Best Lightweight Golf Bags 2024

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

Best Lightweight Golf Bags
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It's easy to underestimate how staying organized on the golf course can impact your game for the better. And that's where having the right golf bag for your needs can really help improve your performance and your overall enjoyment of the game. You may have already taken a look at our ultimate guide to the best golf bags, or our guides to the best golf stand bags currently available. But in this guide, we'll be looking more specifically at the best lightweight golf bags available right now – 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 and play it as it lies. It’s also quicker and easier to deal with pre and post-game without having to faff around with trolleys. If you like to carry, you’re inevitably going to expend more energy than someone with a caddy or taking a cart or trolley, which may not suit every golfer out there. Yet, to minimize energy loss and maximize carrying comfort, you might want to look out for a bag that’s super lightweight and comfortable, that also sits well on your back.

Even so, that shouldn't rule you out from picking up a lightweight bag if you prefer to use a trolley or buggy around the golf course. They are very easy to move between car and cart and easy to maneuver out on course if needed. There are a number of extremely lightweight bags on the market right now – stand bags, cart bags and pencil bags. So, without further ado, here are our top picks of some of the lightest bags on the market, but while you're here, be sure to also check out some of our other golf bag guides too - such as the best golf trolley bags, best waterproof golf bags, or the best golf pencil bags.

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Best Lightweight Golf Bags

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Stand Bags

Mizuno K1-LO Stand Bag resting on the golf course in its blue colorway

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A visually excellent waterproof stand bag

Specifications

Weight : 1.5kg/3.3bs
Pockets: Nine
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 5 (White/Black; Navy; White/Blue; Navy/White; Black/Green);

Reasons to buy

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Extremely lightweight
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Comfortable straps and padding
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Easily carries 14 clubs

Reasons to avoid

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Not fully waterproof

An excellent looking golf bag that is as light as a featuer, the Mizuno K1-LO is designed to help you traverse the course in some of the harshest weather conditions while staying bone dry. The bag, while being suited to summer months, can withstand heavy rain and will easily hold all 14 clubs too. Its versatiliity makes it one of the best golf stand bags on the market.

Visually, this bag is excellent. We tested it in the blue and white colorway and it offers up a premium look that many golfers will enjoy. It also comes in five other colors that we think will appeal to many different kinds of golfers. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience on offer here, with the high-density foam shoulder straps on this bag making it a joy to carry. In fact, it is one of the best and lightest stand bags on the market. 

There is plenty of storage space on offer here too, with the bag coming with nine pockets including a full-length apparel pocket and fur-lined valuables pocket that are great additions. The bag also boasts a velcro glove patch that is great for any one who takes their glove off to putt. Lastly it comes with a five-way top cuff that can carry all 14 of your golf clubs. The legs are lightweight and sturdy and helped this bag stand up on a pretty windy testing day on the golf course. 

Callaway 2023 Fairway C HD Stand Bag

Callaway 2023 Fairway C HD Stand Bag review

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One of the best carrying experiences anywhere on the market

Specifications

Colors: 5 (Black, Black Camo, Charcoal, Navy/Red, White)
Weight: 2kg
Dividers: 4-way top
Pockets: 5

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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Deep, fleece-lined valuables pocket
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Lightweight and fully waterproof materials

Reasons to avoid

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Cooler pocket is poorly designed

The Fairway C HD is one of the best Callaway golf bags on the market, with the main standout the all-new straps and hip pad system that uses EVA molding for added comfort around the shoulders and back. The EVA within the straps, and on the hip pad, adds a level of softness that you don't get with many other of the best straps.

At 2kg (4.4lbs) it is one of the most lightweight bags you can get that still holds all 14 golf clubs and more, with the 4-way top comfortably carrying a full delegation of golf clubs with no club crowding present.

Featuring five pockets, there is more than enough space for your valuables, with the valuables pocket itself the main highlight. This is because it's fleece-lined to protect your phone from scratching, as well as being pretty deep to comfortably store a phone, wallet, keys and more.

Titleist Premium Carry Bag

The excellent Titleist Premium Carry Bag resting on the golf course

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Super lightweight and premium styling meet in this superb carry bag

Specifications

Colors : 4 (Black; Charcoal; Navy blue; Orange)
Weight: 0.99kg
Dividers: 3-way top
Pockets: 4 pockets
Waterproof?: No - Water resistant

Reasons to buy

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Premium styling
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Lightweight
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Ample storage space
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Comfortable with well constructed shoulder straps

Reasons to avoid

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Some will prefer a bag with longer legs and more rigidity in the spine
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Not fully waterproof

The Titleist Premium Carry bag is laden with features and comes in at an incredible value considering the quality on offer. If you're considering buying a lightweight bag for summer golf or if you fancy just taking out a few clubs for a quick nine holes, then this is an excellent carry bag to consider. As with all of the best Titleist bags, this offering boasts a stunning aesthetic made from a cool material that has a nice black sheen to it which is contrasted by the classic Titleist logo that adds a premium feel to the bag. 

Weighing just under 1kg, it is perhaps the lightest option on this list. I is worth noting that it is a pencil bag and doesn't come with a kick stand, meaning you will be bending down to pick it up from the floor when you stop to play your shot. If you are a senior player who suffers from back trouble, that might put you off this bag a little, so instead do check out our best golf bags for seniors. That being said, it does come with a very comfortable strap, that is very easy on the shoulders. It is the perfect bag if you fancy taking a few clubs out for a quick round with friends, and comes with ample storage space in its four, easy access pockets. 

Wilson Exo Lite Stand Bag

The stunning Wilson Exo Lite Stand Bag resting on the course, with its sleek black red and white colorway

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A practical stand bag that offers a lot of features that will improve your round

Specifications

Colors: 6 (Dynapower; Red; Orange; Blue; Dark Blue; Black)
Weight: 1.8kg
Dividers: 4-way top
Pockets : 4
Waterproof?: Partially

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
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Well-placed water bottle pocket

Reasons to avoid

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

The Exo Lite Stand Bag is a thoughtfully designed and practical bag, that has been crafted to help you improve and enjoy your round more. It is one of the most lightweight stand bags on offer and as more golfers are loading their bags up with the best golf accessories on the market, we loved the functionality and storage options it delivered - striking the right balance between sufficient space and weight. It comes in at just 1.8kg and is super easy to carry, with only the Callaway Hyperlite Zero stand bag and Big Max Dri Lite Feather coming close to this weight.

Some golfers like to have their clubs in a neat order when stored inside their bag, and here, we found the 4-way top divider kept our clubs neatly packaged, and not over crowded. The bag feels both premium and sturdy and one important point to note is that we never felt like the legs were not kicking out when we placed the bag on the course. The straps weren't the most high-tech, but they were comfortable nonetheless and very easy to adjust. It also comes with a magnetic rangefinder pocket which was the highlight of the bag. That pocket adds to the premium feel on offer here and makes it very easy to grab your rangefinder whenever you need it.  

Ping Hoofer Lite Stand Bag

Ping Hoofer Lite Stand Bag and its lovely design resting on the golf course

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An excellent model from a well trusted brand

Specifications

Colors: 9 (Teal; Black; Bright blue; Cardinal; Heather; Midnight; Navy; Slate; Tan; White)
Weight: 2.2kg
Dividers: 4-way top
Pockets: 4
Waterproof?: Not fully waterproof

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 and 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 as we walked around the course. It has seven pockets, one more than the Hoofer Monsoon despite it being a slightly smaller bag. The water bottle pocket is our favourite feature on the bag as it was so conveniently placed that we were able to access our water bottle as we walked the fairways.

Ping has also added some great new features to its already comfortable carry strap, which kept our shoulders feeling nice and relaxed on the golf course. It's now more easily adjustable, with Ping having changed the design from a backpack style to a new one-strap system that can be comfortably carried on one shoulder. The strap also uses Ping’s SensorDry technology to wick water away and kept our shoulders dry on a particularly wet day on the golf course. If you are a fan of Ping, be sure to read our best Ping golf bags