This is a question that I often ask myself at the start of every golf season. I like to carry my golf clubs and generally do in the spring and fall of each year. I find it physically challenging to carry my clubs during the heat of the summer and so, I use my push cart during those days. However, it is a question that is often asked and I have found the definitive answer from The Golf Guru, Mark Crossfield! I hope his answer finally puts to bed this lingering question.
There you have it! the definitive answer is: IT DEPENDS! I guess I cannot be more clear than this; The Golf Guru has spoken!
All kidding aside, the real answer to this question can only be answered by you. Whether you carry, use a push/electric cart, or ride there is no wrong answer. It is personal thing that is determined by your situation. Regardless of which mode of toting your clubs you choose, make sure you are physically capable of doing so. Being exhausted or causing injury from over exertion is dangers for your golf game. Having said that, my preference is always to carry if I can.
I like to carry my clubs because I feel I connected to my golf game. As I walk along the course I get a sense of tranquility from being closer to nature. This might sound a bit crazy, but I play better golf because I am mentally calm. Additionally, I walk less steps because take the most direct route to my ball; hence I have more energy down the stretch to finish strong. On a side note, every round where I broke par – I was carrying my clubs! Gives me something to think about.
When I do carry my clubs, I lighten my bag by not carrying anything more than I need. I generally carry about 8 golf balls, water, a towel, some tees, my range finder, and an umbrella (if required). I make sure I put plenty of sunscreen on before playing to eliminate have to carry some during my round.
I do not carry if it looks like rain or if it is too hot. I find the extra stuff needed to ensure I am comfortable is more than what I want to carry. That extra few pounds does make a difference over the space of 4 hours.
I know this is not a new topic, but it is the time of year when I start thinking about the start of golf season and carrying my clubs. Fortunately this year, I started training about a month ago. I should be stronger at the beginning of the season and this will make my decision to carry that much easier.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!