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.
Take a look at our 2020 Buyer’s Guide to see our preferred specifications. Click here.
2020 Ping Hoofer Specifications and Features
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 stand system’s sturdiness. Ping does not cut corners with weight and has always used premium materials for quality and durability.
Getting Clubs In and Out of the Bag
The Ping Hoofer has an oval five-way opening with five full-length dividers and diameters of 9″ x 8″.
The opening of the bag is slightly smaller than we would prefer. While sacrificing some separation, the limited number of dividers gives the advantage of a lesser cluttered top opening. Padded dividers can take up a lot of space. The top design easily accommodates putters and clubs with over-sized grips.
Ease of Carrying the Bag
The 2020 Hoofer has two ergonomic straps that connect at a center hub. The newly designed center puck simplifies conversion to a single strap.
The bag has a cushioned hip pad, which also stores the attached rain hood 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 11 pockets with a total volume of 22 liters, including:
- Full-length apparel pocket
- Two valuables pockets, one velour lined
- Magnetic, quick access, range-finder pocket
- Water-bottle pocket positioned near the bottom of the bag for easy access while walking
In terms of other attachment points, the bag has an umbrella holder, pen holder, and towel loop.
At eleven pockets, the bag would seem to have an excessive number and specialization of pockets. Our preference would be for fewer 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 spread and a sturdy bracket and leg configuration. The bottom of the bag is designed to allow full contact of the bag’s bottom 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 bag’s bottom and leg release mechanisms set the industry standard. One negative about the legs is that the leg ends are pegs instead of enlarged feet, so the bag can more easily sink into sand or moist ground.
The Ping Hoofer has:
- An attached rain hood that ensures you won’t leave it at home
- A cart strap channel
- Seven color combinations which have significant eye appeal
- Ping’s longstanding reputation for high quality
Ping’s suggested retail price is $245.
The $245 is the highest MSRP price for our recommended full feature carry bags. We appreciate Ping’s continual innovation and reputation as a high-quality maker.