Well, old faithful has finally had its day. The bag bought with such care several years ago has now got zips that don’t close and a hole in the bottom (made maybe not in anger, but, certainly a forceful driver stuffed in repeatedly). The hood has split plus its bright red & blue colors are now a bit faded. Time to invest in a new one.
The first choice needing to be made is whether you will ever want to walk and carry the bag? If you do, then a stand bag with folding legs will be a good bet and of course they can still be placed on either a cart or pull trolley. A cart bag should you never walk will be best and they generally provide more room both for clubs and accessories. A larger Tour Staff Bag is available for golfers wishing to make a statement (not considered ideal unless you are a pretty good player). You will want to consider what you want to put in the bag. If you are a golfer who wishes to be prepared at all times with rain suits, towels, plenty balls, etc. then you will need excellent pocket space. Bags differ in weight, so lift them and test them out (which also confirms to some extent how well balanced they are).
First, let’s look at stand bags—they all come with a large side pocket a good pocket for tees, balls etc and sometimes a separate one or two for gloves and personal items. All bags are now made abroad. This is unfortunate; however, it seems the way things are going. The best known brands spend more on marketing and some of their price points reflect this spend. Golfers often like top brands…but that doesn’t make you a bad person. Haha, I am joking of course. Some players wish to find a bag that is the same brand as the clubs they play. It might be useful to list a few typical price points found online.
Here’s a few manufacturers that produce great stand bags – Callaway, TaylorMade, Nike, Ping (awesome bags—a bit pricey and usually there is not much, if any, discount on Ping product) and Orlimar (great bag with reasonably low prices).
Nike Performance Stand Bag Dark Grey/Action Green/Silver
They all come in a myriad of color options to match existing head covers and there are also themed bags supporting your favorite college team for example. You should try out the straps before you buy because some are less comfortable than others.
Now on to Cart Bags—these bags will in general provide more storage and have a greater number of dividers to keep the clubs from rattling too much. Some even have pockets that double as
coolers for colder beverages. Cart bags also come in a variety of color combinations. I find I get more storage for my money with these bags as they do not need to make room for standing legs.
A few cart bag manufacturers worth noting—Nike, Ping, Ogio, Sun Mountain, Orlimar (again, really great bargain) and Bag Boy (can’t beat their swivel tops).
Orlimar CRX Cart Bag Black/Royal Blue
These lists reflect bags designed specifically for lady golfers as well. A tip for any ladies looking for women’s golf bags -look for pastel shades and the inclusion of a separate purse on some models.
Finally, tour/staff bags—these are more often bought by low handicap golfers who play in serious tournament golf. All leading brands have these available, however expect to pay nearer $300 unless available on sale the year after they have been carried by tour players.
Good luck finding the perfect golf bag and enjoy your search!
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