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.
Getting Clubs In and Out of the Bag
The Ping Hoofer has an oval five-way opening with two full length dividers and diameters of 9” x 8”.
The opening of the bag is smaller than we would prefer. Ideally there would be one more full length divider. The top design easily accommodates putters with over-sized grips.
Ease of Carrying the Bag
The 2018 Hoofer has two ergonomic straps that connect at a center hub. Each strap has front-adjusting shoulder pads with “Sensor Cool Technology” to promote wicking of sweat. The bag has a cushioned hip pad which also serves to store the attached rainhood for extra padding when not deployed. The bag has top rim, spine and bottom handles for easy lifting options.
The strap system and adjustable shoulder pads enable a comfortable carry when walking 18. The more cushioned hip pad is also a plus.
The Ping Hoofer has 12 pockets (8 zippered and 4 slip) including:
- Full length apparel pocket
- Welded, water-resistant valuables pocket
- Magnetic, quick access, range-finder pocket
- water-bottle pocket positioned near the bottom of the bag for easy access while walking
- Folio-style tools pocket
In terms of other attachment points, the bag has an umbrella holder, Velcro glove patch, pen holder and towel loop.
At twelve pockets, the bag would seem to have an excessive number and specialization of pockets. Some of the pockets are within larger storage areas allowing for some separation of items and less visual confusion looking at the outside of the bag.
Stability of the Bag
The Ping Hoofer has a 24” leg stand and a sturdy bracket and leg configuration. The bottom of the bag is designed to allow full contact of the bottom of the bag as the bag leans forward on its outstretched legs.
The stability features and performance of the bag are at the top end of our recommended bags. The bags bottom and leg release mechanism sets the industry standard. One negative about the legs is that the leg ends are pegs as opposed to enlarged feet, so the bag can more easily sink into sand or moist ground.
The Ping Hoofer has:
- An attached rainhood that ensures you won’t leave it at home
- A cart strap channel
- The legs are attached to the shoulder strap mechanism so that when the bag is lifted the legs are retracted to sit snugly against the bag’s body
- Five color combinations which have significant eye appeal
Ping’s suggested retail price is $220.
The $220 is one of the highest MSRP price for our recommended full feature carry bags. We appreciate Ping’s continual innovation, but we would look to purchase it at a significant discount.