For 2017, TaylorMade introduced the FlexTech line of carry stand bags. These bags replace the PureLite series and come with an upgraded base and leg system for greater stability as well as a more adjustable, better padded shoulder strap system. The changes are true upgrades to the prior models.
The weight of the TaylorMade FlexTech Carry Stand Bag is 4.9 pounds including the shoulder straps and rainhood.
Post has been updated for 2017 with brand new Sun Mountain Women’s Golf Stand Bag offering for 2017.
When we recently attended the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and decided to ask a few of the leading vendors of women’s golf bags to explain what differentiates a women’s golf carry bag form a men’s bag. We received our best answer from Emily the designer and creator of Sassy Caddy. As she walked us through the features of her highly fashionable women’s stand bags she said the difference comes down to three key things :
The bags are more stylish and have greater personality
The pockets of the bags are tailored to more specialized uses
The bags are two inches shorter then men’s golf carry bags to provide a better fit for the shorter length of women’s clubs
Sun Mountain understands that the big trade off in carry bags is the weight of the bag versus the number and types of features that are offered.
For 2017, Sun Mountain optimized the level of features and technology that they can offer at a given weight. Now, when buying a bag, a golfer knows the weight of the bag by its name. And, they know that as they look at the 2.5 vs 3.5 vs 4.5 vs 5.5 the extent of features increases as the numbers go up. Congrats to Sun Mountain for clarifying their product line.
For 2017 Sun Mountain changed the names and features of their line of stand bags. The change occurred to align the names of the bags with the weight / features being offered. The lower the number within the bag’s name the lower the weight and the fewer the features
As an example, In the past Sun Mountain offered a fantastic bag called the Three 5. It weighed around 4.5 pounds. In 2017, the bag with the closest features / weight to the Three 5 is the 2017 4.5 LS. See our review here.
This review is for the 2017 Sun Mountain 3.5 LS. For those who know the Sun Moiuntain product Line, the 3.5 LS is most comparable to the Sun Mountain 2 Five although it has more features than the 2 Five.
The weight of the Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag is 3.5 pounds including straps but not rainhood.
This weight is one of the lightest high-quality bags that we review. As mentioned in our Buyer’s Guide there is a trade off between weight and features. Generally, within a product line, the lower the weight the fewer the options.
We love walking the course carrying our clubs because of the freedom of being able to pick up and go. But carrying can sometimes be a hassle. For instance, there is nothing more annoying than when your clubs get disorganized or completely tangled within the bag. When the grips our intertwined, you can’t easily get the clubs in or out. Not fun! 14-way golf carry bags are an answer to stop the tangled mess. And, we have identified our top recommendation for a 2016 14-way golf stand bag. Anyone who purchases it will love it. Continue reading Which 14-Way Golf Stand Bag Will You Absolutely Love?→
In Part 1of this blog we made the claim that high-quality, single strap golf stand bags were as rare as a blue unicorn. We searched extensively throughout the electronic golf marketplace and discovered that although not quite as rare as the mythical beast, there truly were not many options. It appears that many manufacturers have moved away from single strap models or only offer the option in full-featured caddie and/or staff bags. After looking at about a dozen bags, we did find two options that we liked. Continue reading Single Strap Golf Stand Bag — Searching for a Blue Unicorn (Part 2)→
Recently we were asked for a recommendation on the best single strap golf carry bag. The person who asked didn’t like the hassle of the four point, back pack style strap systems that have become the standard in the industry. He felt that a single strap style was significantly easier to put on and take off. At the time we thought that the request would be fairly straightforward although we couldn’t quickly recall any current models with the single strap configuration.
Ping has earned itself an army of followers that is vocal, loyal and large. If you spend any time reading reviews in the golf forums or listening to customers, it is easy to find stories of “serial” Ping owners and individuals who have owned their Ping carry bags for 8 – 10 years. Given this following of Ping admirers we thought it would be useful to provide a side by side comparison of Ping’s three full featured stand bags to give newbies and veterans alike a clear picture of their similarities and differences. Continue reading Ping Carry Bags: Which One is Right for You?→