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Buyer’s Guide – 2014 Stand and Carry Bags

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Buying a new golf bag can be like shopping for a wife - do you go for the eye candy, or do you go for the personality? I suggest reading further to which of these 27 ladies is the best fit for your swagger.

The Contenders

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Adidas
Samba
$139

Bridgestone

Bridgestone
Stand Bag
$199

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Brightstone
Lightweight
$149

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ClubGlove
Sunday Bag
$99

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Callaway
HL5
$179

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Callaway
Fusion 14
$199

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Datrek
Go-Lite 14
$129

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Izzo
King
$169

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Jones
Original
$139

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Jones
Stand Bag
$199

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LoudMouth
Lightning Rod
$149

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Mizuno
Aerolite 29
$159

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Mizuno
AeroLite SPR II
$199

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Nike
Air Sport
$149

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Nike
Sport LITE
$129

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Oakley
Fairway
$160

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Ogio
Grom Hybrid
$234

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Orlimar
OS 7.8+
$139

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Ping
L8
$159

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Ping
Hoofer 14
$219

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SunMountain
Three5
$189

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TaylorMade
Purelite
$179

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TaylorMade
Microlite
$159

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Tour Exotics
Xtreme Stand II
$109

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Travis Mathew
Stand
$199

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TRUE Linkswear
Tour
$149

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Wilson
Nexus
$199

Companies Who Declined To Participate:

Unfortunately for those of you who would like to see absolutely everything tested, we have had a few companies decline our invitation:

:: Adams Golf - No response
:: Cleveland Golf - said they would not be able to participate because they no longer work with MyGolfSpy due to differing policies on media embargo dates
:: Cobra-Puma - agreed to participate, although product never arrived
:: Titleist - said they would not participate because of the drastic increase in review site/requests and it is impossible to participate in everything.

If you want to see those products tested, we encourage you to click on their link and share your passion with those companies who have chosen not to participate.

The Process

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How They Are Scored

No more buying a bag because some list maker thinks there is demand for it in the market. It's time to buy a bag based off of performance, and how its features line up with your needs.  We spent time with each bag assessing the following categories and calculating a corresponding grade.  All categories combine for the final grade. Any ties were settled based on price/value.

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We've award winners for best:

:: Overall
:: Features
:: Value

The Reviews - In order from highest rated to lowest

Wilson Nexus - $199

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The Wilson Nexus is a hype monster, but in the best possible way. It's lightweight without sacrificing in performance. This bag also stands without legs better than any other carry bag we tested. My only request would be a bit more storage space, but as a legit carry bag, I'm happy that I can't over-stuff the bag with more weight.

 

Callaway Fusion 14 - $199

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At first I wasn't sure about the weight, but the Callaway Fusion 14 has everything needed to overcome a little extra poundage. It's super comfortable, pretty stylish and has all the storage bells and whistles you'd ever want.

My only concern is that I'll end up overloading the bag with too much junk and carry needless weight. Have some self control and you'll have a bag that kills it and also does well for those days you decide to ride a cart. Probably the ultimate hybrid for a carry bag that works as a cart bag.

Adidas Samba - $139

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The adidas Samba is a looker that packs all the punch you need. It offers plenty of storage space. It's lightweight, stable, comfy and easily adjusted. The 7 way top makes organizing your clubs a breeze without any sticking.

At $139, we have the hands down value winner - you just can't go wrong.

 

Mizuno AeroLite 029 - $159

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The Mizuno AeroLite 029 won me over with its 7 dividers. 7 is really the magic number. Everything else just kind of falls into place. There is absolutely nothing to complain about with this bag. It's lightweight and has a ton of space for storage. It's really comfortable from the start and adjusts quickly. This is a bag I can highly suggest you go buy right now.

 

Ogio Grom Hybrid - $234

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The Ogio Grom Hybrid is basically a cart bag that happens to function as a stand bag at the same time. I walked more than 7 miles with this bag attached to me and I always had easy access to the things I needed. I especially like the ball pocket that doesn't require unzipping to get into.

If you're a weight weenie, look elsewhere. Otherwise, this is your new bag if you've got $200+ in the bag budget.

 

Callaway HL5 - $179

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A good all around bag. I would respect anyone's decision to buy t he Callaway HyperLite 5. There are plenty of useful storage options, and it's comfortable on the back. My only gripe is that she can be tough to balance when standing without legs.

Ultimately I'd be more inclined to recommend the Callaway Fusion 14 for only $20 more.

 

Orlimar OS 7.8+ - $139

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The Orlimar OS 7.8+ surprised me. Initially I wanted to dislike it, but in testing it won me over. It's got a 7 way divider and plenty of storage space. It's comfortable and, generally speaking, it works well. My only knock is that it doesn't offer quite as much style as some of the other bags.

For someone wanting a bag without lots of branding, this will help you slip under the radar.

 

Mizuno AeroLite SPR II - $199

Mizuno-Aerolite-SPR-IIAnother situation where a manufacturer made two bags that are fairly similar. The AeroLite SPR II is a great bag, but for $40 less, I think the AeroLite 029 should almost make this bag a non-option. Still... this is a great bag, and at $199 it's not a horrible buy.

Solid in the looks department, the AeroLite II is like the twin you date in school because your buddy is already dating the other twin.

 

Nike Air Sport - $149

Nike-Air-SportI'm a Nike fan. I wear Nike hats, shoes and underwear (TMI?). I grew up on their shoes, so I totally get it if you want to buy a Nike bag because you're a fan of the brand. If that's the case, the Air Sport is your go-to option. This bag carries well, and fits nicely into a cart at the same time carrying all of your goods.

The only gripe is that the hip pad is a bit thicker than I prefer, but it should age well and never flatten out. It's loud, and it's clearly trying to be loud, but I can't help but be drawn to it.

 

Travis Mathew Stand Bag - $199

Travis-Mathew-StandAnother small guy making a solid bag. I'd prefer two more dividers than the Travis Mathew Stand Bag offers, but who's going complain about a comfy bag that rides well on your back, looks good and has plenty of storage?

This bag stands well on solid ground without the legs out. It's actually a great little bag, but the price point is higher than other bags of a similar design and quality.

 

Oakley Fairway - $160

Oakley-FairwayIf I had to choose a bag from this lineup to take to a war zone, beat to crap, then come home and keep using as a golf bag, the Oakley Fairway would be the one. The test bag we received is perhaps slightly lacking in style, but when you see all of the color options;  this is a bag that can fill a range of tastes.

If you're looking for a bag that will last for 3+ years of over-use, look no further.

 

Tour Exotics Xtreme Stand 2 - $109

Tour-Exotics-Xtreme2Give it up to one of the small guys for making a great bag at an amazing price point. The Tour Edge Exotics Xtreme Stand 2 bag has 7 dividers, and put a smile on my face. It has the ability to stand on it's own fully loaded with or without it's legs, and just enough storage with all the goodies you'd want.

Two changes that would improve the score; a strap that's more comfortable where everything connects on your back, and a bit more style (flair baby!) in the design. For $109 this bag almost takes the win for the value category.

 

Jones Stand Bag - $199

Jones-StandThe Jones stand bag feels like it has a lot of storage, but in reality the bag offers less cargo capacity than it appears. I really want to love this bag. The bag has a ton to offer, but is just so small that most will find it less than suitable for regular use.

I can totally see using this bag as my Sunday bag, but for the price, it should be able to handle the demands of the daily carry.

 

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The Jones Original is a Sunday bag that you could play every day. The only thing holding it back is a lack of storage and the inability to stand on its own.

I want to say run out and buy this bag today, but too many of you would probably be  buying the wrong bag. If you know what you're looking at and can appreciate the craftsmanship, this is a great bag, but if you're looking for a modern stand bag, this one is probably a miss.

 

Sun Mountain Three5 - $184

Sun-Mountain-35It kills me that the Sun Mountain Three5, a bag with so much raw potential lands with a B, but when a bag just can't stand on its own without its legs, I get sad. Have you see what happens at bag check? Your clubs hit the ground...hard. It can get ugly.

On the plus side, the bag offers plenty of solid storage. It's lightweight, great looking, and comfortable-enough. Only the inability to stand on its own is holding it back. If a bag being able to stand without using the legs doesn't matter to you, bump the grade up to an A and go buy it.

 

TRUE linkswear Tour - $149

True-TourI would like the TRUE linkswear Tour bag more if the hip pad actually made contact with my body, but the way the bag adjusts it just doesn't. It's lightweight enough that the poorly placed pad barely affects comfort, but the bag is small. It's a true walkers carry bag that's probably not  quite as comfortable as it needs to be.

Beyond that, this is a lightweight bag that gets the job done. If we were grading on a curve we could bump up this up a grade. It easily adjusts, stands with or without the legs deployed, and it's comfortable-enough. There's not a ton of storage, but it's a true carry bag that begs to not be overloaded.

 

Bridgestone Lightweight Stand Bag - $149

Bridgestone-lightweightThe Bridgestone Lightweight Stand Bag is plain and unexciting. There's nothing in this bag to warrant a score any higher, or any lower. It just sort of is what it is. And what it is is a bag I would probably not even notice when shopping.

I could see my dad buying this bag and being totally content though. The style isn't bold, and it offers just enough in the way of storage and other features that if he walked, he'd have no issues with whatsoever.

 

Nike Sport Lite - $129

Nike-Sport-LITEThe Nike Sport Lite, as the name suggests is lightweight, but lacks any real wow factor. There's nothing wrong with buying this bag. In fact it's almost right. Unfortunately it lacks the storage to be a fully functional stand bag, and as a lightweight bag it's not quite as adept as some of its competitors.

$129 means this bag is priced right and you would be a happy camper sporting her around the playground.

 

Datrek Go-Lite 14 - $129

Datrek-Go-Lite-14At $129 it's tough to find fault with the Datrek Go-Lite 14. Even a near total lack of style is almost tolerable when considering the price.

If this bag is only going in a cart and may only ever see one round on your back, it's probably fine; especially if you want a bag that flies under the radar. At the same time, this bag doesn't have enough storage to be a cart bag.

 

Bridgestone Stand Bag - $199

Bridgestone-standThe Bridgestone Stand Bag offers another example of a hip pad that doesn't work because it's placed poorly. Instead the branding on the bag rubs your hip. At more than 5 pounds, I need more storage and style. If this bag floated under 4 pounds, we'd be onto something.

For $199 there are several options you might prefer is you scroll up.

 

LoudMouth Lightning Rod - $149

Loud-Mouth-Lightning-RodIn the style department the LoudMouth Lightning Rod is what it is. Take it or leave it, this is exactly what you should expect from LoudMouth. Personally, I like the disco balls a little better. This bag is purely about being loud. If you don't have a linebacker's shoulders the straps feel like they are going to slip off. If LoudMouth stepped it up and worked more on the features, they might have a true winner, but I can't, in good faith, recommend this year's bag. There are better options.

 

Ping Hoofer 14 - $219

Ping-Hoofer-14For the comfort alone the PING Hoofer 14 bag made Santa's naughty list this year. At $219, everything should be near perfect and storage space should be limitless. Neither is true of the Hoofer 14.

On the positive side, if you are looking for a bag that has 14 dividers, this bag has the best 14 dividers of any bag in this lineup.

 

Club Glove Sunday Bag - $99

Club-Glove-SundayJust add a pocket for valuables and I might give the Club Glove Sunday Bag more love.

Most of us don't bother with Sunday bags because a stand bag gets the job done just fine, but for those who are actually looking for a Sunday bag, this one admittedly does everything you'd need it. It's not going to turn any heads. It's not ugly in the conventional sense, but it's definitely lacking for style.

 

TaylorMade MicroLite - $159

TaylorMade-MicroliteThe TaylorMade MicroLite is uncomfortable. That's really all that needs to be said. The square design causes the upper collar of the bag dig into your hip as you walk. This design flaw is so significant (given that we're talking about a carry bag) that I can't believe it actually made it into production.

My recommendation is that you keep walking past this bag. Hopefully TaylorMade will update this bag for next season, and turn it into a real contender able to stand on its own (it doesn't),  and that you could walk more than 1 hole without digging a hole in your hip.

 

TaylorMade PureLite - $179

TaylorMade-PureliteThe TaylorMade PureLite hits the weight and size that would make it competitive as a crossover to a cart bag. Unfortunately, like the MicroLite, the PureLite doesn't work well as a carry bag. It tries to dig into your hip (not as bad as the MicroLite, but bad enough), and it doesn't stand on its own without its legs.

While it's easy to adjust, it's not a bag I'd want on my back for 8 holes.

 

Izzo King - $169

Izzo-KingThe Izzo King Bag refuses to stand on its own without the legs deployed, it's next to impossible to adjust the bag correctly to ride with the foot lower than the club heads (watch out for spilling clubs) The shoulder strap's plastic Y rubs on your back and would annoy the crap out of me by the end of the first hole.

My recommendation is to spend your money elsewhere. Sure, if you bought it, you'd have a bag to carry your stuff, but the value isn't there.

 

Ping L8 - $159

Ping-L8I really like the concept of the PING L8, but it's the execution of that concept that falls short. It's a small bag with just enough features to get you by, but it falls short due to the lack of  hip pad, and difficult adjustability.

The bag doesn't want to stand without using its legs, and when it comes down to it, For those who like the the concept, we think the Jones is a better bag. We're hoping to see this bag's kinks worked out next year as we think there's some real potential here.

 

{ 69 comments… read them below or add one }

Hula Rock December 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

No Nike Performance Hybrid Carry bag? That bag would have done will in this review.

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Dave L December 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

Is the Callaway Fusion 14 called another name? Can’t seem to find it on Callaway’s website

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GolfSpy Tim December 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Apologies, meant to note that the Callaway bags will release to market Jan. 15

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Dave L December 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Appreciate the clarification. My wife would have had a hell of a time finding it for Christmas :)

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Sam December 4, 2013 at 10:46 am

No love for the Sun Mountain Four5? I absolutely love that bag. You dropped the three5 down because it can’t stand on its base without the legs.. isn’t that the point of this class of bags? Wouldn’t they just be cart bags if they could?

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mygolfspy December 4, 2013 at 11:11 am

While stability is a feature golfers like in this style bag for the reasons pointed out. Tim also stated the following which I think gives you the answer you are looking for:

“If a bag being able to stand without using the legs doesn’t matter to you, bump the grade up to an A and go buy it.”

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GolfSpy Tim December 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Sam – the three5 is a solid bag, but when compared to other bags, this was a feature where it didn’t keep up.

If that metric doesn’t matter, give it an A and buy it ;-)

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Sam December 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I’ve had a Four5 for a couple of years and just picked up a C130 this year for cart time. Sun Mountain makes great bags, and the ability to fill them with way too much stuff is always prevelant. I mean there are TWO towel rings on my C130. I’m just wondering why it’s a metric at all for this category, seeing as the ability to lean is biggest factor that separates these bags from cart and tour bags. Where I can see this as a contributing factor though, is the bag’s ability to stand on it’s own when strapped to the back of a cart. The Four5 is terrible at this, the bag constantly slouching unless it’s placed just right and even then, it’ll be all but sideways by the end of nine holes. But it’s not built to be strapped to the back of a cart, but to the back of a human. It’s not meant to stand upright, that’s why the legs kick out when they’re leaned forward.

I think something like craftsmanship and build quality moreso than stability would be good here. I loved my first gen Ping Latitude, but many reviews from previous Ping bag owners stated that the longevity of the legs and the mechanism itself proved to be of a quality that wasn’t synonymous with Ping’s legendary standards. I got just over a season with it before it fell apart. And also: All of these bags are nylon and poly – how well do they handle weather? Are the rain hoods of any quality? Easy on and off? How are the handles and straps? Easy to pick up from the ground or out of the trunk? My Latitude was generally pretty awful to pick up, was heavy as hell, but had so much storage that it was worth the sacrifice. That and the 14 way top were the deciding factors in me switching to a Four5.

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h71y6 December 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I love my C130 but i have to agree with Mygolfspy on one thing… the inability for the bag to stand on its own. The C130 “can” stand on its own… IF the ground is completely level and flat… IF you have distributed the clubs in the its 14 way dividers evenly. EVen so, a slight touch or wind.. and it’ll fall down hard.

The only thing i don’t seem to agree on is the weight that criteria has for stand/carry bags. I suppose it would be a more important factor for cart bags without legs.

Perhaps the better way is to give the Three5 an A but tell the readers that if standing up the bag without legs is important to them, then demote it to B… rather than the other way around.

hckymeyer December 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

Any way to mention if the dividers are full length vs just at the top?

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drbloor December 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

+1. I’m fussy that way, but AFAIC, if it’s not full length, it’s not a divider.

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GolfSpy Tim December 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I’m taking notes for the next go-around on bags and will definitely have full-length vs. not listed as it’s own metric.

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Chris December 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

Just wondering why you excluded some of the Titleist bags. The new StaDry is an awesome lightweight carry bag at only 3.5 lbs and the Lightweight series bags have a lot of features and only weigh in at around 5 lbs. I think any of these bags might have given the others a run for their money.

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GolfSpy Tim December 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Unfortunately Titleist declined to participate

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RollTheRock December 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

Any info on the size of the top? Or perhaps just how the clubs fit? Do they slide in and out easily? That was my main concern when getting a new bag, and the reason I went with a 10.5″ OGIO Nebula

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golfercraig December 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Yes. This +10000000

Nebula is ACTUAL carry bag. If you are going to actually walk, and get a bag with legs to put on a cart and pretend to be a walker, the Nebula’s top makes it #1 by a WIDE margin. I’m guessing they didn’t supply one. That’s the only reason I can think of why it wouldn’t be rated the best. As a 54-hole a week walker, I’ve never had/seen a better bag.

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Displayname December 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

Great job on the list guys! I wasn’t in love with the metrics on this one, but it is still a much better list and comparison then any other site I’ve seen. I also loved seeing the Wilson Nexus on top. The bag looks amazing on paper, but the inability to find it in any store was the deal breaker for me, so I ended up with the Titleist Lightweight Stand instead. As much as I trust the ratings, I’m not going to invest $200 in a bag I can’t see in person first. Like others have said, shocked to not see the Four5 (or any Titleist bags) in the rankings.

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mygolfspy December 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

Always looking to improve, so that being said, what metrics would you have chosen?

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mygolfspy December 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

And we will get back to you very shortly regarding the lack of Titliest participation.

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Displayname December 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for the quick reply! As far as Titleist not being in the mix, I can live with that since Sun Mountain is in the mix.

For additional metrics, I personally found the ability for the bag to stand on it’s own a pretty weak metric, but I’m glad you made mention of that for bags that didn’t compete well in that category. Although these are carry bags, they are likely to end up on a cart at one time or another, so cart stability would have been nice to see. Durability might be harder to test, but I think it should be considered if it can be approached correctly. Sometimes you see features on a bag that look cool, and may be comfortable, but you know they won’t last more then a season at best.

This is more subjective to an extent, but you guys do a good job of quantifying subjective elements, so quality accessories/features. Examples: an insulated beverage pocket (makes a difference in Texas heat), range finder pocket, glove velcro, straps to lock in the legs (and ease of use), quality rain hood, ability to fit a larger putter grip (SS 3.0/5.0), lift handle etc. In this same category, I would give knocks to some things. I personally think things like the fabric towel loop (like SM offers on the Three5) is a disappointing rip waiting to happen. A plastic ring is a step up, a metal ring is another step up, and a quality metal or plastic clip of some sort is premium. In addition to storage space, the actual number of pockets was a factor for me in my most recent purchase. I didn’t really need more space, but I wanted to do less digging, so the extra pockets on the Titleist where a big deciding factor.

I think given all these extra metrics, the Nexus would probably still win. It might make a bigger difference in the rest of the list though.

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GolfSpy Tim December 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Really appreciate the input and feedback.

I knew going into this the standing metric was something that might ruffle a few feathers, but from the majority of golfers I talk to and see out on golf courses – this metric ends up matter because 9/10 times a carry bag isn’t carried, but is used as a cart bag. Will take note for the next guide.

Comparing all of the bags for quality – they are all well constructed – the problem comes in that durability problems don’t show for 8 months or a year – if we tried to put that much use through a bag before publishing, you’d be shopping next year’s bags before our article could be published.

All of the little features like insulated beverage pocket, gps pocket, glove patch, rain hood, exact number of pockets do factor in to storage and affect that score, but attempting to note all of those features/numbers on every bag would result in simply copying and pasting a manufacturers press release and not provide any added value.

I’d love to see what comes to the surface as the most wanted metrics from our readers and incorporate into future guides.

I’m all for better/more metrics to give more insight – and from most of the comments so far, I believe the same bags would still see similar rankings with the additional metrics – most of the metrics mentioned were factored in, but not broken out visually. Looking forward to improving this the next go around.

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Displayname December 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Thanks for the response Tim. I’m not saying the review needs to list or include every single accessory, but more make a general scoring metric for incorporating the bells and whistles. Let’s say the Nexus didn’t have that quality clip, glove velcro, 8 pockets, you know, every bell and whistle. Would it really stand apart from the Samba? Probably not. That’s what needs to be accounted for. I think it was accounted for, just not as a formal metric. Something to consider.

Chomper December 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

On the Adidas Samba, are you able to fit a driver, 3 wood and putter in the top section? From what I see elsewhere this divider is intended to being used for the putter. If possible, I think I would like having the 3 clubs in the top divider, or at least the driver and putter.

Thanks!

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GolfSpy Tim December 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

It’s going to depend on the size of your putter grip – with a huge grip, it could be tight.

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Chomper December 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm

How tight do you think it would be with a superstroke slim (the 1 inch one)?

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GolfSpy Tim December 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Chomper – just for kicks, I tossed my driver, fairway and putter into the slot – fits fine, no problems/binding pulling one out at a time.

Only questionmark for me then would be, is there enough space for your putter with the two other clubs and all the head covers – for me, it works, but I know some are particular about their putter cover being able to seat down into the divider.

I think you’d be safe.

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Jim December 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I was really looking forward to your review of these bags, but was tremendously unimpressed by the actual review. The grading seems arbitrary and some of the comments are way off target. Saying that the Ping 14 has the best 14 way top is a little off target as it only has 6 partial length dividers inside for example. And then there’s no mention of durability of materials or warranty either, both key factors in making a decision. I appreciate the overall review, but it really fell short of the clear grading system that has been a staple of MYGOLFSPY’s reviews in the past. Maybe you could update your review a bit?

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mygolfspy December 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thanks for the constructive criticism. And one thing I can guarantee is we will get better with these and all our other reviews. Our first attempts at clubs were good but not great. We continued to work until what we have now is great, but even then we will not stop trying to improve.

Now that all being said I still think this is the best review of this market (bags) in golf. But agreed it can be improved. So, help us do just that.

How would you improve this test?

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Jim December 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Wow, that was fast. Again another point in MGS’s favor (great site)!! For me stand bags need to be durable and have the ability to easily put clubs in and out. A lot of the stand bags have problems with excessive grabbing/ club wrapping that make it difficult to get your club and then put it bag in the bag. Identifying which bags use boxed dividers vs open ended dividers and those without full length dividers is a critical point. Durability of the dividers and pockets is really important for the long term use of the bag. I’d also question the lack of SM Four 5 and the Titleist bags. I’d also add that since a lot of stand bag users also use a push cart there should be some mention of the bag’s compatibility. Just my thoughts.

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GolfSpy Tim December 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Jim, thanks for the feedback. The point that the 14 dividers were the best on the Ping comes from the fact that the clubs slipped in and out of this bag easier than any other 14 divider bag in this lineup. Sometimes a bag with 14 full length dividers creates binding because there is soooo much material inside the bag to create each full length divider that is starts to fight itself – sometimes full length dividers are not an automatic win. – ie: in the experience with these bags, this 14 way divider was less grabby than the rest.

Next go around I’d love to add in details on warranty and number of full length dividers, these seem like metrics that are being brought up again and again and I’d love to customize these pieces to match exactly what matters to you guys.

Durability is a tough one – I’d need to spend about 6+ months with each bag going out every day to get results on this end – but if you have any suggestions of a way to test this so that we can still get an article out in a timely manner, I’d love to see if we can incorporate it.

I like the idea of mentioning how a bag works in a push cart – might be slightly difficult to quantify this for everyone since there are so many cart designs out there though. Also noted it earlier, but a large portion of stand bag users never actually carry their bag, but instead ride in carts…

Keep giving feedback, can’t wait to knock it out of the park for you guys in the next guide.

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Zac December 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Great work on the list. As an initial test I think this was very well done. While there will always be nitpickers I think this covers the meat and potatoes and has a lot of Valuable info.

Quick question – do you know if the Mizuno Aerolite 029 has full-length dividers?

Thanks

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Gordon December 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I have to admit, this is one consumer guide I never even considered looking for.
I second the full length vs top only dividers as being important in the future.

You guys should do golf gloves as well.

Also, my dream golf bag would have everything the wilson nexus has, but with a silk screen print of a bikini clad, asa akira all over it. ;) I’d keep it tasteful.

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mygolfspy December 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

“Golf Glove Buyer’s Guide” is coming soon Gordon ;)

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Gordon December 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Sweet!

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Annsguy December 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Loved seeing the Wilson bag on top.I am concerned that it will be hard to find the product and the number of dividers seems to few. Along with the outstanding club and ball line that is coming for 2014 it will be a big year for Wilson Staff.
Happy Holidays to all.

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GolfSpy Tim December 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Glad you like seeing it there, it was well deserved – solid bag.

I’ve been gaming a bag with 5 dividers for a year now and have grown accustom to it, but each person has their own preference on the dividers.

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mygolfspy December 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm

For those that continue to comment and email regarding why some companies chose not to participate we have added the list of companies who declined below and in the post:

:: Adams Golf – No response
:: Cleveland Golf – said they would not be able to participate because they no longer work with MyGolfSpy due to differing policies on media embargo dates
:: Cobra-Puma – agreed to participate, although product never arrived
:: Titleist – said they would not participate because of the drastic increase in review site/requests and it is impossible to participate in everything.

If you want to see those products tested, we encourage you to click on their link and share your passion with those companies who have chosen not to participate.

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GlobalGolf.com December 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Nice work rating the bags! That’s a shame it took sooooo many rounds to get through all the bags ;-)

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Robert Locati December 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Great review, good insight. Looking forward to seeing the new Callaway bag. If you talk to some of the companies, can you extend some helpful criticism. Mainly, please make a bag with ‘full’ pockets on both sides. In Japan, I think they call them ‘tour caddy bags’. But, it should be fairly lightweight, too. In the least, on the side where there is the hip pad, make the hip pad into a pocket that we can just put a jacket in if we want it padded.

Here are some other key features I want in a carry/stand bag.
1. Pockets on both sides, including in the hip area.
2. Lots of pockets
3. Clip on/off straps (for when I ride / use push cart)
4. Large insulated pocket (2-3 cans plus ice is good)
5. 14-way dividers
6. Fits good on a cart / push cart
7. Stands good on it’s own

The other request I’ve heard from some folks is to make a ‘left-hand’ version. But, I think that is for the true light-weight carry guy. I use mine mostly on a push cart, but like the stand option when I hit the range or practice chipping area.

All the other metrics you note are great, value, style, etc. Yeah, as consumers we can be picky, we want it all.

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RAT December 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Congrats Wilson Staff, They are on the way to The Top as it use to be.Go WilsonStaff!!

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Miguel December 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm

This is the worst review I have ever read on golf equipment. BTW, the Sun Mountain you reviewed is like 2012 model. Obviously, you haven’t been on their website, and seen the new ones. Did (Sun Mountain) actually send you that 2012 old model? Or you never had the bag in your hands? Then the top picture, with multiple bags, shows the actual 2014 Sun Mountain three 5 model? I know, cause i owned the new bag, which is awesome by the way, and only weighs 3.9 lbs. Get your info straight.

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GolfSpy Tim December 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Miguel – great catch on the image – I overlooked that in the final edit – as you can see, obviously it was the current model we had in hand for the review.

Yes, Sun Mountain sent us the bag for review – otherwise they would be listed as not participating in the review.

Got my info straight. Put it on a postal scale… deadly accurate ;-) Don’t believe all the numbers you read from manufacturers, most bags are weighed without rain cover and without straps.

Hope the old pictures don’t ruin it for you.

Btw… if this is the worst review ever, by all means, I’d love to get some feedback on where to improve. Obviously with the correct photo (just updated that for you) – but what would make this the ultimate review in your book?

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golfer4life December 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

Tim. That’s generally the type of post from him so don’t waste your time.

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GolfSpy Tim December 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Thanks – I’d love to see something constructive from him though – anyone who always gripes should deep down know a solution that would be helpful… but I won’t hold my breath.

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Bud Davis December 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

Excellent article yet again. I was surprised to see the Wilson bag on top. Although if MyGolfSpy says it deserves to be there I flat out believe it. (I just bought a new-to-me driver based solely on a MGS write-up.)

It’s too bad Ogio chose to send you that particular model for their review. I think if they’d sent a lighter bag, like their Vapour, it would have scored higher marks as a walking specific bag. Big Ogio fan.

I walk exclusively, and walking-only features are more important to me than anything else. For example, in my opinion, whether a stand bag can stand on its own without its legs is irrelevant. Whether the legs retract completely out of the way while I walk is more important. Stuff like that. Great reviews!

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GolfSpy Tim December 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Agreed, I think Ogio has a great lineup with a ton of depth – probably too many options – wish we’d have seen two more bags from them to cover a bigger cross section of their offering – maybe next time.

I think as a pure walker, you would really appreciate the Wilson Nexus – by all means worth a look when you’re shopping for your next bag.

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Marty December 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

I really think that you missed the boat not having the Nike Hybrid stand bag which I almost bought and the Sunmountain Four Five stand bag which I DID buy. Both are great to carry, both fit on a Riding golf cart or in a push cart. My only reason for buying the SM over the Nike is that the SM had such a big top 10.5″ and was easy to pull clubs in and out of the dividers. I really felt the SM was a bit more heavy duty over the Nike and would last longer.

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GolfSpy Tim December 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Agreed, I think some of the manufacturers may have simply submitted the “wrong” bag – future guides we will be making very specific requests on bags for an even more head-to-head comparison.

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mike greene December 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm

This kind of report is very valuable, congrats! It won’t, however, convince me to get rid of my Qoda bag. Too bad you didn’t test one of those also. Screaming great value…….

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GolfSpy Tim December 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Adding Qoda to the list for future requests to include in our guides

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snoopy December 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Nice! Thanks for this review, I’ve been using my Nike Golf bag for about 7 or 8 years now and have been keeping an eye out for new golf bags :) This helps a lot!!

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GolfSpy Tim December 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

That’s great that you’ve gotten 7-8 years out of your bag! (definitely time for a new one!) ;-) Looking forward to hearing what you choose for your next bag and how it lines up with the guide.

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RON December 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

The Jones original is lighter than most of the ” LIGHTWEIGHT” bags as they call em just by looking at the chart weight and yet people buy those other cheap material bags with 21 storage pockets in them, I dont get it , Jones orig is better made and looks like a real golf bag , yet people want those cheap plastic stands cuz their so lazy to bend down a half an inch to pick it up, all my buds got the Jones bags and I and its 10 times better, less bag chatter with irons because the bag is not as wide which protects from nicks alot more. If people need all those pockets to put their laundry in its just going to make it more heavy, whats the point in buying a stand bag then , OH I FORGOT SO YOU DONT HAVE TO BEND DOWN A HALF INCH LOL. NUFF SAID

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Ian December 6, 2013 at 3:48 am

Great work. I have an older Sun Mountain carry bag (which I like by the way), but bought mainly because it was the only left-handed bag I could find. Like to know if there are other choices in a light weight bag. Take care, Ian.

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BallBuster December 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

What? Just review 2 lousy Ogio bags? I have had the Ozone carry bag for years and it is the best overall by far. The Woode club divider sectioning is second to none. Separates up to 4 graphite shafts along the side, 2 huge wells for irons plus the smartest putter well to boot. Ample pockets and good weight. The leg operation is okay, bu that’s manageable. Friends I know have made the switch based on what they’ve seen from mine. Callaway used to use their product design in their better days.

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andrew December 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm

pleased to see Wilson and Orlimar scoring high here- lets hope both companies continue to turn around their operations… i also think the Wilson is the sharpest looking, fwiw…

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Robert January 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I’ve owned more bags than anyone I know. I just either get bored of a bag or I’m unhappy with it. I do agree with not liking a stand bag that can’t stand without the legs extended. I have hardwood floors at home and it always seems like the legs slip and bend in time. The Sun Mountain will tip over from the weight of the clubs without the legs extended and that meens I’m leaning it against a chair or wall. I don’t like that. the Ping Hoofer is a little better, but it fell the other day crashing onto my hardwood floor. Didn’t like that either. I’ve owned the C130 and it’s a great bag. It’s a little boring though. Also, no legs and by the putting green requires you either lay it on the grass or attempt to balance it on uneven ground. The four5 is a great bag to, but again it falls over without the legs being extended. You didn’t mention if the Wilson bottom would fit in a riding cart without having to turn it sideways. I think the following would be perfect for a bag review (Not in any special order):
1) Weight
2) Number of Pockets/Type (Water & Valuable)
3) Stability
4) Dividers (Number and how many full length)
5) Bottom fits in riding cart
6) Zippers (Ease of use and build)
7) Top Cuff of bag size (8.5, 9.0, 9.5 or larger)
8) Overall appearance and design
9) Price

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CKintheMJ February 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Great service by posting this review — I’m not sure why so many people seem upset at a free article.
Would like to see the ability to print out some sort of “scorecard” that I could take to the store with me to remind me of your comments as I shop for a bag in-person.

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Dan February 6, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Always been a fan of the Ogio Grom, just bought the Grom Hybrid, but the bottom of the bag is HUGE and didn’t fit it carts at two of my local courses without turning sideways. Debating on taking it back for something else. Or sticking with my Club Glove Afficiando IV.

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Mike February 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Thanks for the review. I’ve been looking hard at the Callaway Fusion 14. This review has pretty well made up my mind. Thanks again.

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François February 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm

I was wondering how all of the stand mechanisms preformed. Any problems with the legs not retracting all the way? I’ve had that problem on several bags. Great info in your reviews by the way.

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GolfSpy Tim February 14, 2014 at 7:04 pm

no problems with the actual mechanisms – but there were a few bags where the pockets when empty might get in the way of the legs so that they wouldn’t retract all the way – but that was only a few, and once filled with stuff, they were in the clear.

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Gary February 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

I have the TaylorMade MicroLite – $159 and do not agree with your assessment of this bag. I have walked with this bag and Its very comfortable! I feel like its getting a bad rap.

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Steven March 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Very good article on the bags. I have been looking for a new stand bag fo while. The one thing that I have noticed in looking at bags are the dividers. A lot of them have flimsy nylon dividers that are attached at the top and at the bottom leaving a gap along the edges that allow clubs to get tangled. Also I don’t want a lot of pockets because I will tend cram all sorts of stuff and it gets heavy. Thanks for the info and will take another look at some of these bags.

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Dace March 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Good article, two things…
1. Are the bags comfortable when full for a full round of carrying ?
2. Carry / Stand bags here in the UK are very rarely put on carts, they are used for carrying, personally I carry five times a week and feel the comfort of the straps is a big consideration.

Good Article.
Thanks.

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Mike April 18, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Have you given any thought to adding criteria for how the bag will do on a push cart? Or at least mentioning good push cart candidates in the review blurb? Most pushers want a lightweight bag.

Great list.

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Warwick April 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I love my Ping bags as they are the only ones u can carry on your left shoulder. I have had my K56 for a decade and it is still going strong. A carry bag should be light with very limited storage space!!

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Steve B June 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Any thoughts on how your top choices do in terms of ease of use when combined with a pull cart ?

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frank cruthers July 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm

So you really couldn’t find a stamnd bag lighter than 4+ pounds to rate?
How about maxfli U3 flo bag?
It might be something real walkers might consider.
Who really cares if a stand bag stands without using legs?

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