Best Golf Stand Bags 2022

The best golf stand bags - including lightweight, waterproof and feature-packed options

Best Golf Stand Bags
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Best Golf Stand Bags

Finding the right golf bag could help you make the difference when it comes to organising and planning your game. Carrying a stand bag gives you more freedom to move around the golf course, meaning you can walk straight up to your ball wherever it’s sitting. It’s also quicker and easier to deal with pre- and post-round and can help keep you fit.

The Golf Monthly team test out the best stand bags and give their verdicts

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 will want to consider the quality of the stand and the level of storage available. Easy access and protection of clubs will always be a consideration. You need a bag that’s robust, stable, and will protect your equipment, perhaps you need it to be waterproof too. You also want a stand bag that delivers the best possible ergonomic fit for you.

What then are the best golf stand bags? We’ve reviewed and tested them and have selected our favourites below to help you prepare and manage your golf game in the most effective way. Additionally take a look at some of our other golf bag guides too - such as the best golf bags, best golf trolley bags, or the best waterproof golf bags.

Best Golf Stand Bags - Best Golf Carry Bags

Best Lightweight Stand Bags

Titleist Players 4Plus StaDry Stand Bag, titleist stand bag, titleist bag full of clubs

Specifications

Weight: 1.95kg/4.2lbs
Pockets: 8
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 9

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight at under 2kg
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Additional pockets for more convenient storage

Reasons to avoid

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Legs don't fully retract when being carried

Our first pick in this best golf stand bags guide is the 2021 Players 4 Plus Stadry bag from Titleist, a high-quality, stylish and versatile bag indeed. It features a tour-inspired, low-profile top cuff, four full-length dividers and a new premium double strap for enhanced comfort and simplified adjustment while carrying. The new strap is noticeably more comfortable and is also self balancing, meaning your clubs stay upright with no chance of falling out when you’re walking.

The StaDry waterproof construction and the high-grade lightweight aluminium legs make for a practical bag in all conditions. The bag also features eight pockets, three more than last year, including an expandable full-length apparel pocket which we found held more than enough clothing. Other pockets include a new one exclusively for tees, a redesigned, larger beverage pocket and a quick-access accessories pocket with magnetic closure.

This bag feels incredibly sturdy and well made too and the new strap has made it even more comfortable to carry - a great all-rounder. Also, if you are a fan of Titleist, see our guide on the best Titleist golf bags in the current range.

Ping hoofer golf bag picturedEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Weight: 2.5kg/5.5lbs
Pockets: 11
Waterproof: Not fully
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Convertible strap system
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Extra, tailored rangefinder pocket

Reasons to avoid

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Lightness means it’s inevitably less robust than some stand bags

The Hoofer has become an iconic moniker within the stand bag market. The new Ping Hoofer stand bag comes with a whopping 22 litres of volume from its 11 pockets. From these 11 pockets, a velour lined valuables pocket, a magnetic rangefinder pocket and a top-access magnetic slip pocket are the most useful and feel well made.

The new back puck simplifies conversion to a single strap and the large apparel pockets come with a full-length zip for easy access. The cart strap channel makes it easy to put this bag onto a trolley and means all 11 pockets are still fully accessible with the carry strap still on the bag.

It is definitely one of the more classic looking bags in our list and we think it looks best in neutral colors, meaning all of your headcovers, towels and other accessories will match nicely with this bag when it is being used. It is such a favourite of ours that we also included it in our best Ping golf bags guides.

Sun Mountain H2NO Lite Speed Stand Bag, sun mountain stand bag, stand bag full of clubs

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 four-way top 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 include 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 aluminium legs add stability and activate quickly, while the Velcro leg lock system ensures seamless application on trolleys. As with 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.

Cobra Ultralight Stand Bag, cobra stand bag, cobra bag full of clubs

Specifications

Weight: 2kg/4.4lbs
Pockets: 8
Waterproof: Not fully
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Stable on undulating terrain
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Ideal for full-time carriers

Reasons to avoid

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Not fully waterproof

The thing we really like about the Cobra Ultralight Stand Bag is the fact you can really pack it up if you need to take a lot of equipment out with you. There are eight pockets to keep your gear well organised and separated and the oversize apparel pocket is spacious enough to fit full waterproofs plus an extra layer if required.

Clubs are well protected by the five-way top and full length dividers while the nicely designed top grab handle makes it easy to swing in and out of a car boot. The quick release shoulder strap together with Cool flow hip pad make for comfortable carrying while the Easyflex base is excellent for stability on rough ground when the stand is in use.

It’s pretty lightweight at just over 2kg and it looks funky in six striking color options. Overall, it ticks a lot of boxes.

The Big Max Dri Lite Feather stand bag

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Specifications

Weight: 1.4kg/3lbs
Pockets: 6
Waterproof: Water-repellent
Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Extremely light
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Loads of storage space
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Solid stand

Reasons to avoid

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Straps are difficult to adjust

Another top-notch lightweight model is the Big Max Feather model, which, as the name suggests, is as light as a feather at just 1.4kg. Not only that but we thought it looked good and offered a degree of simplicity with the five-way divider. The stand is solid and does what it's supposed to. It’s easy to deploy on grounding and the legs don’t droop down while walking, which is a major pet peeve of ours. Admittedly the strap can be difficult to adjust but this is a minor complaint really, whereas the storage and pockets available really make this a good bag to consider. The integrated cooler pocket in particular was a nice touch.

Callaway Fairway C Hyper Dry Double Strap Stand Bag

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Specifications

Weight: 1.8kg/4lbs
Pockets: 4
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Excellent waterproofing qualities
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Sleek, lightweight and stylish

Reasons to avoid

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Needs another pocket for tees, pencils etc

The excellent Fairway C Hyper Dry delivers on a number of levels. It really is incredibly lightweight at just 1.8kg, it’s waterproof and it looks great in three different color options. We tested the royal blue/camo model and it really looked smart out on the fairways. 

We found this bag to be super comfy to carry, not only because it weighs so little but also because of the excellent padded strap. The straps are self-adjusting, so it sits nicely on your back and stays put throughout the round. The hip pad is slightly smaller than other models on this list but we felt this was only a minor complaint. 

It’s sleek and easy to lift and it’s nice and compact for fitting in a car or locker. It has excellent waterproofing qualities thanks to the fabric, sealed seams and welded zips. 

Ping Hoofer Lite Stand Bag, ping stand bag full of clubs, ping stand bag

Specifications

Weight: 2kg/4.4lbs
Pockets: 7
Waterproof: Not fully
Colors: 7

Reasons to buy

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Noticeably lighter than previous generations
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Unique styling

Reasons to avoid

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Not fully waterproof

The Hoofer Lite Stand Bag is, as the name would suggest, all about lightness. Constructed with lightweight and durable materials, it has a unique aesthetic without compromising on performance.

It features a strap that is very easy to put on or off, whilst the front shoulder pads are integrated with SensorCool technology which is all about moisture management and drying quickly so you wont have to worry about sweat or anything else here.

There's also a cushioned hip pad, a roomy four-way top, and seven pockets offering storage options for essentials and extras. It has an auto-deploy stand and full contact base for secure placement, umbrella loop holder, towel and glove attachment points. The new design also includes a cart-strap channel.

Best Waterproof Stand Bags

Motocaddy HydroFlex Stand Bag, motocaddy stand bag, stand bag full of clubs

Specifications

Weight: 2.3kg/5.1lbs
Pockets: 5
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Fully waterproof
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Versatile to carry or use on a trolley

Reasons to avoid

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Larger overall footprint than other bags

The HydroFlex is a versatile, waterproof, super lightweight carry bag designed to fit on any Motocaddy trolley thanks to the pioneering Easilock compatibility. This is great if you have a Motocaddy trolley but even if you don’t, the bag fits nicely on most trolleys and comes with an easily removable strap.

We think the bag looks even better than the 2020 version thanks to a style update for 2021. The brilliant waterproof technology carries over from last year, giving all the gear in your bag excellent protection from the elements thanks to the waterproof TPU-coated nylon fabric and welded seams.

The HydroFlex features include a quick release strap, full-length dividers and five spacious and easily accessible pockets. A moulded hip pad provides ultimate comfort when carrying your clubs around the course and we found this incredibly comfortable despite the relatively large footprint of the bag.

It is available in three colors but easily the best part of this bag is the versatility. It's lightweight enough that you can comfortably carry a half-set one day but also big enough that you can fill it up with clubs, clothing, water bottles and food and use it on a trolley the next day. One bag that does every job.

Big Max Dri-Lite Hybrid Tour Stand Bag, big max stand bag, stand bag full of clubs

Specifications

Weight: 2kg/4.4lbs
Pockets: 5
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 7

Reasons to buy

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Fully waterproof
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Versatility for use on cart

Reasons to avoid

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More substantial than some stand bags so not as light

With its spacious interior and modern styling the Dri Lite Hybrid Tour is the perfect water resistant solution if you like to push, carry and look great on the course. This clever bag sits perfectly square on a trolley thanks to its flat, footless trolley compatible base, leg lock feature and clever positioning of the stand mechanism.

Its 14-way divider and five spacious water-repellent pockets give it superb cart bag capacity, while it's also ultra lightweight at just 2kg and comes with practical features such as the air channel for breathability, which means it excels as a stand bag too.

As with most Big Max products it comes with a great warranty directly from the manufacturer, so even though this bag feels well made and robust, there is peace of mind there too.

MacGregor 7-Series Stand Bag, macgregor stand bag, stand bag full of golf clubs

Specifications

Weight: N/A
Pockets: 5
Waterproof: Only water-resistant
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and waterproof
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Comfortable straps

Reasons to avoid

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No drinks holder

MacGregor has upped its stand bag game in 2021 with the 7-Series. With the bags water-resistant properties and fabric, it provides excellent protection to your clubs and accessories to give you complete peace of mind whenever the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Other features to mention are a padded dual strap for convenient and comfortable carrying around the golf course, and the lightness also helps in this regard. The bag's five pockets provide it with a great amount of storage for any of your necessities.

Best Models For Storage

TaylorMade FlexTech Crossover Stand Bag, taylormade stand bag, stand bag full of clubs

Specifications

Weight: 2.5kg/5.5lbs
Pockets: 10
Waterproof: No (only water-repellent)
Colors: 8

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable self-adjusting strap system
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Full length dividers

Reasons to avoid

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14-way top might not suit all

With a self-adjusting strap system and four full-length dividers, the TaylorMade FlexTech Crossover is a bag designed for ease of use and we certainly found this when using it. The Strap Slider System allows the bag to stay stable while carrying and adjusts itself as you move. Meanwhile, the FlexTech stand system is easy to use and means the bag is easy to access while walking.

This is another bag that works as good on a trolley thanks to the way the base is made, the easily removable strap and the 14-way divider. While the 14-way divider might be too big for those who carry often, it means there is never any club crowding in the bag.

Ten pockets include a suede lined valuables pocket, two large apparel pockets and a large insulated cooler pocket meaning there is plenty of space to store all the essentials and more.

Srixon Z Stand Bag, srixon stand bag, stand bag full of clubs

Specifications

Weight: 2.9kg/6.3lbs
Pockets: 8
Waterproof: Not fully
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Stylish design
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Space and size makes it ideal for golfers that switch between a trolley and carrying

Reasons to avoid

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Weight will be a concern for some

This eye-catching bag has a four-way top and three grab handles that make it easy to lift in and out of your car. It has five strategic pockets, including an insulated cooler pocket and a detachable ball pocket for extra customisation.

Carrying feels easy thanks to the Comfort Suspension System on the shoulder straps, although at 2.9kg it is a touch on the heavy side if you're a full-time carrier.

Wilson Staff EXO Dry Stand Bag Review

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Specifications

Weight: 2.8kg/6.1lbs
Pockets: 6
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 2

Reasons to buy

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Waterproof
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Ample storage space
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Comfortable padding on straps
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Lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks a zipless pocket/pouch

Wilson recently added to its range of stand bags with the Exo Dry, which tested rather well for us. It features a 5-way top with two full-length dividers. At 2.8 kgs, it’s lightweight, and picking it up is easy with three moulded handles. The six pockets include one full-length garment pocket, one for valuables, one for balls, two large ones for accessories, and another large one for a rangefinder or drink.

The waterproofing is very good thanks to sealed seams and zips, and we also liked the large snap-on rain hood which was quick and easy to attach. The stand was also a big plus for us, because the legs deploy farther out for greater stability, whilst the manufacturer’s 2-in-1 self-balancing strap technology improves fit and comfort.

Sun Mountain ECO-LITE 14-Way Stand Bag ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Weight: 1.8kg/3.9lbs
Pockets: 5
Waterproof: Not fully
Colors: 4

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly lightweight
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Comfortable carry straps
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Quality club protection

Reasons to avoid

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14-way divider will split opinion

For golfers who like to carry their clubs, having a bag that is lightweight is vitally important and the Eco-Lite from Sun Mountain is one of the best for this. It weighs just 1.8kg and is very comfortable to carry thanks to the padded straps which can be adjusted easily as well.

In weight, it’s akin to a Sunday or pencil bag, but in storage it rivals anything in the stand bag arena. It has a full-length apparel pocket, which we found offered more than enough space for additional layers or waterproofs. Although it isn’t fully waterproof, it is made using water resistant fabric, which we found offered really extensive protection. It wasn’t until the heavens really opened that some water began to penetrate the fabric, and even then it was minimal.

Finally it’s also available at a really competitive price point, providing golfers with excellent value for money.

How we test the best golf stand bags

When it comes to our process of testing golf stand bags, we take it very seriously. Whether we are sent a product or buy it ourselves, we put each bag to the test out on the golf course to ensure we can provide thorough and reliable advice. Most importantly though, manufacturers cannot pay for a good review because we tell it how we see it. Every member of the Golf Monthly team is an avid golfer and as such, knows what does and doesn't make for a good stand bag.

As far as our methodology goes, if we say we have reviewed a product, that means we have done so properly. We also endeavour to use all the features on the golf bag. That means, for example, if the valuables pocket claims to be waterproof, we will pour water on it to find out.

Specifically to stand bags, we put the stand itself to the test on different lies, angles and ground conditions because there is nothing more annoying than a stand bag with a poor stand.

This comprehensive testing style is not just exclusive to golf bags either, we test using the same ethos and methodology across all gear categories.

What to consider when buying a stand bag?

So what are some of the factors to consider when you are purchasing a stand bag? Well below we have listed some that we think are the most important and most of the bags above will satisfy all our criteria.

Weight: If it is going to be on your back and shoulders during the round, then it has to be light and it is important to realise that some models are lighter than others. That being said if you want heavier models or ones you can use on carts too, there are models designed for that.

Comfort: On that same kind of note, comfort is also vitally important. It has to fit properly on your body whilst also having comfortable straps. Some also have padded areas around the hips and back as well which helps.

Strength: Whilst a good stand bag will be light and comfortable, it should also be strong whether it be the core bag section, the strap, or the stand itself. Preferably the sturdier the better because it has to protect your golf clubs properly.

Storage: If storage for all your gear is important, then some bags have more, and larger, pockets. The top models will have specifically designed pockets for your apparel, balls, accessories, perhaps a beverage pocket and definitely one to house valuables.

Waterproof: If you see yourself playing in the rain a lot then waterproofing will be a factor to consider. Some models above are better than others in this regard because they have been designed as such.

Looks: Importantly many brands have started to realise that we want our golf bags to look good as well as be functional. As such there are loads of unique designs and colors to choose from so it is a case of finding something you like the look of.

Budget: The final factor to consider is of course price. When choosing a golf bag you have to be aware of what you can afford because there are good models at every single price point. If you want to spend more, or less, then there is a bag for everyone.

FAQs

How do I choose a golf bag?

Well the first thing is to decide if you want a stand or cart bag. If you want the former, then check out the factors and models above to narrow down your choice. If you want a cart bag then check out our best golf trolley bags guide in which we give lots of information on which models are best, factors you should look out for and lots of other advice.

What is a stand bag?

A stand bag is a very convenient way of transporting your golf clubs because they sit on your shoulders and are therefore lightweight and comfortable. Importantly, as the name suggests, the bags have two built-in legs that allow them to sit at an angle when you're taking your shot. This makes it easy for you to pick your next club, and stops the bag getting wet and muddy on the ground on those bad weather days on the golf course.

Can stand bags be used on golf carts?

Yes, more and more brands are starting to design stand bags that can easily be used on golf carts. Some come with specifically designed lock systems on the base of the bag and some have specific straps so you can securely put the bag on your cart.

Why don't professionals use stand bags?

Well we have seen some professionals occasionally put stand bags into play but this is rare because the top players in the world need as much storage as possible for their golf gear. This means tour bags are what we usually see on our televisions because they can house lots of clubs, apparel, golf balls, gloves, food, drinks and all the other golfing paraphernalia professionals need to carry.

Sam Tremlett
Sam Tremlett

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6