This review reflects improvements made for the 2020 TaylorMade FlexTech Stand Bag model. The only advertised 2020 upgrade is the use of fade-resistant, yarn-dyed fabric to hold color longer. Other than this change, and a change in color patterns, the bag is essentially the same as the 2019 model.
A Little History:In 2017, TaylorMade introduced the FlexTech line of carry/stand bags. These bags replaced the PureLite series and came with:
an upgraded base and leg system for greater stability, as well as
a more adjustable, better padded shoulder strap system
The upgrades in 2017 over the prior model line were significant improvements on top of an already solid lineup of bags.
The only reason to buy a Sunday golf bag is to fulfill a specific purpose. The purpose is quite simple. A golfer who buys one wants to carry a limited number of clubs with a minimal amount of gear and accessories. A Sunday golf bag can be great for a trip to a Par 3, to walk nine holes, to go to the golf range, or even for speed golf.
The 5 Best of the Lightest Golf Carry Bags for 2020
Every year golf stand bags seem to get lighter and lighter. A bag weighing four pounds used to be considered very light. Today, the most lightweight golf carry bags with stands weigh three pounds or less. This desire for lighter and lighter bags makes sense.
When you are walking a long, hilly golf course at noon on a hot and humid day in August, an ultralight bag can be a blessing. But to be a great bag, an ultralight needs to offer more than just light weight.
The key to finding the best ultralight is to find the perfect combination of weight, features, and price. We have identified the best five of the lightest golf carry bags that balance pounds, pockets, and pennies.
To determine which ultralight carry/stand bags made the cut in 2020, we looked at three factors:
Did the stand bag weigh 3 pounds or less?
Was the stand bag a full-service bag that could hold 14 clubs, full gear, and a beverage?
Best Clicgear Accessories for 3-Wheeled Push Carts
If you own or are considering buying a new Clicgear 3-wheeled pushcart, such as the 3.5+, 4.0 (reviewed here), or an older model, we have identified a few “add ons” that we consider the best Clicgear accessories.
Over the years, Clicgear has developed a wide range of accessories for its 3- and 4-wheeled pushcarts. Just as we favor 3-wheeled pushcarts over 4-wheeled models, we have some favorites among Clicgear’s accessories. There are four accessories that we recommend for Clicgear’s 3-wheeled pushcarts.
After looking at pushcart manufacturers online and at multiple PGA Merchandise Shows in Orlando, we believe that Clicgear stands out for having the best pushcarts in terms of features, quality, and price. And, we also believe that Clicgear’s latest 3-wheeled pushcart, the Clicgear 4.0 Golf Push Cart, is a major upgrade over its prior models.
Sun Mountain has optimized the level of features and technology that they can offer at a given weight. Now, when buying a Sun Mountain bag, a golfer knows the approximate weight of the bag by its name.
And, since golfers know that there tends to be a tradeoff between weight and features, golfers know that as they look at the 2.5 vs. 3.5 vs. 4.5 vs. 5.5, the extent of features increases as the numbers go up.
Other than color combinations, there are no significant differences between the 2019 and 2020 3.5 LS model years. The specs are the same. So, as you read below, the description is the same for both years. We tend to be frugal shoppers, so we prefer the 2019 model due to price.
One last thing, while we love the 3.5 LS for its lighter weight, are favorite Sun Mountain stand bag is the 4.5 LS (reviewed here).
A couple of years back, when we first wrote Part 1of this blog, we claimed that high-quality, single strap golf stand bags were as rare as a blue unicorn. We searched extensively throughout the electronic golf marketplace and discovered that although not quite as rare as the mythical beast, there were not many options.
In the few years since then, some manufacturers have increased their single strap offerings. For the most part, these options are not exclusively single strap bags (except for some full-featured caddie or staff bags). Instead, some manufacturers are offering their dual strap bags in single strap configurations. To be candid, that means that the bags are not fully optimized for a single strap.
The 2020 Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag is an excellent choice for folks looking for a light, straightforward, high-quality bag. An added benefit is the Titleist name for all of you Titleist brand loyalists.
Take a look at our 2020 Buyer’s Guide to see our preferred specifications. Click here.
The weight of the Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag is 3.8 pounds.
This light weight places the Players 4 Stand Bag as one of the lightest among our recommended models. And while the Players 4 isn’t the most lightweight bag in Titleist’s range of stand bags, we believe it is the best tradeoff between weight, quality, and features.Continue reading 2020 Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag Review→
The Fuse 4 Stand Bag is our favorite OGIO carry bag for 2020. The bag keeps OGIO’s high standards of quality while asserting a more athletic and modern look and features.
Take a look at our 2020 Buyer’s Guide to see our preferred specifications.Click here.
The weight of the OGIO Fuse 4 Stand Bag is 4.4 pounds, including the strap system.
This weight places the Fuse Bag in the lighter end of our preferred range and is one of the most lightweight bags OGIO has produced.
In setting our weight range, we consider both the pure weight of the bag as well as the tradeoff of weight versus features. Typically, the lighter the bag, the fewer the features and the lesser the quality of the materials. So, finding the absolute lowest weight bag is not always the best path for selecting a bag.Continue reading 2020 OGIO Fuse 4 Stand Bag Review→
Ping continues to make progressive improvements to its flagship Hoofer stand bag. For many golfers, this bag is the gold standard to which all other carry bags are measured against. We have always loved this stand bag. Below are the bag’s specs for the 2020 version.
Take a look at our 2020 Buyer’s Guide to see our preferred specifications.Click here.
The weight of the 2020 Ping Hoofer is 5.5 pounds, including the attached rain hood.
The Ping Hoofer’s weight is at the upper end of our preferred range.
Weight can be an indicator of quality. Some companies that have aggressively tried to trim weight have paid the price in the quality of the bag’s material or the sturdiness of the stand system. Ping does not cut corners with weight and has always used premium materials for quality and durability.Continue reading Ping Hoofer Carry Bag Review→
Sun Mountain understands that the big trade-off in carry bags is the weight of the bag versus the number and types of features.
Back in 2017, Sun Mountain optimized the level of features and technology that they offered at a given weight.
Now, when buying a bag, a golfer knows the approximate weight of the bag by its name. And they know that as they look at the 2.5+ vs. 3.5 vs. 4.5 vs. 5.5 the extent of features increases as the numbers go up. Congrats to Sun Mountain for clarifying its product line.
After re-introducing the Sun Mountain 2Five Stand Bag in 2017, the company upgraded the ultra-light carry bag and re-named it the Sun Mountain 2.5+. With this upgrade, Sun Mountain improved both durability and comfort while only increasing the weight by the equivalent of two golf balls.
The 2020 version of the 2.5+ is now available, featuring all the upgrades of the intervening models with much-improved color combinations.
The OGIO Cirrus Stand Bag is our favorite OGIO carry bag. Over the last two years, the OGIO Cirrus Stand Bag has become OGIO’s front running lightweight, full feature carry bag. The bag keeps OGIO’s high standards of quality while asserting a more athletic and modern look and features.
The weight of the OGIO Cirrus Stand Bag is 5 pounds, including the strap system.
Ping has earned itself an army of followers that is vocal, loyal, and large. If you spend any time reading reviews in the golf forums or listening to customers, it is easy to find stories of “serial” Ping owners, and individuals who have owned their Ping carry bags for 8 – 10 years.
Titleist discontinued the Ultra Lightweight Stand Bag when it completely updated its line of of stand bags with the Players 4 Series. A few remaining color combinations of the Ultra Lightweight are still available . All are “single strap” versions of the bag.
Original (lightly edited) Ultra Lightweight Review
If you can find one, the Titleist Ultra Lightweight Stand Bag is still a solid choice for folks looking for a simple, no frills bag.
The weight of the Titleist Ultra Lightweight Stand Bag is 4.9 pounds not including the shoulder straps and rainhood.
This weight, which includes the shoulder straps, puts the Ultra Lightweight bag as one of the lightest among our recommended models.
Editor’s note: Back in 2017 when this review was written this bag would have been considered fairly light. In 2020, we would consider it middle of the pack. Our current favorite Titleist stand bag the Player 4 comes in at 3.8 pounds and they have one other stand bag in their line up that comes in even lighter —the Titleist Player 4 Carbon.
JCR has discontinued the DL550 Stand Bag. Unfortunately this bag is no longer available.
We recommend the JCR DL550s which is an upgrade to the former model. See our full review of the DL550s here.
JCR DL550 Stand Bag
When we attended the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show we met 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 DL550 was introduced in November 2015 and we believe they will become highly popular as they become better known. Continue reading JCR DL550 Stand Bag Review→