10 Most Essential Golf Accessories

From the simple wooden tee to the high-tech distance measuring device

If you had to pare down the contents of your golf bag to the bare essentials, what are the accessories you just have to keep in there? Sam Tremlett runs through the 10 most essential bits of extra golfing kit.

With so many items of golfing equipment on the market today, it’s possible to take a golf bag onto the course crammed full of more kit than the average Artic Explorer would pack for a 12-week expedition. Whether you’re trolleying or carrying, it’s good to be prepared but there’s no need to overdo it. Here are the 10 most essential golf accessories that every player should always have to hand... Leading neatly on to:

Rain glove/s

Srixon Rain Glove

Not all golfers wear a glove in normal conditions but all will benefit from being in possession of a rain glove, or a pair of rain gloves, when the weather turns wet. Without this innovative product, your grips are liable to become like cylindrical bars of soap after the heavens have opened. Simply holding on to the club through the swing will be an achievement, let alone making a reasonable pass at the ball. A good rain glove actually becomes more grippy as it gets wetter meaning you can focus on the usual worries: ‘Don’t duff it,’ ‘Don’t shank it’ and ‘Don’t miss it,’ without the fear of premature club release clouding your thoughts.

White wooden tees

It’s crazy to venture onto the golf course without a goodly supply of white wooden tees in your pouch. Yes, there are various novelty tees out there that purport to help you achieve more consistency or a better ball flight, but if you watch The Open Championship, how many of them do you see on show? By all means try a new teeing option, but make sure you have those little white wooden ones as tried and tested back-up.

Golf pencil

Do you know anyone with a magic pencil?

How oft heard is this utterance on the 1st tee in the Saturday Medal: “Sorry, but could I borrow a pencil?” Don’t be the one to have to say it – Make sure you have a few pencils mixed in with those white wooden tees.

Pitch fork

repair a pitch mark

If you don’t have one of these in your pocket when you tee off for any round; you are a bad person. It doesn’t matter what standard or type of golfer you are; you will make pitch marks. You are also certainly capable of repairing pitch marks, whether you’ve made one or not. If every golfer repaired one pitch mark on every green, there would be no more visible pitch marks to contend with.


Open umbrella

Another one for those unexpected rain showers that are prone to test us in this country. It might only last for a few minutes and, if you’ve got a brolley you can quickly sling up, you’ll avoid a soaking that could otherwise have left you feeling decidedly miserable for the rest of the round.

Dark coloured towel

Woven Jacquard Bag Towel

You’ve got to clean your balls and it’s always best to do this on a dark towel so the evidence is less obvious. Yes, a white towel will do the job and this is what the pros generally use. But they’ve got a caddy to wash the towel after every round and you don’t. A dark towel can keep functioning with brown streaks on it as they’ll be camouflaged so as to save your blushes. Also when the weather takes a turn keep some more towels in your bag to use sporadically throughout the round. Keeping those grips dry is of paramount importance.

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Peaked cap


It might not be sunny when you set off but if the clouds part mid-round you’ll be grateful of something to provide your delicate face and noggin with a little shade. It might also just help you see where exactly that errant shot into the sun ended up.... Although you might rather not know!

Distance measuring device


This wouldn’t have made the list 10 years ago as we were all still able to use our eyes. But, much like the mobile device has taken away our ability to recall any fact or figure without furious googling, the “DMD” has totally destroyed our confidence in judging distance. 25 years ago most golfers could look at anything in the near distance and make a good estimate of how far away it was. Now we stand on a fairway staring blankly at the pin, unsure if we need a wedge or a 5-iron until we get some concrete evidence to guide us. Be it a laser or a GPS, the distance measuring device has become a crucial tool.

Marker pen


Marking your golf ball is important so you can identify it if and when you hit a bad shot. A pen takes up no room in your bag, so get one in there!

Water bottle


Whether you’ve purchased it in the pro-shop or filled up a “Bidon,” Tour de France style, it’s important to stay hydrated over a four-hour round of golf. Even if it isn’t a hot day, you’ll become more tired and lose concentration if you don’t drink enough water. Also, if you’re playing with a filthy hangover, it could just save your life.