Ping Hoofer Stand Bag Review

In this Ping Hoofer stand bag review, we take it out onto the course to give our verdict

Ping hoofer golf bag pictured
(Image credit: Future)
Golf Monthly Verdict

The Ping Hoofer stand bag is an exceptional all-rounder, delivering supreme comfort and stability. In addition, there is extra storage on offer in the latest edition, while the style and classic Hoofer base continue to provide the perfect finishing touches.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Comfortable to carry

  • +

    Very stable stand

  • +

    Loads of storage

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Not waterproof

  • -

    Not the lightest stand bag

Ping Hoofer stand bag review

One of the best golf bags on the market and perhaps the most well known, the Ping Hoofer continues to offer an incredible blend of performance for a wide array of golfers. Comfort meets stability and style in the latest edition of this classic that I was keen to test out.

I’ve used Hoofer models before and the current range illustrates just how much thought has done into Ping’s stand bags over the years. It feels like everything has been thought of, with handy pockets inside pockets, a fantastic adjustable carry strap and the rain cover that is cleverly stored within the padding for your back.

As always, as soon as you pick up the Hoofer, the comfort delivered by two well-cushioned straps and hip pad becomes apparent. And although it’s a little heavier than the Ping Hoofer Lite stand bag, at just 5.5lbs - less than 2.5kg - it provides a pleasurable walking experience from start to finish.

Golfer pictured from behind carrying a golf bag

(Image credit: Future)

In addition, for those who like to do things a little old school, the new back puck makes it far easier to transition from two straps to one. Alternatively, for users of one of the best golf push carts, there is a cart strap channel that passes underneath the main pocket, meaning it is straightforward to attach and ensures unrestricted access to pockets.

Speaking of pockets, there are a whopping 11 to cover everything a golfer could realistically need on the course. I really noticed the extra space in the full-zip main apparel pocket, which provided easy access to extra layers and accessories when they were required, and there are another three pockets inside of the main one for separating things like gloves, sun cream and sharpies. There are also two valuables pouches, one of which is velour-lined. 

Another nice touch for anyone who, like me, relies on one of the best laser rangefinders, there is a magnetic pocket which makes it a lot easier to put in and take out, while also reducing the risk of it unknowingly falling off the bag or becoming worn. The new water-bottle holder is also far more user friendly than previous editions. 

Golf bag pocket close up

(Image credit: Future)

Moving onto the stand itself and this is always an area in which the best Ping golf bags have excelled. I’m happy to report that the latest release is no exception. Throughout testing over a number of weeks, the stand held up very well in all manner of conditions and terrain. Downhill, uphill or sidehill lies were conquered with absolute ease thanks to the quality of the stand itself, and the renowned Hoofer base design. 

And as well as storage for essential accompaniments, the five-way top does a brilliant job of housing a full set of clubs. Finally, the understated yet elegant design remains and is also now available in new colourways. I tested it in red and am a huge fan.

The obvious downfall of the Hoofer is that it isn’t fully waterproof, and I don't think that the rain cover isn’t fully waterproof either having got caught in a large downpour. This is a slight worry but there is a fully waterproof valuables pocket for peace of mind but you would need to carry some wet weather gloves as your clubs and grips would inevitably get soaked if the heavens opened.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x