Golf Bags Buyer’s Guide

Ensuring you have the right bag for all your on-course needs can make your round more enjoyable.

Bag Type
  • Carry Bags also referred to as Sunday bags, are ideal if you do not want to take your full set of clubs to the course or the driving range. Carry bags do not have stands and generally hold only a handful of clubs, tees and balls.

  • Stand Bags: are targeted to the golfer who carries his clubs. They feature self-standing legs that pop out when placed on the ground and retract when lifted. Stand bags are more full-featured than carry bags, can hold a full set of clubs and have divider top systems.

  • Cart Bags: are targeted to the golfer who uses a riding cart or a pull or push cart on the course. Cart bags typically contain more features than stand bags, including cooler pockets, valuables pockets, up to 14-way divider systems and external putter wells.

  • Staff Bags: are the heaviest of the bags and are what the professional golfers use. The typical staff bag customer owns a cart and will keep the bag strapped to his cart most of the time.


The weight of your bag is more important if you frequently walk and carry or push/pull your golf bag. Choose the lightest bag that still has all of the storage options you need.

On-Course Storage

Whether you prefer a stand or staff bag, make sure you have storage capacity for everything you might need on the course. Do you need pockets for rainwear? How about a camera or your wallet? Choose the type of bag with the storage capacity to meet all of your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions: Golf Bags

Q: What are some of the key features I should consider when looking for a golf bag?
A: Stand bags and cart bags offer the widest variety of options and features. Here are suggestions for narrowing down your choices:

  • When choosing a stand bag, consider the following features: stand mechanism, dual-strap system, strap padding, weight, pockets and storage, bag height when standing, and top divider system.

  • When choosing a cart bag, consider the following features: handles for lifting, top divider system, access to pockets when on a cart, putter access,and storage.

Q: What's the difference between a cart and staff bag
A: Cart bags are smaller, lighter and less expensive than staff bags. Cart bags still offer lots of room to carry extra equipment without all the bulk and weight of a staff bag. Cart bags are specifically designed to be used on a pull or push cart or riding cart. They are typically designed to allow maximum access to pockets and clubs.

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