How to properly organize your golf clubs in your golf bag might seem like a simple concept, but with so many bags on the market today (check out the best bags at every price point here), it’s not always clear which clubs should go where. Whether you carry, use a push cart or ride, there is a proper way to organize your clubs for ease of access and also to prevent damage. Let’s dive in!
This rule is straightforward, if not always followed: If you carry your clubs, they should be organized from longest to shortest, top to bottom. The exception is your putter, which should live at the top among the other head-covered clubs.
This orientation prevents the shorter clubs from hitting the graphite shafts of your longer clubs. This is a recurring theme for golf-club organization: easy access while preventing potential damage to your graphite shafts.
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The carry-bag philosophy also applies to pushcarts, because the main goal of organizing your clubs should be for easy access and to prevent possible damage.
Whether you are using a bag with 14 dividers or four, having everything sit top to bottom — longest to shortest — will make access way easier.
Riding cart bags
This is where things get confusing, because if you typically walk, there is no reason to reconfigure your bag for the occasional riding round. But if you use a cart bag, then everything I just told you is going to be in reverse — kind of.
Because cart bags are intentionally designed to offer access to all the pockets and your clubs when strapped to a “buggy,” you want to place your longest to shortest clubs from back to front. In most cases, cart bags are sloped to help keep clubs facing in the same direction and to keep shorter clubs away from the graphite shafts of woods and hybrids to avoid damage and wear over time, especially in a cart where your babies can be tossed about.
You have enough things to worry about on the course. Protecting your clubs — and knowing where each one is — shouldn’t be one of them!
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