Choosing golf accessories is a fun and non-essential part of the game which more players are beginning to invest their time in. Read this buying guide to find out which golf accessories are on the market, how they can improve your game and why more golfers than ever are buying up accessories for their game.
One of – if not the most – used accessory by any golfer is the towel. Predominantly made from jacquard or velour cotton, golf towels can be attached to the side of a golf bag and used to wipe clubs clean between shots, thus reducing the risk of slipping when striking the golf ball. They also eliminate dirt and stains that build up during play and which can leave unsightly smears on golf clubs. The most common golf towel on the market is ‘Tri-Fold,’ which is small yet excellent at working off tough stains. Pretty much every major golf brand sells towels so there’s plenty of option available. Some may sport a design or pattern embroidery, and these too are popular among many golfers.
Some of the best golf towels available today include the Cobra Golf King Ltd Towel, Callaway Golf TriFold Towel, Titleist Player’s Towel, Srixon Tour Towel and Cleveland Golf Tri-Fold Microfibre Towel.
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Ball Markers, Hat Clips & Pens
Ball markers are small, flat objects about the size of a coin that marks the position of a golf ball when it has been lifted on the putting green. Ball markers are placed directly behind the ball before the ball is lifted, and then the ball is replaced back in front of the ball marker again in its original spot. Real coins can be used for a ball marker, though it looks more professional to use a proper one and they are very cheap to buy. Some companies even offer custom designs and pictures, which will add a new dimension to the look of a rather boring, plain marker.
A selection of the best golf ball markers include the Odyssey Poker Chip Ball Markers, Masters Golf Neon Ball Marker, Asbri Golf Set of 5 Ball Markers, Premier Licensing Liverpool and Premier Licensing Manchester United.
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Some golfers can become frustrated with ball markers, especially when they slip inside a trouser pocket leg, which is why hat clips have grown popular the last couple of years. A simple device, the hat clip can be quickly snapped onto a visor or hat and then the ball marker is placed underneath. When it’s needed, it can be removed and then replaced when done. The hat clip can also be attached firmly to golf shoes, golf gloves, golf polo shirts or zipper pulls, as well as the bill of a regular hat.
Pens and pencils are good for tracking scores on the golf course for obvious reasons, so we’ll skip the explanation and just say that the PGA Tour Golf Bag Pen Holder, Masters Golf Waterproof Marker Pen and Colin Montgomerie Desktop Golf Bag and Pen Set are all excellent options for keeping score manually during a game.
Walking on a golf course has been described by some pros as walking on fine carpet. The softness of the turf coupled with the fresh bounce of regular upkeep is all necessary for the best possible play. One mis-hit shot from the golf club, however, and a large tuft of that green carpet will be sent sailing into the sky, disrupting the calm rhythm of that once beautiful course. This is of course all part and parcel of the game and cannot be helped. Using pitchmark repairers is a good idea as they work to replace what was lost.
Pitchmark repairers should be called upon after every round to maintain the golf course. The correct method to use this and keep the turf looking good as new time and again is very simple. First, discard the loose piece of turf taken by the golf ball. Do not try and reinsert the turf as it will die anyway and slow up its healing process. Next, insert the pitchmark repair tool just outside of the back of the pitch mark and lever the turf towards the centre of the pitch mark. Repeat this motion from all sides of the pitch mark and then gently tap the repaired area with the Putter. This action stretches undamaged turf over the pitch mark, providing instant recovery.
There’s a few types of pitchmark repairer and one of the most used is the pitchfork. Once described as the ‘Ferrari’ of pitch repairers by Today’s Golfer Magazine, the pitchfork is stainless steel, fully retractable and available in an array of designs and patterns. The Nike Golf CVX Repair Tool, PGA Tour Pro Golf Multi Tool, Masters Golf Deluxe Pitchfork, Asbri Golf Spirit Repairer, Masters Golf DLX Switchblade and Asbri Golf PitchMaster are top of the range pitchmark repairers and should do a good job on the golf course.
Tracking scores and lowering them is what golf is all about, so keeping a good record of handicap, swing speeds etc is always useful to help improve. Scorecard trackers are small, easy to carry or store and will come in handy when playing alone or with a friend. Electronic scorecard holder’s work in a similar way but instead of using pens to keep score, it’s all done electronically, displaying total strokes per round and able to track the scores of up to four separate players at one time.
The Masters Golf 2 in 1 Scorer is a great product which every golfer should consider.
Golf umbrellas can be easily attached to a golf bag and will then work to protect all golf clubs within that bag, whilst also offering some cover for the golfer between rounds. Umbrellas work just as well in windy conditions, with certain brands creating wind-resistant versions that tackle the heavy blows of cold weather with ease and will not turn inside-out when powerful gales rise over the greens. Golf umbrellas vary in length, with some of the larger ones measuring 62” in diameter. The longer the umbrella, the more area it will cover and the better chance there is that everything under its protective shield gets out dry and clean.
Golf has seen a boom in the use of umbrellas, and some of the best on the market right now include the Titleist Double Canopy, PING Tour Double Canopy, Cleveland Golf Gustbuster, Motocaddy Clearview, Callaway Golf Great Big Bertha 64", Clicgear Umbrella Range, Mizuno Golf Twin Canopy, BIG MAX I-Dry Aqua and Sun Mountain Golf Umbrella among others – view the full range of golf umbrellas now.
Golf Ball Retrievers
Golf ball retrievers are used to capture lost or misplaced golf balls that have fallen foul of water hazards, deep rough and sand traps which are out of reach. Using telescopic extensions of up to 4.5 metres, these retrievers are able to lift the golf ball from water via a swivelling cup attached at the end. Other variations of this include vacuum-like properties which suck the golf ball up into a bag at the end for quick collection and thinner tubes which pull the golf ball up and then drop it in a safe place where it can be retrieved without problem.
Some of the best golf ball retrievers include the PGA Tour Practice Ball Collector, Big Max Pocket Ball Retriever, Klippa Pick-Up Aid, Masters Golf Deluxe Practice Ball Collector, Masters Golf 12ft Ball Retriever, Masters Golf Clikka Tube and PGA Tour Telescopic Ball Retriever - view the full golf ball retrievers range now.