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A basic overview of Golf Flags

 

Among the most popular golf course accessories are the golf course flags. Placed on the top of the flagstick, the first recorded use of a golf flag was in 1987. However, it also widely accepted that there was likely flag usage prior to this date but because it was not regulated, it was not considered official. 

 

Flagsticks themselves have regulations that they must conform too to keep a standard across all courses and areas of play. They may not be more than ¾ of an inch in circumference and must be circular in cross section. It may not be covered in any material that may deflect the ball or be padded in a way that would not allow the ball to enter the cup, thus finishing the round for that player. While flagsticks are mainstream, flags are actually not required to be placed on top but many courses have adopted them to give golfers a better visual target. 

 

Over time, the flags have become organized by color in a way that gives golfers the best idea of where the hole is located on the green. Generally, a yellow or blue flag indicates that the hole is towards the back end of the green, the furthest away from the tee. A white flag indicates that the hole is in the middle of the green and a red flag signals that the pin is at the front of the green. Each of these different positions and colors allows for the golfer to plan out their clubs in a way that will allow them to achieve the fewest strokes possible. 

 

Although these colors are considered the most common, it is important to ask when playing a new course what the color flags they use and their appropriate markers. Some courses change the flag colors to mark an important event or if you are traveling internationally and going golfing (lucky you!) it is always worth making the ask. Don’t let yourself be confused when you step on the course only to have planned your shot entirely wrong. If you are going to hit the driving range, make sure you have the right driving range equipment to keep you in shape. 

 

 

4 Essentials to keep in your Golf Bag

Your golf bag is full of the items you know you will need. From your clubs to your gloves, everything is packed away and ready for the next time you go and hit the course. However, your bag should be storing more than just your golf equipment. Here are the top 5 things we recommend you also keep in your bag at all times. 

 

Sunscreen- Golf is an outdoor sport and with outdoor sports comes the sun. While hats will help protect your skin, you still need another barrier. Having a waterproof sunscreen of at least SPF 30 will allow you to protect your skin. Any exposed skin is susceptible to getting burned, don’t risk it. You can even find sunscreen sticks that are great for your face and that won’t leave sticky residue. 

 

Snacks- Don’t rely too heavily on the beverage cart, your wallet and stomach will thank you. Trail mix, dried fruit, or at the very least a granola bar should make it into your bag. At some point on the course, you will get hungry so having a snack ready to go will help you get through the course until either the beverage cart comes around or you make it back to the clubhouse. 

 

Socks- Yes we know, you have a pair on your feet already, but having an extra pair on hand is always a great option. If the morning dew soaks into your shoes or you accidentally step in mud or a puddle, a fresh pair of socks will protect your feet. 

 

Umbrella- The rain won’t stop just because you are on the course so you might as well be prepared. Especially in states where the rain is known to go off and on like a tap, having an umbrella on hand means you can take it out when you need it and put it away when you don’t. Plus, if the sun is bearing down, this provides another way to stay cool and protect your skin along with your sunscreen. 

 

Having these items in your bag has you covered for a variety of different scenarios. Looking for more golf related items to add to your collection? Find the golf course accessories you need with us. Or if you are looking for golf ball barrier netting we have that too. 

 

 

Top Golf Club Accessories

The life of a golf club is very difficult if you stop to think about it. They are mercilessly tossed around in the back of golf carts, toted around with little thought as to their well-being, then brutally used to smack balls around for a couple of hours. After a few years of this, they are thrown to the side and discarded for the newer models with better swinging power and all of the new features. With this much mistreatment of golf clubs, it only seems fitting that you at least accessorize them a bit and help them live better lives. And while you’re at it, your efforts might just make things a little bit better for you and your golf game. Read on to find out about some of the things you can buy in order to treat your golf clubs better and prolong their life spans.

If you don’t already have a proper golf club bag, you should be embarrassed. This is the main thing (besides skill and clubs) that makes or breaks a golfer. If you have all of your clubs in one organized location that is easy to access whenever you need to, you can be sure to always have the correct golf club on hand when you need it. A well organized bag can almost be handier than a caddy, since you will be familiar with it and able to quickly access the clubs yourself. You can also find bags with other pockets that come in very handy for storing the rest of your golf accessories.

Additionally, a proper cleaning kit will work wonders in prolonging the lives of your golf clubs. While you are out golfing, your clubs will get grass stains on them; they will get dirty from hitting the ground and probably get scuffed up from the occasional sand trap. If you have the proper cleaning supplies, you will be able to restore your golf clubs to the condition they were in before they got dirty. This could either be simply a rag and a cleansing solvent, or a miniature washing machine that is sold by some large golf accessory dealers.

If you aren’t feeling satisfied with the grips on your golf clubs, you can always replace them. Maybe they slipped out of your hands when you were swinging and they fell into a lake, or maybe they just made your hands sore with prolonged use. Either way, it’s possible to strip your golf clubs of their previous grips, and replace them with entirely new ones. You can find the new ones in almost any golf club store or on the internet where you can order very specific items. Better grips can improve a lot about your game, including the power of your stroke.

While golf clubs are an important purchase, items to extend the lives of your golf clubs are equally important. You have made an investment by buying your golf clubs, and you want to do the best you can to make sure that your money does not go to waste. Whether this is something to make your playing experience better or something to protect your clubs from the elements, it will certainly be worth the money.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of golf club accessories and that we have caused you to think differently about your golf game. Please feel free to check out the driving range equipment and golf course accessories on our site. We have everything the experienced or novice golfer could ever need. 

Making the shot in Mini Golf

 

When playing mini golf, the first few shots may just be about having a good time but at some point, competitive nature kicks in. Here are some tricks to improve your mini golf game. 

 

Walking around and really looking at each course can help your gameplay. Noting any slopes, obstacles, or surface imperfections can help give you guidance on putting the ball. Some courses may have themed sculptures or water obstacles that you have to work around to get your ball in the hole. While they are fun to enjoy when it isn’t your turn, make sure to tune into your ball when it’s time. 

 

Watching the players ahead of you, if there are any, gives you an idea on how to play or not play each round. This goes the same for anyone you are playing with, watching how they play can give you an idea of any adjustments needed to best sink your shot. 

 

The speed at which you hit the ball is everything in mini golf. Generally, hitting the ball a little too hard is better than hitting it too soft since the ball can always bounce off the walls and towards the hoel versus coming to a stop right on the edge. Weak shots may also not make any of the curves or ramps that could cost you more points. 

 

Talk to yourself positively, or maybe not at all! Keeping your subconscious mind clear allows you to not focus on the outside noise but rather on the ball itself. With technique in the back of your mind and having made observations about the course (see how we tied that in) everything will flow together naturally leaving you to swing with no worries. 

 

At the end of the day, mini golf is about having fun and enjoying yourself. Having the right mini golf equipment can add to the experience or if you prefer golfing on a golf course, make sure you have the right driving range equipment too.

 

 

Low End vs High End Golf Balls

Every level of golfer has come to ask the same seemingly unknown question; is there really a difference between different golf balls? While some golfers find a ball they like and use it for their entire golf careers, changing up the type of ball you use may actually be worth it. Here we are going to cover features of low and high end golf balls tohelp you get an idea on what you might do. 

Higher end golf balls can range from $50 dollars per dozen and higher. Professionals all have their favorites and that is easy enough to look up online but there are some key features that will give you an idea about these higher end balls. 

They often have a urethane cover which feels like rubber which means that they can easily take on damage because of the softer exterior. More damage means more replacement which can increase overall cost. However, these balls generate more spin because of the often multi layered construction that maximizes control. 

Lower end golf balls can be as cheap as $10- $15 per dozen and are much more durable because of a harder exterior material. This material is often Surlyn lonomer, resulting in a sharp yet short clicking sound when hit. These balls almost always are mde of two pieces, an inner core and outer later which means the ball will go far, but there is a complete lack of control. 

For beginners who are just learning the sport, focus should be on hitting the ball straight and getting used to the swinging motion. Lower end balls are great for this because of their lack of spin and easy replaceability. 

Serious golfers who already have the control needed, investing in more expensive balls could up their game, allowing for practice with curves etc. 

Whichever level of ball you go with, practicing and consistency are key to figuring out which type of ball works best for you. See more about our driving range supplies or even miniature golf supplies on our website.

 

 

Basic Golf Etiquette

As with many sports, there are certain unspoken rules that players should follow and golf is no exception. We have highlighted several important rules that you should be following on the course to make your day, and those you play with more enjoyable. 

 

First on the list is a classic, do not show up late. Golf is often an all day affair and requires planning and booking. Not only are the members on your roster expecting you to show up on time, but the course and other groups who are playing expect you to arrive on time. If anything, be at least 10 minutes early giving you time to stretch and hang out before hitting the course. 

 

Cursing, throwing your clubs aside and giving out unwanted golf advice are ways to not only make your group uncomfortable but also the other players on the course. Take a breath and move on, golf is supposed to be a fun activity and your sourness can permeate the whole group.

 

A violation of golf course decorum that can also be dangerous is hitting the golf ball into the group ahead of you. A more simple matter of etiquette is not stepping on someone else’s line. Avoiding crossing the line between a player and the hole is just good manners. 

 

Playing from the championship tee box when you do not compete professionally or consistently average under 85 only delays the game for others. You know your skill level, own it and try to get better by properly playing, not by showing off. 

 

Golf is a fun way to exercise and get outside so make sure that it is enjoyable for everyone and yourself. Having the right golf course equipment and driving range equipment can make all the difference along with following these basic rules of etiquette.

 

 

Parts of a Golf Course

Every golf course has a different layout, features, and challenges. However, understanding the basic parts of a golf course will help you adapt to each course. We will be breaking down the 5 major parts of any golf course to give you a basic understanding of what to expect. 

 

Tee- Each hole begins on a close cut area of grass, known as the tee. The majority of courses have several tee boxes that allow players to choose their starting point depending on their skill level. 

 

Fairway- Finding the fairway is essential to becoming a great golfer. Identifiable based on the short cut grass, the fairway is located between the tee box and the green. Don’t forget to pay attention to the different types of grass, different shots may prove to be more useful. 

 

Rough- The longer cut area of grass that surrounds the fairway and green should be avoided. The grass on this part of the course is usually longer, requiring you to use more club. 

 

Green- Players putt once they reach the green where the hole is located. The grass dictates a lot of what level of power to use while putting so make sure to check if it is wet or dry. The conditions largely depend on the conditions of the overall course. 

 

Hazards- Lakes, creeks, ponds, or any place marked with yellow or red stakes are hazards. If the ball is found there and can be played, go for it. However, if it cannot, you take a one stroke penalty. A note on sand traps, they are also considered to be hazards but they can be hit out of with no penalty. 

 

Now that you understand a little more about what to look for on a golf course, make sure you have the right golf accessories and driving range equipment to set you up for success.

 

 

5 Great Snacks to Eat While Golfing

Keeping your energy up while playing golf is very important. Along with the amount of exercise you are getting by playing, the sun is also there, draining you of energy. Here is a list of 5 great snacks to eat while golfing that will keep you energized. 

  1. Energy Bars- With so many types of bars available now, there is something for everyone. Finding a bar that is made out of natural ingredients helps to keep you full while playing. They are easy to slip into the pocket of your golf bag or to keep on hand in the cart.

  2. Trail mix- Having a healthy mix of different nuts like almonds, walnuts, or cashews is easy to make at home or find in a store. Leave the sugary bits out though, you don’t want to crash while playing and mess up your score. 

  3. Beef Jerky- A classic choice due to being high in protein, beef jerky is a great snack to keep on you. Finding a low sodium option is another way to keep you from getting dehydrated and playing at your best. 

  4. Veggies- Best prepped at home and brought in a cooler, fresh vegetables are a crunchy snack that can be enjoyed by themselves or with a dip like hummus. Carrots, celery, and even broccoli are perfect choices. 

  5. Water- While it may not be as satisfying as the other snacks on this list, staying hydrated is the #1 best thing you can do for yourself while on the golf course, especially when playing during the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its highest. 

Giving your body the best fuel is how to keep and maintain your spirits as you play. You might even cut a few strokes off, what could be better! For the quality golfing supplies and golf course accessories, we have a range of items for any level golfer.

 

 

Choosing the Right Golf Bag

A golf bag is one of the most important tools a golfer can have. They help the clubs not tangle, making the grips last longer, and extracting the right club is easier during play. We will be looking at several different types of golf bags to help you determine which bag might be right for you. 

 

Staff Bag- If you are lucky enough to have someone carry around your bag while on the course, this heavy duty bag offers a little more club protection but should only be used by professionals who regularly compete in high-level tournaments. 

 

Cart Bags- These bags were designed to be put on the back of a golf cart and feature a recognizable single strap that offers support as they are carried around. They are generally lightweight yet still have forward facing pockets and storage compartments for your clubs. 

 

Stand Bags- The name gives it away, these bags have a built in stand that can be pulled out providing security as you play. Stand bags can vary in style and weight but are generally no more than 7-8 pounds making them easy to take around the course. 

 

Carry Bags- Want to sneak away for a little morning golf? Carry bags are ideal for this because they are the most compact bags that are easy to carry. They are designed to have the bare minimum you need to play but still hold everything together. 


What is the most important regardless of the type of bag is pockets, pockets, pockets. All of these bags have a pocket somewhere and it is always a good idea to have extra space for your keys, wallet etc to keep everything with you on the course. Your golf bag is a representation of your personality as well so have fun with the colors and style as well. For driving range equipment and golf course accessories, we are ready to work with you.

Exercise Tips for Golfers

Many non-golfers tend to think of the sport as rather sedentary. Nothing can be further from the truth. Golfers, especially those who have not played in a while, know that it can be quite challenging to play an entire 18 hole round of golf. Thus, your entire golf game can be greatly determined by your level of fitness. Here are some tips that will you keep in good physical condition and help you to be a better golfer.
First, you will need to improve your flexibility while at the same time you will also need to improve your strength in order to be in the best condition for the sport. This means that you will want to emphasize exercises that build lean muscle over bulky muscles. You can do this by working with lower weights. This will allow you to improve your muscle strength in order to make those long driving shots. Our best advice: Resist the urge to lift weights that are heavier than 10 pounds. This will usually result in bulky muscles rather than lean ones.
Next, you should be sure that you are in good aerobic condition. Golf may be a rather slow moving sport, but it does typically involve great amounts of walking. The best way to do this is to add walking and/or jogging to your workout routine. If you do not, you may begin to experience back or leg pain while you are playing and become fatigued.
Stretching also helps when it comes to golfing. You should not only add stretching to your at-home (or gym) workout routine, you should also remember to stretch both before, while and after your golf game. This will help you prevent some common injuries related to the sport.
Finally, as you are playing golf it is very important to remember that you are often out in the very hot sun. For this reason, golfers should always keep an ample supply of water with them in order to remain well hydrated during the game. If you become overheated or dehydrated, it will start to hinder your game. This is important no matter what type of exercise you are doing or what kind of sport you are undertaking.
Ultimately, a bit of carefully planned and executed exercise can go a long way towards helping you to improve your golf game. So too can the right equipment. We have a complete line of quality golf course accessories and miniature golf supplies that will ensure you are always properly equipped while you are on the course.