Golf Guide: Five Minute Pre-Round Checklist
Before you head out onto the golf course for a round, you want to make sure that you have everything in your bag you will need. If you are playing 18 holes, you will likely be on the course for at least four hours – so you want to make sure you have all of the right gear. Take just a few minutes before you head to the first tee to check over your equipment and verify that you are all set for a successful round.
The following items should be on your checklist for the last few minutes leading up to your tee time.
- Golf balls. You aren’t going to get very far on the course without golf balls, so make sure you are prepared with enough to get you through the day. While you don’t want to make your bag heavy by carrying too many balls, you also don’t want to run out during the middle of the round – so try to find a happy medium.
- All 14 clubs. Assuming you use a full set of 14 clubs, make sure all of them are present and accounted for in your bag before you tee off. A common mistake is to forget a club somewhere on the practice range and to not notice until you are several holes into the round. By taking a quick check of your clubs before you tee off, you can avoid making this frustrating mistake.
- Water and snacks. Even if you don’t like to eat or drink too much while you are playing, having a small bottle of water and a little snack is a good idea. In case you get hungry and need some energy to get through the final few holes, you will appreciate having something in your bag to eat.
- Golf towel. There are plenty of uses for having a towel on your bag, from cleaning the dirt off your clubs to wiping sweat off your hands. A clean golf towel should be standard equipment for every golfer, so make sure yours in in place before you start the round.
- Scorecard. Almost every golfers likes to keep score when they play, so make sure you have a scorecard for the course in your pocket or somewhere in your bag. Even if you don’t want to mark down your scores, the card will have valuable information about the par and yardage of each hole.