How to Start Golfing: Equipment Essentials

Find out how to start golfing with our guide to everyday golf course essentials, including top tips on what clubs, balls and bags to get.

How to Start Golfing: Equipment Essentials

Dreaming of becoming the next golfing champ? If you want to know how to start golfing, it makes sense to know what’s what equipment-wise. Before hitting the course, look at purchasing essentials like clubs, balls, a proper golf bag and appropriate clothing. Whether you’re completely new to the sport or coming back to it after a long break, these golfing products will help you get the most out of the sport.

Golf Clubs

Golf Clubs

According to the basic rules of golf, you’re allowed to carry a maximum of 14 clubs on a golf course. Golf sets typically include one driver, a three and a five wood, one hybrid club, seven irons, two wedges and a putter.

If you’re just starting out, you should carry at least a driver, seven irons and a putter. Professional and more experienced golfers normally purchase clubs individually, but a great way to get started is to buy a complete set. This way you’ll know you’re not missing anything out and still have the freedom to upgrade your collection as you get more into golf.
 

Top Brands

  • Callaway

  • Titleist

  • Nike

Top Clubs

  • Nike SQ Sumo Driver

  • Cobra KING F7 Hybrid

  • TaylorMade Kalea Putter

Golf Balls

Golf Ball in the grass

Assuming that all golf balls are one and the same is a novice mistake. Different balls are designed for different abilities and styles of play, and as you progress as a player you’ll find specific brands and designs suit you better.

A two-piece ball with a solid rubber centre and Surlyn cover are ideal for new golfers. This structure increases the ball's durability and allows it to drive further. On the downside, you’ll have slightly less control over the ball when hitting shots at a greater distance, but this isn’t something you necessarily need if your only goal is to hit the ball.
 

Top Brands

  • Callaway

  • Srixon

  • Bridgestone

Top Balls

  • Callaway Lake Golf Balls

  • Srixon Z Star Golf Balls

  • Wilson Staff DX3 Soft Spin 2018 Golf Balls

Golf Bag

Golf Bag

It's important to invest in a comfortable golf bag like the Callaway Men's X Seri Stand Golf Club Bag. These bags can be heavy (especially when they’re holding 14 clubs!) and you'll have to carry it a considerable distance. If you’re worried about carrying the bag everywhere, look into buying a golf trolley but remember that some courses prohibit trolleys, while nearly all of them don’t allow them after heavy rainfall.

Top Brands

  • Sun Mountain

  • OGIO

  • Callaway

Top Bags

  • Sun Mountain 2018 H2NO SuperLite

  • OGIO Grom Golf Cart Bag

  • Callaway Golf Warbird Stand Bag

Golf Clothes

Golf clothes

At certain golf clubs, you’ll need to comply with a dress code in order to play the course (and access the clubhouse for a cheeky post-round refreshment). Most dress codes require male golfers to wear a collared shirt tucked into their trousers while female golfers are asked to wear either a blouse with sleeves, a polo shirt or a sleeveless blouse with a collar.

In addition to dress code requirements, some golfers opt to wear other garments and accessories, like a golf glove, which is said to improve your grip on the club and should be worn on your non-dominant hand (i.e. right hand if your left handed and vice versa). Not all golfers wear a glove, though, as some prefer to go without. Otherwise, spiked waterproof shoes are helpful for ensuring you have a firm foundation when taking that crucial swing.

 

Top Brands

  • Galvin Green

  • Nike

  • Callaway

How Much Should You Spend?

Clubs and other equipment can either be purchased brand new or second hand. New golf clubs and equipment can be incredibly expensive, so second-hand products might be a good option if you're unsure how often you'll play.