Although a golf caddy is a traditional part of golf, someone who carries the golfer's bag and gives him/her invaluable tips and insights into the game, gone are the days when caddies used to carry the golf bags around. These days most golfers in amateur golf carry their own bags or drive around in golf carts.
While being a player your body goes through great tension while playing an eighteen hole, the added pressure of carrying a bag may have its own toll on you. This is why you must zero in on a golf bag that is designed well, can be carried well, serves your necessities and last but not the least matches your style.
Golf bags are available from the sports suppliers to designers like Christian Dior. You may even have your golf bag tailor made as per your requirement. In general there are three types of golf bags.
Carry Bag: Also known as travel bags, these are the smallest and are made of light material for example plastic or nylon. If you carry your bag while you play, these bags come handy with few basic pockets for clubs and balls. Travel bags also have stands and back straps so that the bag can stand up when you are playing and that you can carry it on your back. There are different sizes and shapes of carry bags and come in different price ranges.
Tour Bags: Also known as staff bags, these are the largest of the golf bags. It can store the complete set of fourteen golf cubs and suitable for serious golfers and professionals. Generally caddies carry tour bags as these weigh considerably. Tour bags are expensive and are generally made of leather.
Cart Bags: Cart bags are relatively smaller than tour bags and are perfect for golf carts. These have less space than tour bags but more than the carry bags. But cart bags are bulkier than carry bags.
How do know which one to buy?
Let's look at certain features that are indispensable in golf bags while you choose one to buy.
In golf bags when it comes to pockets the more, the merrier. You will need pockets for your golf balls, your towels, your divot tool, extra tees, an umbrella and not to mention your golf clubs.
You may want to have a golf bag with a hood to protect your clubs, etc in the event of a rain.
How well compartmentalized is your golf bag? You wouldn't want your golf clubs tugging for space and wearing off the grips in the process. Compartments for different clubs will help in keeping your golf bag organized.
Whether your golf bag has a stand or not could also be a deciding factor. It is always easier to pick up a club from a bag that can stand on its own while you are playing.
Finally don't forget the style factor. Let your golf bag sport your color and pattern.
Yes, golf bags are a must if you are planning to take up golf. You can start of with a carry bag and progress to a staff bag later. Enjoy your golf without hurting your back by sporting the correct golf bag!
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