What else should you carry in your golf bag? (Winter edition)

Thomas Tanner
Jan 06, 2020
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Last updated: 16 October 2023

It's winter and conditions are very different from the summer months. Below is a guide to the essential items you need to have in your bag get the most from your winter golf.

Which golf accessories will make winter golf much easier?
  • Lightweight stand bag
  • Warm and waterproof clothing
  • Spiked golf shoes
  • Warm winter gloves
  • Bright golf balls

Shop Winter Essentials

Lightweight Stand Bag

Conditions can get soft, wet and (sometimes) downright filthy on parts of the course during the winter. The greenkeepers sometimes have no choice but to ban buggies and trolleys to preserve the course. That might leave you having to carry your golf bag. In that circumstance, a lightweight (and waterproof) stand bag with a good rain hood is what you will need.

A great example of such a bag is the Velo 650 from Masters. Although not waterproof, this small stand bag has a 4-way divider top, ideal for taking half-sets around the course. There is also plenty of storage and pockets for everything you're going to need - large apparel side pockets, front ball pocket, and soft pocket for valuables.

What you’ll love about the Masters Velo 650 stand bag:

  • Small and lightweight
  • Plenty of storage
  • Comfortable double strap

Get yours now from £69.99

What you’ll love about the Masters Velo 650 stand bag:

  • Small and lightweight
  • Plenty of storage
  • Comfortable double strap

Get yours now from £69.99

Clothing

 Good waterproof clothing is essential. There's no point complaining about the rain, it is going to fall in the winter months, but if you're prepared for it there is absolutely no reason that it should take from your enjoyment of the game.

What should you look for in rainwear? Firstly are they completely waterproof? Look for a guarantee when buying waterproofs, the best brands will offer it. The old adage of you get what you pay for works very well in this instance.

Second, your waterproof gear needs to be such that you can still swing as required while wearing it. There's no point turning up at the course in the best North Sea fishing oilskins!

Staying warm is also important, and a functional base layer is a super winter accessory. A stretchy first layer, often with a high neck that keeps you warm yet doesn't impede your swing. The best base layers also have wicking properties that remove moisture away from the skin as you warm up and start to sweat.

Finally there the additional items such as a snood and the beanie.

What you’ll love about the FootJoy Mock Neck base layer:

  • Conforms to the body to keep warmth in
  • Designed specifically for golfers
  • Anti-Microbial technology

Get yours now from £39.99

What you’ll love about the FootJoy Mock Neck base layer:

  • Conforms to the body to keep warmth in
  • Designed specifically for golfers
  • Anti-Microbial technology

Get yours now from £39.99

Winter Golf Shoes and Cleats

The whole world of golf shoe fashion has exploded over the past number of years, and while most models work great in the summer months, in the winter, you will want to get back to basics and think functionality.

Your shoes will get wet, and they'll get dirty. So when choosing your winter golf shoes, consider pairs that again are guaranteed waterproof and have proper spikes on the sole to keep you stable during the shot with the FootJoy Tour Alpha being a great example.

What you’ll love about the FootJoy Tour Alpha golf shoes:

  • Unparalleled traction and stability
  • Immediate step-in comfort
  • 100% waterproof leather

Get yours now from £139.99

What you’ll love about the FootJoy Tour Alpha golf shoes:

  • Unparalleled traction and stability
  • Immediate step-in comfort
  • 100% waterproof leather

Get yours now from £139.99

Winter Gloves

Whether you're getting ready to play in the rain or cold there is a pair of golf gloves designed for the job. Your hands on the grip is the only connection between you and your golf club. When you lose your grip - the clubhead opens, closes, snags and all manner of nasty things ensue so you want to make sure this connection is stable and solid. 

If you're going to play in the cold (but dry) weather then a simple pair of fleece lined winter gloves will keep your hands nice and warm while you're on the course. 

If you're going to play in the rain then there are some specialist gloves which get gripper the wetter they get. Again, sold in pairs, these are a must for anyone wanting to play golf all year round.

What you’ll love about the FootJoy Rain Grip gloves:

  • Sold as a single or pair
  • Unmatched grip in the wet
  • Leather-like feel and consistent fit

Get yours now from £10.99 - £16.99

What you’ll love about the FootJoy Rain Grip gloves:

  • Sold as a single or pair
  • Unmatched grip in the wet
  • Leather-like feel and consistent fit

Get yours now from £10.99 - £16.99

Cold Weather Mitts and Hand Warmers

There's nothing worse than when your hands get so cold that your fingers freeze up. That's where a good pair of warm golf mitts are great. Hit your shot and pop your hand back into your mittens when walking down the fairway. Add a little charcoal pocket hand warmer for some additional warmth!

Other Accessories

Quality Umbrella

A good golf umbrella is an investment for life. The best ones are super stable, designed for wind and rain and have a huge canopy to keep everything dry.

Hi Vis Balls

There's nothing as infuriating in golf as when you hit a perfectly good drive down the middle, get down there and cannot see your ball. You know its there, you hit it down the middle, but there are leaves, and there is sun, and they are hiding your ball! That's where high visibility balls come into their own.

All the big brands make a high visibility version and performance-wise they are the same. A high vis ball stands out more, and if your playing partners roast you for using a yellow ball, wait until they lose their ball, and offer one of yours!

One of the best example is the Titleist Velocity. Available in four colours this ball is engineered for distance and speed and the unique dimple patter get the ball in the air easier than every to maximise carry distance. Both of which can be very helpful in the winter months.

What you’ll love about the Titleist Velocity golf balls:

  • Engineered for high speed
  • Playable greenside feel
  • High flight trajectory

Get yours now from £24.99

What you’ll love about the Titleist Velocity golf balls:

  • Engineered for high speed
  • Playable greenside feel
  • High flight trajectory

Get yours now from £24.99

Towels

Always bring 2 or 3 towels if it's wet - one for the outside of the bag to clean balls and clubs, and dry towels on the inside to keep hands, face and exposed bits dry.

Accessories Pocket

In addition to all the basic such as tees and markers we recommend you bring a stronger pitch mark repair tool in the winter as plug marks can be very big and need more attention to repair when the greens are softer.

Bring the driver adjustor tool too, just in case you want a higher ball flight off the tee when there's no run on the fairway.

Finally, winter doesn't always mean rain and a good pair of low light sunglasses should be in your bag. The sun sits lower in the sky during winter months, and it can be difficult to see and track your ball on a clear day.

Bonus Round

[Hip] Flask

Finally for the times when you're just cold through, and the group ahead are taking forever to play the par-3, don't forget your flask of coffee - or other preferred tipple - it might just be a lifesaver!

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Further reading

You'll have seen countless articles and videos detailing 'life hacks' - tips and tricks to use everyday times better and how a seemingly useless object can sometimes get you out of a bind.

Picking a new golf bag used to be a simple decision - a carry (stand) bag or a cart bag? Now, however, it seems that there are bags for more scenarios than we could ever have imagined - stand, cart, tour, pencil, and even hybrid!