Best Lightweight Golf Bags 2022

Our selection of the best lightweight stand, carry and cart bags

Best Lightweight Golf Bags
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Best Lightweight Golf Bags

Finding the right golf bag could help you make the difference when it comes to organising and planning your game. Lightweight golf bags can help you save energy and score better. You might already have taken a look at our ultimate guide to the best golf bags on the market, or the best golf stand bags currently available. But here we’re looking more specifically at the best lightweight golf bags on the market this year – carry and cart.

Carrying a bag gives you more freedom to move around the golf course, you can walk straight up to your ball wherever it’s sitting. It’s also quicker and easier to deal with pre and post-game.

But, if you like to carry, you’re inevitably going to expend more energy than someone with a caddy or taking a cart or trolley. To minimise energy loss and maximise carrying comfort, you might think to look for a bag that’s super lightweight and comfortable that sits well on the back.

If you prefer to take a trolley, a lightweight bag can still be highly beneficial – Easy to move between car and cart and easy to manoeuvre out on course if needs be. There are a number of extremely lightweight bags on the market right now – stand bags, cart bags and pencil bags. Some of the lightest are minimal with limited storage, others are modelled on more substantial bags but use lightweight materials and design to keep the weight down. What then are the best lightweight golf bags out there? 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.

Also make sure you check out some of our other golf bag guides too - such as the best golf trolley bags (opens in new tab), best waterproof golf bags (opens in new tab), or the best golf pencil bags (opens in new tab).

Best Lightweight Golf Bags

Ping Hoofer Lite Stand Bag

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Our Pick

Reasons to buy

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Super lightweight
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Cleverly placed water bottle pocket

Reasons to avoid

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

We featured the standard Ping Hoofer stand bag in our best golf stand bags list (opens in new tab) and the waterproof version in our best waterproof bag list (opens in new tab). Unsurprisingly, another bag in the excellent Hoofer family of bags makes it onto this list: the Hoofer Lite stand bag.

Weighing just over 1.5kg, the Hoofer Lite has a well proportioned 4-way top that feels well made and protective of any clubs clattering around as you walk the course. It also has seven pockets, one more than the Hoofer Monsoon despite it being a slightly smaller bag. The water bottle pocket is one of the best features on this bag, being conveniently placed so you can access your water bottle as you walk.

Ping has also added some great new features to its already comfortable carry strap, allowing it to be easily adjusted from a backpack style two strap to a one strap system that can be comfortably carried on one shoulder. The strap also uses Ping’s SensorDry technology to wick water away and keep the strap dry even in the monsoon conditions.

Also, if you are a fan of Ping, be sure to read our best Ping golf bags (opens in new tab) guide.

Titleist Players 4 Carbon Stand bag

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Tour-preffered

Reasons to buy

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High quality, tour-preferred top cuff
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Carbon fibre legs are strong yet lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Not fully waterproof

Weighing in at just 1.3kg, the new Titleist Players 4 Carbon features an ultra-lightweight frame with carbon fibre legs for style, practicality and stability.

It is one of the lightest bags in golf to ensure fatigue-free, effortless carries and, with a 4-way player-preferred top cuff, there’s easy access to all your clubs. Carbon fibre legs provide excellent strength and a lightweight, durable rip-stop material provide a stylish finish.

An exterior water bottle pockets is another great feature of this bag and makes for an altogether practical, lightweight and well built bag.

Read our full Titleist Players 4 Carbon stand bag review

Mizuno BR-D3 Stand Bag

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Eye-catching colorway

Specifications

RRP: £180/$214
Weight: 2kg/4lbs
Pockets: 8
Waterproof: No
Colors: 6

Reasons to buy

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Super stylish
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Good storage and separation
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Lightweight and robust
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Comes in six colour choices

Reasons to avoid

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Not fully waterproof
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Legs could extend further when in use

An all-rounder when it comes to balancing features while offering a comfortable and easy ride, the BR-D3 stand bag is a great option for any avid golfer. The bag itself is also a great value option for anyone not looking to spend a pretty penny on a new golf bag. That does mean it has a slightly stripped-back design, it does come with eight pockets and compartments that give players enough space and storage to keep their clubs and equipment tucked away nicely. While the bag is not fully waterproof itself, it does come with a waterproof valuables pocket that will shelter your most precious belongings from the elements. 

Carrying the bag is a pleasure too, as it is one of the best lightweight golf bags (opens in new tab) around coming in at just 2kg. Its well-padded strap also helps to cushion your shoulders and disperse the weight of the bag around your back. While the lack of waterproofing may be a slight issue for some golfers, it doesn't take away from the functionality and practical benefits this bag can offer you around the course.

Datrek 2022 Carry Lite Stand Bag

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Quality craftsmanship in an efficient, lightweight design

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight but sturdy and durable
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Comfortable, user friendly strap system

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most stylish aesthetically

New from Datrek for 2022 is the Carry Lite stand bag, which is one of the best bags in its category and one of the best values as well. The Carry Lite offers fairly modest aesthetics but it is a high-quality bag from a construction standpoint that in our testing delivered an enjoyable walking experience thanks to its weight of just 3.9 pounds, as well as a comfortable strap system and strategically placed hip padding.

The Carry Lite also features a four-way top and full-length, padded dividers to protect golf clubs from chatter during use, and we found that its five pockets added plenty of storage space for anything from valuables to apparel. The Carry Lite's stand mechanism is also a standout feature for walkers and there are six color options available for golfers to choose from.

Read our full Datrek 2022 Carry Lite stand bag review (opens in new tab)

PowaKaddy X-Lite Cart Bag Review

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A streamlined, stylish cart bag for the fair-weather golfer

Reasons to buy

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Offers ample storage
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Clubs can be organised

Reasons to avoid

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Not fully waterproof

The PowaKaddy X-Lite is the streamlined, least expensive option within the brand’s impressive 2022 cart bag range although it shares the same weight (2.3kg) as the hero Dri Tech model. Visually, this cart bag has plenty of style - it’s sure to catch your eye in any of the three colors (black with red, yellow or blue trim) you see it in. It’s weight, coming in close to what many of the best golf stand bags weigh, means it’s surprisingly easy to manoeuvre for a cart bag. This is helped by the easily accessible carry handle at the top of the bag. 

Of the seven pockets, two are close to full length, which provides versatile storage for golfers that like to carry extra kit like waterproofs with them at all times. The lined ‘Dri Pocket’ on the side is the ideal place to store valuables like your phone and wallet. Elsewhere, you could house a full packed lunch and water bottle in the spacious cooler pocket if you wanted to - it is that roomy. All in all, the X-Lite combines simplicity with functionality. It is clearly robust, well made and is a simple, cost effective option for dry weather trolley users seeking practical storage and golf club organisation. 

- Read our full PowaKaddy X-Lite cart bag review

Callaway Hyperlite Zero Double Strap Stand Bag

Callaway Hyperlite Zero Double Strap Stand Bag

Lightest of the Lightweight Bags

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly lightweight
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Comfy carrying

Reasons to avoid

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Not quite as much storage as heavier stand bags

As you might expect from the name, the Callaway Hyperlite Zero stand bag is seriously light – At just 1.3kg, it’s one of the very lightest on the market right now. But, despite being pretty minimal, it’s also surprisingly robust and hard-wearing. Constructed from a rip-stop fabric, we found the bag to be tough and durable.

A key feature on this bag is the carrying system – The OptiFit Comfort Strap with aerospace grade foam is extremely comfortable. Combined with the X-Act Fit strap system, the bag sits perfectly on the back with weight distributed evenly and clubs held stable.

Although there might not be quite so much storage as bulkier stand bags, there are seven decent sized pockets providing enough space for apparel and accessories for most conditions.

Sun Mountain Eco-Lite Cart Bag

Sun Mountain Eco-Lite Cart Bag

Best Lightweight Cart Bag

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 staple.

taylormade flextech lite bag

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Best Carry Straps

Reasons to buy

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Very comfortable
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Good strap system
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Sturdy construction
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Excellent storage space
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Quality materials and design

Reasons to avoid

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Not significantly lighter than the standard FlexTech model
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Not fully waterproof

With a self-adjusting strap system and four full length dividers, the TaylorMade FlexTech Lite 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. The 4-way top provides plenty of space for clubs

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

The Big Max Dri Lite Feather stand bag

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One of the lightest stand bags we've tested

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

At just 1.4kgs (around 3lbs), this Big Max Feather bag is one of the lightest stand bags we've tested, and yet still performed well in other areas as well. For example you still get a bag that protects your golf gear from elements, and has a good amount of storage space for clubs and accompaniments, with the cooler pocket a real stand-out feature due to its size. The main drawback is the adjustability of the strap which can be a little tricky but regardless the performance on offer makes this a very good golf bag. We also like the look of it, especially in the black and grey color we tested.

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

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Best For Club Organisation

Reasons to buy

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Large 5-way top allows for better organisation
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Can be easily converted to a trolley bag

Reasons to avoid

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Lightweight, but there are lighter options out there

The Cobra Ultralight Stand Bag has a 5-way top with designated full length club dividers and a useful top grab handle, making this one of the most spacious lightweight stand bags in our list. The 5-way divider was especially useful and that extra section, when compared to bags with a 4-way top, was great for better club organisation.

Pockets include a fleece lined valuables pockets, an oversized apparel pocket with key clip for extra storage and an insulated beverage pocket that can fit a large water bottle and snacks too. The strap uses CoolFlow foam for added comfort and is easy to take on and off as this bag is also useful on trolleys thanks to the leg lock system and universal base meaning it will fit flush on most trolleys.

Motocaddy Lite Series Cart Bag

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Motocaddy Lite Series Cart Bag

Best Pocket Organisation

Reasons to buy

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Easy access pockets
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14-way divider

Reasons to avoid

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Not fully waterproof

This is the lightest and most compact bag in Motocaddy’s excellent cart bag range. The Lite Series is made from a super lightweight but durable nylon fabric that means it weights just 2.2kg and is incredibly easy to lift in and out of the car.

Despite its weight, the Lite Series cart bag has a great amount of storage with seven easy access pockets including a waterproof valuables pocket and a large cooler pocket good for at least two bottles and some food. The 14-way divider at the top is spacious too despite this bag’s relatively small footprint and easily accommodates a full set of clubs with no crowding.

This bag also comes with Motocaddy’s Easilock system, a feature that locks the bag in place on compatible Motocaddy trolleys, removing the need for a lower bag strap. This is a very convenient and useful feature if you do have a compatible Motocaddy trolley. Don’t be put off by this bag if you don’t have a Motocaddy trolley however, as its anti-twist bag base will fit flush and secure on most trolleys.

Titleist Premium Carry Bag

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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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Limited storage

Weighing in at just 1kg, the Titleist Premium Carry Bag is light as a feather. 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 unincumbered by bulky equipment and you can just focus on enjoying the walk and your game. This bag is 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.

This is a great option as a second bag – If you want to travel light or quickly zip onto the course, it’s great to have the choice of throwing a few sticks in and striding out.

Mizuno BR-D3 Stand Bag

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Eye-catching colorway

Specifications

RRP: £180/$214
Weight: 2kg/4lbs
Pockets: 8
Waterproof: No
Colors: 6

Reasons to buy

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Super stylish
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Good storage and separation
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Lightweight and robust
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Comes in six colour choices

Reasons to avoid

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Not fully waterproof
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Legs could extend further when in use

An all-rounder when it comes to balancing features while offering a comfortable and easy ride, the BR-D3 stand bag is a great option for any avid golfer. The bag itself is also a great value option for anyone not looking to spend a pretty penny on a new golf bag. That does mean it has a slightly stripped-back design, it does come with eight pockets and compartments that give players enough space and storage to keep their clubs and equipment tucked away nicely. While the bag is not fully waterproof itself, it does come with a waterproof valuables pocket that will shelter your most precious belongings from the elements. 

Carrying the bag is a pleasure too, as it is one of the best lightweight golf bags (opens in new tab) around coming in at just 2kg. Its well-padded strap also helps to cushion your shoulders and disperse the weight of the bag around your back. While the lack of waterproofing may be a slight issue for some golfers, it doesn't take away from the functionality and practical benefits this bag can offer you around the course.

Big Max Aqua 7 Stand Bag

Big Max Aqua 7 Stand Bag

Best Fully Waterproof Lightweight Bag

Reasons to buy

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Large and well placed cooler pocket
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Full waterproof

Reasons to avoid

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Limited storage

Weighing just 1.7kg, this lightweight and fully waterproof stand bag offers great versatility, comfort and space to use in any weather conditions. This bag comes equipped with Big Max’s I-Dry technology, a 100% waterproof material that will keep all your belongings dry even in the worst weather conditions.

Like most lightweight bags, the Aqua 7 has plenty of storage despite its small size with five pockets that include a lined valuables pockets and a well placed cooler pocket that is easy to access while the bag is on your back. Big Max specialise in this kind of waterproof and practical golf bag and the Aqua 7 feels sturdy while still being lightweight and easy to use.

Wilson Exo Cart Bag

Wilson Exo Cart Bag

Best Value Lightweight Cart Bag

Reasons to buy

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Two well placed grab handles and large putter well
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Clever pocket organisation for easy access

Reasons to avoid

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Only available in a few colors

The Wilson Exo is a lightweight golf bag that is feature-packed, well built and reasonably priced for cart bags of this size. The two integrated grab handles at the top of the bag make it very practical and easy to lift on and off trolleys and in and out of cars. The 14-way top and 14 full-length dividers leaves plenty of space for a full set of clubs and we love the attention to detail of the larger putter well, which will accommodate all putters including those with larger grips on.

A seam sealed, waterproof valuables pocket is just one of a host of pockets for apparel, drinks, balls and tees and there are even some exterior straps to keep tees on for easy and quick access on the course. A well thought out, practical and lightweight cart bag for all year round use.

Sun Mountain H2NO stand bag pictured outdoors

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Reasons to buy

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Full waterproof
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Full-length apparel pocket

Reasons to avoid

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Not as many pockets as other in our list

This 2kg stand bag packs a real punch for its stylish design and clever storage, giving you a carry bag for all seasons. Like all H2NO bags, the Lite Speed is made using 100% waterproof fabrics with high quality waterproof zippers and seams that are all taped and sealed.

A 4-way top with full-length dividers leaves plenty of room for a full set of clubs and the double, self-adjusting strap and padded cushion mean this bag is comfortable to carry even if it is loaded with a full set of clubs and accessories. Six pockets include a velour lined valuables pocket, a hydration pouch and a full-length apparel pocket making this a lightweight yet feature packed carry bag.

How we test golf bags

When it comes to our process of testing golf 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.

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 golf bag?

So what are some of the factors to consider when you are purchasing a golf 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, as shown by our selections above. 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 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.