The modern game of golf originated during 15th-Century Scotland, where it was banned for a time by James II, who felt the game represented a distraction to Scotsmen who should be practicing archery – a more utilitarian sport. Ironically, this ban was lifted in 1502 by James IV, a direct descendant of James II who had begun to play golf himself.
The Callaway Chev has grab handles on both the top and the bottom that make it easier to maneuver when trying to get it in or out of a trunk. It comes in six different color options, all of which really stand apart from the crowd.
Because of the large size of this Titleist bag, many amateur golfers who don’t have access to a caddy will choose to use it with a riding cart, although you certainly can carry it if you’re planning to walk the course.
Storage and comfort highlight the Srixon Golf Z-Four Stand Bag. The Comfort Suspension System on the straps, coupled with the low weight of 4.5 pounds, will make walking the course relaxed and enjoyable. And with eight pockets, in addition to scorecard and water bottle sleeves, you’ll have no problem finding a plays for your must-haves on the course — tees, balls, snacks, valuables and extra gear.
The Sun Mountain C-130 Cart Bag is a very luxurious cart bag that is only for the most serious of cart golfers. This bag was designed with cart play in mind because all pockets were designed to be forward facing and to be accessible when the bag was mounted to a golf cart. This bag has a specifically designed “cart strap pass-through” that allows the bag to be secured at all times while still not blocking access to any of the important pockets.
We tried not to pick the same brand for our best stand and cart picks, but we really had no choice with Callaway’s latest product lines.  The Callaway Chev is the best golf stand bag for the money right now.  It’s light, durable enough, and simply does what you need it to do – carry your clubs comfortably while walking the course and have the stability to stand up in all the situations you’ll end up in while playing.
As you can see, this one is loaded with great features. It’s easy to use with a cart, but if you decide to carry it then you’ve got that nicely padded strap to ease the burden. I love that it has so many pockets, including a beverage cooler pocket.
Expect plenty of functionality in an extremely light and walking-friendly bag with Sun Mountain’s 2017 4.5 LS 14-Way Stand Bag. We all know what can happen to our clubs during walks on the course — they can bang and clank together in the bag, potentially damaging them. Not with this bag as it is highlighted by a 14-way top with full-length dividers. So there a private, protected spot for each of your clubs.
Though I really like this one, there are still some room for improvements here. While it does have a beverage pocket, a small cooler pocket would be preferable to me. I’d also prefer a bag with individual spots for the clubs instead of the 5-way opening and two full length dividers.
Choosing a golf bag comes down to a combination of personal experience, prudence, and taste. Casual players, for example, might gravitate toward a beginner bag that appears compact. While these beginner bags are lighter, they might also force a player to jam several clubs into a cramped compartment. Assuming your clubs are valuable, you’ll want a bag that enables those clubs to be slid in and out without getting damaged.
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 the name implies, the Ping Hoofer is intended to be carried as you walk the course and is thoughtfully designed to accomplish said purpose as effortlessly as possible. It has well-padded, easily-adjustable shoulder straps and weighs just 5 pounds.
Not all bags have this, but a putter well is a separate area for your putter. The benefit here is that it prevents the putter from damaging the shafts of the other clubs, and it keeps the putter head protected as well.
This bag has two full-length clothing pockets, a beverage pocket, two velvet lined valuable pockets, and a rangefinder pocket. All of these pockets come together and help protect what is most important to you.
Sun Mountain gave the 5.5 LS a large top, making it one of the easiest Sun Mountain bags for finding just the right club after you’ve employed the stand. However, Amazon buyer Samuel says the large, hard plastic top will dig into your back as you walk.
The ergonomic padded double shoulder strap and hip pad, coupled with the lighter weight, will make walking the course comfortable and easy. Also push and riding cart-friendly, the Trekker has a number pockets, including a large pocket for gear, an oversized golf ball pocket, and fleece-lined pocket for valuables. And the easy-to-grip handle makes it simple to move and transport.
The Prosimmon Tour features lots of zippered pockets, so you can keep all of your gear organized, from tees to balls to score cards, as well as 14 dividers, so your clubs stay organized too. The external tube is a great place to keep oversized putters.
So you may want to consider a stand bag, which uses a kickstand-like device to hold the bag off the ground. The stand holds the bag at a vertical angle, too, making it easier to find the clubs you want. The best stand-style golf bag is the Sun Mountain 5.5 LS Stand Golf Bag.
The new for 2018 2.5+ stand bag was awarded Editors’ Choice Best Ultra-lightweight Golf Bag. The editors’ wrote. “The 2.5+ borrows from its 2Five predecessor and adds updates such as shoulder straps with high-density, contoured foam; a full-size, zippered ball pocket; a beverage pouch; and higher-grade fabric.
The eight easily accessed pockets on this bag can carry almost anything you could imagine. From raingear to extra golf balls and everything in between, this golf bag has the capability of caring and starring everything you will need during the course of a round. Just like every other great golf bag being made today this ping bag features a waterproof valuables pocket that can put your mind at ease if you run into any inclement weather. The Ping Hoofer 14 Stand Golf Bag is a favorite among top level high school athletes.
Today, you can get highly functional and durable golf bags that don’t weigh a ton or cost an arm and a leg. You might not get all the bells and whistles of a staff or cart bag, but you will get plenty of storage for what you need for a day on the course like golf ball pockets, insulated beverage coolers and other accessory pockets. And if you’re someone who likes to walk, that’s really all you need. You don’t need all that extra weight on your back. A lighter bag will keep you more refreshed and focused, and that will almost certainly lead to more consistent shots and better scores. Some of the top brands in golf — Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade, and Ping, to name a few — all make lightweight, versatile bags designed to make walking the course easy, comfortable, and enjoyable.
The Bag Boy Revolver FX Cart Golf Bag solves this problem with an innovative design that allows you to rotate the top of the bag, spinning the clubs inside the bag until you have the one you want closest to you.
The Callaway Hyper-Lite 5 can accommodate clubs with oversized grips and has dedicated alignment shaft holders with outward facing club positioning. There is also a built-in bottle opener for those times you need a refreshing beverage.
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.
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.
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.
For the second year in a row the Golf Digest editors named the Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian the Best Golf Travel Bag and said, “…… That’s why the Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian is again our selection for best travel cover. It takes the suffering out of golf travel by allowing your bag to travel to, from and through the airport like King Jaffe Joffer in “Coming to America.”
There’s a velour-lined pocket for your valuables, a beverage pocket and pockets for gear and accessories. Simple to transport from the car and on the course thanks to an integrated lift handle and a comfortable double-strap design, the Titleist Ultra Lightweight Stand Bag also features a three-way top and three full-length club dividers.
Ideally, you’ll want a bag to have at least four central compartments, which you can use to distribute up to 14 clubs (according to regulation rules). If possible, you’ll want that bag to have a lid or built-in rainfly for keeping your clubs dry in the event of a downpour. In addition, you’ll want that bag to have several pockets that you can use to store balls, tees, towels, water bottles, and food.
The Ogio Golf Men’s Grom Stand Bag comes in five different retro color combinations. The Ogio brand name has been a leader in golf accessories for decades now. This Grom Stand Bag shows us why Ogio has been able to keep such a strong foothold in the golf market. This bag is made from nothing but the highest quality materials. The first notable feature about this golf bag is the 14 way, “Diamond,” stand top that has individual location for each of your clubs.
Ogio clearly pays attention to the little details because they also provide an oversized putter pit, which is absolutely essential with the popularity of extra-large putter grips these days. The most important pocket on this bag utilizes zipper less closing technology to keep golf balls gathered together. Last but not least, this bag has an ingenious load equalizing system that the engineers at Ogio call, “SHOXX X4 full suspension.” This load baring system helps keep your golf clubs safe from damage. The Ogio Golf Men’s Grom Stand Bag will always be a high ranking choice when choosing between optimal carry bags.
This colorful red, white and blue bag is just the job for any US patriot as it sports an American flag. It has a five-way top with two full-length dividers to keep your golf clubs organized. It has twelve easily accessible pockets for the storage of all other golfing necessities. The cart strap channel keeps the pockets accessible
The bag also features 15 dividers, allowing you to include your 14 playing clubs and space for a backup, alignment sticks, or a ball retriever. The dividers are designed to protect your clubs from banging and tangling when walking. The sides of the bag are made of a non-flex material, which further protects the clubs from a forceful impact, so it can handle some of your post-shot frustrations.
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.
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Golf’s first “Open Championship” took place in Ayrshire, Scotland during 1860. This tournament proved to be such a success that golf subsequently made its way across the Atlantic. The first U.S. country clubs began opening in New York toward the end of the 19th Century. These “clubs” were usually 18-hole golf courses that were attached to a lavish meeting hall for society’s elite.
If there’s going to be a list about easy-to-carry walking bags, then the Callaway 2017 Hyper Lite Zero Stand Bag has to be near the top. Perhaps the lightest stand bag on the market at just 2.4 pounds, you get many of the useful features Callaway includes on most of its bags. The comfort-tech strap system (single or double strap available) and soft mesh hip pad make walking the course a breeze.
Naturally, the quality of the materials used in the making of the golf bag is a major concern. The fact is you don’t want your bag ripping, breaking or leaking at any point, as it may damage your equipment, clubs, clothes or electronics (like a phone or a range finder). The last thing you need is your bag to fall apart in the middle of a round. That happened to me in 2014 when a pocket caught a railing while crossing a bridge and I nearly lost my wallet into a creek. Durability matters!
A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.