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OGIO Women’s XIX Stand Bag 5 Review

2020 OGIO XIX STAND BAG 5

XIX Stand Bag 5
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When OGIO announced the 2020 Women’s XIX Stand Bag 5, they declared that the bag was designed by women and tailored to a woman’s needs. As often repeated in descriptions of the bag, OGIO “didn’t just shrink it and pink it.” 

As folks obsessed with golf, we love this concept of truly tailoring a golf product to its users. We believe that the women’s golf bag market has not been taken seriously by many of the leading manufacturers.

So, how did OGIO do?

Well, to start off …OGIO absolutely does not offer the XIX Stand Bag 5 in pink! Nor do they offer the bag in floral patterns or with a crazy amount of bedazzling.

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Which Waterproof Golf Stand Bag Should You Buy?

Sun Mountain H2NO Superlite Golf Stand Bag

Best Waterproof Golf Stand Bag -- Sun Mountain Superlite H2NO Stand Bag
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I am a fair-weather golfer. Always have been. Probably always will be.

But, there are many golfers who are more obsessed with golf, adventurous, and rugged than I am. These folks are willing to play golf in the rain.

There are also golfers who regularly train and play tournaments in the rain.

And, finally, there are golfers who live in rain-soaked areas such as Seattle. All of these folks play in the mist, sprinkle, and downpour.

For all of these rain-soaked golfers, we researched the best waterproof golf stand bag on the market. We had early favorites that fell away because of issues of weight distribution/balance, shoddy materials, overly complicated strap systems, and more.

Ultimately, we found our favorite waterproof golf stand bag. We highly recommend the Sun Mountain H2NO Superlite Golf Stand Bag.

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Which Left-Handed Golf Stand Bag Should You Buy?

Sun Mountain 2.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag

Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Left-Handed Stand Bag
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The answer to “Which Left-Handed Golf Stand Bag Should I Buy?” is quite simple. There is only one option, and Sun Mountain makes it.

It has been estimated that about 10% of the population is left-handed. It has also been estimated that over 24 million individuals golfed last year in the US. If both statistics are accurate, there are probably over 2 million left-handed golfers in the US.

Two million golfers seem like a fairly decent sized market. And yet, Sun Mountain is the only major brand that makes a left-handed golf stand bag. 

Sun Mountain offers the 3.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag in a left-handed configuration. In making a left-handed golf stand bag, Sun Mountain did their typical terrific job and did it right. Essentially, the bag has all of the same features as the right-handed 3.5 LS model, with the exception that the bag is built with a real left-handed orientation. Continue reading Which Left-Handed Golf Stand Bag Should You Buy?

TaylorMade FlexTech Carry Stand Bag Review

2020 TaylorMade FlexTech Stand Bag

TaylorMade 2020 FlexTech

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.  

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The 5 Best of the Lightest Golf Carry Bags

The 5 Best of the Lightest Golf Carry Bags for 2020

5 best of the lightest golf carry bags: aylorMade 2019 LiteTech 3.0 Stand Golf Bag 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?
  • How did it stack up against our 2020 Buyer’s Guide performance specs?

The five bags featured in this post excel at all three factors, and would be great to take for a walk on the links.

The bags are listed alphabetically by vendor.  At the end of the post, we will unveil our top choice from these five ultralights.

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Best Clicgear Accessories

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. 

Clicgear 3.5+Clicgear 4.0

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.

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Clicgear 4.0 Golf Push Cart Review

Clicgear 4.0 Golf Push Cart

Clicgear 4.0
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The Best Golf Carry Bag (BGCB) website has always exclusively reviewed carry bags with the point of view that golf courses should be walked.

Given the current pandemic, we thought we needed to expand our focus to encourage folks to go out and safely golf.  (The benefits of walking a golf course are described in this earlier post.)  Although we are “purists,” we understand that using a pushcart might make golf a more comfortable walk for some.

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. 

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Which 14-Way Golf Stand Bag Will You Absolutely Love?

14-Way Golf Stand Bag -- Sun Mountain 4.5 LS 14 TopWe love walking the course carrying our clubs because of the freedom of being able to pick up and go. But some aspects of carrying can sometimes be a hassle.

For instance, there is nothing more annoying than when your clubs get disorganized or completely tangled within the bag.

When the grips are intertwined, you can’t quickly get the clubs in or out. Not fun!  A 14-way golf stand bag is the answer to stop the tangled mess.

We have updated this post for 2020 and identified our top recommendation for a 14-way golf stand bag.  Anyone who purchases it will love it. Continue reading Which 14-Way Golf Stand Bag Will You Absolutely Love?

Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag Review

2019 and 2020 Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag

Setting Things Straight

  1. Sun Mountain 3.5 LS
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    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. 
  2. 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.  
  3. 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.
  4. 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).

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2020 Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag Review

2020 Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag

Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag
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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.

Weight

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

2020 OGIO Fuse 4 Stand Bag Review

2020 OGIO Fuse 4 Stand Bag

OGIO Fuse 4 Stand Bag
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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.

Weight

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 Hoofer Carry Bag Review

2020 Ping Hoofer Carry Bag

Ping 2020 Hoofer
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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.

Weight

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

2020 Sun Mountain 4.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag Review

2020 Sun Mountain 4.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag

Sun Mountain 2020 4.5 LS 4 Way Stand Bag
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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.

Something else that is clear to us at BGCB, the 4.5 LS, is our favorite Sun Mountain bag.  Not too heavy while offering outstanding features. Continue reading 2020 Sun Mountain 4.5 LS Stand/Carry Bag Review

2020 Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag Review

2020 Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag

2020 Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag
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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.

For golfers who want an ultra-light, full service, golf carry bag, the Sun Mountain 2.5+ should be your top choice. Continue reading 2020 Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag Review

OGIO Cirrus Stand Bag Review

OGIO Cirrus Stand Bag

2018 OGGIO Cirrus Stand Bag
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Product Update

OGIO has discontinued the Cirrus Stand Bag.  

In the last few years, as OGIO has merged with Callaway, they have re-imagined their entire golf bag product line.  Unfortunately, this fantastic, near five-star bag is no longer available.

Our favorite OGIO Bag is currently the OGIO Fuse 4 Stand Bag.  Click here for our full review of the Fuse 4 Stand Bag.

Original 2018 Review

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.

Weight

The weight of the OGIO Cirrus Stand Bag is 5 pounds, including the strap system.

In 2018, this weight placed the Cirrus Bag in the lighter end of our preferred range. (In 2020, this weight would now be in the high end.) Continue reading OGIO Cirrus Stand Bag Review

Ping Carry Bags: Which One is Right for You?

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.

Given this following of Ping admirers, we thought it would be useful to provide a side by side comparison of Ping’s three full-featured stand bags to give newbies and veterans alike a clear picture of their similarities and differences. Continue reading Ping Carry Bags: Which One is Right for You?

Ogio Ozone Stand Bag Review

OGIO Ozone Stand Bag

Ogio Ozone Stand Bag
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Product Update

OGIO has discontinued the Ozone Stand Bag.  

In the last few years, as OGIO has merged with Callaway, they have re-imagined their entire golf bag product line.  Unfortunately, this fantastic, near five-star bag has been discontinued.

Our favorite OGIO Bag is currently the OGIO Fuse 4 Stand Bag.  Click here for our full review of the Fuse 4 Stand Bag.

Original 2017 Review

Weight

The weight of the OGIO Ozone Stand Bag is 5 pounds, including the strap system.

This weight places the Ozone Bag in the upper end of our preferred carry bags. Continue reading Ogio Ozone Stand Bag Review

Titleist Ultra Lightweight Stand Bag Review

Titleist Ultra Lightweight Stand Bag

Product Update

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.

We have recently reviewed the full line of Titleist stand bags and the Player 4 stands out as our top pick having a great balance between weight, features and price.  Click here to check out our review of the Player 4 Stand Bag.

Titleist Ultra Light Stand Bag
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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.

Weight

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.

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JCR DL550 Stand Bag Review

JCR DL550 Stand Bag Product Update

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

JCR DL550 Stand Bag
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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

TaylorMade PureLite Stand Bag Review

TaylorMade PureLite Stand Bag

Product Update

TaylorMade discontinued the PureLite for 2017.  Unfortunately, this bag is no longer available.

TaylorMade replaced the PureLite with the FlexTech line in 2017, significantly improving the base, legs and straps.  You can see our review for the latest TaylorMade FlexTech Stand Bag by clicking HERE.

The 2016 TaylorMade PureLite Specs:

TaylorMade PureLite Stand Bag
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Weight

The weight of the TaylorMade PureLite Stand Bag is 4.8 pounds including the shoulder straps and rainhood.

Given the inclusion of the straps and rainhood this weight is one of the lightest of our recommended bags. Continue reading TaylorMade PureLite Stand Bag Review