Posted By Vincent Goldman on November 11, 2014
Golf bags are an essential part of playing golf. Most country clubs will not admit anyone without the proper golf attire and golfing materials. Golf bags contain the golf clubs, golf balls, shirts, spare shoes, beverages and other essentials like cellphones, wallets and keys. They reflect much about the player and his preference when playing golf.
A Brief History
Golf is quite an old sport. It dates back to the 13th century in Scotland. During that time, players simply bind a cord around their golf clubs. Most players do not even have more than 1 golf club. Early golf clubs were made of wood. As time progressed, golf developed and clubs needed to be specialized. Rules of Gold also started to develop. It was only in the 1900s when the first bag intended to carry golf clubs were made. These were made from canvas with metal ends to maintain its shape. The opening was only a mere 4 inches without dividers inside. In 1939, the USGA Rules of Golf set the 14-club rule for golf. This means that each golfer can bring a maximum of 14 golf clubs with them. The Rules of Golf also set the standards on how golf clubs should look. Early golf bags were made from vinyl and cotton, thus they are heavier and less durable. In the seventies, the first golf bag made from nylon was made available to the public. Nylon is more durable and lightweight than cotton. Sun Mountain was the first manufacturer of bags as you know them today. Their designs were copied and set as standard for making bags for golf. In 1986, Sun Mountain released a version with retractable legs, thus creating stand bags.
Aside from wheels and legs, most golf bags are waterproof and are made from lightweight materials. The strap for carry bags and stand bags must be carefully and ergonomically designed to distribute the weight of the bag and golf clubs. The goal is to distribute the weight to the lower body to simulate weightlessness.
Although golf bags are not expensive, they will not remain in good condition if the golfer is not careful with them. They can only serve you a purpose as long as they are in their good shape. Because golf is an outdoor sport, your bag will be exposed to weather extremes such as prolonged heat exposure and rain. To take care of your bag, make sure to keep them away from direct sunlight. You can also purchase golf umbrella that you can attach to your bag. Golf umbrellas are available in 2 kinds. The first one resembles an ordinary umbrella with a special attachment on the handle so they can be attached to the bag even while the bag is strapped on your shoulders. The second kind is smaller in diameter but has a deeper canopy to cover the golf bag. Golf umbrellas are sometimes attached to a telescopic shaft. The shaft of the umbrella can be bent to protect the golf bag from varying angles. Golf umbrellas are especially designed to protect the golf bag while allowing easy access to the golf clubs.
Always clean you golf bag before storing it. Wipe off any moisture, debris and dirt. Store your golf bag in a cool, dry place. Mold and mildew can grow on your golf bag so make sure to clean and dry the contents as well. If you will not be using your golf bag for a while, it is advisable to drape a garbage bag over it to protect it from external particulates and moisture.