Sometimes even the smallest details count. In a round of golf for an instance, there are some accessories that are simply very useful at times like gloves to promote a firmer grip when you’re swinging and even sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun.
But don’t go around thinking that golf accessories are limited to gloves and sunglasses. There are actually a lot more such as umbrellas, golf tees, divot tools, ball markers, golf ball retrievers, bags, shoe spikes, head covers, watches and golf cart accessories.
You might think that they are not that handy but you can never really teem when you might need them so it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Here, some of the most popular golf accessories will be enumerated for you.
First stop are the ubiquitous golf gloves. In a game of golf, it’s the glove that that gives you the firm grip on the club as you swing. Aside from that it protects your hand from blisters and weather elements. There are a variety of glove materials you can choose from. Leather is understandably more expensive but it is also more comfortable and longer-lasting. Synthetic ones are preferable for hot and rainy weather since they give you a better grip.
Do not forget about the sunglasses as well. Golf is a visually challenging game and it is affected by a great variety of visual conditions like different lighting, course distances and backgrounds. Even the wind can affect the golfer’s performance. Having a high quality vision is important and choosing the right kind of sunglasses is a vital part of your strategy whether you are a new or experienced golfer. You can choose from either polarized or non-polarized lenses.
There is a division of opinion regarding the impact of these two kinds of lenses. Polarized lenses are said to be a good choice because of their capacity to completely cut out sunlight’s glare that is reflected off horizontal surfaces. Others prefer non-polarized lenses since they claim that the polarized ones hinder their perception of depth. Either way, you are the boss and you get to say which one is for you. Many golf sunglasses also have UV protection which is a benefit on its own as well.
Tees are also a good investment. They are usually wooden or plastic and they also come in a variety of lengths depending on the golf club being used. There are also some tees that decrease friction and others improve club speed. Choice of tees depends on what the user prefers and needs.
Good golf shoes are also beneficial to make sure that the golfer maintains his balance and stability to execute that perfect swing. Golf shoes come in a variety of styles and some even have plastic spikes or cleats attached to their bottoms for a more solid grip. The spikes on the shoes are disposable and they can be replaced when worn out.
Club head covers are another golf accessory that many golfers deem important since they protect clubs from scratches and damage. Golfers are careful of their clubs since any damage, no matter how small, done on the clubs might affect the performance of the clubs. Covers vary in length and they also range from those that can be easily pulled off or those that are closed with zippers and magnets.
Towels are also handy golf accessories and they are used to keep the clubs and balls clean. Clubs need to be wiped clean after each shot and the ball’s performance may change if it is covered in dirt or debris.
Then there are the divot repair tools which are needed in smoothening out the indentations of the golf ball when it lands on the green or repairing the course when one lifts a chunk of grass on approach shots. This is standard golf etiquette so having a divot repair tool around is really handy.
Sometimes, these divot repair tools come with ball markers attached to them. Ball markers mark the position of a ball on the green.
Other not so necessary but still nice to have golf accessories include the following:
Golf Umbrellas to protect you from the sun and rain. Golf umbrellas are larger than the regular umbrella.
Ball pick-ups and retrievers are also popular accessories used to recover golf balls from water hazards. Many can telescope out for as long as 12 to 20 feet and the catch on its end will slide over the ball and catch it. Golf balls are not cheap and pick-ups or retrievers are a great way of minimizing costs over “lost” golf balls.
Golf Course Range Finders and GPS have also become popular lately. They are handy gadgets that will help any golfer determine distances and thus give him an idea of which club he is going to use or indicate his abilities. Range finders can either be optical or laser. A GPS unit on the other hand, is used to calculate the distance between two points and will help the golfer choose an appropriate club to use. Aside from that, they also perform other functions such as keep track of players’ scores and statistics. These devices even come in color display images.
There are a plethora of golf accessories sold in sports shops and online sites and they are available in a wide range of prices to suit your budget as well. Choosing your accessories may be daunting and tricky at first, especially if you are new in the game of golf. But you should always remember to focus on the things you think are indispensable to you. Go for those that will be able to help you optimize your game in the best way possible.