I’ve been playing golf for more than 25 years and I seriously can’t recall a time where I’ve ever needed all 14 clubs in my golf bag. The folks at Golfplan have recently asked a question of their readers if 14 clubs is too many to put in your bag. In my personal opinion, I definitely don’t think you need to lug that many sticks around on the course and chances are you typically don’t use five or six of them throughout a round.
So then, which clubs should you put in your bag. Well, I believe that answer totally relies on the course you are playing and where your strengths are. Do you really need three different wedges? Probably not, unless you are Phil Mickelson. If you’re playing a course you’ve played before a number of times, chances are you know the course well and know the types of shots you have to hit. If you are high handicapper, this may be a different story, as you probably can’t rely on consistency of where you’ll be on the course from time to time. But the course where I play most of my golf, I can safely get around with 8-10 clubs max.
If you learned to play as a kid as I did, you can probably remember having about four or five golf clubs in your tiny little bag. Those clubs usually consisted of a driver, a short iron, a mid iron, a long iron, and a putter. That was all you needed and you learned to be creative and to hit a lot of different shots with those clubs.
There’s a guy at my club who’s been known to get around the course with only a 5-iron. He gets off the tee with it, hits it from the fairway, and even putts with it. I should add that he also breaks 80 with only that said 5-iron. Sure, that’s a bit of an extreme case, but it goes to show you that depending on the course you are playing, and the level of your game, there’s a possibility that you can get by with maybe more than just half of your clubs that you normally put in your bag. So next time you are taking to the course, look through your clubs and try to mentally play your ideal round and decide if you really need that 5 iron that you can’t remember ever needing while playing that course.
What do you think your optimal number of clubs are to put in your bag for a round of golf?