New golf equipment for 2021: golf bags

David Dusek
·6 min read

Legend has it that the first people to play the game that evolved into golf were shepherds who hit stones through fields and into rabbit holes. Using only one club, which was probably just a stick, meant they did not need a bag.

But you can carry 14 clubs, so a golf bag is pretty important. Plus, you carry more than just your clubs when you play golf. It would help if you had golf balls, tees and someplace to store things such as a laser rangefinder, a rain jacket and valuables such as car keys and your wallet. On some days, you bring an umbrella or maybe even a Bluetooth speaker.

Golf bags tend to fall into one of four categories, and finding your ideal golf bag is pretty easy once you think about how you typically play.

If you never walk when you play, then a bag’s weight does not need to be considered and you can enjoy the luxury of something big. Staff bags such as those used by players on the PGA Tour and LPGA are the biggest, but a cart bag makes more sense and is less expensive. Cart bags have lots of pockets, protect your clubs and securely fit on the back of a golf cart.

If you prefer walking and only ride occasionally, a stand bag typically is the way to go. These bags are lighter than cart bags and feature retracting legs that can keep the bag upright . Stand bags tend to have water bottle pockets and most now come with a strap system that allows you to carry the bag like a backpack, making it more comfortable while putting less strain on your body.

A growing number of players are enjoying a more minimalist version of golf, eschewing extra gear. They walk exclusively and don’t take many things on the course aside from clubs and balls. Legless carry bags are a viable option for this type of player, and they have a throw-back style that can make a statement that is also functional.

Finally, Sunday bags are typically the smallest and lightest bags, but they usually are not large enough to carry 14 clubs. Golfers who want something they can easily take to the range or a par-3 course love the convenience of Sunday bags, but they are typically a player’s second (or third) bag.

If you are in the market for a new golf bag this season, here are several models you might want to consider.

BagBoy Revolver XP Cart Bag, $249.95

Bag Boy Revolver XP
Bag Boy Revolver XP

Bag Boy Revolver XP (Bag Boy)

This is not the first cart bag to feature 14 separate compartments to hold your clubs, but thanks to a top that spins 360 degrees, the Revolver XP makes it easier than ever to grab the club you want. A gripping mechanism inside each space also keeps your clubs secure. The bag has nine pockets, including a hydration pocket and a fleece-lined valuables pocket, and even has an external tube to hold a putter with a larger grip.

Callaway Hyperlite Zero stand bag, $229.99

Callaway Hyperlite Zero
Callaway Hyperlite Zero

Callaway Hyperlite Zero (Callaway)

Weighing less than 3 pounds, the Hyperlite lives up to its name and is Callaway's lightest stand bag. To help keep the pounds off, Callaway gave the Hyperlite Zero carbon-fiber legs, and it has seven pockets to hold all your gear, including a mobile phone pocket, and a five-divider top.

Ogio Fuse stand bag, $199.99

Ogio Fuse
Ogio Fuse

Ogio Fuse stand bag (Ogio)

Made using rugged 210D Ripstop Polyester, the Fuse has a Fit Disc strap system that makes it extremely comfortable to carry. While it can be used on a cart, walkers will love the little features such as a Velcro glove patch, towel loop and open insulated water bottle pocket. There is even a large apparel pocket for holding a rain suit. Weighs 4.82 pounds.

Orca Apex Signature Hybrid, $495

Orca Apex Signature bag
Orca Apex Signature bag

Orca Apex Signature Hybrid bag (Orca)

With eight dividers on the top and 11 zipper pockets, the Apex can easily carry all your gear and looks like a standard cart bag. However, after unzipping a hidden compartment, a pair of carbon-fiber legs retract and the Apex becomes a stand bag. The bag weighs 9.2 pounds.

Original Jones Lancer T carry bag, $160

Original Jones Lancer bag
Original Jones Lancer bag

Original Jones Lancer carry bag. (Original Jones)

An old-school design with a new school twist, the Lancer retains the looks and style that is synonymous with Original Jones, but instead of leather, this bag is made from vinyl. That makes it lighter, easier to clean and better at staying dry. The extra-wide shoulder strap helps to lighten the load for comfort.

Ping Hoofer Lite stand bag, $210

Ping Hoofer Lite
Ping Hoofer Lite

Ping Hoofer Lite (Ping)

Tipping the scale at just 5 pounds, the Hoofer Lite allows players to carry it with either one or two straps easily. Four large dividers in the top make accessing and organizing clubs easy, while a cart strap channel designed into the bag makes securing it easy when you ride. Seven pockets, including an insulated hydration pocket and zip-off ball pocket, can hold everything you need.

Steurer Jacoby 8" Sunday Style carry bag, $449

Steurer Jacoby 8" Sunday Style bag
Steurer Jacoby 8" Sunday Style bag

Steurer Jacoby 8" Sunday Style bag (Steurer Jacoby)

Gene Sarazen never had it this good. The Sunday Style bag is handmade in Kentucky using waxed canvas and leather with brass hardware. An internal wire frame gives the bag structure, so it can be used when you walk or ride in a cart. It comes standard with a large, zippered ball pocket, an umbrella sheath and a bottom assist handle. It weighs about 6 pounds.

Sun Mountain Eco-Lite cart bag, $249.99

Sun Mountain EcoLite cart bag
Sun Mountain EcoLite cart bag

Sun Mountain EcoLite cart bag (Sun Mountain)

The fabric used to make this bag was produced using 25 recycled 20-ounce plastic bottles. The Eco-Lite cart bag weighs just 6 pounds but can hold everything you could want on the course in its 11 pockets. Two utility handles on either side of the 14 club dividers on the top make getting it on and off your cart easier.

TaylorMade FlexTech Lite stand bag, $219.99

TaylorMad Flex Tech Lite
TaylorMad Flex Tech Lite

TaylorMade FlexTech Lite stand bag (TaylorMade)

Built for utility and function, the FlexTech Lite stand bag comes standard with self-adjusting, padded shoulder straps, a hip pad on the side and sturdy, retractable legs that spring out quickly when you set the bag down. When you ride, the strap passthrough piece under the handle makes securing the FlexTech a piece of cake. Six pockets hold your gear, including a water-resistant valuables pocket. It weighs 4 pounds.

Titleist Players 4 Plus StaDry Stand Bag, $290

Titleist Players 4 Plus StaDry
Titleist Players 4 Plus StaDry

Titleist Players 4 Plus StaDry stand bag (Titleist)

As the name implies, this bag not only holds your clubs and gear, it fights the elements. The zippers are all seam-sealed to keep water out of the pockets, while a magnetic-closing accessories pocket makes grabbing a laser rangefinder or GPS device easier. The full-length apparel pocket is expandable. It weighs 4.2 pounds.

Vessel Lite Lux, $355

Vessel Lite Lux bag
Vessel Lite Lux bag

Vessel Lite Lux bag (Vessel)

Made from durable, water-resistant, crosshatch embossed synthetic leather, the Lite Lux has four dividers on the top, a magnetic rangefinder pocket, a velour-lined valuables pocket, a garment compartment and a lined water bottle sleeve. The Rotator base keeps the bag stable while the shoulder straps self-adjust for comfort. It weighs 4.5 pounds

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