How to Arrange Clubs in a Golf Bag

By Steve Silverman

Arranging clubs correctly in your golf bag will give you easy access to your equipment and show your playing partners that you know how your bag should look when you begin your round. Many golfers think it's good enough just to throw their clubs in the bag and start their round of golf. However, that's not the case. There is a spot for each club in the bag and a way to organize it correctly.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Put your driver, 3-, 4- and 5-woods in the top section of your bag. You will notice that the bag is divided into three sections. Your woods and your putter go in the top section. It doesn't matter that your "woods" are probably made of metal. They are still called "woods" and go in the top section.
Step 2
Use the middle section of your bag for your long and medium irons. Those clubs include the 2-, 3-, 4-, 5- and 7-irons. These clubs are used from the fairway or rough as well as some tee shots.
Step 3
Use the bottom section of your golf bag for your 8- and 9-irons, along with your pitching wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge. If you have a gap wedge, put this club in the section with your short irons as well. These are clubs you will use when you are ready to hit approach shots to the green.
Step 4
Put a 1-iron and a 6-iron in the section with your medium irons. Most golfers don't have these clubs, but some do. The 1-iron can be used off the tee or off a fairway that is in excellent condition. A 6-iron is often looked at as a "duplicate" club because there is so little difference between it and the 5- and 7-irons.
Step 5
Remember that the rules will not allow your to have more than 13 clubs in your bag. The introduction of the gap wedge and the lob wedge have forced many golfers to remove one medium iron and one wood from their bags.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure the pockets on the side of your bag are stocked with golf balls and tees before you start your round.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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