Although golf bags have long come in a wide range of styles, they also come in a wide range of price points. And with inflation soaring around the world, it’s important that golfers looking for a new golf bag understand what can be such significant cost differences when trying to make a choice.

The list below includes crucial factors that influence the price of golf bags. Use this list as a reference when shopping to identify what you consider most important in your decision-making process, as well as what to look for in a bag. There are certainly great values ​​to be found, but also keep in mind that a golf bag is an investment, so be sure to consider the long term value of any bags you are considering in addition to what they are. cost today.

ping hoofer golf bag

The stand bag is probably the most popular type of golf bag as it can be used by walkers who carry their bags or use push carts, as well as those who roll when playing.

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bag type

As mentioned, there are several types of bags available for golfers to choose from depending on their needs. Included would be the Tower Bags, Cart Bags, Stand Bags, and Sunday or Pencil Bags. And as you might guess, they all vary in price. Of this group, Tour bags, which are the types of golf bags that players use on all major professional tours, would generally be the most expensive, while lightweight Sunday bags and pencil bags would be the least expensive. given their overall simplicity. When it comes to cart and standing bags, there is usually some overlap in terms of retail price, but if anything, cart bags would tend to be slightly more expensive across the board.

The determining factor of cost when it comes to the type of bag would be the size of the bag, its features, and the types of materials used in its construction, some of which will be discussed in more detail below. For golfers, the biggest decision in selection, as well as budget, should be whether you walk when you play, roll when you play, or do a combination of both. If you’re a walker and carry your clubs, a lightweight stand bag will be your best option, while full-time cyclists should look to a cart or tour bag given the extra space it will provide. If you walk and ride, make your decision based on how much walking you do, as a standing pack will still work great on a riding cart or push cart.

Ping Traverse Cart Bag Pockets

Having plenty of pocket space and pockets that will protect your valuables, as is the case with the Ping Traverse, adds value to a golf bag.

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Storage capacity

One of the most important characteristics of a golf bag is its storage capacity, which is directly related to the number of pockets available. The more pockets a golf bag has, the easier it is for you to get everything you’ll need on the golf course and divide it up. Larger golf bags usually offer more pockets, but the best stand bags and Sunday/pencil bags also offer ample storage space for players.

Moreover, it is not just about the number of pockets, but also about the type of pockets incorporated into the design. Full-length apparel pockets add value to a golf bag, as do lined and/or waterproof pockets that will protect valuables such as a phone, watch, rangefinder or wallet during play The best golf bags also typically feature well-constructed zippers, allowing your pockets to work more efficiently over time.

Motocaddy Hydroflex stand bag

A quality strap system, like the one offered with the Motocaddy Hydroflex stand bag, is a feature you’ll want to have if you plan on walking and carrying your golf bag.

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Additional Features

In addition to storage, the more features a bag offers, which usually translates into a higher price. If you’re paying a premium price for a golf bag, you’ll want to make sure it includes features such as a rain hood, umbrella holder, cooler or insulated pocket to keep drinks cold, and strategically placed, robust. handles that make it easier to get the bag in and out of a car or trolley or push cart.

Also, be sure to look at the straps of the bag, especially if it’s a stand-up bag and you plan on walking most of the time. A quality strap system that is easy to adjust and provides balance and comfort when walking is worth the extra cost associated with this feature.

Sun Mountain Eco-Lite EWP 14 Way Stand Bag

Sun Mountain’s Eco-Lite bags are made from recycled bottles, resulting in a lightweight, eco-friendly material.

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Construction materials

Not all golf bags are created equal, and this is especially true when it comes to the materials used in their design and the length of the construction process for any given bag. And just like with many other products you buy, different materials have different costs, which will ultimately affect the retail price. As mentioned, most Tour bags are made of premium leather, which is why they are usually quite expensive.

Other bags use high quality, lightweight materials to keep bag weight as low as possible, creating intrinsic value for walkers. And if you’re considering a stand bag, be sure to research what material is used for the legs, as stronger materials like carbon fiber will stand up to heavy use and create long-term value. Additionally, in today’s society, you will find environmentally friendly golf bags that have been constructed from recycled materials. It is a long and expensive process that will create a higher price.

Sun Mountain C-130 Cart Bag

The Sun Mountain C-130 is one of many golf bags that feature full-length padded dividers for each club and a putter well, which creates value by providing protection for a golfer’s clubs .

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Dividers

A quality golf bag isn’t just for storing your golf clubs and accessories, it’s also for protecting them, as we’ve seen before regarding the quality of pockets a bag offers. And that’s especially true when it comes to bag dividers. The number of dividers in a bag, the length of the dividers, and the protection they provide are all factors that determine what separates the bags based on price. Do NOT overlook this area when shopping. The last thing you want to do is buy a golf bag that won’t protect your golf clubs because trying to save money will end up costing you more money down the road.

Full-length dividers that use some sort of foam or liner as protection work wonders for eliminating “bag chatter” on your clubs and shafts, and a dedicated putter compartment offers great value for keeping that particular club free from nicks and dents. There are golf bags specifically designed to hold your clubs in place during play to provide protection as well as noise reduction. Two that come to mind are the Motocaddy Protekta, the Ogio Silencer and the Bennington Quiet Organizer 14. Of course, if the bag you are looking at offers some of these desirable qualities, you can expect it to be offered at a higher price.

Wilson Staff EXO Dry Stand Bag

Dry bags like the Wilson Staff EXO Dry may have a higher price tag, but if you’re someone who frequently plays in the rain, a fully waterproof bag is worth the extra money.

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Waterproofing

Another factor when it comes to protecting your gear is whether a bag is fully waterproof or not. It should be noted that the majority of golf bags are not fully waterproof. But if you are considering one, it will usually come at an additional cost. There are also golf bags that aren’t fully waterproof but offer some level of water resistance, which will generally be just fine for most golfers if they get caught in a quick shower on the course.

This is one area where you can look to save a few bucks on your purchase if you’re just not going to brave 18 holes in a constant downpour. On the other hand, if you are a serious tournament player, having a dry bag may be non-negotiable for you. Either way, make sure you know what you’re getting and price this feature accordingly when considering the cost.

Titleist Hybrid 14 Stand Bag

If you plan to buy a bag from one of the more popular golf manufacturers, like Titleist, you can expect to pay a bit more for the brand.

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Mark

There are a lot of golfers who have strong brand allegiances, which is perfectly fine and understandable. If it’s important to you, however, to have Ping or Titleist or Callaway or TaylorMade splashed across your golf bag, you can expect there to be an additional cost for that name recognition. After all, these companies have the visibility they have thanks in large part to the marketing dollars they spend promoting their products, and as a consumer, you are going to be contributing to the cause.

A brand like Sun Mountain, on the other hand, might not have so many sizzling names, but they make some of the best golf bags in the world. Datrek, BagBoy, Big Max and Ogio are other brands that offer high quality products at competitive prices. But if you’re willing to forgo the “big” name, it’s definitely a way to save money when shopping for your next golf bag.