Sunday, January 8, 2012

Accessories To Personalize Your Golf Bag

A golf bag full of golf clubs might just be a golfer’s most prized possession. Vast amounts of money can be invested into the contents of a golf bag, and so you should keep it as safe and as treasured as you possibly can. When you first get your golf bag and golf clubs, you should do everything you can to personalize it and make it your own. This will lead to familiarity with your clubs and therefore more efficiency when you are out playing the game. It will also give you a real sense of ownership. Here I will discuss some of the accessories you can buy for your golf bag in order to increase its aesthetic appeal or its functionality and usefulness.

By putting all of your clubs into the golf bag, it is highly unlikely that you have filled it all the way up. There will be more room in the various compartments and pockets that decorate the outside of the bag. You should not leave these empty. Instead, fill them up with anything you could need out on the course. Put an extra water bottle in one of the pockets for when you get thirsty. Put a first aid kit in another pocket just in case something should happen. You should also include all of the obvious choices if you didn’t already – golf balls in large quantities, tees, and any other items you frequently use when golfing.

Once you have all of the practical accessories for golf bags taken care of, you can start to get into the more “fun” novelty items. There is no shortage of things you can attach to your golf club, whether it’s to get a laugh from your friends or simply to remind you of something. Little plush keychain-like items can be attached at many points all across the golf bag. This could be a small stuffed golf ball, or some sort of figurine. If there is something that you would like to have, it should come to mind immediately. You shouldn’t have to strain yourself to think of something to decorate your golf bag with.

If you want an easy way to identify your golf bag, you can have your name attached to it somehow. This could be in the form of some sort of embroidery project (do you have a girlfriend, wife, or daughter who embroiders as a hobby? Maybe it’s time to ask for a favor) or simply some scribbles with a sharpie. It doesn’t matter how you get it done, but it’s very important that you have some indication that the golf bag is yours in the event that it gets lost on the golf course. When someone recognizes your name and returns your expensive clubs, you will be glad that you put the name on the bag.

There is no limit to the ways that you can personalize your golf bag with accessories. However, the keyword here is “personalize”. If you are taking all of your ideas from something you read on the internet, then that isn’t very personal, is it? All I can do is offer you a few hints to get you started in the right direction, and from there you can decide on what exactly defines you as a person and what can help you out while you are golfing.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Equipping Yourself With The Top Golf Accessories

Golf is a sport that comes with an almost insane amount of accessories. Everything from the golf clubs to the golf cart is covered, and you will have countless options for personalizing everything. The accessories range from completely useless to very clever and valuable. So you will have to decide whether you want to spend your money on a gimmicky little item or whether you want something that will really come in handy out on the golf course. Here I will name some of the things that no golfers should go without. If you are feeling the urge to buy golf accessories, you should start with these before moving on to anything else.

The right apparel can make a golf game much easier on you both physically and mentally. Golf shoes are meant to be very comfortable when walking across large stretches of grass. These are much better to wear while golfing than just your regular dress shoes (unless you enjoy having blisters for the next few weeks). Sunglasses are another very important part of any golfer’s outfit. They will allow you to see the course better, as well as protect your eyes from the harmful rays put out by the sun. Other apparel is useful, but not quite as necessary. For example, golf shirts, pants, and hats are widely available but they aren’t too much different than what you might normally wear.

Another good accessory to have is something to help you carry all of your smaller items along with your golf clubs. Usually this will be integrated directly into a golf club bag, but otherwise you will definitely need something to take its place. These smaller items include extra golf balls and tees mostly, along with any other things that you find yourself frequently using during a golf game. There are many functional ways that you can carry these things, but usually a simple pouch will do. You can shove it into your golf club bag, or just leave it under the seat in the golf cart until you need it.

Finally, you will most likely want to accessorize your golf clubs to some extent. You will certainly want to give them a good home inside of a deluxe golf club bag, but you may want to make modifications on the actual clubs themselves. You can replace the grips at the tops of the clubs with something that is more suited towards your style, or simply to something that give you a better grip on the club as it was meant to do. You can avoid having it slip out of your hands, since this is quite an embarrassing turn of events if it happens to you.

All of these accessories can be easily bought at your local golf club store, but you may not have much of a selection when visiting these stores. It is a good idea to look on the internet for what you want, and see what the internet has to offer. There are many web sites selling golf accessories, and throughout them you are sure to find accessories that meet the very specific details that you have in mind. Just keep your search going until you find something that you are satisfied with, and you will be glad that you persevered in the matter.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Bringing Your Golf Accessories To The Course

You can buy all the golf accessories that you want, but none of them are going to do you much good unless you have them with you while you are playing the game. Keeping your golf accessories on hand may be a bit of a hassle, but when they come in handy you will be glad that you went through the trouble. There are many different ways that you can carry your golf accessories with you, and here I will discuss some of the most practical solutions. If you have just recently stocked up on golf accessories and you are looking for a solution to the predicament of portability, you will probably encounter some information that will be very beneficial to your cause.

Your golf bag probably has quite a few compartments that are not filled up by the actual golf clubs themselves. Do you have these compartments stuffed to the max? Since you will be carrying your golf club bag with you anyways, you might as well make the best of it and include some of the accessories that you are most likely to need while playing your game. This could include extra balls and tees, a small club repair kit, extra sunblock, a first aid kit, and anything else that you might think of. As long as it can fit, put it in there. It will be especially convenient if everything ends up fitting inside of the golf bag.

Just for the sake of making sure that you are taken care of, let us assume that you can’t fit everything inside of the golf bag and you would like to take more along with you. Should you just carry it along with you and leave it in the golf cart? Well, that’s exactly what you should do. Get some sort of backpack or duffel bag that you can fill with all of your accessories that you may need in the middle of the game, and keep it under your seat in the golf cart. Before you get together with your friends to go golfing, tell them what all you have. If several people bring the same thing when only one is needed, unnecessary space will be taken up just to keep everything and everyone inside of the golf cart.

In order to bring everything you want along with you, you will need to be realistic in deciding what you really want to bring along. Do you need a golf club cleaner when you are just going out to play a couple of holes? Wouldn’t a rag be just fine for touching up the club before you put it back into the bag? While these various accessories may seem worthless if you don’t bring them along, you just have to keep telling yourself that you will be able to enjoy their functionality once you arrive back home. This will provide you with motivation to not bring the unnecessary items.

There are always things that can help you out in the middle of a game, and you will need to simply recognize which ones they are. Once you have figured out what will really be helpful while golfing, you can start to figure out the method of getting them around with you as you traverse the golf course.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Are Golf Balls The Most Expensive Golf Accessories Of All

A golfer is always faced with a constant barrage of things that he can possibly spend his money on. These things range from the necessary things like golf clubs, to completely unnecessary things like trophy cases for hole-in-one balls. It would seem that a golfer’s money could constantly be thrown away on the many things that are available for purchase. However, one of the most expensive things that a golfer has to spend money on is not what you would expect. Golf balls are perhaps the most irritating thing that a golfer buys. He seems to buy them over and over, as they disappear into bushes, lakes, or sand traps. Rates for golf balls can seem fairly ridiculous too, with some selling for over $25 for a pack of 12. If you want to save money on golf balls or even get them for free, read on for a few tips on how you can do just this.

While you are in the middle of a golf game, there are usually many opportunities to find golf balls that have been left behind by golfers before you. It isn’t a good idea to constantly interrupt your game in search of golf balls, but if you happen to walk right by a cluster of bushes or a small water hazard, you might as well take a moment to look for golf balls that have been left behind. If you don’t mind getting your arm wet, usually you can find multiple balls just by reaching into a water pool. Bushes and other similar obstructions are also good places to look. Other golfers may find you strange when you are rooting around for golf balls, but it is definitely worth it in the end when you don’t need to pay insane amounts for golf balls every week. All you have to do is shove them into a bag you carry with you, then wash them off as soon as you get home for golf balls that are like new.

You can also buy used golf balls from many different sources, including sporting good stores in your local area. These are sold at a huge discount off of the original price, and you can usually not even tell that they have been used thanks to the cleaning processes. Usually they are not sold in matching brands or colors, so if uniformity is your thing you may be disappointed. Unless you are more than just a casual golfer, used or second-hand balls will probably work just fine. It takes a very trained hand to be able to tell the difference between a new ball and a used ball, or between an expensive ball and a cheap ball. The spin and the hardness of the balls are usually varying, but probably not enough for you to notice. Try two contrasting balls in a row and see if you notice anything, and if not then you can be happy that you are able to stick with the cheaper balls.

It may not seem like much of a money saver to get all of your golf balls for free or for a discounted rate, but the money you save will sure add up. Whether it’s just a few dollars a week or whether you notice a significantly large saving, it’s still money in your pocket that wouldn’t have been there otherwise. Therefore, you should remember the golf ball savings techniques that have been discussed so far: first of all, you should always take whatever chance you get to search for golf balls that have been left behind by previous golfers in areas that they are likely to have lost them. Secondly, buy used golf balls from sporting good stores in order to save money. If you follow these two guidelines, you are sure to experience the benefits of being free from paying full price for golf balls.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Golf Accessories To Improve Your Game And Technique

There are many different ways to make your golf game more enjoyable and become more skilled at it at the same time. Many would believe that the best way to do this is to buy an expensive set of clubs or something similarly extravagant. However, this is not the case. You can buy golf accessories that will improve the overall quality of your game (including how much you enjoy it as well as how skilled you are at it). Read on to find out about some of the best investments a golfer can make. If you are looking for something to spend your holiday bonus on, look no further.

The first accessory that you should consider getting is an adjustable golf club. If you didn’t get a set of “tailor-made” golf clubs specific to your own techniques, chances are that you probably don’t have clubs that maximize your potential. If you buy an adjustable golf club and constantly fiddle with it, you are very likely to find a combination of settings that will provide the perfect game for you. In other words, the adjustable golf club will really let you start to feel out your own unique playing style. From there you can have a better idea of the specifications you prefer on golf clubs, and buy an entire club set that follows these guidelines.

Another way to improve your technique is to use an electronic device that is meant to improve your swing or your putting. If you watch the best pro golfers on television, you will see that they make all make movements that are almost exactly the same. If you watch your golfing buddies, you will see a larger variation in the ways they make their swings. Your goal should be to be extremely constant in your swings, and hopefully more like a professional. Home devices can help you do this. Some resemble clubs but contain small electronic devices that sense the acceleration and angle of the club as you swing it. It can then give you feedback and tell you how exactly you can improve your stroke.

The putting portion of the game is very vital for your final score, and if executed poorly it is a way to quickly rack up points that reflect poorly on a game that was otherwise well-played. To practice putting, you can install a simple putting green in your home. These can range from any size, but as long as it is big enough to work effectively then it should be worth the money. If you use the same putter that you use on the golf course, you will find that your skill improves immensely through practice. Putting is definitely one of the most nerve-wracking and challenging parts of the game, but practicing on the putting green will allow you much more confidence. You can buy these pre-made, or you can undergo the process of building a custom one.

If you are looking to add some major improvement to your golfing skills, you should consider getting lessons from a private tutor instead of spending your money on accessories. If you can get your actual technique critiqued by an expert, you will find that this works much better than any sort of accessory that you could have bought. Don’t feel embarrassed to get a golfing tutor, even if you feel that you are above average in skill. Even the smallest imperfection could cripple your whole game, so you should take whatever chance you get to root these imperfections out.

It is good to not settle for mediocrity. If you are going to play golf, you should do everything you can to play it right. If it means spending some money to get some nice golfing accessories to improve your game, then it should be worth it to gain the extra skill and become better at the game you enjoy.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Extreme Golf Accessories: Custom Golf Carts

There is no limit to the number of accessories that you can buy for golfing. You could spend thousands of dollars on small items that will hardly ever come in handy. However, you may not have had the idea of skipping all of those small accessories. Why not save your money for an extremely handy golf accessory that will continue to be useful throughout the whole game? A custom golf cart satisfies these requirements, and is arguably one of the best golf accessories that money can buy. It may not seem practical, but if you read on you will find out about the many ways that you can accomplish this, and how it can come in handy when you are hitting the golf course.

Golf carts are almost necessary for some of the bigger golf courses. If you are going to be hitting a huge golf course anytime soon, you will almost certainly need a golf cart in order to get from one course to the other while carrying all of your gear with you. You can rent golf carts from almost any golf course, but why rent when you can have your own for a cheaper rate in the long run? It is preferable because it allows you to buy a cart that has exactly what you want, and allows you to customize it in the future. The choices for custom golf carts far exceed those for the ones that you can rent, and you can get quite a luxurious setup going on.

The size of the golf cart can vary greatly. It is possible to buy one that is almost like an oversized go-kart. It will only hold you and your clubs, but it will be inexpensive and very efficient with gas. However, if you play golf socially then you will probably want to invest in a golf cart that seats 2 or even 4 people along with their gear. The power of the cart is also important. If the cart is fully loaded down and traveling along at a steady rate, will you immediately start to backslide when you start heading up a hill? This is very important to consider, especially with the hilly nature of golf courses. With most golf cart manufacturers you will not have much to worry about, especially if you stick with brands that are more well-known.

With your own golf cart, you can begin to make the ride more enjoyable, much the same way you would with a regular car. You can install a stereo system if you want to enjoy some tunes in between courses. If you are good with electronics like that, you could install a regular car stereo system in the golf cart without too much trouble. Just imagine being the only one on the golf course who is able to crank out music as loud as a rock concert. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? You can deck out your golf cart with as many features as you could imagine, whether your goal is to make the ride more enjoyable, more efficient, or simply quicker. It can make a great ongoing project to add onto at later dates.

If you are interested in putting together a custom golf cart, you can either do it yourself if you are the engineering type, or you can contact a golf cart manufacturer. There are several companies that sell golf carts to individuals, and if you can get one as close as possible to what you want then it will be very possible to add features in the future. Make sure you are very clear on the cost and the methods of delivery when you begin to order your golf cart, so that you aren’t hit with any nasty surprise bills that you weren’t expecting. It’s definitely a big project to undertake, but if you have the time and money to do it then you will surely have a good time.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Finding Cheaper Golf Accessories

Golf is rarely a cheap sport. Buying membership to a course will put quite a large dent in your pocket, and will probably even have to be renewed some time in the future. The golf clubs themselves can cost a small fortune. However, nobody ever said that the accessories had to be expensive. It is possible to get all of the golf accessories that you could ever need for very cheap, or even for free if you get lucky. Read on to find out about where to look for the cheapest golf accessories, and how you can make sure that you never overpay again for something that you can buy for cheaper elsewhere.

Auctions, especially estate auctions, are great places to go for golf equipment. You will be able to get a detailed description of the item before bidding begins, and possibly see it with your own eyes and test it out for a bit. Once the auction starts you will be faced with some competition almost certainly if the item is desirable (other people know to look at auctions too! This information is not exclusive). Be prepared to pay what it is worth, whether this is below the suggested retail price or not. If you win the item and you ended up paying less than you would have at the store, then be proud of yourself – auctions can be challenging places for many people.

Real world auctions aren’t the only ones that offer cheap items. eBay, the world’s most popular auction site, has a number of golf accessories that would be hard to find otherwise. If you are an experienced eBay bidder then you already know how the whole system works. You punch in your highest bid, and simply wait to see if anybody else is going to bid higher. If someone outbids you then you may find out that your highest bid wasn’t actually your highest bid, and you’ll increase it just to try for a second chance at the item. This is how the bidding wars start. It can be tempting to keep bidding higher and higher, until the final cost after shipping would be higher than retail. Never let this happen. If it gets close, just quit and go buy the item in the store.

Yard sales are another good place to look for people’s old golf equipment that they no longer want. Yard sales often offer the cheapest prices you could ask for, and most of the time the person setting the prices has no idea about the worth of the item (which can work for you or against you). If you watch the newspapers for yard sale times, you will start to notice patterns in the time as well as the geographical location. Just establish a route that you can follow every week to look for yard sales and possibly find what golf accessories.

Golf accessories are hard to find for cheap, but they are anything but impossible to find. You can simply establish a routine that you will follow every  week or so. Check all of the online stores, all of the yard sales, and any other venues that you may have in mind. This way, when someone decides to sell their golf accessories you will be the first one to be there to buy them.