Buying new clubs is always a rite of passage for a golfer. So many decision go into each club- the sizing, the weight, the utility- it all factors. You will likely spend hundreds of dollars (okay, maybe more) on these precious irons. Then you take a long, hard look at your golf bags. Remember, these are the utilitarians that collect and organize your carefully-crafted golf clubs- they deserves a second glance.
When shopping around for a golf bag, there are several factors that should be considered. Golf carry, stand, or cart bag, for example? Will your bag only carry the necessities, or are you looking for a cooler bag? We will breakdown the features of the top rated golf bags, and determine what makes each bag stand out from one another.
Best Golf Cart Bags
Golf cart bags are made to be carried on- well- a golf cart, whether manually pulled or a driving cart. They often have straps but are for transporting to and from locations, and are not designed to be carried around all day, as they are not comfortable nor safe for your back and shoulders. Also, most golf bags will fit most golf carts, as they are generally shaped the same as to avoid problems. However, golf cart bags will best fit a push cart that is the same brand or made specifically for that bag.
For the beginner golfer, golf cart bags are not particularly heavy, but being lightweight is not their focus: they are not intended to be carried. Finally, the women’s golf cart bags are also slightly smaller than the men’s, so bear in mind when choosing your golf bag.
Unique Features: E-trolley system- integrates with most push carts
Weight: 5.6 pounds
Extras: umbrella sleeve, pocket for phone/keys, 6 colors available
This is easily one of the best golf cart bags on the market. It is equipped with a 14-way divider system, which is going to help keep your game so organized you will be the envy of type-A golfers everywhere. 19 pockets might seem a little excessive, but two of those are insulated with thermos technology to keep your beverages and snacks cool on the course. In addition, the E-trolley system is made to help keep your clubs in place even on non-Callaway push carts.
Extras: 1 Waterproof Zipper Pocket for Valuables, Umbrella Sleeve
The OX-820 Cart Bag is a breeze to use on the course. There is plenty of room for everything- the exterior putter tubes means there is more room for your woods and hybrids, meaning no club gets left behind. When it is strapped in to a cart, the pockets are still easily accessible, and you can hook up an umbrella so you have protection on sunny or rainy days.
Extras: Fleece Lined Valuables Pocket, Padded strap for carrying
As far as ladies bags are concerned, any golf bag will work for women’s clubs. This is great because it does broaden the spectrum of choices. However, this particular bag is one of the best ladies’ lightweight golf bags, which is particularly positive because it is intended for use with a cart. That being said, the shoulder strap is padded, and with the bag under 5 pounds without clubs, the bag can easily be carried. Ogio also has a reputation for using very sturdy materials. In addition, the divider is also equipped with an extra slot for putters with oversized grips. Easily, this is easily one of the best golf bags for women.
Extras: Rain Hood, Lift Assist Handle, Pen Holder and Towel Ring
This is another great 14-way divider golf cart bag. It is a bit shorter than the others, which is why we added it to our list. It could be easier for shorter golfers to carry and use; however, if you have longer drivers, they are likely to move around a bit inside the bag. In addition, the base of the bag is made with rubber for stability and water resistance, if you are trying to avoid buying or using a cart.
Extras: 2 garment pockets, towel ring and glove holder
While the weight is unlisted for this model, most women’s golf bags are under 6 pounds. Customer reviews mostly say lightweight, but still there is no guarantee it will be comfortable to carry all day without a cart. It does have a cooler pocket, and also a waterproof pocket for your phone and valuables, which is why it qualifies as one of the top ladies’ golf bags.
Stand Golf Bags
Stand golf bags are usually lighter and more compact than cart bags, as they need to be customized for an all-day carry. They are fitted with a tripod that resembles a kickstand so that you always have somewhere to lean your clubs without having to bring or rent a push cart or driving cart. Golf bag stands are often made from plastic to help lessen the weight of the bag, but sometimes they will be made of metal. Finally, while they are smaller, they are not to be mistaken for the more condensed carry bags that are made for training or range play.
Being an extremely lightweight bag has its perks. This Wilson golf stand bag has a pick-up-and-go vibe to it, which keeps your golf game simple. It is easily the best lightweight golf bag with a stand. There is still ample storage, including the popular velour-lined pocket for your treasures. While it is void of any cooler pockets, it does have extra padding where the bag hits your hip, as well as on the strap so that you will be able to comfortably haul your golf clubs without wear and tear.
Extras: Umbrella and Towel storage, rain hoof, ball pocket
This bag has just the right number of pockets at such a low weight that you can feel comfortable loading them up, even without a golf cart to help you carry it. With the padded duo straps the weight will be evenly distributed and relieve pressure from your shoulders. In addition, there is a cooler pocket on this bag, as well as places for umbrellas, balls, towels, and shoes.
Extras: towel hook/bottle opener, water resistant, holders for clubs
The Callaway Hyper Lite Stand bag has almost double the storage of most other stand bags. However, it is structured in a way that prevents it from being bulky and awkward. In addition, there are plenty of dividers for your clubs and pockets for supplies. The selling point on this bag is the base, which is made from Callaway’s Xtra Traction Technology for more traction on the links.
Extras: Water Bottle Pocket, Full Length Dividers, Tee Dividers
If you are looking for something more compact, especially for hitting at practice ranges and courses, the Typhoon Mini Stand Bag is for you. It fits 5 clubs comfortably in its 6” opening. There are still enough pockets to pack what you need, but the goal of this bag is to minimize what you need to bring in order to get going. Finally, there is still one pocket big enough to fit shoes and a change of clothes, if necessary.
Carry Golf Bags
If you like the RJ Sports Mini Stand Bag, you will love these bags. The bags for light packers and walkers, golf carry bags are made lightweight with padded straps so that golfers can carry them through most courses, training courses, driving ranges, and for travel. Lightweight carry golf bags are frequently more compact but can still fit a high number of golf clubs within them. Many golf carry bags are marketed for beginners, junior golfers, or even seniors that cannot carry a full set of clubs with them. Therefore, the following bags are all great options for different reasons.
A carry bag can be a great addition to your main golf bag, or a substitute for a day at the range. It is also light enough to carry through a whole course, although it is not quite as structured, so there might be a struggle when leaning it like a stand bag. We highly recommend this bag for traveling or when space is limited and the golf is casual.
Extras: Water Resistant Underside, Beverage holder
Ping Golf’s carry bag can fit a whole set of clubs, which is great for golfers who are really committed to walking without a cart. The Moonlite carry bag is structured enough that it can easily be leaned when necessary without collapsing. In addition, it is made with a water resistant underside, which means placement on its side in the grass will keep your clubs dry and compact.
Cooler Golf Bags
While many of the featured golf bags on our list have a cooler pocket, often they are just lined pockets to keep things chilled. There are, however, bags on the market whose main feature is the cooler. Extra effort went into construction of the bag to make it effective to hold your clubs and necessary snacks and beverages. Two choices are going to be winners for you for different reasons. However, we guarantee that you are not just getting an elongated cooler- these are great golf bags and will serve you well.
Extras: Cooler drainage port, nylon, umbrella holding system
Represent your alma mater while keeping cool on the course with the Bucket II Collegiate Cooler Cart Bag by Team Effort. In addition, it is the lightest golf bag in our cooler section. The insulated cooler compartment is not only large, but has a drain port attached to it, which means ice can be an easy addition without the mess. In addition, the 14-way divider and extra pockets makes organizing all of your gear a breeze.
Bag Boy’s chiller cart bag is quite hefty and has more than enough storage for your clubs and gear. The greatest part about this bag is it comes with a chiller pocket and removable cooler bag so there is even more room for the snacks and drinks you need to survive a brutal course. This bag is recommended for those who golf 18 holes and truly make a day of it.
Oversize Golf Bags
The last category we will take a look at in this golf bag review section are the oversize or jumbo bags. These are the big boys on the course, and are ready for anything. They are perfect for people who are not leaving home without all of their golf gear. Fortunately, these bags are also extremely durable.
This is an amazing bag for organization. There are more than enough dividers for your clubs, and the oversized pockets are spacious and durable. Even though it is a bit weighty, it maneuvers easily and straps nicely to carts of all kinds.
The main compartment of this bag is quite intense; with 14-way plastic organizers, you can always be sure the right club is in the right compartment. As an oversized bag there is ample room for supplies, making it one of the best golf bags for storage. Despite its large composure it does fit most carts, and as a bonus is backed by a 1-year warranty.
Fifteen bags, fifteen ways to carry your gear over the links you love. Take care of your clubs by giving them the home they deserve- a golf bag of exceptional quality and caliber.