For every golfer, he cannot be at his best without his essentials – the best golf balls and the best golf clubs. And he cannot carry around these essentials on the course without his dependable golf bag.
A golf bag is every golfer’s best companion. It keeps his precious equipment safe. It stays with him throughout the game. That is why it is essential to know which golf bag will work best for you. For those who are not familiar with golf, they may think that there is just one kind of golf bag. There are actually a handful of types of golf bags that will be discussed later in this article.
Say you’re going for a swing on the golf course for the weekend, and you’re wondering which type of bag will be best for your weekend swing. There are actually different types of golf bags, each of which are designed to meet the needs of the golfer. Here are the common types of golf bags:
1. Staff bags or tour bags
A staff bag or a tour bag is one of the largest and the most luxurious bags on the market. It has plenty of space to fit all the golf essentials – golf clubs, golf balls, waterproof materials, and extra pieces of golf apparel. However, they are also quite heavy to carry around – staff bags usually weigh approximately 10 pounds. While weight won’t be a problem with most pro golfers as they have a personal caddie to carry them, it would otherwise become an issue with average golfers. If they cannot afford a personal caddie, they may resort to using hand carts.
Staff bags may be pretty notorious for their weight, but their most significant tradeoffs are high-quality materials that go into making them and massive storage. Staff bags have become stylish, too, and most staff bags prominently display logos. No wonder pros love them!
Since staff bags are the most prized bags, owning one can be an indication of a higher echelon in the golf world. Among the best staff bags include:
Callaway Golf 2018 Rogue Staff Cart Bag – it features a total of nine pockets, which include a velour-lined pocket for valuables and magnetic closure rangefinder and GPS pocket.
TaylorMade 2019 Tour Staff Golf Bag – it has a total fo 12 pockets, which include two velour-lined valuables pockets, two hard-shelled accessories pockets, 2 insulated cooler pockets, 2 accessories pockets, and many others.
2. Cart bags or trolley bags
Cart bags or trolley bags are bags that are specifically made to be carried in golf push carts. The carts can be a manual push/pull or electric. Compared to tour bags, cart bags are slightly smaller, but they feel significantly lighter, weighing around six to seven pounds.
Golf course terrains usually consist of undulating curves. Cart bags typically have a non-slip or rubbery base that will help the cart bag from sliding off when moving along the gentle slopes. The wheels allow greater mobility and ease of carrying.
The golf cart bag essentials:
Taylor Made Golf 2019 Select Cart Bag – it features 14-way top, seven pockets (including a velour-lined valuables pocket), and oversized putter well, among others.
Bag Boy Nitron Golf Push Cart – a foldable golf push cart which features the Nitro Piston technology, full-featured scorecard console and a golf ball storage, plus receptacles for a mobile device and even a holder for beverage.
3. Stand Bags
For those who prefer to walk around the golf course carrying a golf bag, they would be better off with stand bags. Stand bags usually weigh around five pounds or less, making them significantly lighter than staff bags and cart bags. It features two foldable legs that act as support for the golf bag while allowing easier access for the golf accessories, most of all the golf clubs.
Most stand bags have backpack-like features, with two straps that allow the golfer to carry the bag on his back effortlessly while going between holes.
Here is a couple of the most recommendable stand bags:
TaylorMade Golf TM Stand Golf Bag 5.0 – it features six pockets and a velour-lined valuables pouch, a strap system that allows the golfer to carry the bag more comfortably. It also has an additional sleeve for the umbrella – you have to prepare yourself for the inclement weather!
Titleist Players 4 Golf Bag – it features sturdy high-grade retractable aluminum legs as well as advanced hinged bottom to keep the bag stable at all times. It has a self-balancing, convertible strap system, a dual-density foam for additional comfort, and a full-length pocket for the clothes.
4. Carry Bags
Carry bags are for those who do not feel the need for any support and are just fine with lugging it while walking around the golf course. However, there are carry bags that come complete with frames which transform them as stand bags.
That won’t be much of a problem because carry bags are incredibly lightweight compared to other bags. Most carry bags weigh up to two pounds. The most obvious reason for this is that they are made of lighter materials, and they have a more straightforward construction. While most carry bags have only a handful of pockets, some models feature a dozen pouches or even more than that. Another, most carry bags mostly have up to two-way dividers while other golf bags feature four, six, or even fourteen-way dividers. Most carry bags have a single strap.
For people who take up golf as a pure weekend and holiday pleasure, and who can get by with just a few pieces of golf equipment, carry bags are the most ideal for them. Speaking of weekend, carry bags are also called “Sunday bags” – lightweight bags that players bring their own clubs on their rest days.
Here are two of the best carry bags:
7” Sunday Bag, Lightweight Carry Bag, Executive Course Golf Bag – Made of polyester, this bag has enough space for the essentials for beginner golfers, junior golfers, or anyone who takes up golf as a mere pleasure rather than as a competitive sport. Being lightweight, this is a perfect companion for traveling, and it doesn’t take up much space in the trunk of your car or trailer.
Titleist Carry Golf Bag – it features three zippered pouches, a velour-lined valuables pocket, and a lightweight, compact design. It carries and stores just the right number of golf essentials. It is perfect for junior golfers, beginner golfers, or anyone who dabbles in golf for pleasure.