As you can see, there are lot of features packed into this lightweight model. One of my favorites things about this one is that it weighs less than the models listed above. It’s the most durable golf stand bag I’ve seen that is lightweight at less than 5 pounds total weight when empty. It’s also nice that this is a very versatile golf bag since it has a base that is compatible with carts. The two full-length dividers are also nice, but could be better.
As you can see, this one has a LOT going for it. Not only does it have dividers for each club, but they are full length which means no tangling of the clubs! The straps on this one are probably one of the most comfortable that I’ve ever come across. They have a foam core with an ergonomic design and then this soft mesh extra padding that really makes it comfortable to wear while walking the course. And it has the standard hip pad that most of the bags like that come with. One of the surprising features here is that it has an e-trolley base system, which means that you can easily use this model with a push cart (if that interests you).
If you intend on carrying your gear out on the course, then weight should be one of your primary concerns. The last thing that you want to do is wrench your back out there just from carrying around your clubs. Even if you intend to use a push or pull cart, you will still want to go with something that is not too heavy. We suggest going with the most lightweight bag that you can find that has all of the other features that you want in one of these.
Pockets included are: water-resistant valuables, oversized garment, and an insulated beverage pocket which will hold a large water bottle. The 5-way top has full-length dividers to keep clubs from jumbling together and there is also a lift handle for easy transport. Check out the Cobra 2017 Megalite Bag if you’re looking for an even lighter one — it weighs just 3.5 pounds.
Golf bags used to be so easy to understand—it was a cart or carry bag, and that was pretty much it. Today, there are a number of sub-categories designed to address the needs of pretty much any golfer. One thing our 13 Editors’ Choice bags (spread over six categories) have in common, however, is practicality for the segment of golfer they were intended for.
Once you know the type of golf bag that you’re shopping for, it is a good idea to consider which features are most important to you. As you compare the different brands and models that are available on the market, you will notice that you can find pretty much any feature you want in any type of bag. But availability does vary from one model to the next. So, let’s take a look at some of the features that we consider to be the most important and you’ll be able to determine what makes a good golf bag for you.
Sun Mountain pioneered the waterproof golf bag and the H2No Lite was awarded Best Waterproof Golf Bag for 2018. Constructed with the same waterproof technology as Sun Mountain rainwear, the H2NO Lite has high-quality YKK, waterproof  zippers and sealed seams, plus the fabric is coated on both sides with a waterproof coating. The H2NO Lite is a mid-sized stand bag that provides complete waterproof protection and is perfect for the golfer who doesn’t let a little bit of rain spoil a round of golf.
We recommend not carrying it fully loaded the first few times you play, just so you can get a feel for its weight before filling it with all of your clubs. The Titleist Mid-Size bag weighs about 10 pounds before you place any clubs or other gear inside it. That weight adds up quickly over 18 holes.
Show off your team pride with the highly-versatile NCAA Fairway Golf Stand Bag. The lightweight bag comes in your favorite school’s colors and features team logos in numerous spots. Highlighted by a 14-way top with full-length dividers, each of your clubs will have a separate well to keep them protected as well as easily-accessible.
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The TaylorMade Purelite Stand Bag is a cheaper stand bag alternative that comes to us from the trusted TaylorMade brand. This stand bag offers a five way dividing top with handle for the easy movement and full length dividers that help protect each and every club. In order to fight gravity this bag utilizes anti-split stand system that ensures the pop out legs will never fold under the pressure.
The Sun Mountain Golf Sync Cart Bag offers individualized, 15 way dividers for your entire set of clubs. This cart bag also takes it a step farther by offering an individually integrated putter compartment. This bag is optimized to work its best while riding on the back of a golf cart. The top of this golf bag has two utility handles built in for ease of use and faster handling. Overall this bag has a total of nine different pockets.
During the 1920s, experienced golfers and their caddies took to using custom-made bags to tote a full arsenal of clubs. Motorized carts were added into the mix a few decades later, rendering it much easier for even the most out-of-shape golfers to enjoy a full day on the links.
Featuring a durable material and a padded top to protect your valuable sticks, this wheeled cover will have you zipping in and out of the airport with ease. Stop playing with rental sets that do not fit you and are in bad condition, bring your set along on your next golf trip with the Orlimar Traveler 4.0.
The PING Golf Men’s Hoofer Bag packs a ton of functionality into a lightweight design making ideal for both course walkers and those who ride carts. At just five pounds, the bag contains 12 pockets, but still manages to keep the bulk off. There are pockets for valuables, phones, beverages, accessories (tees, balls, ball markers, etc.), and gear.
If you’re the type of golfer who prefers to carry their own clubs, then a stand bag is the perfect choice for you. Just like the name implies, it comes with a durable stand so that you can prop it up on the ground when you’re ready to tee off. The legs are not intrusive and basically just pop out to prop it up and then they easily retract once you pick the bag back up to carry it to the next hole. This type is larger than a carry bag but smaller than a cart bag. You can put a full set of clubs in one of these and they usually have the top divider systems. This type typically weighs somewhere around four to five pounds empty, but some models are even more lightweight than that.
Hard bags are made of a tough, high-end waterproof material. Soft bags are made of a Cordura material with water-resistant nylon, 200 Denier polyester, or some other material that takes a beating. Both the hard cases and the soft versions are made to prevent damage from being thrown around by airport baggage handlers and are approved by the Transit Security Administration.
The TaylorMade 2017 Flextech Crossover Stand Bag is ideal for both walkers and cart users. The soft double strap system makes carrying easy and light and includes a quick release which detaches the straps when you want it to fit securely in a cart. It packs a lot of others features into a bag that weighs just 5.5 pounds. The new Flextech Stand System has a 14-way top with full-length dividers so you’re clubs won’t clank or tangle, a rarity on a bag so light.
During the mid-16th Century, Archbishop Hamilton of Scotland granted permission for the waterside greens along St. Andrews to be re-purposed as a golf course. This was a symbol of mainstream acceptance, and it soon resulted in St. Andrews becoming hallowed ground for golf enthusiasts throughout Europe.
Single piece construction, club head security strap, high impact plastic wheelbase, over-the-top zipper for easier loading, 2″ webbing and ballistic material at the base for added strength and durability.
Travel bags are meant to protect your gear, including your regular bag, while traveling. They’re not meant to be used as a replacement for the one that you use when you play golf. Some of them are designed to be hard-case luggage, while others are malleable bags that are made from durable material. If you use a travel one only 15 or so times a year, you will have saved yourself hundreds of dollars in club repairs because of how well they work.
With its Clip-Lok technology, the Bag Boy Revolver FX keeps your clubs safe and secure while on the move. It also features two full-length garment pockets, which is great as you can keep a sweater or jacket tucked away in case the weather turns.
With approximately 10+ pockets this carry bag can fit all necessary items and more. This golf bag has plenty of room to carry your rain gear, umbrella, food, water bottle, valuables, and miscellaneous items, with room to spare.
But don’t forget about the golf bag. Whether you’re someone who walks the entire course carrying a bag or takes the riding cart everywhere with the bag attached to the back (while telling your friends later that you walked all 18 holes), the golf bag plays a key role in your enjoyment of the game.
Another consideration is the lining of the pockets – some bags have soft lined pockets and others with cooling capabilities. The velvet-lined pockets are good for keeping valuables in them, and the cooling capabilities of certain materials will allow you to keep a few beverages handy.  They can even help to keep your phone from overheating in the peak summer temperatures. In addition, a hood or umbrella slot helps you keep your clubs dry in the rain.
It comes in seven different colors and it has several different pockets and an insulated cooler pocket, ensuring you can carry all of the gear you need, sorted and organized however you want. However, the Bag Boy FX may not have enough external pockets for the needs of some golfers, as one Amazon buyer discusses.
Sun Mountain winners of the 2018 Golf Digest Editors’ Choice awards are the 2.5+ for Ultralightweight Golf Bag, 4.5LS Supercharged for Golf Carry Bag, C-130 Supercharged for Golf Cart Bag, H2NO Lite for Waterproof Golf Bag, ClubGlider Meridian for Golf Travel Bag, and the Pathfinder 3 for Golf Push Cart.
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Most good bags have the same construction: a full zip from top to bottom, a reinforced base and a padded top. The ClubGlider has one feature that stands out with its leg mechanism that extends and retracts for easy rolling from your car to the airport. When you load up your bag to the 50 pound weight limit, it gets heavy. The extra two wheels (that turn 360 degrees) take some of the pressure off and makes wheeling around a breeze. That’s what makes the Meridian a standout. Dragging a bag from your car to a hotel or around the airport is never *pleasant* but this bag makes it as close as possible. Sun Mountain makes four travel bag options: the Meridian, Tour Series, Journey and Pro Travel Bag. We’re recommending the Meridian for most golfers, as the Tour series is designed by huge cart bags and the Journey is made with Denier polyester instead of ballistic nylon. The Meridian comes in eight color options too, instead of just black and white.
Cart: A cart bag has a sturdy base and a sturdy top made of hard plastic that allows it to sit upright nicely. These bags will fit perfectly on a riding cart or on a pull cart. However, the hard materials in the top and bottom can make these bags uncomfortable to carry while walking.
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The Callaway Golf Clubhouse Collection Shoe Bag provides the ideal storage and transportation solution for your golf shoes. Dual air side air vents provide air circulation to your shoes to keep them dry and to prevent ouder build up.
The Tangkula bag has a large stand that enables you to keep the bag off the ground, which means it should last longer, as it won’t be exposed to dirt and moisture from the ground. And it’s much easier to select the club you want when the bag is tilted upward, rather than when it’s flat on the ground.
Most of the time, you’ll find a towel clip, loop or ring on the side. You need this because it is an easy way to keep a towel handy for wiping debris off your gear. Since the exact feature varies (clip, look or ring), just look out for the type that you prefer.
Sun Mountain’s C-130 golf bag remains the company’s best-selling golf cart bag as it enters its seventh year in production. Every year the designers at Sun Mountain have made improvements and modifications but the foundation of the bag has remained constant: individual club-divided, reverse-oriented top; enough pocket space to live up to its cargo-plane referencing name; all pockets accessible even when the bag is on a cart; and light enough that it can be easily carried from car to cart. [Read more…]
At home, it is best to store your gear in a closet to reduce the amount of dust particles that can settle on it. Additionally, you should cover it with the rain cover or a towel (or other covering) to further reduce the chance of any dust particles ending up on the exterior surface. Also ensure that you do not leave the bag sitting out in the sun at home because the sun’s rays will actually break down the fabric and shorten the lifespan of the golf bag.
When arranging your golf bag, most experts recommend that you start by placing the smallest clubs in first. These clubs should be stored inside the bag’s rear compartment. The reason being that whenever a bag is tilted, the smallest clubs are always the least likely to teeter out.

Materials: As Golfweek discusses, golf bags can consist of materials like nylon, plastic, and leather. With a leather bag, you’re going to receive a longer lifespan than with a nylon bag, but leather weighs more. And the more hard plastic a golf bag contains, the less comfortable it will be to carry, as the hard plastic bounces against your back and shoulder.
As you can see, at around 4 pounds for the weight, this one is very lightweight! And if you’re going to be using a carry bag, that is definitely what you want out of your gear. What’s nice about this one is that it also comes with the stand, so you can still prop it up while you’re playing. For the money, this one is a great buy at this price point.