Beginner sets, which consist of a golf bag and all basic clubs, are ideal for the amateur golfer with an average stature.
Each golfer may take up to 14 clubs with him on round. The distinction is made between woods (for tee off and driving), irons (for fairway play) and a putter (for putting on the green). Many newcomers first decide to carry half a set of clubs.
A basic set includes a putter, sand wedge, pitching wedge, irons 6 to 9 and a 5-wood. A driver is not necessarily included in the set. The shorter the golf club, the better it is for beginners. Therefore, most advanced players recommend not using the driver, which is the longest of the bunch, until a certain quality of skill has been developed.
For the novice, when it comes to golf balls, quantity definitely outweighs quality. It requires experience to note the differences between more expensive and basic balls. And, it takes just as long to limit the number of balls lost per round. As a player becomes more proficient, he or she can opt for the more expensive and usually more difficult balls to play.
In order to know where the ball ended up on the green, the so-called markers are used. Players use them to mark the spot before they pick up the ball, for example, to clear the path for other players. Some might also use a coin.
Balls are often hit in a high arc (pitch) onto the green. When it hits the green, a small depression (pitch mark) is often created which would make the green uneven and hinder other players from putting. A two-pronged fork, the pitch-fork, should therefore always be included in the golf bag for repairing the pitch marks.
Finally, players carry long and short tees in their bags. Tees are small pegs, usually made of wood, which are inserted into the ground at the tee off. The ball is laid on top of the tee and thereby slightly raised so that it can be hit more easily.