There are three basic types of golf bags.
These are the large bags that you see tour players using. Although it is still possible to buy these bags in leather most are made from a form of vinyl. They can weight up to 45 lbs. empty. They are used on tour as they can hold all the items a tour player may need for any situation. Besides the necessary things like the clubs, balls, tees, ball markers, divot tools and an umbrella, there is plenty of room for rain gear, sweaters, extra socks, towels, and even a complete change of clothes. Some of these bags have a cooler compartment to carry the fluids and snacks necessary to see both the player and caddy complete the 5 mile journey around the golf course. Another added advantage of these bags is the space available for the player’s sponsor to place their name in a prominent place.
You very seldom see ordinary golfers with these bags. Although I do have a few friends who play at facilities where power carts and club storage are compulsory and since they do not have to tote their bag around they have opted for these big bags.
These are by far the most common type of bag used for women. Although there seems to be an increasing number of women players who are carrying their bags, most women either use a push cart or a power cart. These bags are made of a number of fabrics such as synthetic leathers, cordura nylon, reinforced light weight nylons and a variety of printed fabrics. Many of them come with 13 -14 individual full length dividers, revolving tops, security lock systems, up to 12 pockets, removable coolers, and a full length umbrella sleeve. Some come with outside sleeves for a putter and a wedge, and magnetic ball pockets.
For women this is an area of their golf gear that they can truly personalize. There are printed fabric cart bags that come with matching headcovers. This is a category where individual players can select bold colors, flowers, tartans, or more conservative single colors. In selecting a cart bag a golfer should bear in mind how the bag will be handled when not in use. Who will lift the bag from the cart? Is it going into storage? Will you have to lift it into your car? Do you drive a sports car with a tiny trunk? Do you do extensive air travel with your golf clubs? We have a slogan in our home “he who packs it must be able to lift it”.
These golf bags are usually the lightest bags at 3 – 5 lbs. and 5-8.5 inches around. Most of these bags come with retractable stands and double strap carrying systems. It is important to research the topple factor and the stability of the stand. The topple factor refers to how steep an incline will the bag rest upon without falling over. The reason to have the stand in the first place is so that the clubs are protected from clanging around when dropped to the ground and from the moisture of the ground.The other factor, stability, refers to the ease the stand opens and retracts, and the sturdiness of the legs.
The advent of the double strap system by Izzo has meant that many golfers who would not have considered carrying their clubs can now do this without strain on their backs. This double strap arrangement distributes the weight of the bag and its contents evenly across the shoulders. These straps can be adjusted to almost any bag. The Ogio Schling carrying system has a padded yoke that rests on your shoulders forcing you to walk more upright. This distributes the weight on your shoulders and upper back, relieving your lower back.
In choosing the right golf bag, you must consider the conditions in which you play, the regulations governing carts, the size and weight of the bag, how the bag will be handled at the end of the round, and the number of clubs and other equipment you wish to have available. As a golf bag is going to take a certain amount of abuse in the normal course of events, it is important to purchase one that is of high quality and durability. For the best prices in golf bags click on the bags above or the banner beside.