Golf is a leisure activity for most people, yet some golfers I’ve played with end a round more stressed than they began it. And, no wonder, they’ve just spent four hours lugging 50 pounds worth of equipment around a couple miles of grassy hills.
How can you expect to be on top of your game if you’re tired and sore by the time you make the turn to the back nine?
If you’re a pro, you hire a caddy. But what about the rest of us? Should we be expected to lose out on the exercise aspect of the sport by driving around in silly little cars with our enormous overflowing equipment bags strapped to our backs?
The standard golf club set is based on the idea that each golfer should have one consistent swing, and vary the club to achieve the desired result. If you spend three days a week swinging a golf club, this may be the case for you, but most people have a slightly different swing for each club.
I’ve been swinging a golf club since I was four years old, placed in tournaments, and played on the team in high school. I still consider myself a decent golfer even though I play only for fun now, and I’ve NEVER had a consistent swing. I regularly became frustrated with the inconsistency and the hassle of dealing with a big golf bag full of clubs.
So, two years ago, I ditched most of them.
That’s right, I now have a lightweight bag with only a driver, 23 degree hybrid, 5, 7, 9, PW and putter. And, my game has not suffered. In fact, now that my bag is lighter, and I don’t have to worry about deciding whether my six iron or seven iron is the right club for a shot, I’m having much more fun. By limiting the number of clubs I carry, I’m able to better master each one.
There’s an old golf joke about a golfer in a thunderstorm holding aloft a two iron to protect him from lightning. “Not even God can hit a 2 iron,” he explains. It’s funny, because for most people, it’s true. Why are you still carrying a two iron in your bag? Get rid of those clubs you rarely use, leave the cart and your frustrations at the clubhouse, and love the game again!