The first thing you will want to decide before buying a golf bag is, what type of bag fits your needs the best. There are four basic types of golf bags: (1) Stand Bags (2) Carry Bags (3) Cart Bags (4) Staff Bags (Tour Bags). Not only will you need to decide what type of bag to use, but also all the features that you want or need the bag to have.
Some features that you will be interested in are things like how many pockets the bag has for storage of balls, tees, glove, personal items like wallet, keys, and cell phone. You might need pockets for rain gear or a cooler pocket for beverages, an umbrella sleeve would be good to have too. A towel ring is something you will want so you can wipe debris off your clubs and balls. Bags that have a divider system are nice to have so you can organize your clubs better, and helps to keep them from banging around in the bag.
A putter well is something you might like to have on your bag to keep it separate from damaging the other club shafts and the putter itself. The most important concern you should have is the weight of the bag, if you intend on carrying it choose a lightweight bag that has a comfortable single strap or backpack style strap.
Stand Bags – Best Choice For Golfers That Carry Their Clubs
Stand bags are a great choice for any of you that like to walk the course without the use of a golf cart. They are a great choice because you can stand them upright with the use of the supporting legs that fold out together. Having the stand saves you from potentially injuring yourself from bending down to select clubs from a bag lying on the ground. Try to choose a bag that has a well padded adjustable strap so you’re comfortable and you can adjust it to your height. Be sure to choose the type of strap that suits you the best as well.
Here are some top selling Stand Bags from Amazon: TaylorMade Golf 2017 TM Stand Golf Bag 5.0 – This bag is equipped with a 5-way divider, 6 pockets, a valuables pouch, anti-split stand, comfortable dual shoulder straps, rain hood, and umbrella sleeve, weight – 4.6 lbs. cost $100. Callaway Golf 2017 Chev Stand Bag – 7-way top, 6 pockets including valuables pocket, grab handle, dual shoulder straps, weight – 5.2 lbs. cost $140-150. Callaway Golf 2017 Hyper Lite 5 Stand Bag – 7-way top, 8 pockets including water resistant valuables pocket, comfort tech strap, alignment stick holder, towel hook / bottle opener, umbrella holder, rain hood, weight 5 lbs. cost $155-175.
These Stand Bags are a cheaper option without many features: Knight Pitch and Putt Golf Lightweight Stand Carry Bag – 2 compartment top, 1 accessory pocket, carry handle, weight 1.9 lbs. cost $35-45. Tangkula Golf Bag w/ 4 Way Divider Stand Cart Bag – 4 pocket, backpack style shoulder strap, carry handle, weight – 3.5 lbs. cost $40.
Carry Bags – Most Lightweight Bag To Carry
This type of golf bag has very limited features so don’t expect much. Make sure to get a bag that is water resistant since it will be placed on the ground in between shots. These bags are only made for a few clubs, so don’t expect to have a divider. Bags like these are usually used for last minute situations where you’re not expecting to golf because you don’t have a full set with you but you’re still able to with one of these simple carry bags. Sometimes referred to as a Sunday Bag, they usually have a single strap, instead of the dual shoulder strap.
Here are a couple of choices for Carry Bags: ProActive Sports 5″ Sunday Bag, Lightweight Carry Bag, Executive Course Golf Bag – 1 mesh and 2 zippered pockets, single shoulder strap, convenient space-saving design, weight – 15 oz. cost $18. ProActive Sports 7″ Sunday Bag, Lightweight Carry Bag, Executive Course Golf Bag – 1 elastic edged pocket, 2 zippered pockets, easy storage, padded single strap, weight – 15 oz. cost $24.
Cart Bags – Best For Use On A Golf Cart
You will find that most of these Cart Bags are equipped with plenty of pockets for everything you need out on the course and then some. They also have plenty of dividers for all of your clubs.
This is a good selection to choose from for Cart bags: TaylorMade 2017 Supreme Cart bag – 15 club dividers, 10 pockets, grab handle and reinforced strap pass through, large insulated cooler pocket with drain ports, weight – 6.8 lbs. cost $140-150. Callaway 2017 Golf Org 14 Cart Bag – 14 divider top, 10 pockets including valuables pocket and 2 insulated cooler pockets, 2 grab handles, putter well, umbrella sleeve, tee holder, rain hood, weight 5.8 lbs. cost $175-200. TaylorMade 2017 Golf Bag TM Cart Bag 5.0 – 14 way organizer top, 7 pockets including 2 oversized apparel pockets, grab handle, single padded shoulder strap, water bottle pouch, valuables pouch, rain hood, umbrella sleeve, weight – 4.9 lbs. cost $100-110. Callaway Golf 2017 Capital Cart Bag – 10 way top divider, 6 pockets including: 2 large apparel pockets, 2 valuables pockets, range finder pocket, large golf ball pocket, padded single strap, rain hood, towel loop, weight – 5.8 lbs. cost $95-108.
Staff Bags / Tour Bags – High Quality Expensive Golf bags
If you are in good shape financially and would like to purchase a high quality golf bag similar to what the pros use here are a few examples to choose from: TaylorMade Staff Tour Cart Bag – brushed / micro-perforated leather, 12 pockets, weight – 10 lbs. price $360. Bridgestone Tour Staff Bag – 6 way top, weight – 14 lbs. price $310. Ping Golf Men’s Tour Staff Bag – reinforced soft cover top, 2 water bottle pockets, same bag used by tour professionals, weight – 14 lbs. price $520. Srixon Golf Tour Staff Bag – 7 convenient pockets, 2 inner zipper pockets, insulated cooler pockets, waterproof valuables pocket, single shoulder strap, weight – 13 lbs. price $260.
Choosing The Right Bag
In this best golf bags review we have covered the four main types of golf bags that anyone would need out on the golf course or driving range. Staff or Tour Bags are probably not going to be your choice because they are expensive, heavy and you’re probably not going to go pro anytime soon. Most people will choose either a Cart Bag or a Stand Bag depending on whether they like to walk the course or ride in the cart, also they are more affordable and have a lot of features, especially the Cart Bags having the most top dividers and pockets or compartments. Carry bags are of course the cheapest and are easily stored anywhere, but not too practicle for regular golfing.