How to Set Up Your Golf Bag
Have you even thought about your bag?
You know, that decaying mess of fabric and plastic that holds your precious arsenal.
Do you simply want the most pockets available?
That would be the Nike Performance Cart II.
But do the numbers really tell the whole story?
Careful what you wish for.
It could mean almost anything, but most likely, it DOES NOT mean 14.
Are you a brand loyalist, or do you simply want the best bag out there?
For some of you, those two wonderful ideas may overlap.
Is the storage useful, or did the manufacturer throw as many as they could into the bag to run up the numbers?
Are they insulated, forward facing, zippered, velour lined, hard shelled, etc.?
Easy to maneuver the bag with included handles?
Does the insulated pocket actually hold anything?
FIFTEEN 15 full length dividers and all the features you need.
Love the molded handles on the top to help maneuver the bag.
Large metal towel loop, and a slanted top to give you better access to your clubs when on the cart.
It has most of the features of more expensive bags.
You just found your new bag.
Also has an external putter well.
Only 5+1 full length dividers.
This bag is about 95% of what we want.
Add more full length dividers, toss in a cart strap tunnel and a glove patch, and the could be a true contender.
Could use more storage, more full length dividers, and more features.
No real handles on top.
Clubs bind when being removed, and the putter well divider catches bigger putter grips with ferocity.
We know the top bags in this guide will serve you well, and we look forward to hearing which bag wins by your own personal standards.
Tim focuses on Tech and Soft Goods for MyGolfspy.
In his other life he tries to play as much golf as possible, whether that's during travels for work as aor during testing - Tim has a tough time hanging out at the driving range when he could be out on the course.
Based in Folsom, CA Tim has a penchant for adventure and mischief.
Bought the NIKE M9 Car bag II last year.
The last one fell off towards the end of the year.
This makes the bag completely unstable to stand by itself.
Bought the bag at SportChek, and their solution was to contact Nike.
Love the external putter holder, but will I ever buy NIKE again?
I have a Callaway bag now that has one and I want one exactly like it.
Have been looking for a while for a new golf bag.
Thanks for taking the time everyone.
I travel a lot and want to bring my sticks with me sometimes.
I use oversized grips.
Will dividers make them hard to take out?
What bag would you guys recommend?
Thanks F The Titleist Lightweight Cart Bag is great.
I have taken mine on flights with no problem, though I do have to purge some extra stuff to get it down under weight.
Since I use it only with a cart, I tend to keep adding stuff into it as the season goes on so that by the end of the year it is a bear to lift.
It handles it all just fine, though the airlines require it be under 50 lbs.
So I purge before trips.
I have had more than one cart guy comment on how heavy my bag is.
Probably just looking for an extra tip.
In fact I have carried more than 14 clubs when I am testing potential clubs, with no major problem sticking two clubs in one slot, though it can get a little tight then.
Some of the 14 slots are bigger than others on the Titleist bag, so I just pick one of the wider openings to store more than one club if I need to.
For golf bag individual club slots, I have a Titleist Lightweight 14-way stand bag.
For a quick trip on a plane, I will just move my clubs and a few things into that bag and have no issues making the required weight.
And again, no problems with larger grips in that one either.
Either one is great, but for riding, a cart bag is the best as it sets your clubs up so you have shorter clubs in front of longer ones when facing the bag.
Much easier than a stand bag where everything is backward on a cart if you want access to all the pockets.
I appreciate the feedback.
I am looking at the Titleist bag you recommended and one thing I see which may be a problem is that my putter grip which is big but not HUGE like some are might be an issue putting in the putter slot.
Do you ever have this problem?
Thx Also, can you tell me which Titleist bag you have?
Is it the TB4LTSF-0 or the TB3CT5-022C or the CT5-301 or which one?
Just to make sure you would have no issues with an oversized putter grip, I tried turning over a hybrid and stuck the head down to the bottom of the hole in the putter slot with no problem whatsoever.
Plenty of room for a large putter grip.
By the way, the alternate bag I use is :for the few times I walk, maybe 8 or 10 times a year.
Got the cart bag mentioned above last winter after having the previous 2012 Titleist Lightweight Cart Bag model for a couple years and being extremely happy with it.
Both cart bags—the 2012 and 2014 versions—still look new.
I average over 120 rounds a year and I practice at least a hundred more times each year.
And I load the crap into these bags.
So IMO these Titleist cart bags are pretty tough.
Have you ever seen one of these?
Yes Frank, the bag you decided on is the previous 2012 version of my 2014 bag.
I used to use the same one you chose, but in all Black, prior to my 2014 model.
Only a few minor changes from 2012 to 2014 model.
I like the molded front pocket in the 2014 bag.
The 2012 had a more typical, soft pocket, which made it harder to look into and find small objects.
The grab handles on the side are different than the 2014 version as well, as is the cooler pocket, which is actually larger on the 2012 version.
Even though the one you got is an older model, it is a great bag.
It should hold up well for you.
Oh well… I appreciate your comments and input.
I hope to use it for as long as I have my current bag 7 years!
It would also eliminate the possible divider-grip problem.
Just one small thing,on your chart it shows the nike performance cart II to have 7 full length dividers but in your review you say it as 14 full length dividers.
Could you please clear this up for me is it 7 or 14 full length dividers on this bag.
Really like the look of this bag.
I love the bag already, so much space and so light with lots of straps to help manoeuvre it in golf bag individual club slots out of cars, trolleys and buggies.
Although, May come across a little naive here why does the bag have 14 club compartments, with an extra putter compartment?
It also has an integrated putter well.
Highly recommended We all got our quirks, and my is club chatter.
Few years ago, I went with the Ogio silencer bag and that technology is awesome.
I agree with the sipperless pockets, they do stretch and are open a little to where golf balls can slip out.
Where they missed the boat is the separate putter well big time.
So much so, I just ordered the Bagboy revolver LTD as they have 2 outside putter wells i guess wedge and putter with clips to keep them from moving around too.
In a game of honor etc.
In fact shame on the whole industry for marketing every new word they can think of — for the same result in an effort to sell more equipment.
Shopping for new stuff has left me exhausted and frustrated with a sport that I love and believed had some integrity.
I have an Ogio bag with the zipperless ball pocket; I actually bought it for the zipper less pocket; and I HATE!!!
The piece that makes it zipper less comes loose all the time and flops open almost every time I pull it out of the trunk!
Hopefully it has been re- engineered since I bought mine.
My favorite cart bag, by far, is the Bennington Quiet Organizer QA-12.
It has an indestructible individual rubber polymer slot for each individual iron and wedge head.
Consequently, there also is no club head wear if you have forged irons or wedges.
However, for my specific needs, it is easily the best choice.
However, the carry handles on the C-130 are great.
This is really important to me because I have to carry fully-loaded my bag up and down three flights of stairs each time I play or practice usually 3 times per week.
Why are full length club dividers considered good?
Like many people, I have more than 14 clubs and I vary which ones are in the bag during a round according to playing conditions.
I have more than 14 clubs in my bag all the time except when I am playing.
When club grips get tight against each other I just pick up the bag, shake it and all the clubs move around until there is more room.
A cart bag will hold a lot more than 14 clubs if they are put in straight and there are no full length dividers.
The bag will also stand up on the grass without one of those metal stands built into many smaller bags I carry my clubs.
Without the metal stand, a cart bag is no heavier, but is bigger.
I have been digging through website after website golf bag individual club slots specs and reviews on all these bags and more trying to make a decision on my new bag.
go here have been using my 2005 Callaway Org bag for the last 8 years and it is just time for an upgrade.
Your comparison answered a lot of questions for me that I was having trouble finding.
So I have now narrowed it down to the final 3, Callaway Org 15, Sun Mountain C130 or the Nike Performance Cart II.
My determining factor is going to be which one will hold the golf bag individual club slots beer, can anyone answer that question?
That is the only question that I care about.
Yes, I like full length dividers, a glove patch, a towel ring and security on my push cart, but how much beer WILL it hold????
The 14 way dividers are great, the pockets though not as many as some of the other bags are big enough to carry everything you need on the course and it will fit a 6 pack of 12oz cans easily in the cooler pouch.
Hey Tim great write up.
I have a friend asking for bag recommendations and this will be a big help.
And seeing that Ogio makes me want to be in the market myself.
I design and build bags as part of my current job and all I can say is it better be awfully impressive in person.
I know interpreting warranty statements can be tricky.
For myself this is a big consideration when making a purchase.
I have had two small incidents with my current bag brand golf bag individual club slots both times, no questions asked, I was sent current year replacements.
This might be worth giving up an extra pocket or spending and extra bit of money all else being equal.
Where are the rest of the brand like: Titleist, PING, PUMA etc etc… If so.
Stands up fine fully loaded.
I have the C130 everything is ok except when you fill the bag with gear.
For crying out loud Spies, you forgot insulated pockets, and how many beers it can keep cold.
How could Tim forget the John Barry Aggregate score?
No bag will touch the massive 18 can score from the 2011 Cally ORG 14X.
B I would agree but no room for a Super Stroke FATSO 5.
If they corrected this in the 2014 line big cups…if not boo.
And for the guy asking about the Oakley bag, oakleyvault.
Ping Pioneer is better than all of them.
I hate to say it, but the zipperless pocket has been terrible in the 2 Ogio bags I owned.
The first one, after a month, opened every time I hit a bump while driving, dumping balls into the trunk.
The next one had a corner break on the zipperless pocket tension rod after it about 6 months.
Bought the C-130 after that.
I owned an Ogio cart bag and won a Ping Pioneer.
I used the Pioneer once and now the Ogio stores my extra clubs.
Not a great feature after one season.
I bought an Ogio cart bag last year not the Chamber and was very disappointed.
The head cover ripped after 2 months, but the biggest issue was how it fit on a power cart.
The cart strap covered the zippers on both sides, making it impossible to access those pockets with the strap around the bag.
Of course the obvious happened; I unhooked the strap, got in a pocket, forgot to secure the strap and dumped my bag when I started the cart.
Will never buy another Ogio.
I am surprised that your Functionality metric only addresses forward facing pockets, not access while on a cart.
I read more use a Sun Mountain MicroCart and their new Sync bag is made for that cart and also works very well on power carts.
Absolutely nothing better for stability and size and ease of use in the pull cart world.
The Synch is also a great drive cart bag with everything accessible where you want it when loaded.
I guess you get lucky every now and then.
Can you please tell me why not?
On my 3rd year play every week with my Team Effort Univ.
The fabric that separates the dividers is beginning to come out.
Bag has not faded and will be played for at least another season or two.
Typo in there on dividers, that should say 14 full-length.
Thanks for catching that.
It looks terrific as well as functional I like the Oakley Sunglasses Storage compartment it offers.
Would love to hear opinions on it if anyone has any!!
I just bought the Ping pioneer bag for my click gear 2.
Full Gold rush money bag divider and plenty of storage, it also comes with a Range finder pocket how convenient is that….
I use the exact same setup and have no complaints at all.
I completely agree with you on labeling pockets T.
Let me figure out what I want in that pocket!
Afer moving over from the Callaway Org 14, I purchased the Titleist Lightweight bag last season.
By far the most quality bag made….
You get what you pay for could not ring any louder Sun Mountain will no longer be making the Titleist bags.
Will be interesting to see quality going forward.
IMHO Sun Mountain has lost their fastball on bags.
The latest C130 I had was so wobbly if I fully loaded it with gear it wouldnt stand up on its own.
The material felt cheap, it was a ghost of the previous C-130 I had.
I think they just tried to make it too light its a cart bag, 9 pounds is okay!
If you want lightweight, there are some GREAT stand bags that hold a ton of gear.
I agree with Quag.
The older C-130 and Sync bags were better than the latest gen.
I just hate the sun mountain logo…for whatever reason.
They have changed it a little, but click the following article enough.
It had to be light weight too!
I bought the Callaway org 14s.
It weighs about 5 pounds.
Unique layout for clubs that is awesome putting my four wedges at bottom in a row PW, gw, sw, lw.
It holds 15 beers… Er water.
Buddy of mine bought the 14 this past year, fantastic bag.
I won a Ping Pioneer or I would have either bought the 14 or the clicgear bag.
I have a clicgear cart and another buddy has one with the clicgear bag and they really work well together.
I do understand that they are very protective of their brand image and feel they do not need a comparison to show they are the best.
They have already proven that over the years with, arguably, the most respected brand in the business.
I am on my 2nd Titleist Lightweight Cart Bag, plus I have a Titleist 14 way lightweight stand bag as well.
Before buying my newest cart bag, I did check out the 3 Nike offerings as well as the Exotics bag and Sun Mountain C130 bag.
All were nice, but since I loved my last Titleist cart bag, decided there was no reason to change since the new 2014 model is very similar.
Doug — I wish we could get Titleist to participate, it would be really interesting to see how they actually stand up head to head.
I know they make good product, but tough to really chime in on them without product to compare.
I have a Titleist premium stand bag, and am very happy with it.
But I have had an Ogio in the past, and find myself wishing that I still had it.
The new Titleist bags are gorgeous though.
This is not my opinion…well it is, but it the opinion I came to while researching this article:.
We also asked for input from Tom Wishon, golf bag individual club slots Dick De La Cruz.
As you may or or may not know, De La Cruz is actually one of the inventors of the modern swing robot.
They are not a good way to test golf club performance.
They are design tools.
Uhh Tony… pretty sure Jaime was kidding.
The cost may be prohibitive, but it sure would be a great tool.
With a computer controlling things they could change during the swing like a human.
Carried a lot last year and ditched my old Hogan Staff Bag great bag, just wore out after 8 or 9 years of heavy use.
Love the look and the canted top of the Wilson bag.
Understated bag with great features.
Classier and fits the understated look of the bag.
That bag will get my first look.
The Sun Mountain bag gets second look and TM continues to make some of the ugliest bags on the market.
Totally agree on the Wilson, great looking bag and really solid.
I have yet to find anything I like better than my Bagboy Revolver LE, so it will be staying in the cart!
The Revolver has a hard time accomodating this junk.
Ogio 2017 Silencer Golf Bags at the PGA Show
Every golfer has their own system for where they keep their clubs, but organizing your golf bag is key to keeping pace during a round. While some bags have individual slots for each club, others have pockets into which groups of clubs may be stored.
What phrase... super, remarkable idea
Certainly. I agree with told all above. Let's discuss this question.
Has casually come on a forum and has seen this theme. I can help you council. Together we can find the decision.
As a variant, yes
In it something is. I will know, many thanks for the information.
Happens even more cheerfully :)
It is remarkable, this valuable message
It agree, very useful piece
Personal messages at all today send?
This magnificent idea is necessary just by the way
I apologise, but, in my opinion, you are not right. I suggest it to discuss. Write to me in PM, we will communicate.
In my opinion you commit an error. I can defend the position.
You are mistaken. I can prove it. Write to me in PM.
Bravo, excellent idea and is duly
I confirm. So happens. We can communicate on this theme.
Yes, in due time to answer, it is important
I confirm. I agree with told all above. We can communicate on this theme.
It is interesting. Tell to me, please - where to me to learn more about it?
What touching a phrase :)
In my opinion you commit an error. I can defend the position. Write to me in PM, we will communicate.
Bravo, this magnificent idea is necessary just by the way
I apologise, but, in my opinion, you are not right. Let's discuss. Write to me in PM.
In it something is. Clearly, many thanks for the help in this question.
It agree, very useful phrase
Between us speaking, you did not try to look in google.com?
This message, is matchless))), it is very interesting to me :)
Bravo, is simply magnificent idea