Best Ping Golf Bags 2023

Check out our favorite stand, carry, cart and tour bags from recognised brand Ping

Best Ping Golf Bags

Best Ping Golf Bags

Ping has been at the forefront of golf equipment technology and innovation since the 1960s, with the company creating countless benchmark-setting products across the spectrum of golf equipment. Not only does the brand make some outstanding golf clubs, but also some of the best golf bags (opens in new tab) on the market.

The golf bag is an essential item of equipment and finding the right one can make the difference when it comes to organising and planning your game. Firstly, you need a bag that will protect your clubs and apparel, provide the right level of storage with easy access to clubs and accessories. It's also important that it delivers the best possible ergonomic fit for you. Get all these things right and you can reduce on-course stress and direct all your energy to what’s important - playing the best possible game you can.

Ping offers an impressive range of golf bags that are engineered to suit differing on-course requirements. Whether you prefer to carry or take a cart, there are plenty of options available. Below, we consider the best golf bags from the brand.

It's not just Ping who offer an array of premium performing bags though, with Golf Monthly producing guides on the best TaylorMade golf bags (opens in new tab)best Sun Mountain golf bags (opens in new tab), and the best Callaway golf bags (opens in new tab).

Best Ping Golf Bags

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Stand Bags

Ping hoofer golf bag picturedEditors Choice 2022

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Reasons to buy

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Well sized, not too big or small for a stand bag
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Premium materials and build quality

Reasons to avoid

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Not waterproof

The Ping Hoofer Stand Bag is a hugely versatile bag and we were extremely impressed by its redesign. Storage is provided by no fewer than 11 pockets and we found there to be plenty of room for all our equipment.

The bag offers comfortable carrying, this is thanks to the adjustable shoulder pads, but it also sits well on a trolley and a cart – particularly given the new cart strap channel to keep pockets accessible.

The redesigned 5-way top offers superb club separation and protection, while a range of other features provide good equipment solutions – magnetic pockets for easy access plus an easy to reach water bottle pocket. Available in four colors, the Ping Hoofer continues to set a standard in the crossover carry/stand bag sector.

Ping Hoofer Monsoon Stand Bag

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Reasons to buy

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Fully waterproof
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Excellent support from shoulder strap and lumbar cushion
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Spacious pockets

Reasons to avoid

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Some golfers may want more club dividers

The Hoofer bags have built a sterling reputation, with Ping currently producing six different variations, including this Hoofer Monsoon. This is the wet weather alternative to the standard Ping Hoofer stand bag or the Ping Hoofer Lite for golfers who play during the wetter months of the year. 

On first inspection, the bag has a very sleek design, with its navy base color contrasting nicely with the red rubberized over-molded zippers located around the bag. In total, there are six roomy pockets on the Hoofer Monsoon, four of which are seam-sealed by those seamed zippers and can be easily opened with minimal resistance. 

Inside the waterproof pockets, you’ll find more than enough room for tees, golf balls, snacks, and space for your waterproofs. Because of the space, it means you can organize your golf bag very easily.

Ping Hoofer Lite Stand Bag

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Reasons to buy

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Properly lightweight
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Comfortable, well fitting straps

Reasons to avoid

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Beverage pocket is on the small side

As soon as you pick up the Ping Hoofer Lite bag it becomes apparent just how light it is, even when filled with a full set of clubs and accessories. Something that weighs heavily on your shoulders for hours at a time can seriously impact performance by the end of a round, even if you might think it doesn’t. The Hoofer Lite does a lot to take this issue away and allow you to focus on the golf.

From start to finish, carrying the Ping Hoofer Lite is a pleasant experience, made all the better by two comfortable and well-fitting straps. Despite having just four sections for clubs, there is ample space for them to occupy without any getting stuck going in or coming out.

There is a big pocket down the side, which easily fits a full set of waterproofs with space to spare, but the beverage pocket and golf ball pocket were lacking somewhat in space. However, these are minor concessions in a bag designed to be lightweight and easy to use. Pop in as many golf clubs as are legally allowed and a few necessary accessories in this bag and it's an ideal, lightweight companion and one of the best lightweight golf bags on the market.

The Ping Craz E Lite Stand Bag

Ping Hoofer Craz-E Lite Stand Bag
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Reasons to buy

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Super lightweight
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Extremely comfy to carry

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. This latest incarnation is Ping’s lightest Hoofer bag to date, weighing in at an incredible 1.4kg. Versatility is the key with this bag – If you want it to stay super light and go minimal with just your sticks and a few balls – it’s tough to beat.

Featuring seven pockets, there’s plenty of space for equipment if you need to take more, or if the conditions are uncertain. There’s a sizeable apparel pocket that we felt, in testing, could easily fit full waterproofs in and, with a seam sealed valuables pocket and water bottle pocket, most eventualities are covered.

The Hoofer Craz-E Lite is certainly nice and compact. In fact, it’s an extremely sleek bag that you’ll find very easy to sling into the boot of a car, a locker or a flight bag. It’s a nice looking stand bag with a streamlined and unfussy styling, one that suggests you mean business on the links! Overall, there’s little to fault in one of the best golf stand bags money can buy.

Cart Bags

Ping Traverse 2022 Cart Bag

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Reasons to buy

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Perfect fit on golf trolleys
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14-way dividers for simplified organisation
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Large number of pockets with ease of access
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Lightweight yet sturdy
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Durable construction

Reasons to avoid

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Not waterproof
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Uninspiring color selection

Ping is renowned for creating some of the best golf drivers and best golf irons on the market, but what is perhaps most underrated in their arsenal is the quality of their golf bags and, with the Traverse Cart Bag, it is no different.

The already lightweight bag has been newly designed to be even lighter at 5.5lbs, saving 0.5lb from the previous generation. Although lighter, the bag does not compromise in its build quality as it maintains the existing durable construction. 

Featuring a front-facing lift handle, along with an integrated trunk handle, it provides easy lifting to your mode of transportation. It is also fitted with 14-way dividers that include two larger wells to accommodate oversize putter grips, something many of the best golf cart bags offer.

Ping DLX Cart Bag


Ping DLX Cart Bag

Reasons to buy

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Serious storage with 15 pockets
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Cool, Tour-inspired look

Reasons to avoid

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Not too easy to carry if it’s needed

The Ping DLX Cart Bag is a heavy-duty offering and is extremely durable and hard-wearing, it will also protect your kit on course and in transit. The generous 15-way top keeps clubs well spaced out and is easy to see and to select, minimising on-course hassle and stress.

The bag sits solidly on a trolley or cart and all 15 of the pockets are forward facing and easily accessible – the cart strap channel means this remains the case even with the bag secured to a cart. Those pockets are ample and there’s a clearly defined space for all items of equipment. The magnetic, quick-access pocket is ideal for a range finder, while the cooler pocket can be zipped off if necessary.

A useful feature is the shoe pouch on the underside of the bag – take street shoes with you when you play or keep your golf shoes in there when travelling. Solid and highly functional, this is a no-nonsense, performance cart bag.

Ping Tour Staff Bag


Ping Tour Staff Bag

Reasons to buy

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Durable and well made
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Superb storage

Reasons to avoid

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Quite heavy

There’s a reason why the top professionals choose a Tour-style bag as it offers the ultimate in storage and protection for your equipment. With the Ping Tour Staff Bag, we found it was functional, durable and stylish, with a sizeable 6-way top providing your clubs with acres of space as the shafts and heads are well protected.

Storage comes in nine roomy pockets, with two full size apparel pockets delivering enough space for you to take half your wardrobe out on the course. It’s also stable on its base but it will sit nicely on a trolley too. If carrying, the single padded strap offers a good level of comfort while the integrated grab handles make the bag pretty easy to shift around.

Ping Pioneer Monsoon Cart Bag


Ping Pioneer Monsoon Trolley Bag

Reasons to buy

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Excellent performance in wet conditions
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Plenty of storage

Reasons to avoid

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Only needed if you play in all weather conditions

The Ping Pioneer Monsoon Cart Bag offers superb protection from the elements, with a water repellent construction, eight seam sealed pockets and a pair of ventilated mesh-slip pockets making it a great option for those who play in all weathers. Performance is that good that it is ranked as one of the best waterproof golf bags we have tested.

A key feature of a good cart bag is accessibility and, with the Pioneer Monsoon, it  delivers on this front. A cart-strap channel makes fitting the bag to a cart extremely simple as well as allowing for access to all pockets at all times. A 15-way top divider keeps clubs protected and easily accessible, as the large putter well allows for oversized grips.

The bag comes in four striking colors which will help you stand out on the course, as it’s sturdy and practical construction provides sufficient waterproof storage for golfers wishing to take a selection of equipment options out to the first tee.

Pencil Bags

Ping Moonlite Carry Bag

Ping Moonlite Carry Bag

Ping Moonlite Carry Bag

Reasons to buy

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Clever stand-up strap
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Super light at just over 1kg

Reasons to avoid

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No stand to keep base off the ground

The lightest of the Ping golf bags and one of the best golf pencil bags (opens in new tab) out there, the Moonlite is ideal if you’re zipping out for a quick nine holes, or an evening round. One key factor is that it offers sufficient functionality to be a little more than just a secondary pencil bag. There are six pockets, including a water bottle pocket and the 4-way rigid top provides easily enough room for 14 clubs.

We’re a big fan of the standing strap. It sits in a rigid position ready to go meaning you don’t have to bend right down to pick the bag up. The dual straps can be easily converted into a single strap making it a pretty versatile carry bag. You can also go minimally with a half set for reduced weight, or pack up and prepare for a longer day on the links.

How we test golf bags

Our testing process for all golf gear, let alone golf bags, is rigorous and comprehensive.

As far as our methodology goes, if we say we have reviewed a product, that means we have used it out on the golf course and put it through its paces in different conditions. We also endeavour to use all the features on the golf bag, for example, if the valuables pocket claims to be waterproof, we pour water on it to find out.

We should also say that manufacturers cannot pay for a good review because we tell things how we see it.

As far as the testing team goes, the Golf Monthly team is a mixture of ages and handicaps, and most are members at golf clubs so regularly put golf gear to the test in fun rounds as well as competitions.

What to consider when buying a golf bag

There are several key factors to consider when thinking about buying a golf bag and we have gone into those below...

Bag Type - What kind of bag do you want? Stand bag? Cart model? Pencil bag? All of these types of bag have their positives and negatives and you should think about what you think is important to your golf.

Stand bags are built for those who want to carry their clubs around the golf course which means factors like comfort and weight are very important. Stand bags also have to offer waterproofing as well as strength and robustness. The two negatives most associated with stand bags are they require more effort to use, and they usually don't offer as much storage as cart bags.

However, that being said there are several stand bags above that can also be used on golf carts as well so maybe that is a way of killing two birds with one stone.

Cart bags are for those who want to use golf carts on the golf course. If this is you, then you'll likely want a stable model that is not only easy to lift and move around, but also one that sits firmly on your cart. One big advantage we have found is that cart bags also tend to offer ample storage for accessories, apparel, valuables and all the other golf paraphernalia you might need during the round.

The main negative is they are just bulkier and have to be taken off the cart before and after the round, whereas stand bags offer a bit more freedom.

Pencil bags are obviously very light and perfect for quick rounds but obviously limited in terms of storage. 

Storage - Speaking of storage, it is important because a good golf bag has to offer pockets for lots of different things as we mentioned above. Cart bags tend to have larger pockets because they are just that, larger. They also require less effort to use too which means players are able to carry more stuff with them if needed.

Stand bags on the other hand usually have enough to house the essentials.

However there are also golf bags out there that keep the game simple with only a few pockets so have a think about how much gear you want to take onto the golf course, and pick a bag accordingly.

Waterproofing - If you live or golf somewhere that gets a lot of rain then this is a no-brainer really, get a bag that offers protection from the rain. Whereas if you don't, then this factor won't be as important. We should acknowledge that some models above are better than others in this regard because they have been designed as such.

Weight - Across all types of bag, weight is important. Stand bags obviously have to be lightweight because players will be carrying them on their backs and shoulders all day, whilst cart bags should also have a degree of lightness too so they are easy to manoeuvre on the golf course, and from the car to the cart itself.

Thankfully most brands these days make lightweight models because not many players want to use a heavy bag.

Looks - How do you want your golf bag to look? Whether it be a stand or cart model, brands try their best to create design aesthetics that stand out, or blend in on the golf course. Therefore have a think about which models you like the look of, or if some bags have different color schemes.

Budget - Our final factor to consider is of course price. There are golf bags at every single price point so if you want to go for a premium cart model you can, or if you want a cheap stand bag you can also do that too.

FAQs

How many slots should a golf bag have?

There is no correct answer to this question, with it being a personal preference as to how many slots you should have. Some bags will offer 14 slots, one for each club, whilst others will have four or five. A 14 slot bag helps to keep the clubs separated from one another, whereas a four or five way divider keeps them more compact.

What golf bag is best for me?

Once again it is personal preference as there are a number of factors that need to be considered when purchasing a bag. Firstly, if you prefer to carry your clubs instead of putting them on a trolley, then a carry bag is the one for you. However, if you do use a trolley, whether it is an electric or push, then your options differ. It now comes down to how much storage space you require, with Tour bags providing the most, but taking up more space.

Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters 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 for the website and magazine with his current favorite pair being the Ecco Biom C4. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 8.5 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. His best day in golf so far was shooting 76 at Essendon Golf Club on his first-ever round with his Golf Monthly colleagues. Dan also runs his own cricket podcast and website in his spare time. 


Dan is currently playing: 


Driver: Ping G425 Max 

Fairway: Ping G425 Max 

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Ping i59 (4-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham 

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 Pix

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