Big Max Aqua Bags

Big Max Aqua Bags
Golf Monthly Verdict

The Big Max Aqua Bags might be a new name to many of you but this is the fourth generation of this product and the designs are incredibly lightweight and offer excellent waterproof protection.

Reasons to buy
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    The Big Max Aqua bags are stylish, modern look, extremely lightweight and all four bags offer excellent waterproof protection

Reasons to avoid
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    If you'd class yourself as a fair weather golfer the price tag might put you off

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Big Max is a relatively new brand to many UK golfers. Its heritage lies in the premium push trolley market where it is actually the most-used push trolley brand in Europe but how do the Big Max Aqua bags perform?

Tech Talk

As the name would suggest, the Big Max Aqua bags range has been created with waterproof protection uppermost in mind. From the largest model in the family, the Tour, to the most compact, the 8, they are seam-sealed to be 100% waterproof. The Tour is a cart bag and features all the storage you could possibly need for 18 holes. From umbrella holder to cooler pocket, everything has been thought of. The Drive and Sport are slightly more compact cart bags. They feature the same 14-way divider to protect your clubs but are a fraction lighter – just 2.4kg for the Sport version is light even by carry bag standards. Finally, the 8 is ideal for those who want be able to carry everything they need. At just 2kg, you can pick it up with just your little finger!

GM Verdict

The Big Max Aqua Bags range are their fourth generation and they continue to impress. The waterproof protection is simply superb and no matter which size you opt for you’ll get plenty of storage to house everything you could possibly need. One thing that really surprised us was just how light each of the bags was. If you are using a trolley, that means not having to man-handle it too much during the round, if you’re carrying the benefits are obvious. Another benefit comes as Big Max has decided not to over-design its bags - you often see modern golf bags with so many different pockets its hard to remember where anthing is. All design features have been introduced with the needs of the golfer very much in mind. Of course, this performance comes at a cost - the Tour is £219, the Sport is £199 and the Drive and the 8 are both £189. However, if you are prepared to make this investment you’ll get a great-looking golf bag with an intuitive design that offers as much protection as it does storage. Very impressive!

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."


Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X