Buying Guide: Shopping For The Best Golf Bags For The Money (2017)

Unless you want to be carrying your golf clubs around the golf course, chances are you will need a golf bag. With so many options on the market, which one should you choose? How do you select one? Currently there are a few good ones out there: Staff bags, cart bags, stand bags, travel bags and carry bags are all excellent choices but for different reasons. Which one you choose will be based on your own personal preference, but it is important to know the benefits of each, the drawbacks, and to choose wisely once you know all there is to know about purchasing a golf bag. After all, your golf bag is an investment and they can be expensive. Choosing the right one will make your life on the golf course easier, more comfortable, and will also make sure you get the most for your money.

A few different types of golf bags you will find are the staff bag, cart bag, stand bag, travel bag and carry bag. The main thing to consider prior to purchase is how often you will be using the bag, where you will be playing, and when you will be playing. Here is a quick breakdown of each and how they can help make things a little easier on the course for you.

About Carry Bags

Carry bags are the lightest option of all these bags, weighing a mere two pounds. The minimal weight is due to lighter materials and a less rigid design than its golf bag counterparts have, and this means that they don’t have quite as many features. Less pockets and dividers are the main quality noticed in carry bags than other bags available for purchase on the market. These bags are similar to the stand bag, but do not have the added convenience of the retractable legs.

About Cart Bags

Although not as large as the staff bag, the cart bag is significantly lighter making it much easier to carry around. It is designed primarily to be used in a push cart or placed in a golf cart-as the name implies. If you prefer to get your exercise in on the golf course, this probably won’t be the bag for you as it is not designed to be carried. It weighs in around 7 pounds so the lighter bag makes it more comfortable to move back and forth, but it is still not designed to be carried throughout the course. Overall, this is going to be a great choice if you have access to a push cart or golf cart. The easy access pockets and non-slip rubber base are another great addition to this bag.

About Stand Bags

These bags hold their own weight with two retractable legs, so you don’t have to worry about it toppling over while you play. The legs give the bag a unique feature, enabling it to stand upright or at an angle. If you plan on walking during your golf game, this is the bag for you. Great for the golfer who doesn’t want a push cart or golf cart, the stand bag weighs a very light 5 pounds making it an easy carry. Designed with comfort in mind, stand bags have hip padding, as well as straps for easier carry (these features solely depend on the bag you purchase, however, and do not come standard in each bag). Adding to the benefits and versatility of this bag, the stand bag is able to be carried, placed in a push cart, or placed on a golf cart.

About Travel Bags

If you find yourself traveling with your bags, you may want to look into investing in a travel bag. These bags aren’t necessarily for walking the course, but are used to protect your golf clubs during travel. With a padded top, wheels, extra pockets and padded handles, these bags are great for heading to the airport or making a long distance drive with your golf clubs.

About Staff Bags

This bag is the top shelf of golf bags for a variety of reasons. They provide plenty of room for all of your golf clubs and are made of high quality materials. Adding to the benefits of this bag are the eye-catching shape, and that it is considered by many to be one of the best looking bags on the golf course. The only downside you may find to this bag is that it can be a little on the heavy side, weighing in at about 10 pounds. Weight is a main factor in why many people look to a caddy or cart when using this bag, so it is important to keep that in mind prior to purchasing the staff bag.

 

Top 10 Best Golf Bags for Beginners and Seasoned Players

BAGOUR RATING
Ping 4 Series Carry Golf Bag
Ping 4 Series Carry Golf Bag
5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Callaway 2017 Org 14 Cart Bag
Callaway 2017 Org 14 Cart Bag
5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Ping Pioneer Golf Cart Bag (2017)
Ping Pioneer Golf Cart Bag (2017)
5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Nike Golf- 2015 Sport Cart III Bag
Nike Golf- 2015 Sport Cart III Bag
4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)
TaylorMade 2017 Supreme Hybrid Stand Bag
TaylorMade 2017 Supreme Hybrid Stand Bag
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Nike Air Sport Lite Stand Bag
Nike Air Sport Lite Stand Bag
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Callaway 2017 Chev Stand Bag
Callaway 2017 Chev Stand Bag
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Callaway 2017 Fusion Stand Bag
Callaway 2017 Fusion Stand Bag
4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
TaylorMade San Clemente Cart Bag
TaylorMade San Clemente Cart Bag
4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)
TaylorMade 2015 Catalina Cart Bag
TaylorMade 2015 Catalina Cart Bag
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
*rated by us based on value, quality, and performance

 

The best bag for you is going to be a personal choice, and while your golfing buddies may prefer one over the other it is important that you weigh all of the aspects of the bag that is best for you. Whether you find a staff bag, carry bag, or one of the others on this list, each of them is going to have a great benefit to you, your game, and most importantly your comfort while on the golf course. Make sure you weigh in all the pros and cons of each of these bags so you can get the best bag for you. And if you need additional help, then we suggest WheresMyCaddie.com‘s best golf bags in 2017 guide.

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