Best Golf Shag Bags 2023

Take a look at the best golf shag bags currently available on the market

Best Golf Shag Bags
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Best Golf Shag Bags

Golf shag bags are an absolute must-have if you're planning on practicing your pitching or putting. They are one of the lesser well known pieces of golf equipment on the market but are, by far, one of the handiest if you find yourself practicing with a lot of golf balls or equipment. Shag bags are different from perhaps the best stand bags or some of the best cart bags the market as they are a lot smaller and are not designed to house your clubs. Instead, they are built to help you carry and pick up a large amount of golf balls when practicing on the green. That makes them a savior for any golfer who wants to improve their game but suffers from a bad back, preventing you from having to bend down to pick up all your golf balls. 

It's not known precisely where the term shag bag originated from. Some have argued its an Americanism, some say its refers to 'shag' caddies on Tour, who used to stand at the other end of the range and collect their employer's golf balls, while some have argued the bag named after the sea bird the Shag. Either way, if you go to your local pro shop or golf retailer and ask for a shag bag, you might initially receive a funny look, but eventually they'll lead you to the practice accessory area of their shop.

In this piece, we take a look at some of the best shag bags on the market, with our list containing a variety of different bags that boast different functionality and styles. What's more, if you're in the market for more accessories to help with your practice, check out our guide on the best golf training aids and our guide on the best golf accessories too. 

Best Golf Shag Bags

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How we test golf shag bags

Our golf bag testing methodology revolves around putting models to the test over a number of practice sessions and in different conditions. This is so we can gain a better idea of overall performance in terms of factors like grip comfort, durability, and storage benefits. 

We think this gives us information on the little details as well like which bags are easier to carry than others and which models hold the most golf balls. We are very comprehensive in our tests to the point where we will regularly attend product launches and meet with the manufacturer’s R&D experts to understand what new technology is going into each product. That isn't to say manufacturers can buy a good review though, as all our reviews are made by golfers, for golfers. 

What to consider when buying a golf shag bag

Golf shag bags come in all shapes and sizes, so when buying a new practice bag, there is plenty to think about. That can make chosing the right bag for you a very difficult decision, but that's where we come in. Below, we've set out several key considerations you should keep in mind when purchasing your next golf shag bag. 

1. Size

Depending on how much you want to practice, what you want to practice, and the equipment you like using when you practice, the size of your golf shag bag is a very important factor to consider. Most players will use their shag bag on and around the practice greens for chipping and putting, which means you may want to have a big bag to store lots of golf balls in. Remember though, the larger the bag, the harder it will be to carry so keep in mind the shape of the bag and how easy it is to carry.

2. Handles

When a shag bag is full to the brim with golf balls it can be heavy to carry and that means you're going to want to ensure you have the most ergonomic carrying system on your bag possible. As with any of the best golf cart bags, which can often be very heavy to carry, having a good strap or handle can be invaluable to help save your hands and back from injury. The same principle goes for your shag bag, so look out for a product that has a comfortable and padded handle that won't harm or mark your hands. 

3. Functionality

This is a very important point to consider if you don't want to be bending over picking golf balls up on the practice green for half of your training session. Some shag bags allow you to pick up golf balls without bending over, which can prevent you from putting additional strain on your back. If that's you, then you may want to consider an option like the Master's Golf Clikka Tube above. But if you're looking for style over functionality, then the TaylorMade or Titleist bags above may be more for you! 

4. Durability

Shag bags will go through a lot of wear and tear in their life, carrying large quantities of dirty golf balls around. They need to be strong, resistant to the elements and able to withstand the weight of the golf balls they will carry. So, when purchasing your next stand bag, it is wise to think about getting one that is made of a high performance and sturdy material that is not likely to break or wear down easily. A shag bag that breaks easily can leak a ton of golf balls very quickly, which can be a disaster if you're transporting the bag back through the club car park or around the course.

5. Budget

As with most of the equipment we test at Golf Monthly, we aim to help golfers get the best value for money and ensure they don't spend above the odds for their golf gear. For that reason, we advise you to think carefully about your budget before buying a new golf shag bag.

Speaking of golf bags, we have plenty more advice on our website on a wide variety of unique and high-quality offerings. Why not check out our guides to the best Sunday bags, best golf bags for seniors or the best golf bags under $100.


Why would I need a golf shag bag?

When practicing they are a great way to collect your golf balls as quickly and efficiently as possible. Along with the quick system, they lower the risk of injury as you don't need to consistently bend down to use it. 

Can I store other things than golf balls in my shag bag?

Yes, you can technically store whatever you want in your golf shag bag, from balls to shoes. While they are designed mostly to carry golf balls to practice sessions, you could, in theory, store your golf shoes in a shag bag or any other piece of equipment that is small enough to fit inside the bag. Do remember though that some shag bags won't be ventilated well enough to carry your shoes after a round, and that could generate some sweaty odours inside the bag. 

How many golf balls fit in a golf shag bag?

Like any model it varies. Most shag bags will store 30-50 golf balls with no problem, whilst some will store much less or much more. At the end of the day it depends what you are looking for from a golf shag bag. If you are looking for one that stores the most golf balls then you will need a bigger model. However, if you purchase a more compact model then expect less storage space.



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Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters degree in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides, specializing in golf shoe and golf cart reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes since he joined Golf Monthly and is an expert in the field. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 7.8 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. 

Dan is currently playing: 

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 

Fairway: TaylorMade Stealth 2 15°, Ping G425 Max 21°

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Cobra King Tec Utility, Ping i59 (5-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x Pix