actually do help quite a bit when it comes to performance.

When you are fitted for clubs, the fitter analyzes your swing and your physical build to construct the perfect fit for you.

This does wonders for your swing and helps you to improve your skill level.

So, while we don’t recommend getting custom fit clubs right at the start of your journey with golf, we do recommend thinking about it at some point if you decide to get serious about playing golf.

How Much do Beginner Clubs Cost?

Golf can be an intimidating sport, to begin with, because of the price of the equipment.

You can find affordable gear out there, but we must admit that one of the key barriers to entry for the sport definitely lies in the cost of the equipment that you have to buy in order to play it.

We did mention earlier that beginners can save a lot of money by buying their clubs as a complete set rather than buying them individually.

If you’re going to buy a full set, you can spend anywhere between $300-$500 for a smaller set with the essential clubs that you need.

Obviously, as your skills increase and your needs change, you can expand upon the initial set that you buy.

However, this initial outlay should give you a very solid starting point to start refining your swing and practicing striking the ball the right way, with the right club in the right situation.

What to Look for in Beginners Golf Clubs

Now that you have some of the most common questions answered, we can start looking into what specific features make for a good set of beginners golf clubs.

When reviewing the products, we took each of these features into consideration. Be sure to follow along carefully as they should be affecting your decision-making process when it comes to the time to shop for your beginner golf clubs.

Affordability

The cost of clubs weighs heavy on the mind of anyone who is looking to break into the golfing world, as we know that golf clubs are notoriously expensive.

We included a great tip earlier for saving cash on clubs by buying them as a complete set instead of individually.

When buying your clubs, be sure to consider how long you are going to use them for and how high quality compares to their price. It’s important to seek good value when you purchase your clubs.

If you do spend a lot, that’s okay: just make sure that you get what you pay for.

The best way to manage affordability and value is to look at a wide variety of options so that you can get a good idea of what’s out there and what the costs are like.

Using this knowledge, you can establish what makes clubs pricier and what features are going to cost you more if you choose to prioritize them.

Number of Clubs Included

As we said before, it’s best to purchase a complete set, but the number of clubs included in those sets can vary wildly.

Some sets will give you the bare necessities while others will provide you with a wide range of clubs to learn with.

As a beginner, you should be thinking about how many clubs you need to get started with. Once you know that, you can start looking at sets that meet your needs.

We recommended earlier that you start out with a driver, two woods, one putter, one hybrid club, two wedges, and seven irons.

 It would not do any harm to try and get as many clubs as you can for your money to enable you to learn on a wide variety of clubs.

However, you shouldn’t just focus on quantity, but quality as well.

Make sure that the set you buy is durable enough to last you more than a few months of use: otherwise, you might as well have obtained a set with only a few clubs that were of higher quality.

Durability

If you’re going to make an investment in golf clubs, you want to be confident that they are going to last. If they don’t, you’ll have to buy a replacement set, and your first set will represent wasted money.

If you’re going for durability, it’s best to avoid cheap materials and instead steer towards clubs that are made from steel and graphite. You might save a few bucks in the short term by opting to spend much less on your set of clubs, but you won’t end up saving money in the long run because you may have to replace the clubs sooner.

Durability should be a major factor in your decision-making process to find a beginner set of golf clubs. One additional way that you might be able to determine the quality other than by looking at the materials is by seeing what the warranty length on the set is.

A longer warranty will usually equate to a longer life for the product. If it doesn’t, at least you can get your money back for the clubs.

Shaft Material

Shaft material, as discussed, is one of the factors that is given less attention even though it plays a significant role in your success as a golf player. You should know what the shaft material of your clubs is and how that material fits in with your golfing ability and technique.

We covered earlier the two types of shaft materials that you’ll most commonly see—graphite and steel. Graphite is generally better for those who have a weaker or slower swing: the flex in the shaft makes up for it and allows you to get extra power, but comes at the sacrifice of having less control.

Make sure you know what kind of shaft material is right for you and purchase your clubs accordingly.

Forgiveness

For beginners, forgiveness is a big factor. Forgiveness in clubs refers to the size of the ‘sweet spot.’

The sweet spot is the area on the head of your club that is most optimized for striking the ball. This is where you’re going to get your best contact.

If you don’t hit this area, you risk hooking or pulling the ball to one side and ruining your shot. This can have a negative impact as you continue to golf and force your score to be worse than par.

So, for a beginner, it should be a priority to search for a set of clubs that have a lot of forgiveness and will give you a good shot on a bigger portion of the head of the club.

Golf Clubs for Beginners 

Now that you know everything there is to know about selecting a golf club for beginners, you can start to look at some of the options that are available to you. There are going to be hundreds of options, so we made things a little bit more straightforward.

We selected some products from each range of the spectrum in price, forgiveness, suitability for beginners, and many other factors and compiled them for you. This way, you can organize your prospective clubs and easily compare them to each other.

Recap

Best Overall Golf Clubs for Beginners


We’ve comprehensively examined all of the factors that you should consider when buying golf clubs for beginners.

We know all the information, and we also know about some of the best options out there for beginner golf clubs, but which set is the best?

Based on our knowledge and experience with helping golfers of all skill levels, we believe that the Wilson Men’s Ultra Complete Golf Set is the best set of clubs for beginners on the market.

Not only do they boast superior quality to many other entry-level golf clubs, but they’re also very affordable and represent the smallest investment on our list.

Don’t be fooled by the price, though. These are excellent clubs, and they have tons of features that make them beginner-friendly.

Our Top Pick Again

#1. ​Callaway Men’s Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Set

Complete package for beginners

The full titanium driver in this set provides a large sweet spot, making it easier for beginners to hit with power since you don’t have to pay as much attention to precision or control.