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How to Pack a Golf Bag

Has it ever been your turn to tee off and you realized that you don't have  tee ready to go?

So, you try quickly search every single pocket on your golf bag looking for one? ...But of course, only after you already told your playing partners to swap the order. If you have, I feel you. I've been there too! Playing with serious golfers is serious business, and I hated being the one to slow everyone down.

If you haven't, great!

And this post will save you from ever having to be in this position! Because how you pack your golf bag is actually a pretty key competent to your golf game. It might seem a bit surprising, because golf really only requires balls, tees, and clubs.

But the sport itself is actually physically and mentally demanding; you end up on the golf course for somewhere between 2 and 4 hours depending on the amount of holes you play. So, a well organized golf bag can help you stay focused, keep hunger at bay, move faster down the course and prevent you (and/or your fellow golfers) from becoming  frustrated during your round!

Really once your golf bag is arranged, it can help you make it through to a win, and survive any struggle.

In this post, we'll cover all of the questions that will inevitably arise regarding how to actually pack a golf bag! :)

By the way, if you're haven't already read this post on what to pack specifically, you should.

Oh, and there's a free checklist  on what to pack to go with this post!

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If you’re looking to purchase a beginner set, or just looking to upgrade your old bag my suggestion is to get one that is based on how you want to enjoy the game, so that it’s a bag that will work for you for a long time. How do you know which bag is a good investment for you? Well let’s revisit how you want to play:

  1. Are you planning on playing by yourself? Yes? Then the most cost-effective way to do is to with a stand/carry bag – you won’t have to rent a golf cart or push cart (or buy one).

  2. Do you love seeing every little detail of the course? Walk it! Carry or stand bag is for you!

  3. Are you in this for more exercise? Carry or stand bag. And consider renting (or buying) a push cart (see pro tip below) for a real workout!

  4. Are you playing in a league? If yes, double check with the league coordinator what they prefer to do. Typically, they have stipulations about walking or riding.

  5. Are you planning on going pro? (Good for you!) Then, tour bags are for you!


But if you don’t know the answer to any of these questions – that’s totally OK too! I had no idea about any of these before I started playing. In fact, I use to just borrow the clubs I wanted to play with when practicing and forget the bag altogether. In other words: you’ll learn even more about what you need once you get out there!

If it’s helpful, as you may, I've been playing for four years, and I can say that I prefer to walk when I’m alone (it’s cheaper and I am really there to focus on my game). But, I like to ride when I’m with friends – it’s double the fun! Thus, I have two golf bags; one stand bag and one cart bag. And while I may have loved my cart bag longer, they both have a real piece of my heart.


Push carts are also something you can buy for your bag – if you’re not a rider, but also don’t want to carry you bag/want a workout. Prices range. And similarly to your golf bag they also come with bells and whistles, from cup holders to scorecard boards. I don’t own one, but on the occasion that I’ll be walking with friends, I typically rent one (typically $10/round depending on the course)!

Got your golf bag all sorted now and ready to get what you need for the golf course? I was SO anxious for my first round that I created a checklist so I could remember everything I needed for around, and fit in with the regulars! If you want a free copy, click below and it’ll be sent to you ASAP!

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