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 »  Home  »  Equipment  »  Gear and Accessories  »  New Bags for 2011
New Bags for 2011
By Tom Landers | Published  09/29/2010 | Gear and Accessories | Unrated
Hands On: It's in the Bag

Hands On: It's in the Bag, Golf Bags, Stand & Cart Bags

t may be a bit of a surprise but the trusty golf bag has not been around for that long, relatively speaking.
While he game of golf is said to date back at least several centuries, the golf bag didn’t appear until the 1890’s. Prior to that time, golfers toted their clubs under their arms as they walked the fairways. Around that time, the number of clubs being used during a typical round increased, bringing about the need for something to carry them in.
The first golf bags were made of simple sailcloth. Since that time, of course, they have steadily evolved, like all other golf equipment and the game itself. They became sturdier and pockets of various sizes were incorporated into their design to hold balls, tees and various other assorted paraphernalia.
Today’s golf bags are state-of-the- art wonders, whether they be the larger and heavier bags used on motorized carts and push or pull carts or lightweight stand bags--replete with foldout legs--that can be easily shouldered around the course. The latter has become extremely popular with today’s exercise-conscious golfer.
Golf bags come in a variety of styles and are made with a myriad of material, the most stunning (and expensive) being leather. The materials of choice for lightweight stand bags are usually nylon and mesh, employed to keep the overall weight of the bag down, in some instances as little as three and a half pounds.
Golf bags remain style statements, whether it is be for their color, shape or substance. Let’s take a look at some of the best golf bags on the market.

Bags


$160
Adams Harrier Cart Bag
www.adamsgolf.com

The Adams Harrier has a 14-way organizational top with eight pockets, including spaces for valuables and an insulated cooler. There’s also a pencil holder, external putter well and a stand system for easy access on the practice range.


$258
Bridgestone BSG Cart Bag
www.bridgestonegolf.com

The Bridgestone BSG cart bag features a 9.5-inch, 6-way compressed nylon top, four-way full-length dividers to minimize contact between clubs, an external putter well that stores and protects short game clubs, cart sleeves to prevent the bag from twisting and to help it remain secure to the cart strap, and nine zippered pockets to store golf gear.


$218
Bridgestone BSG Stand Bag
www.bridgestonegolf.com

The Bridgestone BSG stand bag features 9-inch, 6-way compressed nylon top, with three-way, full-length dividers to minimize contact between clubs, a leg lock strap to keep the legs in place while in a cart, a dual strap system for comfortable carry, a wide shoulder strap for extra comfort, and five zippered pockets to store golf gear.


$199
Callaway Diablo Edge Hybrid
www.callawaygolf.com

The Callaway Diablo Edge Hybrid features a 9.5-inch top with integrated handle and 11-way divider, an Izzo Double Strap comfort system, an Xtra Traction2 base with stabilizing stand system, and 12 pockets that include a molded, waterproof fleece lined valuables pocket, fleece lined rangefinder pocket, and a full-length apparel pocket. There’s also an insulated fluid storage compartment.


$189
Club Glove Afionado IV Cart Bag
www.clubglove.com

The Aficionado stand bag is now in its fourth generation, continuing the tradition of function and durability that have made it a popular choice among players of all skill levels. Weighing less than five pounds and available in a variety of color combinations, the Aficionado IV is a “fully-loaded” stand bag that incorporates such features as a soft lined valuables pouch, full-length weather gear pocket and umbrella holder.


$279
Club Glove FCO III Luxury Cart Bag
www.clubglove.com

The FCO III Luxury Cart Bag is both beautiful and extremely well-constructed. It has the traditional look of a staff bag but with a reverse design that allows unobstructed access to 7 of the 9 pockets when loaded onto a cart. Two steel belt loops keep the FCO in the upright position at all times. Heavy-duty zippers and hardware provide more durability than anything in its class. Players looking for a cart bag with attractive lines and a logical design should definitely check it out.


$129
Club Glove Hotstepper II Carry Bag
www.clubglove.com

The new HotStepper II is a lightweight option geared toward the player who loves to walk. Weighing only 3.5 pounds, the second generation bag is the company’s lightest stand bag to date. It incorporates traditional amenities into a streamlined, easy-to-carry shape. Highlights include a collapsible leg stand, five pockets, a patented dual shoulder strap that converts to a single strap for caddies and a truly functional lumbar pad for maximum comfort.


$99
Club Glove Sunday Bag
www.clubglove.com

At only two and half pounds, the collapsible Sunday Bag is one of the lightest options on the market, while still including many features of a larger bag. Highlights include five functional pockets, a water bottle holder, full length divider, rain hood and a patented dual shoulder strap. It also includes a removable side panel, easily facilitating the addition of a club or corporate logo. It is available in a variety of colors and crafted entirely from nylon fabrics, making it both light and extremely durable.


$179
Datrek Assault Cart Bag
www.datrek.com

The Datrek Assault cart bag has a 10-inch, 14-way top with individual, full-length dividers and two external putter wells. Rubberized grips serve to reduce clatter, and nine pockets include two crush-resistant, fleece-lined valuables pockets and a magnetic ball pocket to provide plenty of storage.


$150
Datrek Sabre Stand Bag
www.datrek.com

The Datrek Sabre bag is a premium lightweight stand bag that features a10-inch, 8-way top with individual full length dividers, a quick grab ball pocket with easy access ball drop, nine pockets that provide ample storage, a scorecard holder sleeve and easily accessible insulated water bottle holder, a rubberized trunk handle, as well as an ergonomic molded carry handle.


$150
Mizuno Aerolite IV Stand Bag
www.mizunousa.com

Mizuno Aerolite IV Stand Bag
The Mizuno AeroLite features the Mizuno Kabuki Top Cuff and an upgraded stand and base. The Mizuno AeroStrap is a lightweight, pre-curved dual shoulder harness with triple padding for enhanced carry comfort. And an AirFlow HipPad allows free flow of air, providing a comfortable carry with reduced perspiration build-up.


$99.99
Mizuno Aerolite Micro
www.mizunousa.com

Weighing just 3 pounds, the new Mizuno AeroLite™ Micro a combination of Mizuno’s leading technology from the innovative AeroLite™, with the versatility of a 6 inch top cuff carry bag, the AeroLite™ Micro is a small, lightweight carry bag that carries a full set of 14 clubs. The patented Kabuki™ Organizer top cuff with ‘Divide and Slide Technology’ uses the natural weight of the heads to separate clubs for easy and quick access during play.


$200
Mizuno Rider Cart Bag
www.mizunousa.com

The Mizuno Rider features a molded 14-way divider top cuff with full length dividers, soft-lined range finder pouch, easy opening pelican pockets, and an insulated Mizuno chiller pouch. The bag’s 14-Way divider top “cuff management” accommodates a full set of clubs with full-length dividers.


$159
Nike M9 bag
www.nikegolf.com

The M9 Cart Bag features a 9.5 inch 14-way oval top with individual full length dividers. Nine forward facing pockets give you all the room you need for your golf equipment, you won’t need to leave anything behind. The integrated lift handles allow you to easily place your bag on and off the cart. The wide shoulder strap allows for easy carry.


$190
NIKE Collegiate Stand Bag
www.nikegolf.com

The Nike Collegiate carry bag is collegiate-player inspired and tested. The bag features a 9-inch oval top, a lightweight fiberglass stand, and a five-way, two full-length divider system. There are six functional pockets (four zippered), including a waterproof fleece-lined valuables pocket, a full length apparel pocket and dual mesh water bottle sleeves.


$135
PING 4 Under Cart Bag
www.ping.com

Ping’s lightest bag at just 3.64 pounds is designed for those who walk, right down to the easily accessible water-bottle pouch. Made from lightweight nylon, the bag also features the company’s retractable strap system that delivers easy adjustment.


$199
PING LC Stand Bag
www.ping.com

A 14-way top with 14 individual dividers provides club and shaft protection, organization and access. Even the putter has a designated home in an external molded well. In designing this lightweight yet durable nylon cart bag (less than seven pounds), engineers placed secure handles for easy transfers to pull carts and golf carts. Among the seven pockets are two accessory and two apparel pockets, plus a velour-lined valuables pocket conveniently located above the bag’s belly.


$220
Sun Mountain SCB Deluxe Cart
www.sunmountain.com

The Sun Mountain bag features a 10-inch, 14-way compressed nylon top with integrated handle, 14-way full-length dividers that separate and organize clubs, an external putter tube to keep putters protected and readily available, a single strap system for easy on and off maneuvering, an insulated cooler pouch for beverages, and multiple accessory pockets.


$189
Sun Mountain Caddy Stand Bag
www.sunmountain.com

Sun Mountain now makes it easier for golfers to lighten someone else’s load with the new Caddie Bag. Based upon the top-selling Sun Mountain Superlight 3.5, the Caddie Bag is a lightweight stand bag featuring a unique reversible, non-slip single strap contoured for maximum comfort and easily reversible so a caddie can carry the bag comfortably on either shoulder. Sun Mountain Caddie Bag include a 9.5”, six-way oval top with full length club dividers and Sun Mountain’s ever-popular integrated handle for picking up the bag. For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit


$150
TaylorMade Pure-Lite 2.0
www.taylormadegolf.com

At only 4 ˝ lbs., this is TaylorMade’s lightest stand bag to date. The six-way top features an integrated handle and full-length dividers for easy access to your clubs. Seven different accessories pockets provides ample storage. F.A.S.T. snaps hold cases for accessories such as GPS devices, cigar holders or cell phones (cases sold separately).


$169
TaylorMade Catalina 2.0
www.taylormadegolf.com

This cart bag provides a fully-featured, functional and stylish organization system for all you clubs and accessories. The 14-way top has full-length dividers and is accompanied by an integrated putter tube, so every club in your bag has a dedicated, easy-to-access slot for grab-and-go club selection. The built in cart strap lock system ensures a snug and safe attachment to your push/pull or riding cart.


$195
TITLEIST 14-WAY Stand
www.titleist.com

The Titleist 14-Way stand bag is a full-wrap, padded, mesh bag that has a 14-way top cuff to offer protection for golf shafts. An adjustable harness double strap features lined undersides for comfort when carrying the 5.5-pound bag.


$150
Wilson Staff Tour Cart
www.wilsonstaff.com

The Wilson Staff Tour cart bag has a 6-way divider with mesh-wrapped shaft protection, a steel ring construction, a three-point strap for balanced carrying, a large front pocket, two large accessories pockets, two side personal items pockets, a travel hood and lightweight rain hood, and a full-length umbrella sleeve.


$130
WILSON Staff Tour Carry Bag
www.wilsonstaff.com

Wilson Staff’s Tour carry bag includes a super-comfortable Swivelmax dual strap, stronger, easier-to-operate stands, and an overall light weight. There is a 5-way divider with mesh-wrapped shaft protection and six pockets, including a waterproof, No-H20 pocket, full-length clothing pocket.