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Are you a new player that just fell in love with the game that’s looking for a new home for your precious new clubs? Or are you a veteran looking to replace/upgrade your current bag?
Either way, this guide will help you select the best golf bag for 2019! If you’re impatient like us, then here’s a quick list of the bags we reviewed:
You might have spent a $1,500-$2,000 on set of clubs so selecting a bag is an important decision because it’s going to hold these babies.
Now the most important factor you need to consider when selecting a bag is this, are you primarily going to walk the course or ride a cart? Now If you’re walking, do you mind carrying something bulky that weighs more than a small child?
The second thing you need to ask yourself is how much storage do I want/need? Do I want to be able to live out of bag or do I just need the bare essentials?
Whatever you decide is the best option for you, we wanted to provide you with a valuable resource to help you choose the best golf bag in 2019.
In this article, we’re going to be reviewing the following golf bags:
Lightweight Carry Bags
Stand Carry Bags
- Ping Hoofer 14
- Sun Mountain 2.5+ 2018
- Callaway Hyper Lite Zero 2019
- TaylorMade FlexTech Crossover
- Titleist Players 4 Plus
So before we dive into the reviews, let’s go over the different types of bags on the market.
Types of Bags
There are multiple types of golf bags on the market; lightweight carry bags, stand bags, cart bags, tour bags, etc. In order to keep things simple, they can generally broken down into 1 of 3 broad categories; bags that you carry, bags that are designed to be placed on a cart, or the high end tour bags that are normally carried by a caddy.
As the name states, these bags are designed to be carried by the golfer themselves. There are 2 general types of carry bags; lightweight bags and stand bags.
These are minimalist golf bags that are basically designed to just carry your clubs. They have few pockets and dividers, and simple straps for carrying.
With the no frills design, comes the advantage of being very lightweight and easy to carry around the golf course.
This type of golf bag has a special set of legs that allow the it to sit at an angle for easy access to select your clubs.
In addition to the legs, these bags usually have plenty of storage and pockets to hold your shoes and other accessories.
The drawback is that the bags are little bit chunkier and heavier and can be a bit more difficult to carry for a full 18 holes.
These bags are the Mercedes of golf bags. They come fully decked out with tons of storage and the ability to stand on its own without any support. Plenty of dividers protect the clubs from banging around with each other but also allow for easy insertion and removal of the clubs. You might even see some that come with a cooler!
When you watch a PGA Tour event this is what the pros are using. If cart bags are the Mercedes of golf bags, then these bags are the Rolls Royce!
Tour bags have enough storage to hold a pair of shoes, a jacket or sweatshirt, a couple boxes of balls, all your accessories, and maybe even a small child (jk).
A very durable and thick exterior provides plenty of protection but the downside is that these bags are very heavy compared to other bags (but who cares if you’re not the one carrying it!). While a cart bag may weigh 5-7 pounds, tour bags can weigh twice as much at 10-12 pounds.
What Should I Consider When Choosing The Best Golf Bag For Me?
One of the most important factors to consider is the overall weight of the bag. You can expect a full set of clubs to weigh between 15-20 pounds.
If you’re walking, do you want to be carrying around 40-50 pounds of gear with a staff bag or would rather go lighter and be carrying 20-25 pounds of gear?
Here’s what you can expect as far as weight of for the following bag types:
Lightweight: 2-3 pounds
Stand: 4-6 pounds
Cart: 7-10 pounds
Staff: 10-12 pounds
You can find bags loaded with all kinds of pockets and compartments to hold your gear. Heck, there’s even ones that have a cooler for your drinks!
There is no shortage of accessories you can carry when on the course, the question is how much do you need when playing?
The lightweight bags are going to have minimal pockets and storage, while a staff bag is going to have enough room to carry almost everything you own. The stand and cart bags will offer a good amount of storage, more than the lightweight bags but less than a staff bag.
These are helpful in allowing you to easily replace and remove clubs from your bag. You will see some bags have an individual compartment for each club or you might see bags that 6-8 compartments that can hold a couple clubs each. Some bags may even have just 2 compartments.
A very nice feature to see in a bag is something called a full length divider. What this is is basically a tube for each individual divider that extends all the way to the bottom of the bag. One of the main benefits of these, is that when all the clubs are in the bag, the butt end of the club or handles can get intertwined and make removing and replacing a club difficult. These dividers allow clubs to rest in separate compartments which makes removal and replacement much easier.
Finally, dividers serve as a form of protection for the clubs while inside the bag. The dividers will prevent the shafts and club heads from bumping into one another, which can cause additional wear and tear on the clubs.
Many of the bags, designed to be carried by someone on the course, will come with a backpack style strap that makes carrying a bag much easier.
When looking at these types of bags it’s important to look at the amount of padding on the straps as well as the overall thickness and durability.
For cart bags, this is something you don’t need to be too concerned about since they will be loaded onto the back of a cart.
With regards to staff bags, again if it’s loaded onto a cart you don’t need to be concerned about this but if you have a caddy you’ll definitely want to look at the amount of padding and the overall durability of the straps.
As with everything, this is going to be matter of personal preference on how much you’re comfortable spending. However, you can expect to spend at least $100 for a good light weight bag and around $500 for a fully loaded tour bag.
Final Decision…Weight vs Storage
So with all these factors to consider, the ultimate decision to choosing the best golf bag for you is going to be what’s more important, weight or storage?
With lightweight bags, you get less storage and with heavier cart and staff bags you get tons of storage. Stand bags usually fall right in the middle, medium weight and decent storage.
Once you make that decision, to make things easier for you, we decided to breakdown the reviews by bag type.
Best Golf Bags (Lightweight, Stand, and Cart) Reviewed
A fan favorite, this bag is a great example of efficiency coming in at only 2.5 pounds.
There’s plenty of room to carry all 14 clubs and a water resistant underside to protect your clubs from the rain. Finally, the strap system can be easily converted from a single strap to the more ergonomic backpack style double strap.
- Lightweight at only 2.5 pounds
- Water resistant underside
- Convertible strap system
- Simple understated branding
- Lightweight fabric can lead to quick and easy wear
- Minimal storage and dividers
A lightweight bag weighing only 2.3 pounds that comes with velour lined pockets and waterproof zippers.
The 3 zippered pockets are just enough to carry essentials and the convertible strap system make backpack style carrying easy.
- Lightweight at only 2.3 pounds
- Reputation for durability
- Convertible strap system with strap connector makes carrying easy
- Lined pockets show premium and thoughtful design
- Fitting all 14 clubs can be a tight squeeze
A classic design that has withstood time since they were first started in 1971.
When creating golf bags, their goal is simple; no “frivolous design and unnecessary clutter, to create a bag that players truly enjoy carrying. Jones is dedicated to recreating vintage flair and capturing nostalgia, all the while paying tribute to the legacy of the game by utilizing pure and traditional designs.”
- Classic and durable design
- 2 dividers creates 3 compartments for storing clubs
- Well padded shoulder strap
- Big pockets for good storage
- Exterior umbrella sleeve
- Single strap
- Little bit heavier coming at 3.15 pounds
- Old school design can be unappealing to some
Our Choice For Best Lightweight Golf Bag
When it comes to the best lightweight golf bag, the 3 reviewed above are some of the most popular options available on the market in 2019.
These bags are supposed to be minimalist bags with a small amount of storage. At the same time, you don’t want something so lightweight and thin that durability is compromised.
We feel that the Titleist Carry bag is the best choice for those seeking this type of golf bag.
Although the bag can be a tight fit for all 14 clubs, the overall quality of design and durability overcame this. In addition, the small attention to details like the velour lined pockets and the ergonomic strap connector, made the Titleist Carry bag a clear choice.
This bag boasts a 14-way top to keep clubs organized and protected.
The 12 pockets includes one for a range finder and one that’s padded for holding valuables. A front-adjusting shoulder pad with SensorCool Technology make walking comfortable while a new strap connector makes loading and unloading easy.
- 14 way divider system
- Durable but lightweight
- Cart strap pass-thru channel allows for easy access to pockets
- Ample storage with 12 pockets
- Not a full length divider system for each divider
- The heaviest of the stand bags we reviewed coming in at 5.8 pounds
Designed for the avid walking golfer, the 2.5+ boasts the features of a lightweight bag and the storage capacity of a stand bag.
At just under 3 pounds, this bag has a wide 9 inch opening and 5 pockets including a full-length apparel pocket, a velour-lined valuables pocket, a beverage pouch, and a ball pocket with two-way zippers. The high-density foam shoulder straps allow for maximum comfort and an X strap system makes it easy to get the bag on and off your shoulders.
- About half the weight of most stand bags (2.8 pounds)
- 5 pockets for storing your basic accessories
- Full length dividers for each of the 4 compartments
- Lightweight material can make the bag feel less than sturdy
- Straps may loosen or slip on occasion
This bag was designed to remove every extra ounce, without sacrificing durability and functionality.
Weighing only 2.5 pounds this bag has a good amount of storage and the option to choose between a single or double strap (we suggest the double strap). The legs, made from carbon fiber, have one of the best strength to weight ratios in the world.
- Very lightweight coming in at 2.5 pounds
- 4 club compartments with full length dividers
- Individual cell phone pocket
- Limited storage with only 4 pockets and a cell phone sleeve
TaylorMade’s FlexTech bag features a 14-way top, with full length providers, that allows a slot for every club and prevents club crowding.
The new self-adjusting strap, allowing for a stable and comfortable carry but the cart strap pass-thru channel allows for easy access to pockets. With 10 Pockets, including a easily accessible insulated water bottle pocket, this bag has plenty of storage for all of your accessories.
- 14 way full length divider system
- Easy access to pockets with a cart strap pass-thru channel
- Plenty of storage for accessories
- Much heavier, at 5.5 pounds, when compared to other lightweight stand bags.
This is a lightweight (4.3 pounds) stand bag with extra storage.
A four-way compartment, with full length dividers, keeps your clubs organized and protected from one another.
The cushioned straps that easily convert from double to single strap, make this bag very easy to carry. Seven pockets including a full-length apparel pocket, a waterproof valuables pocket, and multiple accessory pockets hold everything you need for playing 18 holes.
- 4 compartments with full length dividers
- Single and double strap option
- Plenty of storage for all of your accessories
- Slightly heavier (4.3 pounds) when compared to other lightweight stand bags.
Our Choice For Best Stand Golf Bag
At Red Birdie golf, when we first think of a good stand bag, we think of golfers that walk a course. With that in mind there’s 2 specific things we’re looking for; lightweight and enough storage.
These bags are specifically designed to be light enough to carry but also have plenty of storage to hold your golf accessories. At the same time, you don’t want something so minimalist that you need to start stuffing your pant pockets but you also don’t want something too bulky that you get tired of carrying it on the course.
We feel that the Callaway Hyper Light Zero 2019 combines both lightweight design and enough storage to be the best choice for those seeking this type of golf bag.
Although the bag can only has 4 pockets plus a cell phone sleeve for storage, we still felt this was enough to hold your accessories without getting too bulky. Combined with being the lightest bag and the functional design of 4 full length dividers, the Callaway Hyper Lite Zero 2019 is the easy winner.
This cart golf bag was engineered to work perfectly on a riding cart.
Every feature is designed with cart use in mind, beginning with a reverse-orientation top and 3 handles integrated into the top. Next, Sun Mountain integrated a putter well and made sure all pockets are accessible when the bag is on the cart. Plenty of storage allows you to load this thing up with all your accessories and spend the entire day enjoying the golf course.
- 14-way full-length dividers to organize and protect clubs
- 10 pockets including 3 velour lined pockets, 2 full length clothing pockets, and a cooler pocket
- Velcro straps on the back of the bag to attach to a cart for secure but easy access
- Relatively light, weighing only 7.3 pounds
- Mid price point can turn off budget conscious golfers
This is a low cost cart bag for the budget conscious golfer.
No frills, just pure functionality. It comes with all the features you come to expect from a cart bag; 14 piece divider and plenty of storage including a insulated drink pocket to keep your beverages cold. Finally an external putter tube, allows for easy access and storage of your flat stick.
- Very low cost
- Loaded with basic features
- Extremely light, weighing only 5.3 pounds
- Overall quality of materials doesn’t feel very durable
- Simple design and aesthetic can be unappealing to some
This spacious cart golf bag has plenty of room for clubs and accessories along with two molded grip handles that make lifting and moving this bag easy.
A wide 15-way top allows for valuable club management and a dedicated putter well that easily fits oversized grips. With 14 pockets in total, from large clothing pockets to an extra large insulated beverage pocket for plenty of drinks, storage isn’t an issue. Finally with so many features, this bag manages to weigh just seven pounds.
- Premium design and construction from a leading manufacturer
- Ample storage to easily carry all your accessories
- Cooler pocket to keep beverages cold
- Cart strap pass-thru channel allows for easy access to pockets
- Relatively light, weighing only 7 pounds
- Magnetic pockets may wear over time and not stay closed
- A bit more pricey than other cart bags
The Org 14 is Callaway’s best-selling cart bag.
As an industry leader with 11 pockets and a 14-way top with full length dividers this bag allows for easy organization and access. A
lined putter well protects the putter shafts from damage. Designed to be easily accessible on the cart, all pockets are forward facing.
Storage consists of a magnetic molded range finder pocket, two large insulated cooler pockets, and 2 large volume apparel pockets. All of these features are encased with a unique and durable woven fabric and bring the total weight of this bag to only 5.6 pounds.
- Premium design and manufacturing from an industry leader
- Very lightweight bag at only 5.6 pounds
- Easy access to pockets with a cart strap pass-thru channel
- Covered with a durable, heavyweight fabric
- Clubs can be difficult to remove at times, especially a putter with an oversized grip.
- A bit more pricey than other cart bags
TaylorMade’s Supreme Cart bag offers all the features golfers will need for convenience out on the course.
15 way club dividers create a spot for each club and prevent them from crowding and sticking. A total of 10 pockets, including a large internal insulated cooler pocket, hold everything from drinks, range finders, valuables and more. The durable exterior fabric as well as crush resistant body, provide for a premium long lasting bag.
- Durable exterior fabric
- Micro suede lined pockets provide maximum protection for your valuables
- Ample storage to carry all of your accessories
- Relatively light, weighing only 6.75 pounds
- Club removal and replacement can be difficult since it’s not a full length divider system for each club.
- Mid price point can turn off budget conscious golfers.
Our Choice For Best Cart Golf Bag
In our opinion, a good golf cart bags has to be specifically designed for the cart rider in mind so functional design and durability are the most important features we look for.
Since these bags are in a fixed position and attached to the cart, the ability to easily locate and remove/replace your club are of utmost importance. At the same, the ability to access pockets and other compartments have to be considered as well. The last thing you want to do is have to remove or adjust your bag in the middle of the round once it’s secured to the cart.
Finally since this club is going to be consistently banged around because it’s attached to a fast moving cart, durability is important as well.
For these reasons, we feel that the Sun Mountain C-130 2019 is the best choice for a cart golf bag.
Although it did come in as the heaviest of all the ones we reviewed at 7.3 pounds, we felt this was really a non-issue since the bag is designed to be carried on a cart
The Sun Mountain C-130 2019 combined both efficient design and durability to be the clear winner of this review.
Let’s preface this section by saying this 99.9% of golfers shouldn’t be carrying a staff bag. They’re just too bulky and impractical for most people and they cost an arm and a leg. To be honest though, they do look pretty amazing! That being said, this section isn’t a review of staff bags but just a list of 5 that we sure do like:
Wrap Up Of Our Best Choices
Best Lightweight Golf Bag
Best Stand Golf Bag
Best Cart Golf Bag