Have you ever asked the question “What is a golf stand bag?” Or, “What is a golf carry bag?” Cart bag? Sunday bag? Or, hybrid bag? These descriptive titles can be a little confusing, but they do not need to be. Each of these types of bags has a relatively distinct purpose and set of features.
The best place to start on this question, is to take us back to elementary school math and use a Venn diagram. As can be seen in the diagram there are two main categories of bags: Carry Bags and Cart Bags. Stand Bags and Sunday Bags are subsets of Carry Bags, with Sunday Bags being a very small niche. Hybrid Bags represent a crossover between Carry Bags and Cart Bags having features from both categories.
With the diagram as a roadmap let’s explore each type of bag.
Golf Cart Bags
The golf cart bag is the royalty of modern golf bags. In size, features, storage capacity and weight they reign supreme. These bags are designed to be strapped onto a motorized golf cart or push cart. They commonly have up to a 14 slot top with full length dividers, a large number of specialized and spacious pockets including a multi beverage cooler pocket and an external putting well. These bags also tend to be designed to fit securely onto a cart. These cart-friendly design points include specially designed bottoms as well as strap channels or pocket placements that allow the cart to be strapped to a cart without decreasing access to the pockets.
The Sun Mountain C-130 (pictured to the right) is a great example of a full featured cart bag. This bag is currently one of Amazon’s most highly recommended by its customers. Click on the image to see Amazon’s specifications and customer reviews.
Golf Carry Bags
The golf carry bag category is a wide range of bags that are designed to be carried by the golfer typically using a single strap or a backpack style harness. As a group these bags are lightweight and have fewer features than the cart bags.
The carry bags exhibit features that make them comfortable to carry over eighteen holes or to the range. Compared with cart bags, the more full featured carry bags typically have:
- Ergonomically designed, padded shoulder strap systems to improve load balance and enhance comfort
- A smaller size profile and fewer features to reduce weight. Some of these bags weigh under three pounds
- A reduced number and size of pockets and club openings / dividers
- Been constructed of advanced lightweight materials. As an example, you will not find much leather in this category of bag. Instead the “cloth” siding is commonly made of highly durable nylon and synthetics.
Golf Stand Bags
The golf stand bag is the most popular type of carry bag dominating the category in terms of number of models. As a testament to their dominance, our top carry bags are all stand bags (see our reviews here).
The distinguishing feature of these bags is that they have extending and retractable stand to allow golfers to lean their bags forward upon their outstretched legs. Prior to this innovation golfers would either lie their bags flat on the ground or precariously stand their bags on their bottoms. The stands allow for easier access to the clubs, less backache in hoisting the bag for carry and finally fewer bags falling onto the ground from an upright position.
See our reviews of our top five models to fully understand the features of these bags.
Golf Sunday Bags
Golf Sunday bags or pencil bags are meant to hold a limited number of clubs and to be used when a golfer wants to only take four or five clubs to the course or driving range. These bags have very limited features and pockets (although recently more and more options have been added). And, Sunday bags do not usually have a mechanized stand.
These bags are small, lightweight and offer the bare essentials. The Wellzher Quantum Lite Collapsible Sunday Golf Bag (shown to the right) is a highly rated version of this type of bag. Click image for more information.
Golf Hybrid Bags
Golf Hybrid bags are basically stand bags that have some of the fuller features of the cart bags. They are designed for golfers who want one bag that they can seamlessly use whether they are walking, pushing a cart or using a motorized golf cart. These bags tend to weigh a couple pounds more than stand bags and they boast some cart friendly design aspects that enable them to sit more securely in golf carts. The hybrid bag will also, typically, have 14-way top.
In some ways, the hybrid bag designation is pretty vague in terms of its exact specifications. These bags have been developed and marketed to blur the lines between cart and carry bags. Although there are a significant number of bags that could be called ”hybrid”, very few manufacturers have adopted this model description into their bag names.
If you are interested in this type of bag we would suggest you examine full featured stand bags regardless of whether they are called hybrid by name. A great example of this hybrid-style bag would be the TaylorMade 2019 Flextech Crossover Stand Golf Bag.
It’s not too difficult to answer: “What is a golf stand bag?” They are a type of carry bag that has a mechanized stand for better access to your clubs while creating a stable stance. They are our favorite type of bag as you can probably tell by reading through our site.
We hope this information has been helpful in clarifying the most common types of bags.