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How to Arrange Golf Clubs in a Bag

There are unlimited rules in Golf related to dress code and etiquette, but you would find very few regarding the golf equipment. I am not highlighting the kind of equipment you should carry but learning how to arrange golf clubs in a bag is also very important.

Arranging your golf clubs may seem like a simple concept but with a variety of golf bags in the market today it can be a little overwhelming. Fortunately, there is a proper way to organize your golf bag, making it easier to carry and prevent damage.

So, keep reading to learn all about organizing your golf bag and other accessories you need to carry in your bag.

Arrange a Golf Bag-What you need to know

The very first step in organizing a golf bag is to understand the kind of bag you have. For example, if you have a carry or hybrid bag, they mostly have four to five compartments for your clubs. On the other hand, if you have a cart bag then it’s much better for storage having 14 individual dividers for each of your clubs. And in case you own some expensive aftermarket shafts then you should definitely go for a cart bag.

Now, regardless of the type of bag you have, there is one general rule to arrange golf clubs; longest to shortest clubs. Let’s break it down for you!

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Woods and Putter at the top

The upper portion of your bag should have drivers, fairway woods, and Putter so that their shafts are safe from damage. The shafts of these clubs are made up of graphite, therefore, it’s important to prevent them from scratching against other steel clubs. Moreover, there are some that even cost above $300 so you definitely don’t want to lose a lot of money.

Mid and Short Irons in the middle

Next comes the mid and short Irons. These clubs are in the middle of a golf bag. For example, if you have a 4, 5, and 6 Iron club then the 4-Iron goes in the middle-left side of the bag, then comes the 5-Iron, and finally the 6-Iron.

Short clubs at the bottom

Finally, the bottom area of your golf bag has the shortest of clubs like short Irons and Wedges. Just like Irons, they should be organized in a left-to-right manner.

Don’t forget the headcover

Now, that you have organized your clubs don’t forget to put on headcovers. This is because if your club heads are rattling around all day, it will damage your clubs. Plus, it’s very annoying to hear them hitting against each other all the time.

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Steps to organizing your Golf Bag

Step 1: Empty your Golf Bag

First of all, you need to clear your bag of everything. This helps free up additional space as the stuff you don’t even need is removed from the bag.

Step 2: List down Essential/Non-Essential Equipment

Now, in this step, you separate the things you need such as golf clubs, balls, and gloves, and remove the damaged equipment. This helps create more room for organizing your golf bag effectively.

Step 3: Clean the Contents

In the third step, you are going to clean the gear that will go into your bag. Don’t forget to wipe your bag from inside as well.

Step 4: Arrange your Golf clubs

This is the most important step because in this you are going to place your clubs neatly in their respective places. Just keep in mind the general rule of placing the clubs from the longest to the shortest.

Step 5: Organize the remaining accessories

The front and side pockets of the golf bag are for keeping balls, tees, markers, and gloves. It’s important that you keep all the important stuff in the easy-to-reach front pockets. While you can keep all the extra stuff such as sunglasses and refreshments in the side pockets.

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Golf Accessories

  • Rain gear
  • Umbrella
  • Towel
  • Golf tees
  • Ball markers
  • Golf club brush
  • Launch monitor
  • Rangefinder
  • Golf watch
  • Divot tool
  • Rain hood
  • Golf gloves
  • Batteries or chargers


No, this is because the putter is included in the 14 clubs. Therefore, there are no extra clubs allowed in a golf bag.

It’s not important to buy the same brand of clubs. Instead, you should always look for those that best suit your skills. So, unless you are a sponsored player it does not really make sense to choose all of your clubs from the same brand.

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