Our favorite accessories for golf
There are a few essential items you need on the golf course, clubs and balls being the most obvious in that category. And luckily, Golf Digest's Hot List and Golf Ball Hot List have got you covered on those fronts. Outside of that, there are dozens of accessories that aren’t necessarily imperative to the game, but every avid golfer should have. These items can make your life easier on the course and simultaneously spruce up your overall golf style. From golf towels to valuables pouches, here are some of our favorite golf or golf-adjacent accessories that you can buy online.
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Whether we like it or not, golf clubs are expensive. That’s why all golfers should have a set of headcovers to protect their driver, woods, hybrids, and putter (we’re going to leave iron covers out of this conversation). Those clubs are typically the priciest in the bag and are the most vulnerable to scratches and dents. Headcovers are easy to lose, but when you have an assortment of stylish and durable ones that you love, you might find that you keep track of them without fail. Investing in covers that you can put on and take off of your clubs smoothly is always a smart move. Plus, it’s fun to add personal details to your bag to help it stand out from the rest of the pack.
Belt bags aren’t an item we’d say are essential for golfers, but they sure can be helpful. The beauty of a belt bag is it can be worn in a variety of ways depending on your intended use. You can wear one traditionally and link it through your belt loops or strap it around your waist—this is a great option for golfers who may not have enough pockets to store their balls, tees, ballmarkers, and divot tools. Or, you can wear it as a crossbody bag—this styling method is perfect for the players who want to carry their personal items in a convenient and sporty way when they get to the course. Belt bags are also the perfect accessory for spectating a professional golf tournament. The lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag is by far the most popular on the market right now, but it sells out quickly. Here are several other options that are just as practical.
All golfers should have a trusty towel draped over their bag or clipped to the side of it at all times. A quick wipe of your clubface after every shot will save you hours of club cleaning—don’t be that person that lets three weeks of gunk build up on your 7 iron. It can actually impact your ball striking! A good towel attaches to your bag easily and has a soft texture that won’t scratch your clubs. Waffled towels, like the ClubGlove microfiber one, help reach the smallest nooks and corners of your irons and retain water nicely.
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It isn’t difficult for your golf bag to turn into a jumbled mess of miscellaneous items if you don’t organize it properly. Plus, sometimes there are just too many pockets to keep track of, and important items can go missing easily. We recommend that every golfer should have a durable valuables pouch to keep their phone, wallet, watch, and keys in while they play. It’s also a good place to store smaller souvenirs, scorecards, or other sentimental items from special rounds. Whether a zipped bag or a drawstring, a high-quality valuables pouch can last you years if you invest in the right one.
Golf gloves are as much a necessity as they are an opportunity to add a fun detail to your golf outfit. You can’t go wrong with a standard tour-grade glove option from FootJoy, Titleist, or Taylormade. They’ll prevent blisters and give you that additional grip that you’re looking for in a glove. But if you want to take things one step further, there are fashionable golf gloves out there, like these from G/FORE and Vice Golf.