JCR DL550 Stand Bag
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.
Before we get into talking about the bag itself, we were truly impressed with Dan Langner. Dan has over 20 years of experience in the golf industry having held executive roles with TaylorMade-adidas, Slazenger and Gear for Sports. What was truly impressive about Dan was his passion for the product. It was clear that he created a bag for himself — that he would personally use and would be proud to represent. It was obvious that he believes that he and his team have developed the best golf stand bag in the market. So, lets dive into the specifics.
The weight of the JCR DL550 Stand Bag is roughly 6 pounds including the shoulder straps and rainhood.
This weight puts the DL550 as one of the heaviest among our recommended models. It is clear that PLR wanted a sturdy bag that was full featured and would pass the test of time. This design perspective added some “extra” weight to the bag.
Getting Clubs In and Out of the Bag
The bag has a six-way opening with six full length dividers. The top opening measurement is 9.5” x 8.5”.
This configuration is as close to our ideal top opening a bag can come.
Ease of Carrying the Bag
The carry system is based on a four-point dual strap with padded center hub. The bag has a cushioned, generously-sized hip pad. The bag has top rim, spine and bottom handles for easy lifting options.
When we tried the bag on we found the straps to be comfortable and they promoted a balanced weight distribution. The shoulder strap system meets our expectations in terms of comfort and ease of use.
The JCR DL550 Stand Bag has 9 pockets including:
- Full length apparel pocket
- A velour lined valuables pouch
- Two Insulated beverage pockets
- A Smart Phone pocket with a clear window which keeps your golf GPS app visible
- Ball and accessory pockets
In terms of other attachment points, the bag has a towel loop, umbrella cord, pen sleeve and divot tool sleeve.
Our philosophy has been to keep the pockets and storage system simple. Dan walked us through the 9 pockets that the bag offers and they were very well organized and in this instance it did not feel like too many.
Stability of the Bag
This JCR model has positioned the stand mechanism just below the top cuff. The bag legs do not extend forward as far as some bags to ensure that they don’t over-extend. The bag has slightly enlarged feet to reduce sinking and slippage.
The stability features of the bag meet our expectations.
The JCR DL550 Stand Bag has:
- A rainhood
- A cart friendly base
- Twelve color combinations all creating a stylish look for this newcomer
- 100% dobby nylon which was substantial in heft and texture. The bag looked and felt like it would last for years.
Titleist’s suggested retail price is $160.
The $180 MSRP is in the mid range of our recommended full feature carry bags. If you are looking for a high quality stand bag that is stylish, durable and not run-of-the-mill we would highly recommend that folks check out this newcomer.