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The Best Golf Bags For 2021

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Titleist 4 StaDry Stand Bag

Highest Performer: Rain or shine, the Titleist StaDry Stand Bag delivers unbeatable features for golfers looking for ultimate performance. One of only two golf bags in our test with a full rainproof shell, the Titleist 4 StaDry is the Highest Performing Golf Bag for 2021.


TaylorMade 8.0 Stand Bag

Most Valuable: Premium feature at an affordable price makes the TaylorMade 8.0 Stand Bag the Most Valuable Golf Bag for 2021. For budget conscious golfers, the 8.0 stand bag outperforms all other models tested here dollar-for-dollar. 


Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag

Best Balance: Perfecting the combination of premium and affordable, the Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag is the Most Balanced Golf Bag for 2021. Players looking to get the best of both world for performance and cost should start and end their search with the 3.5 LS.

Best Golf Bag Highlights:

  • Generally, stand bags provide more versatility and are the best bet for golfers unless they know they will never be walking the course. 
  • Commonly, players struggle to differentiate among golf bags that offer similar features. 
  • How well a golf bag balances when fully loaded is significantly more important that how many pockets or dividers it has.  

EQ Score Top 5

Best Golf Bags - Performance

EQ Score


Titleist 4 StaDry Stand Bag

231.10


Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag

227.25


Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag

227.10


Callaway Fairway C Stand Bag

227.00


TaylorMade 8.0 Stand Bag

226.95

VEQ Top 5

Best Golf Bags - Value

VEQ Score


TaylorMade 8.0 Stand Bag

115.18


Ogio Shadow Fuse 304 Stand Bag

115.02


Nike Sport Lite Stand Bag

105.95


Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag

103.93


Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag

103.79

BEQ Top 5

Best Golf Bags - Balance

BEQ Score


Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag

39.77


Callaway Fairway C Stand Bag

39.73


TaylorMade 8.0 Stand Bag

39.72


Callaway Chev Stand Bag

39.70


Ogio Shadow Fuse 304 Stand Bag

39.69

Introduction to the Best golf Bags

Primarily, golfers need a golf bag that will hold and protect their clubs, provide enough space to store on their on-course gear, and carry well on their back or ride well on a cart. Surprisingly, however, delivering on all of these things, while keeping a golf bag light, is easier said than done. In this EQ Report you will find our detailed review of 30 different golf bags, including stand bags and cart bags. Here, we choose not to include Sunday and Staff model golf bag styles as these provides less function than carry and cart style golf bags.

What makes a Golf Bag The Best?

Notably, the best golf bags all share common characteristics. First, the best golf bags all have enough room for everything golfers need – extra golf balls, a water bottle, or other beverage accessible pocket, glove and tee storage, and a dedicated pocket for rangefinders and cell phones. Additionally, the best golf bags must enable golfers to conveniently carry and store their clubs during play. Generally, golfers that walk will be best with stand golf bags. Alternatively, players that ride in a cart or use a push cart may prefer the larger cart bag option. 

The Best Golf Bag Rankings and Features

RankEQ ScoreGolf BagBag weightDividersWaterproof
1231.1
Titleist 4 StaDry Stand Bag
3.86Y
2227.25
Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag
3.56N
3227.1
Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag
3.86N
4227
Callaway Golf Fairway C Stand Bag
46N
5226.95
TaylorMade Stand 8.0 Bag
4.16N
6226.85
Callaway Golf Chev Stand Bag
4.36N
7226.85
Titleist Players 4 Plus Stand Bag
4.36N
8226.8
Ogio Shadow Fuse 304 Stand Bag
4.46N
9226.4
TaylorMade FlexTech Crossover Bag
5.214N
10226.25
Ping Hoofer 14 Stand Bag
5.514N
11226.25
Ping Hoofer Stand Bag
5.56N
12226
Ogio Fuse 4 Stand Bag
66N
13225.95
Titleist Hybrid 14 Stand Bag
6.114N
14225.8
Sun Mountain H2NO Lite Cart Bag
6.414Y
15225.5
Ogio Convoy SE Stand Bag
76N
16225.3
Sun Mountain C-130S 14 Way Stand Bag
7.414N
17224.85
Sun Mountain H2NO Litespeed Stand Bag
4.36Y
18222.75
TaylorMade Cart 8.0 Bag
4.514N
19222.5
TaylorMade Cart Lite Bag
514N
20222.1
TaylorMade Supreme Cart Bag
5.814N
21222.05
Ogio Convoy SE Cart Bag
5.914N
22222
Callaway Golf ORG 14 Cart Bag
614N
23221.8
Ogio Alpha Convoy Cart Bag
6.414N
24221.75
Titleist Cart 15 Bag
6.514N
25221.5
Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag
36N
26221.5
Sun Mountain C-130 Cart Bag
714N
27221.3
Callaway Golf Hyperlite Zero Stand Bag
3.46N
28220.95
TaylorMade FlexTech Lite Stand Bag
4.16N
29220.65
Nike Sport Lite Stand Bag
4.76N
30220.5
Ping Hoofer Lite Stand Bag
56N

Golf EQ's Best Golf Bag Performance Tiers

Importantly, many golf bags in our test perform similarly. Further, many of the styles of golf bags we tested have very little difference across brands. For example, the cart bag offering from Titleist was not too different from the cart bag offerings from TaylorMade or Ogio. Unlike other review sites, we use this fact, combined with the EQ Score, to provide golfers with Performance Tiers that help separate golf bags into 3 categories.

1) Outstanding Performers are the best golf bags we tested. Specifically, these golf bags offer significantly more performance than Average Performers and Below Average Performers. 

2) Average Performers are bags that demonstrate functionality that is significantly more impressive than Below Average Performers.

3) Below Average Performers are golf bags that fail to offer the same levels of performance as Outstanding and Average Performers. These bags should be purchased when golfers prioritize saving money over getting premium features.

Outstanding Performers

Titleist 4 StaDry Stand Bag
Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag

Average Performers

Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag
Callaway Golf Fairway C Stand Bag
TaylorMade Stand 8.0 Bag
Callaway Golf Chev Stand Bag
Titleist Players 4 Plus Stand Bag
Ogio Shadow Fuse 304 Stand Bag
TaylorMade FlexTech Crossover Bag
Ping Hoofer 14 Stand Bag
Ping Hoofer Stand Bag
Ogio Fuse 4 Stand Bag
Titleist Hybrid 14 Stand Bag
Sun Mountain H2NO Lite Cart Bag
Ogio Convoy SE Stand Bag
Sun Mountain C-130S 14 Way Stand Bag
Sun Mountain H2NO Litespeed Stand Bag
TaylorMade Cart 8.0 Bag
TaylorMade Cart Lite Bag
TaylorMade Supreme Cart Bag
Ogio Convoy SE Cart Bag
Callaway Golf ORG 14 Cart Bag
Ogio Alpha Convoy Cart Bag

Below Average Performers

Titleist Cart 15 Bag
Sun Mountain 2.5+ Stand Bag
Sun Mountain C-130 Cart Bag
Callaway Golf Hyperlite Zero Stand Bag
TaylorMade FlexTech Lite Stand Bag
Nike Sport Lite Stand Bag
Ping Hoofer Lite Stand Bag

About Our Golf Bag test

At Golf EQ, we pride ourselves in discovering the most important aspects of the products we test so we can deliver accurate results to our readers. Primarily, when testing golf bags, the most important aspects remain weight, stability, and compartment storage. A golf bag must be light but it must also hold everything a player needs on the course. Other features such as the way shoulder straps fall and how the legs deploy also factor into a bag’s final EQ Score. 

How to find Your best Golf Bag Online

Traditionally, the best way to find golf bags online was to search the internet for reviews and attempt to find a reviewer similar to yourself. Now, Golf EQ has introduced software that can automatically match you with your ideal golf bag choice instantly. Take the Golf Bag Identifier now to see which of the golf bags we have tested here fits your needs the most. Choosing items like budget, how often you walk or ride a cart, and how many dividers you think you’d like and have our system tell you exactly which golf bag fits your needs. Be sure to try our other Equipment Identifiers in your search for golf ballsgolf glovesgolf gripsgolf rangefinders, and more.

Golf Bag Identifier

Take the 10 Question Equipment Identifier to find the best golf bag for you

How to find your best Golf Bag In Person

If possible, trying golf bags in person is a great idea to help narrow your choice. If you have a local pro shop or golf retail store, take our Golf Bag Identifier, find your Top 5, then have a look in-person to see which golf bag you like the looks and feel of up-close. Lastly, be careful to make sure you match the newest model of golf bag with your recommendation as some companies update their golf bag offerings frequently. 

Things to keep in mind when selecting Your Best golf Bag

Cost can be a large factor in determining what golf bag is best for you. Essentially, the golf bag holds your clubs so you can play golf, you do not want the cost of your golf bag to hold you back from playing and practicing. Taking our Golf Bag Identifier can help you select the best golf bag for you no matter what budget you have. Also, you’ll get direct info into how to maximize every dollar you spend to make sure you are not leaving performance on the table with your choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Should I use a stand bag or a cart bag?

A: Generally, going with a stand bag is a safer choice. If you know that you will never be walking, or when you do walk, that you’ll be using a push cart, then a cart bag may be right for you. Ultimately, the easiest way to know what type of golf bag you should be using is by taking our Golf Bag Identifier and finding your Top 5 matches.

Q: Why do some golf bags offer 14 dividers for clubs?

A: Simply, golfer like to use 14 dividers to keep their golf clubs from clanking during storage. Golf bags with 14 dividers will be heavier than comparable bags with fewer dividers but will likely keep golf grips from tangling. Expansively, using a golf bag with 14-way divider systems may help prolong the life of your golf clubs. 

Q: Will these golf bags fit on My push cart?

A: Normally, modern push cart will fit every golf bag in our test. Furthermore, most modern push carts will also accommodate Tour or Staff style golf bags thus getting any of these cart and stand bags onto your push cart of choice should be no problem.

Conclusion - The Best Golf Bags for 2021

Overall, the best golf bags are designed thoughtfully and enhance the experience of playing golf. Ideally, you will not even know you have a golf bag because it will never be in your way. Critically, if you are a golfer that has never thought about what golf bag you use, you have missed out on potentially upgrading your golf without spending any more money. 

Here, at Golf EQ, our mission is to put our Results To Work For You ini ways that other golf equipment sites simply cannot. First, use the results of our EQ Reports to learn about the different options of golf equipment choice available to you. Then, use our Equipment Identifiers to find the best matched products for you based on your golf swing, golf game, and personal preferences. Finally, follow up our recommendations with in-person testing to confirm your results to shoot lower scores and have more fun. 

Be sure to check out our other EQ Reports including the Best Golf GPS RangefindersBest Laser Rangefinders, and Best Golf Grips for 2021. Additionally, see the latest EQ Spotlight Reviews for an in-depth look at the most in-demand products in golf including the 2021 ProV1 and ProV1x golf balls

Let us know below if you have ever had a golf bag you loved. Have you ever had a golf bag break before you thought it should have? Thanks for reading, see you soon! 

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