The 10 Best Golf Bags

Updated December 13, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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If you're anything like us, you have enough on your mind when out on the course without struggling to find the right club, a tee or yet another ball. Keep things organized with one of these golf bags. We've included models that are best suited to carts as well as stand bags for those who like to ruin a good walk with a game of golf. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best golf bag on Amazon.

10. Callaway Hyper-Lite 5

The Callaway Hyper-Lite 5 is a versatile option that works great as a cart or stand bag. It can accommodate clubs with oversized grips and has dedicated alignment stick holders. There is also a built-in bottle opener for those times you need a refreshing beverage.
  • easy to grab zipper pulls
  • a total of 8 pockets
  • legs can get tangled up at times
Brand Callaway
Model 5116544
Weight pending
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

9. Wilson NFL

If you like to play golf, but still want everybody to know you are a huge football fan, then you'll probably be interested in the Wilson NFL. It allows you to show off your team's colors while you, hopefully, decimate your competition on the links.
  • available in every team
  • made with diamond ripstop material
  • single carrying strap
Brand Wilson Golf
Model WGB9750WS
Weight pending
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. Intech Affinity ZLS

The Intech Affinity ZLS is a great budget option with a good amount of features for those just starting out. Its six-way top can accommodate a full set of 13 clubs, plus it has two large garment pockets to organize essentials for quick access during play.
  • pressure-weighted legs
  • good choice for teens and beginners
  • can be difficult to slide clubs out
Brand Affinity
Model A08823-P
Weight 5.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

7. Sun Mountain 2 Five

The Sun Mountain 2 Five is one of the lightest bags on the market, coming in at just 2.5lbs, so if you are tired of carrying a heavy load around the course, this is the one for you. It features sturdy carbon fiber legs and a flared top to increase usable space.
  • a golf digest editor's choice
  • high strength-to-weight ratio
  • strap feels a little flimsy
Brand Sun Mountain
Model 2Five
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Callaway Chev

The Callaway Chev has grab handles on both the top and the trunk that make it easier to maneuver when trying to get it in or out of a trunk. It comes in six different color optionss, all of which really stand apart from the crowd.
  • soft mesh hip pad for comfort
  • backpack-style shoulder straps
  • only has a 7-way divider
Brand Callaway
Model 51744-Parent
Weight pending
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Bag Boy Revolver LTD

With its Clip-Lok technology, the Bag Boy Revolver LTD keeps your clubs safe and secure while on the move. Dual external putter tubes make it easy to grab this valuable club quickly and help to keep it from getting damaged by heavier woods and irons.
  • cooler pocket can be removed
  • two extra-large apparel pockets
  • unique rotating divider top
Brand Bag Boy
Model BB35080
Weight 14.6 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. Nike Air Hybrid II

The Nike Air Hybrid II provides you with a luxurious experience as you walk or ride the golf course. It includes quick click removable straps, a ventilated die cut air mesh back pad, and an insulated cooler pocket to keep your beverages icy cold.
  • easily accessible pockets
  • feels very well balanced
  • leg caps securely grip surfaces
Brand Nike
Model BG0401
Weight 9.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Ogio Silencer

The Ogio Silencer is available in four stylish color choices, each of which boasts a rugged nylon construction that enhances its durability. It features a convenient cart strap channel and a fleece-lined pocket for valuables.
  • keeps clubs silent when being moved
  • trunk handle is easy to grab
  • convenient pen sleeve
Brand OGIO
Model 124050.335-Parent
Weight 9.4 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Prosimmon Tour

The Prosimmon Tour has 14 dividers that run the full length of the bag to keep your clubs protected and easily accessible. It features lots of zippered pockets so you can keep all of your gear, from tees to balls to score cards, organized.
  • integrated towel ring
  • exterior umbrella holder strap
  • insulated pocket for drinks
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Ping Hoofer

As the name implies, the Ping Hoofer is intended to be carried as you walk the course and is thoughtfully designed to accomplish said purpose as effortlessly as possible. It has well-padded, easily adjustable shoulder straps and weighs just 5lbs.
  • built-in rain hood
  • water-resistant cell phone pocket
  • velcro glove pads
Brand Ping
Model 32990-01
Weight pending
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

Several Areas to Consider Whenever Choosing a Golf Bag

Choosing a golf bag comes down to a combination of personal experience, prudence, and taste. Casual players, for example, might gravitate toward a beginner bag that appears compact. While these beginner bags are lighter, they might also force a player to jam several clubs into a cramped compartment. Assuming your clubs are valuable, you'll want a bag that enables those clubs to be slid in and out without getting damaged.

Ideally, you'll want a bag to have at least four central compartments, which you can use to distribute up to 14 clubs (according to regulation rules). If possible, you'll want that bag to have a lid or built-in rainfly for keeping your clubs dry in the event of a downpour. In addition, you'll want that bag to have several pockets that you can use to store balls, tees, towels, water bottles, and food.

If you often choose to carry your own clubs (as opposed to using a caddy), then you'll want a bag that has a cushioned strap. If you're accustomed to walking each course (as opposed to using a cart), then you'll want a bag that features stick holders, so you can stand that bag upright instead of laying it on its side.

Those with shoulder issues might want to invest in a bag that comes with a pull-out handle and a rear-side set of wheels. If you have hip issues, it might be worth investing in a bag with a cushioned liner that won't bang against your waist. Or, if you just want to be comfortable and enjoy your day on the links, get a bag cart to do all the heavy lifting for you.

How to Arrange Your Golf Bag

When arranging your golf bag, most experts recommend that you start by placing the smallest clubs in first. These clubs should be stored inside the bag's rear compartment. The reason being that whenever a bag is tilted, the smallest clubs are always the least likely to teeter out.

Assuming your bag has four central compartments, you'll want to divide your irons chronologically throughout the three bottom-most compartments, while placing your woods, your wedge, and your putter in the compartment nearest the strap. Distributing the weight equally in this manner will keep your bag from getting front-heavy, and it will also make it easier to locate a specific club whenever you're trying to make a shot.

If you're constantly switching the set of clubs that you play with, it might be worth taping a list of which clubs belong in each compartment along the lip of your bag. Either that or use your cellphone to take an overhead photo of your bag with all of the clubs placed in their proper order.

Regarding the bag's side pockets, the common-sense rule is that drinks and snacks should be placed in a separate pocket from towels and gloves. Balls and tees should be afforded their own pockets, and - given these items are used so often - those pockets should be located near the bag's top.

A Brief History of Golf

The modern game of golf originated during 15th-Century Scotland, where it was banned for a time by James II, who felt the game represented a distraction to Scotsmen who should be practicing archery - a more utilitarian sport. Ironically, this ban was lifted in 1502 by James IV, a direct descendant of James II who had begun to play golf himself.

During the mid-16th Century, Archbishop Hamilton of Scotland granted permission for the waterside greens along St. Andrews to be re-purposed as a golf course. This was a symbol of mainstream acceptance, and it soon resulted in St. Andrews becoming hallowed ground for golf enthusiasts throughout Europe.

Up until the 1700s, most golf games were played by adhering to unofficial rules. These rules became standardized, however, under the game's first governing body, an organization known as The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. In 1764, this organization approved recognizing a full "round" of golf as being comprised of 18 holes (as opposed to the previously acceptable 22).

Golf's first "Open Championship" took place in Ayrshire, Scotland during 1860. This tournament proved to be such a success that golf subsequently made its way across the Atlantic. The first U.S. country clubs began opening in New York toward the end of the 19th Century. These "clubs" were usually 18-hole golf courses that were attached to a lavish meeting hall for society's elite.

During the 1920s, experienced golfers and their caddies took to using custom-made bags to tote a full arsenal of clubs. Motorized carts were added into the mix a few decades later, rendering it much easier for even the most out-of-shape golfers to enjoy a full day on the links.

Today, it is estimated that 25 million people play golf worldwide. That estimate has fallen off slightly from its peak of 31 million players, culminating during the height of Tiger Woods' prime.

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Last updated on December 13, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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