How to Arrange Clubs in a Golf Bag

Written by nichole liandi
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Knowing how to arrange your clubs in a golf bag may seem like an unimportant topic to some, but quickly and easily finding the right club when you're golfing will take much of the uncertainty and stress out of the game for you. Whether you're carrying only a few "sticks," or you've got a full bag, here's a sure-fire method that will keep you organised throughout your round.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Take all the clubs out of your golf bag and lay them out on the ground.

  2. 2

    Sort the clubs into two piles, the irons (those with a metal-bladed head), and the woods (those with the larger, more nearly-oval heads). "Woods" is a misnomer of course--nearly all woods are made of metal these days.

  3. 3

    Arrange the clubs by length in their two separate piles. You'll notice that the higher the number, the shorter the club. For example, a 5-wood is shorter than a 3-wood. There will be some clubs that don't have a number, for example the pitching and sand wedges (PW and SW). Just arrange them by length.

  4. 4

    Examine the top opening of your golf bag. You'll notice that it's divided into several sections, usually six in a larger bag. Hold the bag upright, with the strap closest to you.

  5. 5

    Start filling the bag with clubs, starting in the section furthest away from you. Start with the woods, and place them in longest first, going left to right.

  6. 6

    Place in the irons, again placing the longest clubs in first, going left to right across the bag. Divide the clubs up so you have a roughly equal number in each section of the bag's opening as you go. This arrangement will give you a logical set-up for your clubs, and keep the longest clubs furthest from your body as you carry the bag.

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