Best Golf Bags 2024

Here is our selection of the very best golf bags - models to suit a full range of on-course requirements and conditions

Best Golf Bags
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The golf bag is an essential item of equipment and finding the right one could help make the difference when it comes to organizing and planning your game. Whether you prefer to carry, take a cart or a buggy, the best golf bags have been designed and engineered to suit your requirements. You need a bag that will protect your equipment, provide the right level of storage with easy access to clubs and accessories, and one that delivers the best possible ergonomic fit for you.

If you use a cart or buggy, you’ll look for a robust and stable bag that’s easy to lift and sits well on its side or base. Other features to consider will be, the level of storage, the ease of access to clubs and accessory/apparel pockets. Many modern bags provide water resistance and extra protection for valuables and are great gifts for those golf obsessive friends in your life. If you like to carry, then you’ll look for something lightweight and comfortable that sits well on the back. Depending on the conditions you generally play in, you might consider the quality of the stand and the level of storage available. Easy access and protection of clubs will always be a consideration. 

What then are the best golf bags right now? We’ve reviewed and tested them and have selected our favorites below to help you prepare and manage your golf game in the most effective way. Additionally make sure you check out our other golf bag guides too - such as the best golf push cart bags or even the best waterproof golf bags.

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Best Golf Bags

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Top pick

Ping hoofer golf bag picturedEditors Choice 2022

The Ping Hoofer stand bag in red

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Best all-rounder

Specifications

Weight: 2.5kg/5.5lbs
Pockets: 11
Waterproof: No
Colors: 6

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable to carry
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Very stable stand
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Loads of storage

Reasons to avoid

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Not waterproof

When it comes to the best golf stand bags, the Ping Hoofer is one of our absolute favorites thanks to the combination of overall performance, comfort, usability and looks.

Coming in at 5.5lbs - less than 2.5kg - the Hoofer provided an excellent walk in testing, with the experience only heightened by the adjustable carry strap. Ping have added a new back puck that allows for easy transitioning from two straps to one and, if you want to stick it on a cart, you can, as a cart strap channel runs under the main pocket.

So, not only is it easy to use, but the 11 pockets available are extremely handy and, with nice touches like the magnetic pocket that keeps all your valuables safe, Ping has really thought of everything when it comes to Hoofer. The only slight downside to this model is that it isn't fully waterproof but, overall, it is a truly excellent bag that deserves a spot on this list.

Best looking

Titleist Players 5 StaDry Stand Bag Review

The Titleist Players 5 StaDry Stand Bag in black

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Our favorite looking stand bag on the market

Specifications

Weight: 2kg/4.4lbs
Pockets: 7
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable strap system
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Plenty of storage
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5-way top limits club crowding

Reasons to avoid

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Tee pocket is fiddly
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Bag clip sometimes get caught during lifting

The Titleist Players 5 StaDry Stand Bag is one of the best golf stand bags that money can buy, with the brand continuing their stylish, robust and reliable range of carry options. 

Adding a new 5-way top, which helps organization and accessibility, we noticed the premium feel with the high quality YKK zippers and a horseshoe style tee pocket. Visually, this bag is smart yet relatively simple, which we think broadens the appeal. In testing, we had the black with red trim option which we think looks absolutely fantastic, but there are multiple color options available if that doesn’t float your boat. 

Along with the looks, the bag has plenty of practical features like a Sharpie holder and two external lined cooler pouches to store your beverages either side of the spacious ball pocket, but it is the ease of carrying the bag which is the standout, with the experience faultless. In testing, over 10 rounds of golf, we had no problems with the straps tangling or twisting and, because the padding is not too thick on the shoulder straps, it disperses the weight evenly, boosting the comfort on offer.

Best lightweight

Wilson Exo Lite Stand Bag review

The Wilson Exo Lite Stand Bag in black and white

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Best for those seeking a lightweight option

Specifications

Weight : 1.8kg/3.5 lbs
Pockets: 6
Waterproof : Not fully (Showerproof)
Colors: 6

Reasons to buy

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Magnetic rangefinder pocket is very convenient
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Legs kick out easily and provide a solid base
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Super lightweight but still sturdy

Reasons to avoid

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Not best for carrying full 14 clubs
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Not suitable for cart/trolley use

To begin with, the Exo Lite is one of the best lightweight golf bags anywhere on the market. It weighs just 3.5lbs and, although some may think that's too light, you'll be glad to hear that we had no problems with the legs not kicking out when placed on the ground. This means that, on a windy day, there will be peace of mind knowing it won't topple over. 

Admittedly, we have tested better straps, but they are certainly comfortable and easy to adjust while the comprehensive hip pad makes for an altogether comfortable experience over the shoulders and back. There are also a lot of handy features, such as the magnetic rangefinder pocket. Not only is it superbly convenient, but it also feels super-premium and, if you don't want to use your rangefinder in this pocket, then there are plenty of other pockets, or even an accessory clip, that you can utilize.

Best hybrid bag

OGIO All Elements Hybrid Stand Bag

The OGIO All Elements Hybrid Stand Bag in red

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A stand bag for carrying, and the golf cart

Specifications

Weight: 2.5kg/5.5lbs
Pockets: 9
Waterproof: Yes
Colors : 8

Reasons to buy

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It's rock solid
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Ideal for carrying and on a trolley
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Fully waterproof pockets

Reasons to avoid

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The color options won't be for everyone

Perhaps one of the coolest, stylish and eye-catching bags currently on the market, the Ogio All Elements Hybrid Stand Bag combines exceptional looks with performance. Ogio have broken the mold in terms of their fresh and funky designs and we salute them for their innovative styles, which are perfect for any golfer looking to make a statement on the course. 

Obviously, the looks and colorways will divide opinion, but there is a lot more to this bag than the fancy patterns printed on the waterproof lining. One of those aspects is indeed the waterproof protection, with the seam sealed zips doing their job of keeping all your belongings stored in the bag's nine roomy pockets dry and secure. 

Another feature that really elevates the design is in the name - hybrid. This bag works excellently for those wanting to carry their clubs because it is lightweight, but also works very well on carts as well. In fact some golfers may prefer to use this bag solely as a cart bag due to its size. 

Finally the eight-way divider on the top of this bag, which features a separate section for four big clubs, is the perfect way to keep your sticks all organized and dent free. That in turn makes it very easy to pull out your next club without others following.

Best waterproof

Callaway 2023 Fairway C HD Stand Bag review

The Callaway 2023 Fairway C HD Stand Bag in blue

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Best model to deal with those tough weather rounds

Specifications

Weight: 2kg/4.4lbs
Pockets: 5
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Excellent top storage with no club crowding
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Comprehensive and comfortable straps
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Lightweight and fully waterproof materials

Reasons to avoid

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Cooler pocket is poorly designed

At just 2kg (4.4lbs), this is one of the most lightweight bags you can get that still holds all 14 golf clubs and more. Callaway have introduced an all-new strap and hip pad system on the Fairway C, with EVA molding added for further comfort around the shoulders and back. 

In testing, we thought that the EVA within the straps and on the hip pad added a level of softness that you don't get with many other of the options on the market, with the Fairway C providing one of the best carrying experiences we've had with a golf bag. 

But the star feature on this bag is the protection thanks to the complete seam-sealed construction and waterproof fabric throughout the design. Water beads off the bag very well indeed so it will deal with rainy rounds handily.

In terms of pockets, there are five in total, with the valuables pockets the stand out. This is because it is fleece-lined to protect your phone from scratching as well as being pretty deep, allowing you to easily store a phone, wallet, keys and more in there. The only slight let down is the cooler pocket, because the opening is too small and too tight to easily slip a water bottle in and out of when you're on the move.

Best strap design

The Cobra Ultradry Pro 2023 Stand Bag on a green background

The Cobra Ultradry Pro 2023 Stand Bag in blue

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Our favorite strap design

Specifications

Weight: 2kg/4.5lbs
Pockets: 5
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Fully waterproof
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Five-way top allows for ease of use with clubs
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Smart shoulder strap system

Reasons to avoid

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Pockets aren't the most accessible or biggest
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Legs slightly droop when in use

There's a lot to like about the Ultradry Pro and, to begin with, we must mention the straps. Not only were they well-padded and meant for easy carrying, something which was easy anyway as the bag only weight 4.5 pounds, but the Swivel Strap worked superbly throughout the round.

You may wonder what the Swivel Strap does? Well, thanks to a well-positioned shoulder clip, it allows the bag to swivel and move whilst you're walking the course. Essentially, as you put the bag on, it will move to the adjusted height, something which worked really well on sidehill and undulating lies and walks.

Not only is it comfortable, but the Ultradry Pro does exactly what it says on the tin. When we tested this bag the conditions continuously changed between sun and rain but, by the end of the round, our clubs and personal items remained bone-dry, such is the waterproof protection the Cobra bag provides.

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