Equipment Needed to Play Golf
The game of golf is unique in the fact that it is one of the few games that require very little standardized equipment to play. The game truly required little more than a basic set of clubs, golf shoes and a ball. There are other things which a person may choose to have as part of their golf equipment, but these are incidentals and not part of the standard of play. Let's take a few moments to look at some of the basic equipment needs in a little detail.
Golf Clubs are of course the most essential part of the games equipment. Golf Clubs come in standard sets, but that is not to say that all golf clubs are the same. In fact, the quality, design, and feel of golf clubs can vary greatly between manufacturers or even between model families of the same maker. It has been said that if golf is looked at as a spiritual journey than the search for the right set of clubs can be related to traveling the world looking for the perfect sunset. When you find the one that is ideal for you, you just know it immediately. Golf clubs can also be made custom or ready-made sets can be tailored to the needs and desires of the individual golfer. Price for a set can range from a couple of hundred dollars to well over a thousand or more for a set.
Shoes are important to the overall playoff the golfer as well as to their comfort. Golf shoes come in a wide range of styles and designs that allow a golfer to find the type that is best for them. Golf shoes can run into quite a bit of expense, but they are designed to last for a very long time. The most important aspect of golf shoes is that they are comfortable to be worn for several hours at a time while walking and swinging. Most golf courses have a pro shop which will be happy to fit a golfer with the proper pair of shoes that they need for effective game play.
Golf Balls are available from a wide variety of makers. While it is true that most golf balls are the same in terms of basic design, each maker will have a different number of dimples, different winding technique, different core material and other changes which make there balls unique. Players have a tendency to get comfortable with one type of ball that they feel is best for their type of game play. It is advised that a player take the time to practice with several makes and models of balls to find the one which is best for them.
Golf Bags are essential to the game of golf as they help to not only transport and organize all of the golfer clubs, but also his other equipment. There are two types, the course bag, which carries the golfers clubs, balls, tees, towel, markers and other course play related items, and the Clubhouse bag, which is used to carry his shoes, clothing, shower and shaving needs, and other items he will need in the locker room of the club house before and after the game. These bags vary in style, design, features and price. They can be purchased at all golf retailers and online. It's a good idea to pay very close attention to the bags that you choose. Not only do you want a set of bags that are able to keep your gear protected and organized, but also ones that are easy to maintain and comfortable to carry.
Clothing is not a real major concern when it comes to golf. While there are some common conventions associated with the game the truth of the matter is that a player can wear whatever they choose for the most part. The important thing is that the player is comfortable and has freedom of movement. The most common type of clothing associated with golf is what is referred to as "golf apparel" this often takes the form of polo shirts, cabana shirts, twill pants especially khakis, and ball caps or visors. Sunglasses are considered by most a necessity as are golfing gloves.
Players may choose to wear protective equipment of a sort if they have a condition which requires additional support such as braces for the knee, elbow, ankle or wrist. The important thing about these types of braces is that they provide support while not limiting movement. Many male players also feel that the wearing of a jockstrap or other athletic support undergarments can make playing more comfortable due to the amount of stress and movement that is placed on the lower body during a game, especially while swinging the clubs.
Golf Equipment is basic and simple, just like the game itself. There is a wide variety of additional items that a golfer may choose to have to make his game better or more pleasant, but this covers the basics needed to actually play the game. A golfer can get by with a basic set of equipment that costs in total a few hundred dollars, or they may spend several thousand dollars on their golf gear, either way what is important is that the golfer have equipment that is comfortable and effective for them.