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How Many Golf Clubs Can You Carry In A Set?

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In the amazing game of golf, you are allowed to carry a lot of pieces of equipment. A lot. But how much equipment can you carry?

There are so many clubs in a golfer’s back, and if you are a beginner, you may wonder: how many golf clubs can you carry in a set?

In this article, we will tell you exactly how golf clubs you can carry in a set or golf bag, as well as other unusual rules concerning what you can carry.

How Many Golf Clubs Can You Carry In A Set?

You can carry up to 14 golf clubs in your set or golf bag. You can carry as few as 1 golf club in your golf bag. Any combination of legal golf clubs in your bag is permitted. Carrying more than 14 golf clubs in your set or bag results in penalties against your score.

In the game of golf, you can only carry up to a maximum of 14 golf clubs in your golf set or bag. However, you can carry fewer than 14 golf clubs in your bag if you wish.

The minimum of golf clubs you can carry in your golf bag is 1. Without a golf club, you could not hit the golf ball.

In your golf bag or set, you can use any combinations of clubs you want, whether that is a standard bag configuration, or something crazy like carrying 14 putters or drivers.

You should pick a combination of golf club types that allows you to get an edge in each situation on the course. Ideally, no two golf clubs you selected have exactly the same use cases because one of them would then be redundant. Instead, you should get varied golf club types in your golf bag.

For example, do not carry 2 putters because you only really ever need one of them. By having 2 putters, you are losing out on the opportunity of adding a different, uniquely useful golf club to your golf bag.

An important note to understand is that you can only carry legal golf clubs (obviously). Illegal golf clubs may have club heads that are too big or heavy (club heads cannot exceed 460 cubic centimeters in volume). Other clubs can become illegal due to dangerous modifications, and more.

In golf, if you are caught playing with too many clubs (more than 14), or you expose yourself for the mistake, you get a 2 stroke penalty on your score for each hole played while carrying too many clubs.

However, you cannot lose more than 4 strokes in total against your score through infraction of this rule. Therefore, you could technically carry over 100 golf clubs in your bag and only take a 4 stroke penalty (assuming you are strong enough to carry 100 clubs).

If you do realize you are carrying too many clubs during tournament play, you need to tell another player or a rules official that you committed a violation.

Next, clearly show which golf club(s) you are removing from play. You can put that club upside down in your golf bag to indicate it is removed from play.

Another important thing to note is that you can only use your own golf clubs. This means that you cannot swap golf clubs with other players, even if the trade keeps your total number of golf clubs carried under 14.

A very interesting part of the rules of golf is that you can add golf clubs to your bag during a round of golf, provided you have less than 14. This could be a strategy to account for unexpected conditions, or to give you inspiration in the middle of a bad round of golf.

Finally, you cannot replace a golf club in your golf bag with a new one unless the club in your set breaks through natural forces or exterior influence. For example, if a crazy spectator runs onto the course and snaps your golf club in half, you can replace that club.


There you go! After reading this article, you have discovered that you can only carry between 1 and 14 golf clubs in your golf bag.

Carrying more than the maximum amount of golf clubs will land you some serious stroke penalties against your score. You also learned a few others specificities about the rules of golf concerning club count.

Which golf clubs do you like to carry in your golf bag? Let us know in the comments down below!

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