7 best golf bags: From stand, cart and tour styles, find the right one for you

Adam Turner
·2-min read
All of them were tested on golf courses in the North of England in varying conditions – from dreary, wet mornings to scorching summer evenings (iStock/The Independent)
All of them were tested on golf courses in the North of England in varying conditions – from dreary, wet mornings to scorching summer evenings (iStock/The Independent)

You can have the most expensive golf clubs in the world, but you’re not going to get very far without a decent bag to carry them in.

Thankfully there are plenty out there, ranging from expensive, quality bags aimed at golf pros to cheap, entry-level golf bags for beginners.

Whatever your level, the important things to consider when choosing the best golf bag for you are how often you’re going to use it, what type of weather you’ll be playing golf in, and what kind of golf bag you want. There are three main styles to choose from, which we’ve listed below.

Tour/staff bags

Let’s start with the golf bag you’re least likely to use (unless you’re a serious golf player). A tour bag (or staff bag) is the type of bulky bag that professionals use. Although some traditionalist amateur golfers like them too, you probably won’t see many on your local municipal course. Designed to carry 14 clubs, as well as all your other golf gear, they are often pricier than the alternatives.

Carry/stand bags

A carry bag is the type you strap to your back (like a backpack) and lug around the golf course. Golfers who like the physical side of the game use carry bags, but if you have back, neck or shoulder injuries, we wouldn’t recommend them. Carry bags generally weigh less than tour and cart bags and often have fewer pockets and club dividers. They usually come with a stand, so you don’t have to lay your bag down.

Cart bags

Cart bags are mounted on carts or trolleys and are often midway between tour and carry bagsin terms of weight, size and features. They are the best golf bags for those with injuries or mobility issues. However, they are becoming increasingly used by a wider range of players who want to conserve energy and reduce scores.

Now that’s out of the way, it’s time to pick a style and brand that works for you. To make your decision easier, we’ve reviewed some of the best golf bags available below.

All of them were tested on golf courses in the North of England in varying conditions – from dreary, wet mornings to scorching summer evenings. We have tried to cover at least one of every type mentioned above to cater to the needs of golfers with varying levels of ability.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.

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