Best Golf Bags For Seniors 2022

Our look at the best golf bags for seniors

Best Golf Bags For Seniors

Best Golf Bags For Seniors

Getting on in your golfing life means that you are unlikely to be carrying a full set of clubs in a normal stand bag. I mean, why would you? It’s heavy! That’s why the best push cart bags (opens in new tab) for trolleys are so popular these days. However even cart bags can get pretty heavy when maneuvering a trolley, so lightweight versions are becoming more mainstream as manufacturers use new materials and techniques to create trolley bags that have enough space for your gear, retain their shape and weigh much less than the traditional cart bag.

This is important for senior golfers as it makes the bag lighter to lift in and out of the car, but also on and off the trolley. It also makes the trolley easier to steer on the course as the combined weight with the bag means less effort is required, particularly if you are using a push trolley rather than an electric one. One of the major developments in golf bags in recent years has been the incorporation of waterproof materials to these products that are much thinner and lighter than before. The best waterproof golf bags (opens in new tab) usually come with storm zips and cool pockets to keep your drinks cool. They are also very robust and keep everything dry, meaning you won't have to pack a wet set of clubs into your trunk after your round.

Even though senior golfers don’t often carry their bags, there are some exceptions. With many courses restricting trolleys in the winter due to course conditions, more manufacturers are now also offering lightweight golf bags (opens in new tab), some that are effectively pencil bags with legs. The best pencil bags (opens in new tab) are usually a little shorter and smaller with 7-inch tops and a couple of pockets for a few items - ideal for taking a half set and a few balls out for a winter game. But whatever bag you're thinking of buying, be sure to check out our list below on the best golf bags for senior golfers and our buyers guide on what to consider when purchasing your next golf bag. 

Lightweight Cart Bags

POWAKADDY X-LITE CART BAG

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Lightweight bag with Key-Lock base at competitive price

Specifications

Weight: 2.2kg/4.8lbs
Pockets: 7
Waterproof: No
Colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight at just 2.2kg
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Excellent value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Basic styling
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Not waterproof

PowaKaddy’s entry-level bag is also its lightest at just 2.2kg, which means that you get a bag that is easy to lift and also comes with the Key-Lock base to fit their trolleys, as well as many others. It comes with 7 pockets including 2 full-length apparel pockets and a drink cooler pocket so there is plenty of space for all your gear.

It may not have all the other bells and whistles you might find on more expensive bags, but it has all the main features you need in a no-nonsense style and at a great price. The X-Lite is not 100 percent waterproof but it is a fantastic bag if you plan on playing a lot of hot weather golf. If you're looking for an offering that will help shelter you from the rain, check out our guide on the best waterproof golf bags (opens in new tab).

Cobra Ultralight Trolley Bag

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Lightweight cart bag that offers excellent value for money

Specifications

Weight: 2.3kg/5lbs
Pockets: 13
Waterproof: No
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight with excellent grab handles
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Great value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Head-turning design

The Cobra Ultralight Cart bag brings a lot of features for a great price. It has a 14-way divider in the 9-inch top, plus a detachable rain hood. There are 13 pockets all over the bag for everything you need including a fleece-lined valuables pocket and an insulated cooler pocket for your drinks.

The base is compatible with most makes of trolley and there is a pass-through slot for the cart strap if you need it too, making it one of the best golf bags for seniors. It’s not waterproof, but if you are looking for a lightweight cart bag with plenty of storage options for a great price, then the Cobra Ultralight is worth picking up.

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Motocaddy Lite Series Cart Bag

Lightweight bag with Easilock hands free base fastening system

Specifications

Weight: 2.2kg/4.8lbs
Pockets: 7
Waterproof: No
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight cart bag at 2.2kg
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Excellent storage options

Reasons to avoid

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Not waterproof

If you find that the return journey from bending down to attach the bottom of your bag to your trolley a little troublesome, then bag fastening systems such as the Easilock on the Motocaddy Lite Series will make the process much easier. Instead of straps, there are two studs in the bottom of each bag that click into place when you place it on the base of the Motocaddy trolley. These hold it firmly in place until the end of the round with the bag can be easily unclipped, making it one of the best golf bags for seniors.

The Lite Series weighs just 2.2kg and comes with 7 pockets and a 14-way divider so there is plenty of storage. It’s not waterproof, but it is, therefore, lighter and cheaper than the rain-protecting Motocaddy Dry Series bags (opens in new tab). If you are a fair-weather golfer looking for a lightweight trolley bag then the Motocaddy Lite Series is worth picking up.

Sun Mountain Eco-Lite Cart Bag

Sun Mountain Eco-Lite Cart Bag

Best Lightweight Cart Bag

Specifications

Weight : 2.5kg/5.5lbs
Pockets : 11
Waterproof: Water-resistant
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Fully waterproof
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Made from recycled materials

Reasons to avoid

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Colors might not be to everyone’s taste

The first of its kind to come to market, the Eco Lite cart bag incorporates water-resistant fabric that has been made from 25-30 recycled plastic bottles in a bid to reduce harmful waste. The bag incorporates a 10-inch top with 14 full-length dividers and 11 pockets with two sturdy and well-placed grab handles for carrying the bag in and out of the car and onto trolleys or buggies.

The 11 pockets include a velour-lined valuables pocket; rangefinder compartment; ventilated cooler pocket; apparel pocket; plus multiple accessory pockets. The environmentally friendly option is available in five quite bold colors, a Sun Mountain (opens in new tab) staple.

Waterproof Cart Bags

PowaKaddy Dri Tech Cart BagEditors Choice 2022

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Waterproof trolley bag with lots of storage pockets

Specifications

Weight: 2.3kg/5lbs
Pockets: 7
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Spacious and waterproof
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Lightweight design

Reasons to avoid

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Limited storage dividers

The PowaKaddy Dri Tech cart bag weights in at just 2.3kg, which is very light for a bag with 7 pockets with seam sealed zips. The waterproof nylon fabric can handle up to 10,000mm of rain, which is more than even the wettest day can throw at it. It is available in several variations of black with different color accents, or ‘titanium’ silver so the color choice could be wider.

However this is a small issue as the lightness of the PowaKaddy Dri Tech cart bag means that your clubs are protected from the elements and you have a bag that reduces the strain when using with your trolley. For those who like ultimate club organisation, the Dri Tech has you covered with a 14-way top divider and spacious putter well. The pockets are also pretty capacious, meaning you’ll have room for a good amount of kit.

Callaway Chev Dry 14 Cart Bag

Callaway Chev Dry 14 Cart Bag

Great value lightweight waterproof golf bag

Specifications

Weight: 2.2kg/4.8lbs
Pockets: 6
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 7

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and waterproof
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Excellent color choice

Reasons to avoid

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No cooler pocket

For those on a budget then the Callaway Chev Dry cart bag offers you a great value lightweight waterproof golf bag. It comes with six seam-sealed pockets to carry all your gear and a 14-way top that includes a dedicated putter well, making it one of the best golf bags for seniors.

The TPR Strap Bite technology on the top of the bag uses two Velcro straps to secure your bag to the trolley. There is also a padded handle for easy lifting on and off. There is a wide choice of colors, most of which are quite bold, so the Callaway Chev Dry 14 cart bag gives you everything you need for a great price. For more excellent push trolleys, visit our guide on the best golf cart bags (opens in new tab).

Motocaddy Cart Series BagEditors Choice 2022

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Waterproof cart bag with Easilock base for hassle free on and off

Specifications

Weight: 2.4kg/5.5lbs
Pockets: 7
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and waterproof
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Good storage space

Reasons to avoid

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No cooler pocket

The Motocaddy Dry Series cart bag brings everything to the party with a lightweight bag featuring a TPU Coated Nylon waterproof fabric to your clubs and gear dry. I have used this in torrential rainstorms and it has kept all the water out, especially in the pockets thanks to the thermo seam sealed YKK zips.

There is ample space in the two large apparel pockets on each side and the easy-to-access front pockets also feature a cooler pocket which does well at keeping drinks chilled on a hot day. Take a look at our guide on the best golf drinks cooler bags (opens in new tab) too. There are nice touches like a towel holder, Velcro glove pad and grab handles at the top and bottom so everything has been thought of. Combine this with the Easilock base system for use with Motocaddy trolleys and you have a comprehensive bag offering that doesn’t require a strap to hold the base of the bag in place.

BIG MAX Dri Lite Tour Cart BagEditors Choice 2022

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An editors choice quality cart bag

Specifications

Pockets: 9
Weight: 5 pounds
Colors: 6
Dividers: 14
Waterproof: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Impressive aesthetically
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Ample storage capacity
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Highly functional design

Reasons to avoid

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On the bulkier side

Big Max is a brand that offers a wide range of excellent options, but the model which made our 2022 Editors Choice list (opens in new tab) is the Dri Lite Tour Cart Bag. The zips are fully waterproof, while the rest of the fabric used in construction is water repellent. In testing, we experienced no leaks when we put it through its paces on a wet day and you also get a handy five-year warranty too, which puts the mind at ease. 

It is a very smart design, almost Tour-like, and the space provided would rival the top professional bags as well. Nine large pockets provide more space than we could ever need, but we have no doubt some people will find a way to fill them. 

Carry Bags

Titleist Premium Carry Bag

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A minimalist option ideal for summer strolls

Specifications

Weight: 1kg/2.2lbs
Pockets: 4
Waterproof: No
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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As light as they come
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Comfy carrying

Reasons to avoid

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Not waterproof
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No rain hood included

Weighing in at just 1kg, the Titleist Premium Carry Bag is light as a feather (nearly). It’s specifically designed for a quick summer round or nine holes in the evening with a half set. You might not get all your kit in there, but there is space for a waterproof jacket, balls and accessories. Hitting the fairways with a pencil bag like this feels great. You’re unencumbered by bulky equipment and you can just focus on enjoying the walk and your game.

We found this bag super comfy to carry thanks to the ergonomically designed double strap, but it’s pretty solid too and the mini stand legs keep it nicely off the ground to stop it getting wet. In our opinion, this option works best as a second bag for those who want to travel light in summer or squeeze in a quick round – it’s great to have the choice of throwing a few sticks in and striding out. We like it so much we also included it in our guides on the best lightweight golf bags (opens in new tab) and the best Titleist golf bags (opens in new tab) too.

Sun Mountain H2NO Lite Speed Stand Bag

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Our top rated stand bag of 2021

Specifications

Weight: 2kg/4.4lbs
Pockets: 6
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 6

Reasons to buy

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Complete waterproof protection
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Comfortable strap system

Reasons to avoid

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4-way top might not be enough separation for some

This is a mid-sized stand bag that, although not as light as some, provides great versatility given it is 100% waterproof and offers impressive storage options. The fully waterproof and lightweight H2NO Lite Speed stand bag weighs in at just 2kg and features a 4-way with plenty of club storage for a bag of this size. There is plenty of storage elsewhere too with six pockets providing ample storage and includes a full-length clothing pocket, several accessory compartments and an easily accessible beverage pouch.

The fully adjustable X-Strap Dual Strap System guarantees comfort and ease of use, with the carry straps being attached to the top of the bag for a more balanced carry. Sturdy aluminum legs add stability and activate quickly, while the Velcro leg lock system ensures seamless application on trolleys.

As will all bags in the H2NO series, it is fully waterproof to the highest specification with TPU coated fabric, sealed seams and a matching rainhood meaning all of your belongings will be protected as and when the heavens open. We rated it top of the lot in our best golf stand bags (opens in new tab) list.  

Inesis waterproof golf stand bagEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Weight: 2.5kg/5.5lbs
Pockets: 5
Waterproof : Yes
Colors : 3

Reasons to buy

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Looks sharp aesthetically
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Holds up well in wet conditions
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Excellent value at its price point

Reasons to avoid

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Less storage than others in its category

Stylish and packed with useful features, this waterproof stand bag from Inesis earned a spot in our Editor's Choice awards in 2022 (opens in new tab). Providing incredible value for money, it is also available for a fraction of the price you might pay for a similar product made by a more well-known brand. Made from a Polyethylene Terephtalate material, this bag is one of the most lightweight stand bags (opens in new tab) on the market and comes with 14 individual dividers for your clubs. That means it's great for players who like to stay organized.

It takes no time either to adjust the supportive straps to your desired length and they will stay firmly in position as you walk around the course. When you put everything this bag has to offer together, we think it’s right up there with the very best waterproof golf bags (opens in new tab) on the market, with its performance in extreme conditions a big stand out. Accompany that with the value you can save with this stand bag, the Inesis is an excellent option for senior golfers looking to get out on the course more. 

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Ping Moonlite Carry Bag

Lightweight pencil bag with no-nonsense design

Specifications

Weight: 1.1kg/2.4lbs
Pockets: 2
Waterproof: No
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Stand up strap for easy lifting
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Lightweight at 1.1kg with robust fabric
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Dual or single strap

Reasons to avoid

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Side pocket not full length

The Ping Moonlight is one of the leading pencil bags out there, combining a compact, lightweight design with enough storage for essential items. The rigid 4-way top separates your clubs, vital if you are carrying a full set, and helps create enough structure to make the Moonlight feel and behave like a regular carry bag.

The Moonlight is one of the few pencil bags to offer a dual or single strap option and the way the strap stands up when the bag is on the ground reduces the amount of bending over required to lift it. Having used a Ping Moonlight for years, the current version has a shorter side pocket than the full-length pocket I preferred on earlier versions, but that does not otherwise detract from what is an excellent pencil bag (opens in new tab).

Big Max Aqua 7

Great lightweight mini stand bag to save bending over

Specifications

Weight: 1.7kg/3.7lbs
Pockets: 4
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 7

Reasons to buy

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Stand legs saves bending down
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Waterproof
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Wide range of colors

Reasons to avoid

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No single strap option

If a pencil bag on the ground is too far down to pick up then the BigMax Aqua 7 is a pencil bag with stand legs to save your back. This type of mini stand bag is becoming increasingly popular and offers the best of both worlds for carrying either a full or a half set.

The Aqua 7 weighs just 1.7kg and is made from the I-Dry waterproof fabric that is 100% waterproof and also comes with a large oversize winter top for more space. The dual strap spreads the load, but it would have been nice to see a single strap option too. The four-way top can fit a whole set, which also makes it ideal for travelling and there are clever features like a cooler pocket, valuables pocket and a leg lock tab if you are putting the bag on a trolley or cart.

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TaylorMade Quiver Stand Bag

Pencil bag with mini legs offers best of both worlds

Specifications

Weight: 1.4kg/3lbs
Pockets: 4
Waterproof: No
Colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Mini legs keep bag off wet ground
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Lightweight 1.4kg design

Reasons to avoid

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Only double strap option

The TaylorMade Quiver golf bag comes with retractable mini stand legs that keep most of the bag off the damp ground and also provide that little bit of help picking the bag up as it is not quite as far to reach down. The lightweight 1.4kg design features a full-length pocket that is split into 3 to give you plenty of storage options, making it one of the best TaylorMade golf bags available for seniors.

The is a 3-way divider on the top of the bag for your clubs that combines with an easy-to-use grab handle that you can lift and go. It’s not waterproof and again only has a double strap option, but the mini stand design is the ideal compromise between a lightweight pencil bag and a stand bag.

Callaway Carry Double Strap Bag, Best golf pencil bags

Callaway Carry Double Strap Bag

Specifications

Weight: 1.1 kg
Dividers: Three-way
Pockets: 3

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Good storage for a pencil bag

Reasons to avoid

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No stand

There’s something very satisfying about this pencil bag. Throw a few clubs together, sling in a few balls and tees and head out onto the links. It’s a great feeling to get back to golfing basics. This carry bag is extremely light. At only just over 1kg, it’s the lightest of the Callaway golf bags. But it has a three-way top with full-length dividers to keep your clubs separate and there’s reasonable storage in three pockets, one of which is a full-length apparel pocket.

The double strap makes it comfy to carry, while we noticed the water-resistant underside kept our kit dry when caught in a shower. Any more moisture than that though and you might be in trouble. For a quick nine holes on a summer’s evening, the Callaway Carry is a great option, but if you're looking for something more substantial from the Callaway range, head over to our best Callaway golf bag guide (opens in new tab).

How we test golf bags

When it comes to product testing, our reviews and buyers' guides are built upon a rigorous testing procedure as well as the knowledge and experience of the test team. Product reviews on golf bags are headed up by Golf Monthly writer Andrew Wright (opens in new tab). Other members of the Golf Monthly team contribute to golf bag testing too and all of our writers are able to efficiently test the vast majority of the biggest product releases while conveying the pros and cons of each item eloquently. Getting into specifics, we test golf bags outdoors on premium golf courses to get a thorough understanding on what design features each bag offers. 

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What to consider when buying a golf bag

Choosing the right bag for senior golf can be complex but by asking yourself these questions, you should be able to choose the right golf bag for you:

1. Do you use a golf trolley?

Using a lighter trolley bag means pushing less weight around the course. That also means less weight to lift into and out of the car and on to your trolley. Combine this with one of the strap-free connectors on the base of the trolley and you won’t have to bend down to attach the bag either. 

2. Do you play in wet weather?

Depending on whether you're purely a summer golfer, or like to get out during the wetter months of the year, having a waterproof bag can help you keep your clubs well protected and dry. Waterproof bags are made of a more advanced materials than standard golf bags, so that can make them more expensive. However, that will keep your clubs safe and well protected from the elements. But If you're simply a fair weather golfer, then perhaps a standard carry bag will suffice for you.

3. How many pockets do you need? 

How much extra clothing, balls, waterproofs, gloves, food and drink do you normally take on the course? A trolley bag offers space to take it all but it will make the bag heavier. Think about what you need on the course and then buy the bag with the right storage for you.

4. How many clubs do you carry? 

Do you regularly take between 7 and 10 clubs to lighten the load? If you do, then a cart or stand bag may not be right for you. Consider choosing a pencil bag that has enough room for the essential clubs you need to get around the course. Also think about limiting the number of balls you take in your bag to ensure you're not carrying too much. 

5. What's your budget?

As always cost is a factor and the main brands have a deserved reputation for quality. The better trolley bags can last for a long time so the investment could pay off in the long run. If you are on a budget and don’t play often look around for good deals as there are plenty of good value options.

FAQs

What are the lightest types of golf bags?

Golf pencil bags, or Sunday bags, are the lightest bags in golf. They are smaller than a stand bag and have enough room for between seven to 10 clubs. That means they are a great option for senior golfers looking to minimize the amount of weight on their back when playing a round of golf.

Can you fit 14 clubs in a pencil bag?

Generally, you can fit 14 clubs in a golf pencil bag, but it is unadvisable to do so. Pencil bags are designed to carry between seven and 10 clubs, so the more you pack into them the heavier they will become and the harder it will be to pull a club out from that cramped pencil bag. 

Does brand of golf bag matter?

Not necessarily. As a general rule, the more recognisable brand names in golf are without a doubt some of the more reliable manufactorers. That means their products are durable and come with a certain level of quality. However there are plenty of other brands on the market providing excellent quality golf equipment that can help you enjoy your round.