JCR DL550 Stand Bag Review

JCR DL550 Stand Bag

JCR DL550 Stand Bag
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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.

Weight

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.

Storage/Pockets

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.

Extras

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.

Value

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.

Click Here to Buy the JCR DL550 Now at Amazon!

4 thoughts on “JCR DL550 Stand Bag Review

  1. I have never golfed in my life but your site has nearly convinced me to start. I really like your site. It’s clean and has no ads. I personally despise ads but you got to do what you gotta do. Keep working them reviews it was fun to read! Once you’ve convinced me to start golfing I’ll be a regular visiter at your site.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I remember the first time I tried to take up golf. I hated it. Just didn’t see the point. The next year I tried again and became addicted. You should really try it. It will challenge you physically, mentally and in every conceivable way. In addition, if you use a carry bag it is great exercise!

      Again thanks for the comment and if you do decide to take golf up go over to our sister site The Best Golf Training Aids and pick up some tools to help you quickly learn the game. Hope to see you out on the links!

  2. Have been thinking about a bag upgrade recently. This is definitely an option.

    My only reservations are the weight and the cost – not that 6lbs is exactly heavy but if there are lighter versions maybe they’d be better (I like to carry my bag)

    I was hoping not to spend that much but maybe it’s worth spending a but extra to get quality that will last. May actually work out cheaper in the long run.

    Thanks for the detailed review (your reviews are awesome by the way!) – I’ll check out some of the other reviews on your site and make a call.

    1. Hmmm cost and weight! Those tend to be the biggest factors when someone finally decides to buy a golf carry bag. At the end of the day if you buy a high quality bag it will last for years. So the cost spreads out over a long period of time. But, it can still be a hefty piece of change. On our site we link folks up with Amazon because they tend to offer the lowest price you will find in the market to try and help minimize the cost.

      In terms of weight for the most part the less the bag weighs the fewer features you get. For instance we review a Titleist bag on the site, the Titleist Ultra Lightweight. It weighs 4.9 pounds but only has a three section top and has a slim profile. The DL550 has a more ideal top and much richer features. So, there can be a trade off on weight versus features. I will tell you that with the strap systems on these bags, for example the Ping Hoofer, 5 – 6 pounds can feel pretty light.

      Good luck in your decision! You would be happy with any of our top 2016 recommended stand bags.

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