Single Strap Golf Stand Bag — Searching for a Blue Unicorn (Part 1)

By User:Yamavu, Hashar & Kalki CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons
By User:Yamavu, Hashar & Kalki CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Recently we were asked for a recommendation on the best single strap golf carry bag. The person who asked didn’t like the hassle of the four point, back pack style strap systems that have become the standard in the industry. He felt that a single strap style was significantly easier to put on and take off. At the time we thought that the request would be fairly straightforward although we couldn’t quickly recall any current models with the single strap configuration.

To make a short story shorter we failed in coming up with a quick recommendation for this person who was eager to purchase. So in this blog (Part 1 & Part 2) we are going to chronicle our pursuit of a “blue unicorn” – a high quality, single strap golf carry bag.

Single Strap Golf Stand Bag Features

Now in starting this search we have a few constraints or requirements in terms of the perfect bag.  Essentially we are looking for a true carry bag. There are plenty of staff or caddy bags out there that are single strap models. But staff bags tend to be heavy and are not really made for the recreational golfer. So, we turned to our 2016 Buying Guide to solidify are requirements for this unique bag.  The factors we care the most about are: Weight; Getting clubs in and out of the bag; Ease of carrying the bag, Storage/pockets, Stability of the bag; Extras and Value.

Golf Carry Bag Weight: We look for bags that range between 4 and 6 pounds based on manufacturer weights.

Getting Clubs In and Out of the Bag: We prefer bags with openings that are between 9 – 10 inches in diameter with 4 – 7 top sections and at least 3 full length dividers.

Ease of Carrying the Bag: For this recommendation we are looking for bags that are offered with a single strap configuration and also have opening, spine and bottom handles.

Storage/Pockets:  We believe that 7 – 9 pockets is “Just Right”. At a minimum, the bag should also have a velour valuables pocket, a full length apparel pocket, an easy to reach cold drink pocket and a towel ring.

Stability of the Bag: The bag must have a sturdy, reliable stand mechanism with a bag bottom and leg ends that promote stability.

Extras: We prefer bags that come in multiple color combinations, have a rainhood, are cart friendly, and offer other unique features.

Value: We look for bags that are high quality, easy to carry, feature-rich, durable carry bag and have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) between $150 – $210. We then search for bargains on Amazon.com to purchase our preferred bag at 20 – 30% off full retail.

In our next blog post we will start the search for the elusive single strap golf stand bag in the deepest and darkest reaches of the Amazon marketplace jungle and fill you in on what we discovered.

Check out Part 2 of this post to see our recommended single strap golf stand bags.

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