Recognizing course layout is key when you’re traveling and playing unfamiliar tracks. With a GPS-enabled app like Golfshot, available for iPhone and Android devices and loaded with 35,000 courses worldwide, you can decide whether to lay-up or go for it. Also offering scorekeeping and handicap tracking, it doesn’t even kill your phone’s battery.
COST: $29.99 (iTunes or Android store).
Protecting your investment when you travel should not be overlooked, as airline employees will definitely toss around your clubs. Some prefer a hard case but lugging them through airports is far from fun. This travel cover from Sun Mountain Sports eliminates an average of 22 pounds of pressure from your arms and shoulders with an innovative pop-out wheel structure and is a favorite of many road warriors.
You don’t want to be the guy that runs out of balls on the course. To that point, you may think it doesn’t make a difference what type of ball you play, but you’d be wrong. As your game improves and you begin shaping shots, spinning balls on greens and more, ball choice is imperative. And none are as consistent as the Titleist Pro v1, across the board one of the finest balls you can play. Buy extra!
COST: $45.99/dozen at Golfsmith.com.
Avid golfers understand that a great round with friends often includes good cigars, but you don’t want to be the guy who brings one for yourself (and buying at the course can be risky). Take care of your entire foursome with this airtight, watertight and crushproof travel humidor from humidorvault.com. Holding up to five cigars safely, it’s so much better than stuffing cigars in your golf bag.
If you haven’t already, you’ll play a round someday with a partner who is all about the traditional rules of golf. Even if you play often, you likely don’t know all of the intricacies. No problem. Next time there’ s a question on the course, break out the official USGA Rules of Golf Mobile App (available on Android, Blackberry and iPhone) and quell any controversy.
Traveling with your golf shoes, you want to prevent scuff marks, crushing them or worse. In this comprehensive shoe bag from Club Glove, you get a built-in shoehorn, ventilation and a limited lifetime warranty on this easily accessible and transportable accessory. With 17 personalized color options to choose from, it’s so much better than simply stuffing your shoes in other luggage.