We love walking the course carrying our clubs because of the freedom of being able to pick up and go. But some aspects of 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 are 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.
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.
Sun Mountain has 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.
While we prefer the 4.5 LS (reviewed here) the Sun Mountain 3.5 LS has a ton of features at its weight.
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.
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 found one option that stood out. Continue reading Single Strap Golf Stand Bag — Searching for a Blue Unicorn (Part 2)→
After re-introducing the Sun Mountain 2Five Stand Bag in 2017, the company has upgraded the ultra light carry bag and re-named it the Sun Mountain 2.5+. With this upgrade Sun Mountain has improved durability and comfort while only increasing weight by the equivalent of two golf balls.
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.
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?→
When we attended the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in January we were able to meet with Dan Langner the chief designer and owner of JCR Inc. Dan walked us through their new line of golf bags. Of course we were primarily interested in their JCR DL550 Stand Bag. The DL550s were introduced in November 2015 and we believe they will become highly popular as they become better known. Continue reading JCR DL550 Stand Bag Review→