If you are a golfer and considering purchasing a new car, one of the main considerations is often the size of the boot space.
Whilst this isn’t always the be-all and end-all, it usually isn’t an ideal situation when you have to place your golf bag with your muddy irons on top of your passenger seats. If you are a golfer and considering purchasing a new car, one of the main considerations is often the size of the boot space. Whilst this isn’t always the be-all and end-all, it usually isn’t an ideal situation when you have to place your golf bag with your muddy irons on top of your passenger seats.
Today’s cars are often made to be efficient and streamlined, which can often mean that boot space is minimal. Of course, a car needs to look good but it also needs to have a degree of practicality, which is really important for golfers in particular. Typically, a golfer will need a boot size of approximately 208 litres with a width of 130cm, based on data from the average golf bag and trolley. On average, the volume of a golf bag is 40cm x 40cm x 130cm = 208 litres. When you buy or rent a car, you will have to consider that the boot would have to be wide enough to ensure that the maximum sized club (48”/122cm) will fit in comfortably. Another 180cm would be needed for a golf trolley. To make your life a little easier, we have created a round-up of cars to avoid if you are a golf fanatic.
HERE ARE THE TOP 10 WORST CARS FOR GOLFERS...
Price:£26,000 - £38,000
Boot Size: 335 litres with the roof on; 280 litres with the roof off. The shape of the lip and the awkward hump under the roof make it awkward to place with your equipment in the vehicle. Will certainly look good next to the 19th hole, but it simply isn’t practical for a golfer.
Price:£10,000 - £18,000
Boot Size: Although the car benefits from a 276 litre boot and a wide-opening lip, a set of clubs and a trolley would have to enter in from an angle. By folding down the seats, a set of clubs and trolley would comfortably fit, but wouldn’t balance as the seats don’t fold fully flat.
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Advice for protecting your equipment
Golf equipment can be costly so it’s important that you look after it to ensure its longevity. Regardless of what car you drive, you should adhere to a few basic principles when you transport your golf equipment.
Protecting your car
- To avoid any damage to your car, you should place a material sheet in your boot. This will also help to avoid any dirt transferring from your clubs.
Protecting your clubs
– You should ensure that head covers are used on appropriate clubs. Golf equipment is costly so they must be looked after with care. You should consider using a travel bag on long journeys.
- The positioning of your golf clubs may depend on the size of your boot. You may have to angle them diagonally. Ensure that your bag is gently laid on the floor of your boot and isn’t in a dangerous, upright position.
The do's and dont's of transportation
Ensure that clubs are laid flat Remove any objects from the boot which could damage your equipment After your round, wash your clubs and trolley at the golf club before you place them in your vehicle Ensure that your trolley is fully collapsed Check to see if all zips and pockets are fastened
If you place your clubs on the back seat, ensure that they are fixed down and are unable to move during transit Avoid stacking your clubs vertically Avoid a heavy bag. You could potentially scratch your car if you are unable to life your bag Avoid packing any liquids and foods. They have the potential to get squashed and leak Don’t forget your travel bag if you are planning a long journey!
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