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Best Carry Bags 2023

Best Carry Bags 2024

The best of the best! We roundup the best carry bags 2024

 

If you’re looking for the perfect bag to get your clubs around the course in, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve tested the best carry bags on the market so whether you’re after something lightweight, waterproof or ample storage, we have the perfect option for you.


Best Carry Bags 2024


Titleist Players 5 StaDry stand bag review

4.5 star review

Reviewed by Jonathan Taylor

This new bag from the StaDry stable came in a Grey/Graphite/White colour which has rather grown on me. It is smart, understated and allows the Titleist logos to stand out. I did wonder whether the light colours would mark up, but after a dozen or so rounds there’s no sign of that. Titleist talk about enhanced accessibility due to the 5-way divider at the top cuff. I can’t really see that this is any great advantage over a 4-way divider but there was certainly plenty of space for all fourteen clubs.

So, to summarise, the Players 5 StaDry absolutely lived up to expectations. Yes, it’s a bit bulky. The pocket configuration could be better. It’s not cheap. But this is a premium quality, robust bit of kit that looks like replacing the Titleist Players 4 stand bag, and sitting alongside the 150th Open premium pencil carry bag as my updated current gamers (if bags can be called gamers).

Because I almost always carry my bag, even though I’m quite old, I forgot to mention another feature which is an integrated cart strap tunnel. This will ensure that your bag remains securely positioned on the back of a golf cart if, for example, you’re playing one of those courses that requires a cart. But give me the Scottish Highlands anytime with my trusty Players 5 StaDry carry bag.

PROS

  • Superb carrying comfort and balance.
  • Premium construction.
  • Good choice of colours

CONS

  • Difficult to access pockets on the move.


 

More info:Titleist

Ping Hoofer Lite Golf Stand Bag

4.5 star review

Reviewed by Dan Murphy

The bag weighs only 5lb, while the pockets are designed with maximum efficiency in mind. The apparel pocket has a full-length zipper for easier access, and the Ping Hoofer Lite features a four-way top to organize clubs and nine pockets.

The Hoofer Lite is more than capable of bearing the load and is much more compact than the full-sized standard Hoofer, making it perfect for players who want to carry less weight. There is a valuables pouch, a big side pocket, somewhere to keep your tees, a front pocket and a smaller side pocket for balls. It is basically telling you: there is room for all you could possibly need here, but nothing more.

I have always found Ping’s dual straps comfortable and tough, as well as easy to adjust to your preference. This is a rugged, functional bag that is just perfect for your daily golfing adventures.

It feels durable, it’s super-comfortable to carry, and there is ample room for all of your gear and gadgets.

PROS

  • Really good strap
  • Built to last
  • Full Hoofer functionality

CONS

  • If you like to travel with all your kit then you might eventually run out of pockets



More information: Ping website

Sun Mountain Two5 Plus carry bag

4.5 star review

Reviewed by Jonathan Taylor

This latest version of the Two5 Plus arrived in in a Red/Nickel/Black colour. It’s one of four colour options, and looked quite smart but not particularly exciting. At first glance it looked the same as the 2022 model but after a bit of ‘spot the difference’ I managed to find a number of changes, most of which are improvements. There is the same 9 inch (or 23 cm) 4-way top with full length dividers and there is certainly plenty of space for all fourteen clubs. And there is same incredibly impressive light weight of 1.31kg (just under 3 lbs) as the previous year’s model.

Although I’m not convinced by the look of the bag, I have to say that it is beautifully light, well-balanced and comfortable to wear. The two carry straps have a little bit more padding than the previous year’s model. In addition, the hip pad is thicker and slightly larger.The X-Strap system (another Sun Mountain invention) offers easy adjustability and the overall result is an excellent carrying experience.

In summary, I think this is an excellent lightweight carry bag that has all the features you need and expect from a premium manufacturer. It’s not the most interesting looking, it’s not waterproof but other than that it just works really well. Considering that I don’t really regard it as an all year round bag, it is a little on the pricey side but in terms of weight, comfort and function it’s hard to beat.

PROS

  • Lightweight.
  • Very comfortable.
  • Good pocket configuration

CONS

  • Expensive.
  • Colour choices not very exciting.



More information: Sun Mountain Golf UK

Cobra Ultralight Sunday Golf Bag

4.5 star review

Reviewed by Nicola Slater

Taking it out of the box, I really loved the design. The different shades of grey in blocks make up a camouflage design that looks great. If this design doesn’t float your boat, Cobra does offer this in five other colours that are mainly block colours.

This was the first time I have tried a golf bag with a long pocket on one side without a smaller one on the other side. This pocket has almost just been replaced with a water bottle holder. I guess that this stops you from over-packing a bag that is designed to be light and helps you carry the bare necessities.

I also really like that this bag has a strap that can be used to keep the legs in for when it is on a trolley, as there is nothing more annoying than them sticking out.

For club storage, there is a three-way top divider. As someone who carries fourteen clubs, these meant that they did get a little jumbled at times. For me, I would most likely use this bag in the winter, with it being slightly smaller than my normal bag and lighter, and when I would likely carry less than fourteen clubs.

PROS

  • Super lightweight
  • Looks good
  • Plenty of handles

CONS

  • Fiddly straps


 

More info:  Cobra Golf

Big Max Heaven Seven golf bag

4.5 star review
Big Max Seven Heaven golf bag review

Reviewed by Hannah Holden

The Seven Heaven golf bag from Big Max is specifically designed as a small bag for winter golf. And actually, it isn’t intended to hold a full set of golf clubs. But leaving a few clubs at home isn’t my thing.

The top of the bag features a 4-way club divider, and although getting all fourteen of my clubs in here was a bit of a tight squeeze it was perfectly manageable. I think around twelve clubs is probably the sweet spot for what this bag would hold, but if like me you want to take a full set out with you it is perfectly feasible.

Even fully loaded up, I was seriously impressed with just how lightweight this was to carry around the golf course compared to my regular golf bag. This made the round much more enjoyable as I wasn’t unnecessarily weighed down. I also found this was very comfortable to carry.

This isn’t advertised as a waterproof bag but it definitely stands up to the weather. I have been caught in a few downpours already and this has done a great job of keeping my kit dry.

PROS

  • Great looking golf ball
  • Innovative storage compartments
  • Lightweight structure

CONS

  • Not as much storage as bigger models



More information: Big Max website

TaylorMade Flextech Waterproof Stand Bag

5 star review

Reviewed by Nicola Slater

From first picking it up I could tell that this bag felt slightly heavier than recent stand bags that I have owned. It weighs 2.1kg which isn’t actually that heavy. It is however one of the largest stand bags I’ve ever come across and with that, you do get plenty of storage. The FlexTech offers 6 pockets of varying sizes, all including waterproof zips. There is also an additional slot for a water bottle.

I’ve been out on the course with this bag a good few times now so I feel like I’ve had a good chance to try it. One of the first things I found when loading it was that the pockets are quite tight. They do hold quite a lot of stuff, especially the largest side pocket but those front pockets can be quite scratchy and tight to get your hands in and out of. I understand that this is down to the waterproof zips which are required on a waterproof bag such as this one. The umbrella holder was located on the side of the bag and my umbrella did seem to stick out quite a lot in comparison to other bags that I have owned however this was just a slight observation and nothing too concerning.

The TaylorMade Flextech waterproof stand bag features a five-way top divider for clubs to sit in. I liked that all of my clubs weren’t squashed together, especially with those slots being quite generous in size. On top of this is a handy plastic surround handle. There is also a handle on the front of the bag which is very padded. This makes getting the bag in and out of the car easier alongside the handle on the bottom of the bag.

Overall, the Flextech Waterproof felt quite luxurious with plenty of padding in the straps and in the single carry handle on the top of the bag. If you’re looking for a hybrid cart/stand bag this is the perfect option. Unfortunately, this bag does come with a hefty price tag but it is definitely worth the long-term investment as it feels incredibly durable.

PROS

  • Plenty of padding
  • Waterproof
  • Lots of storage space
  • Sits great on a trolley

CONS

  • Heavier than other bags


 

More info:  TaylorMade website

Wilson EXO Lite Staff Golf Stand Bag 

4.5 star review

Reviewed by Nicola Slater

Wilson might not be the first choice of brand that springs to mind when considering your next golf bag but the Exo Lite Staff stand bag looks great! I’d never owned a Wilson bag before and straight off of the bat I was very impressed with it. The EXO Lite is on the smaller end of the stand bag scale but this very much suits many golfers who don’t want to deal with bulky, heavy bags.

The last lightweight carry bag that I tested was the Cobra Sunday bag and unlike that, the Wilson Staff bag offers a couple more pockets which is a great addition. With this comes a little more weight as the Staff bag weighs 2.4kg. However, it does offer six storage pockets. A large one on one side with a slightly smaller one on the other side. There are also two outer pouches that work great for holding water bottles. As these are pockets on top of pockets having bottles in there it did limit the space in inner pockets. One of these pouches has a magnetic fasten so could hold things of greater value. Speaking of that, this is a small zipped pocket on the outer of the largest pocket which is great for storing valuables. This pocket has a water tight zip.

The Staff EXO Lite bag features new sturdy, integrated stand legs. They worked really well and when put on a trolley they could be strapped up to keep them in place. It sat on there quite well despite having to take the hills at my golf club. The bottom of the legs have thick rubber grips meaning that the bag stands very well on all surfaces.

The top of the bag features a four-way top divider. As someone who has fourteen clubs in their bag, I found there to be sufficient room and you could still have enough separation between clubs. Ideally, as a lighter-weight bag, you would typically have fewer clubs in but like I said it will still hold fourteen.

PROS

  • Plenty of pockets
  • Looks good
  • Sits well on a trolley

CONS

  • Doesn’t feel overly waterproof


 

More info: Wilson Golf


Best Carry Bags 2024

In conclusion, if you’re searching for the best carry bag of 2024 the Titleist Players 5 StaDry stand bag, Ping Hoofer Lite, Sun Mountain Two5 Plus carry bag, Cobra Ultralight Sunday Golf Bag, Big Max Heaven Seven golf bag, TaylorMade Flextech Waterproof Stand Bag and Wilson EXO Lite Staff Golf Stand Bag should certainly be on your radar. Each of these golf bags offers unique attributes, catering to a diverse range of players and their needs.

Your final choice will depend on your specific needs, whether that’s maximum storage, a lightweight option or something that also works on a trolley. Regardless of your selection, each of these bags promises high-quality performance. So choose your favourite, fill it up, and get out on the golf course!

Nicola Slater

Nicola Slater

Nicola recently graduated from Stirling University where she studied Sports Studies, she wrote her dissertation on barriers to participation for women in golf.
Nicola plays her golf at Hickleton Golf Club and has recently started her professional career on the LET Access Tour. Having played for Yorkshire Ladies and has represented England at junior and senior level.

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