In all the drama and excitement you may have forgotten about your gear. There are some very important adjustments to make and guidelines to follow
There has been an awful lot of chat about golfers and golf courses during the coronavirus pandemic, but not a lot about golf equipment. Specifically your golf equipment.
So let’s get the most obvious point out of the way. If you’re playing golf during under the lockdown guidelines set out by the governing bodies then it is imperative you use your OWN equipment. That means no sharing of anything.
I’ve laid out some guidelines of my own to make sure you don’t find yourself in a spot of bother…
Do not even touch other players’ clubs. Simple as that.
We’ve all been in that situation where we’re playing a friendly round and borrowed a putter because we left our own in our bag after finding trouble near a green. Just don’t.
Stick to your own and keep them clean. (I know you’ve got a stash of anti bacterial wipes at home already so you might as well make use of them.)
Same rules. Touch your own and no one else’s.
Don’t leave yourself in a situation where you would need to even think about touching someone else’s golf balls.
Found a Pro V1 in the woods? Great! Well, any other time it would be. Leave it there.
So make sure you have plenty of balls in your bag because the rough is going to be a bit thicker than normal. Why not use this as an opportunity to treat yourself to some new balls? It’s up to you if you’d rather look for a Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway or Srixon in the trees…
I know its tempting, particularly on a par 3, to grab a broken tee left on the tee box and use that. But that needs to stop. You have no idea who has touched them.
In fact, while we are on this point, just don’t leave broken tees on the ground full stop. Take them with you and put them in the bin when you get home.
Don’t worry if your stock is running low, you can buy shed loads of plastic or wooden ones for next to nothing. Or if you want to be more environmentally friendly why not give these 100% sustainable bamboo tees from Ocean Tee a try?
It is unlikely you will be able to hire trolleys for the foreseeable future so maybe now is time to upgrade to one of your own?
If you need to buy one here are four good options I’ve picked out: PowaKaddy FX5 (£599.99 with 18-hole battery); Motocaddy M1 (£599.99 with 18-hole battery); PowaKaddy Twinline 4 (£159.99); Motocaddy P1 (£129.99).
If they’re a bit out of your price range, try the Masters 1 Series (£28.99).
OK, not something you’d normally have in your bag but England Golf have already stated all rakes are to be removed from the course.
If you want to play your part in keeping the course neat, why not add one into your own setup? You can get full rakes for next to nothing in the supermarket and Amazon has one you can attach to the end of your club.
But remember, as with everything else, don’t let anyone else touch your rake.
Other items that won’t be available include ball cleaners so my advice would be to carry a damp towel or flannel on your bag.
Also remember all bins have to be removed from the course or covered and not used so make sure you take a bag of some sort to stash your rubbish while you play.
And don’t touch the flagsticks!
Enjoy your round. And remember: Play Safe, Stay Safe.
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