The main difference between the carry bag and the stand back will be how it is intended to be used. If you’re normal round of golf entails you walking between 9 and 18 holes and enjoying exercise than a carry bag will most likely be the right bag for you. If your normal round of golf involves riding in an electric or gas link golf cart the majority of the time then a cart bag will be the correct choice for you. If you’re someone who plays and has a caddie that handles carrying the golf clubs than using a cart bag for those walking rounds is okay. Choosing between the main two types of golf bags is going to be a very personal choice.
Dividers: Dividers at the top of the golf bag will keep your clubs organized and will limit the number of times they crash into each other. Some bags have only a few dividers, while others have a dozen or more dividers. The dividers in a less expensive bag will only be at the top of the golf bag, while more expensive units will have dividers that run the length of the bag, keeping the handles of your golf clubs from becoming tangled.
If you are a person who loves golf so much that you want to take your golf clubs with you when you travel, a golf travel bag may be a good investment. These bags can help to protect your clubs from the wear and tear of airports. They can also be a smart long-term storage idea.
There are a few major decisions you’ll need to make when deciding on a golf bag. The first, and most obvious being the decision between a cart bag and a stand bag. The main tradeoff decision you need to make is between mobility (lighter weight) and storage (heavier).
This stylish but functional golf bag has storage space for everything you might need on the golf course. It has a six-way top designed to keep your golf clubs organized. It also has five other pockets for everything else that you might need for an enjoyable golfing day out. The valuables pocket is fleece lined. There is also an easily accessible water bottle pocket, and it has a towel ring.
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.
Pockets: All modern golf bags have at least a few storage pockets, and some may have as many as 10. Pockets with sturdy zippers will work better than Velcro pockets, although it’s not all bad to have a couple of Velcro pockets for quick access. Some pockets are insulated to keep drinks cold, while other pockets may have a soft, padded interior to hold a smartphone without scratching the screen.
As you can see, this thing has a LOT to offer for the money. From the 14 full length dividers to the two insulated cooler pockets for beverages – this one truly has everything that you could ask for in an awesome golf cart bag. Plus, it has a very affordable price! Of course, if you enjoy throwing back a cold one on the course, then we think you’ll agree that this is the best golf bag for beer drinkers – those two insulated beverage cooler pockets are perfect for that six pack!
Check out the straps to determine if you like the fit or not. Some come in a backpack-style while others come with a single messenger-bag style strap. Pay attention to the padding in the straps to see if it is adequate. If you might be placing the bag on the wet ground, look for one that has a water resistant feature. Do you want a divider system? Because not all carry bags have this feature.
Callaway’s 2018 version of its Hyper-Lite Zero and Sun Mountain’s new 2.5+ shared the top spot in Lightweight/Ultra-lightweight, each weighing less than three pounds. Lightweight yet durable fabrics and a carbon-fiber stand system lighten the load on the Callaway bag. 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.
I love that this bag has two pockets for valuables and that one of them is large enough to hold a range finder. And the handles make it really easy to move the bag from the car’s trunk over to the cart. And unlike some models, the pockets are always accessible on it when it is on the cart, which is really nice.
If you often choose to carry your own clubs (as opposed to using a caddy), then you’ll want a bag that has a cushioned strap. If you’re accustomed to walking each course (as opposed to using a cart), then you’ll want a bag that features stick holders, so you can stand that bag upright instead of laying it on its side.
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.
These are really the only negative things we can find about this bag. Of them, the lack of a beverage cooler pocket is the one that I find most annoying. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem drinking room temperature water, but if it’s a hot summer day then I want a cold drink. The exterior not being water resistant isn’t a huge deal since the bag has a stand, but it would still be a nice feature. However, this is one of the cheapest golf bags on the market that I’ve seen, so you can’t expect to have all the features that you want at this low sales price.
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.
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 new KG:2 golf stand bag from Sun Mountain offers more of all that golfers have come to appreciate about Sun Mountain golf bags. Built on the same frame as the ever-popular Superlight 3.5; KG:2 offers more pockets, more hand-holds and more style. KG:2 features a 9.5” oval, four-way top with full-length club dividers, three integrated top handles and a new lift-assist pocket handle, eight pockets (including a new mobile phone specific pocket), and a cart-friendly bottom. KG:2 will be in stores by November in a striking array of colors with a ‘street’ price of $199. For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com. [Read more…]
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.
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…]
Your golf bag is an essential supporting player in your golf game. It not only needs to be functional, durable and organized – it should be worth the money you’re not spending on the fun gear. It can be tough to narrow down all the categories and choices you have, so we’ve laid out the key decisions you need to make that best golf bag for the money.
As you may already know, Sun Mountain is one of the top brands for golf bags and that’s why this model made our list. That being said, overall we don’t love all of the Sun Mountain gear but we do really like this one.
The Ogio is the cheapest of our three options, coming in under $150. As far as travel bags go, you don’t want to go much cheaper than this. Your clubs are worth a decent amount of money, so you want to protect them as much as you can for what fits your budget. The Straight Jacket weighs 7.6 lbs – three pounds less than the Club Glove option – and thanks to its construction, it won’t be quite as durable. But since it’s a bit lighter, you can pack some extra shoes in. The bag has the same protective features – reinforced base, padded top, secure zippers – as the other bags, but it’s definitely less structured.