On The Tee: Choosing a golf bag
Some of the simplest golf bags have features to keep you comfortable and organized on the course. The golf bag offers a lot more than just a bag to carry your clubs. With so many golf bags to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the bag that might be perfect for your golfing needs.
Michael Kenney is the store manager at Golfers Warehouse. We got his thoughts on choosing the right golf bag.
“When selecting a golf bag, you want to know your needs. Are you going to walk? Are you going to ride? Are you going to pull a cart? Do you need a full bag or a half bag? Things like that go into selecting a bag,” stated Kenney.
There are different types of golf bags available. Carry bags are the lightest and probably the easiest to transport golf bags. They are designed for the casual golfer. The carry bags are designed with a shoulder strap that makes it easy to carry over your shoulder.
Stand bags are versatile when on the course. They are pretty lightweight but heavier than a carry bag. There are legs to the stand bags, when placed down, that keeps the bag upright. This keeps all your clubs accessible at arm’s length. They are great for walking the course, especially with its back pack like straps that go over both shoulders.
Cart bags are designed with bases made to attach to a golf cart. They have lots of pockets and has a significant amount of storage. They are heavier than bags designed for walking the course. There are also some bags out there that may combine your needs.
The Titleist Players 5 Stand Bag has a five-way divided top and is lightweight to carry but has a compatible base suitable for use on both push and riding carts. At 4.8 pounds, it's ideal for walking but if you feel like riding, just attach the Velcro to the legs and you’re good to go. It has seven total pockets which provide plenty of safe and secure storage options. It even includes a waterproof valuables pocket.
Tour bags offer the maximum amount of storage and pockets. These golf bags are seen with most professional or competitive golfers. They are probably the heaviest of bags due to more items stored for the golf course and a majority of the time golfers who do not have to carry their own bag.
It's important to take into consideration the way you play the game of golf when choosing a new golf bag. Do you prefer to walk? Do you prefer to ride a cart? Golfers who like to carry their golf bag, chose a lighter model. Are there enough pockets in your bag? Can you store enough golf balls, gloves, rain gear? Consider how many pockets you need and how much you like available to you during your round.