The Best of...Carry Bags

By: James A. Frank

Appeared in Fall 2013 LINKS

You don't have to walk every round to appreciate what’s new in carry bags. As their weight goes down, their features go up, so they fit everything you need (rainwear, balls, beers) and still lift easily out of the trunk. When you do walk, you’ll relish the extra comfort, clever straps, and smart stand systems. Plus, they come in a choice of colors. Carry on!

Designed to provide ultimate comfort, both the foam shoulder strap and hip pad are ventilated. The five pockets include a water-bottle sleeve, and club dividers extend the full length of the bag. The base fits onto the back of golf carts and also has a handle for easy grabbing. Weight: 3.8 lbs. $160


There’s plenty of storage in this ultra-light bag, seven pockets including a hidden one for valuables and a large apparel pocket. The three-point strap has extra padding and can go double or easily change to single. The foam hip pad and two handles make for comfortable handling and walking. Weight: 3.5 lbs. $160

The reinforced top on Ping’s lightest stand bag creates more room for clubs—especially hybrids and wedges—and features a built-in handle. Dual adjustable straps allow easy-on, easy-off, as well as carrying like a backpack or single-strap. Legs stay tight when carried and won’t splay when set down. Weight: 4 lbs. $150

Updated with a quick-grab handle built into the top, this bag has six pockets, strong aluminum legs with no-slip feet, and full-length club dividers. The company’s adjustable E-Z Fit Dual Strap System makes the bag easy to carry, but it’s also rider-friendly, with locking legs and a cart-shaped bottom. Weight: 3.9 lbs. $185

Offering features found in bigger bags, the Ultra has five pockets (including one insulated for beverages); three-way, full-length club dividers; and extra padding around the top and the hip pad. The four-point, double-strap is easy to adjust, and there’s even a Velcro “spot” to stick a glove. Weight: 4 lbs. $160


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