Choosing a Golf Bag

The first question to ask when purchasing a golf bag is do you carry your bag, use a pull cart, or take a riding cart? This will determine the type of bag that will work best for you. The size of bags is usually designated by the diameter of the top which is between 8-10". After deciding which type of bag is best, appearance, price, pocket configuration, and top configuration are the deciding factors in picking the right type of bag.

1.Carry Bags. Virtually all carry bags now have two straps for carrying and a stand to keep the bag off the ground. The two straps allow the bag to be worn like a backpack which is much better for your back. The stand mechanism in bags has improved greatly, but if something can go wrong, it is typically the stand. Good bag companies will warranty their bags including the stand. The larger carry bags are often appropriate for a golfer who will both walk and use a cart. If you are an occasional walker, a carry bag is better than a cart bag.  Today’s cart bags are virtually impossible to carry.

2.Pull Cart Bags. Pull cart bags and riding cart bags have similar characteristics with one exception - the tops are reversed. Pull cart bags are designed so the compartment for the woods is on top of the irons when the bag is on a cart.

3.Riding Cart Bags. These bags have a side that is void of any pockets and this is the side that faces the cart. This configuration makes all the pockets accessible when the bag is on a cart. The wood compartment for this bag will be closest to the cart and there will usually be a separate putter and/or wedge well.