Whether you are just starting out, or have been playing for many years you will have the opportunity to carry your golf bag. Even if you carry it for short distances from time to time, it’s important to know how to carry a golf bag properly. Carrying the bag improperly can lead to many injuries. If you injure your back, or anything else, you may be out of the golfing game for some time. Here are a few pointers on how to carry a golf bag so you can avoid an injury.
Why learn how to carry a golf bag?
Most courses today offer the availability of golf carts. So, why should someone learn how to carry a golf bag? While some people prefer to walk the course as a healthier option, others will still need to carry the bag from their vehicle to the course and to the golf cart. Typically, a golf bag full of clubs along with a few accessories can weigh somewhere between 15 and 25 pounds. Depending on the equipment included, they can weigh even more. Carrying a golf bag full of equipment can provide a good workout. Just like any other strenuous activity, it’s important to know how to participate without causing an injury.
Before You Load the Golf Bag
Get familiar with the golf bag before putting any equipment in it. It’s easier to make adjustments to the bag and straps while it is empty. If you are purchasing a bag, make sure it fits your body frame. Pick it up. Put the strap on the shoulder you would typically use to carry it. How does the bag sit on the strap? Make any adjustments to the strap length so it fits properly.
Loading the Bag
Once you have adjusted the strap or straps on your golf bag, you are ready to load it. Start with the heavier, longer woods. Place them in the section closest to the shoulder strap. Positioning them where the strap connects to the bag keeps the heavier clubs close to your body and make it easier to carry.
The longer irons go in the center section. Shorter irons, the putter and your shorter clubs go in the remaining section. By loading the clubs by weight, you’ll have the lighter load on the bottom. This prevents the bag from bouncing around on your shoulder while you are walking.
Now that you have the clubs arranged, add any other accessories in the pockets. Try to load them as evenly distributed around the bag as you can. Think about it like you are loading a backpack. Be sure the weight is distributed evenly to keep the bag balanced.
Using the Gold Strap
Understanding the purpose of the strap is important to learning how to carry a golf bag. The strap is necessary, and allows the bag to be carried easily around the course. Most bags include a strap, or a double strap so there’s no need to worry about it when you purchase the bag. However, over time, straps can break or they may wear out. You might choose a different type of strap. When attaching a new strap on your golf bag, make sure it is adjusted properly to avoid straining your back. Here are the steps for attaching it properly:
- Step 1 – Take the strap out of the packaging and lay it on a flat surface. Notice it has a thick, padded end containing a clip; as well as a narrow, unpadded end with another clip.
- Step 2 – Take the padded end and clip it to the ring located at the top of the golf bag. This is the part of the strap that will hand over your shoulder. It carries the brunt of the weight – which is why it is padded.
- Step 3 – Clip the other, narrow strap clip to the ring located at the bottom of the bag. This ring is often on the front of the bag. Sometimes it is on the side of the bag. However, it attaches to either position the same way.
- Step 4 – Put the bag over your shoulder to feel if it is adjusted correctly. The golf bag has a center back pad that should be aligned with the lumbar, or lower portion of the back to prevent any strain on your back. Adjust the strength to get it in the proper position.
Do I need a double strap?
It seems like a very minor issue, but having two straps rather than a single strap can make a big difference. The extra strap is beneficial if you are carrying excessive weight in the golf bag or playing on a large course. Many manufacturers recommend the double strapped bag to help prevent injury. Bags are worn similarly to a backpack with the two straps going across both shoulders. The clubs are positioned vertically. A double strap helps distribute the club’s weight evenly across the back. For some people, this means the clubs hang below the waist and cause more strain on the lower back. Larger, tour and travel bags should all have a double strap since they are heavier.
Single strap bags make it easier to access the clubs. However, all the weight is placed on one of your shoulders. A single strapped golf bag can reduce fatigue since the clubs are situated horizontally. This makes it easy to grab one with your free arm. Bags with a single strap are a good option for shorter courses.
In conclusion, it’s important to learn how to carry a golf bag to protect yourself from injury. It’s equally important to learn how to load the bag in a way that allows it to be carried easily without injury.