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?
2018 Ping Hoofer Carry Bag
Ping continues to make progressive improvements to its flagship Hoofer stand bag. For many golfers, this bag is one of the gold standards to which all other carry bags are measured against. Here are the bag’s specs for 2018.
The weight of the 2018 Ping Hoofer is 5.5 pounds including the attached rainhood.
This weight is at the upper end of our preferred range. Continue reading Ping Hoofer Carry Bag Review
JCR DL550S Stand Bag
I was able to catch up with Dan Langer, the owner of JCR Inc at this year’s 2018 PGA Merchandise Show. It was great to have Dan walk us through the upgrades to the original JCR DL550, now called the DL550S. The upgraded bag has some small improvements over the original and makes a great bag even better. Continue reading JCR DL550S Stand Bag Review
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.
We have identified our top recommendation for a 2018 14-way golf stand bag. Anyone who purchases it will love it. Continue reading Which 14-Way Golf Stand Bag Will You Absolutely Love?
Sun Mountain 4.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag
2017 Product Line Update
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.
Something else that is also clear is that the 4.5 LS is our favorite Sun Mountain bag. Not too heavy while offering outstanding features. Continue reading Sun Mountain 4.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag Review
Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag
Setting Things Straight
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.
Getting Clubs In and Out of the Bag
The Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Bag has a four-way top with full length dividers and a diameter of 9”. Continue reading Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag Review
In Part 1 of 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)
Sun Mountain 2018 2.5+ Stand Bag
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 golfers who want an ultra light, full service, golf carry bag, the Sun Mountain 2.5+ should be your top choice. Continue reading Sun Mountain 2018 2.5+ Stand Bag Review
TaylorMade FlexTech Carry Stand Bag
New Entry Into the Market
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.
Given the inclusion of the straps and rainhood this weight is one of the lightest of our recommended bags. Continue reading TaylorMade FlexTech Carry Stand Bag Review
Ogio Ozone Stand Bag
The weight of the Ogio Ozone Stand Bag is 5 pounds including the strap system.
This weight places the Ozone Bag in the lighter end of our preferred range. Continue reading Ogio Ozone Stand Bag Review