buying a golf bag

When it comes to buying a golf bag, as you might image, there are a lot of different options.  Some of the options are more functional then others, but a lot of your decision process is going to depend on your own specific needs.  For example, if you walk a lot (as opposed to always riding in a cart), you are likely going to want to find a bad that is not only lighter weight, but also offers a stand option.  Stands are great as they can provide easy access to your clubs while your bag is not on your back. They also make it easier to hoist your golf bag on to your back since they keep the bag upright and off the ground.  Another feature to look for if you walk a lot is the backpack strap option. The can help distribute the weight of the bag and keep you from getting fatigue – which most definitely helps with your golf game.  However, be sure and test out a few strap options as they are not all created equally.  Look for comfortable pads, and adjustments that work well when the bag is on your back.

Now, walking options aside, other important features include the number of and size of pockets.  Personally, I like golf bag that has a few different pocket sizes, and I always look for a bag that has one pocket that works well as a designated “1st hole” pocket that would contain a couple tees, a couple balls, a glove, a ball mark repair tool, a ball marker, and maybe a few other essentials that I would need when approaching the 1st tee.

It’s also important to have a pocket large enough to store an extra layer, particularly a rain jacket for playing golf in inclement weather.  Beyond that, it is all a matter of personal preference.  Some golfers I know prefer a bag that is very small, and takes more of the minimalist approach, while others like to have a designated slot for every club they carry and enough room to carry a days worth of supplies.

When it comes to buying a golf bag, many golfers shop strictly on price.  While this can be an OK approach, you still need to make sure you get everything you need.  Too often golfers buy something because it was on sale, only to find out it does not really match what they needed, and then they spend more money buying what they should have bought in the beginning.  Just do your research, and test out a few options.  Golf bags are an important piece of equipment, and should be viewed as such.

Most golf bags today come with all the features described in this post, and often times it can come down to price and style (or color).  Buying a golf bag online can be a great place to find a good deal, but it might be a good idea to go to your local golf shop to review a few bag options before pulling the trigger online.

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