The Best Golf Bags For 2021
Golf EQ’s Best Golf Bags For 2021 | Golf EQ Reports | Results that work for you
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.
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
VEQ Top 5
Best Golf Bags - Value
BEQ Top 5
Best Golf Bags - Balance
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
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.
|Titleist 4 StaDry Stand Bag|
|Sun Mountain 3.5 LS Stand Bag|
|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 balls, golf gloves, golf grips, golf rangefinders, and more.
Golf Bag Identifier
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 Rangefinders, Best 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.
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