We spent about a week checking out only the best golf bags for sale right now so that we could share our favorite picks with you. As you might imagine, some of the top brands in the industry fill out our list below. If you are currently in the market for a new golf bag, then we urge you to take a moment and read our reviews to help you compare the different bags and come up with the one that is the best fit for your golfing lifestyle.
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.
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.
Side note: For any travel bag you choose, we recommend getting a Stiff Arm, made by Club Glove. This product is dead simple, but will add another layer of protection to you clubs. It’s an adjustable aluminum rod with a plastic head that you put in your bag alongside your tallest club. It acts as shield for your driver whenever the bag inevitably gets slung around and lands on its top throughout the course of your trip. Yes, it’s $30 for something that looks silly and seems inconsequential. But you’ll appreciate it when your $500 driver makes it to the course in one piece.
Staff: A staff bag, also called a tour bag, is the biggest golf bag around, as it offers a look similar to what a professional golfer would carry. A staff bag is heavy, but it has a large and padded strap so it can be carried a little more comfortably. This style of golf bag will last a long time, as it consists of the best materials. It’s also the most expensive.
To help compete with the inevitable wetness that you run into on a golf course this bag offers a specialized umbrella sleeve, a matching rain hood/guard, and a cleaning towel. One drawback to this particular carry bag is that it weighs almost twice as much as leading competitors. This bag comes in at a whopping 10 pounds which will surely start to fatigue your whole body as the hours tick by during your round. If you are a player really mixes up between walking and riding all playing golf than this might actually be the perfect bag for you. The TaylorMade Purelite Stand Bag is ideal for people who don’t mind carrying around a little extra weight.
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.
Available in several different color combos, there is a lot to like about this new model from Callaway. It actually has a lot in common with the Nike model listed above, however there are some better features on this one that you might be interested in checking out.
With six dividers in the top of the golf bag, you can organize your clubs better than with most inexpensive bags. And the Tangkula bag has seven pockets that will help you keep your keys and other valuables safe as you play.
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…]
The OGIO Golf 2018 Shredder Stand Bag is a no-frills, lightweight bag that’s available in 3 different colors. OGIO has been making golf bags for nearly four decades and is now a part of Callaway Golf.
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.
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.
Our top choices in Carry bags are updated versions of Ping’s Hoofer and Ogio’s Cirrus. Each is similar in weight or lighter than Sun Mountain’s 4.5LS Supercharged, but the extra weight in the Sun Mountain bag is understandable because it’s outfitted to charge up to two electronic devices such as a phone, the first carry bag to have this feature.
The Intech Affinity ZLS is a great budget option with a good amount of features for those just starting out. Its six-way top can accommodate a full set of 13 clubs, plus it has two large garment pockets to organize essentials for quick access during play.
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.
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.
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.
If you want something that it lightweight and that is designed for only a few of your clubs, then a carry bag is the choice for you. Usually this type is referred to as a Sunday bag by most golfers. It is designed to be carried, does not come with a stand, and typically only has enough room for the bare necessities – a few clubs, balls and tees. This is not something that you’d want for your everyday solution. Think of it more as a “just in case” bag that you keep in the trunk for those times when you’re not expecting to be out on the course, but the opportunity presents itself and you don’t want to pass it up. This type usually only weighs around two pounds empty.
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.
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).
Pros: Interesting design that brings the club you need closest to you, 14-way divider slots extend through the length of the golf bag so club handles don’t tangle, lighter weight than previous Bag Boy bags
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.
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.”
Those with shoulder issues might want to invest in a bag that comes with a pull-out handle and a rear-side set of wheels. If you have hip issues, it might be worth investing in a bag with a cushioned liner that won’t bang against your waist. Or, if you just want to be comfortable and enjoy your day on the links, get a bag cart to do all the heavy lifting for you.
The Titleist Mid-Size Staff Golf Bag consists of highly durable materials, including double-zippered pockets, which yield a golf bag that’s a good value because it will last, according to Hitting the Golf Ball. However, with only a six-way club divider, you may not be able to organize your clubs exactly how you want.
Read on in the slides below to learn why the Bag Boy Revolver FX Cart Golf Bag is our top pick and why you might also like the Callaway Hyper-Lite 1+ Carry Golf Bag, the Titleist Mid-Size Staff Golf Bag, the Sun Mountain 5.5 LS Stand Golf Bag, and the Tangkula Stand Golf Bag.
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.
Larry Olmsted is well-known for being one of the world’s leading experts on golf travel and courses and has a great deal of knowledge about the best golf products on the market. Like he mentioned in his blog post, “I can tell you what gear to buy, especially for traveling, because I am a professional golf traveler. I’ve been writing about golf travel for more than 15 years and have logged millions of miles, played on every inhabited continent, and along the way, tested, purchased, cursed, praised, and broken lots of golf stuff.” [Read more…]
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.
Hard bags tend to be gray or black on the outside while the soft ones come in many different colors. Besides a durable outer shell, the handles are padded or reinforced. Some bags feature external pockets, and some feature luggage or in-line skate wheels. The top of them are padded on the inside.
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.
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.