Are you looking for a new golf bag? Thinking it should be one that fits into your golf bag cart?

  1. Your old bag has seen its fair share of golf courses. It is time to retire it.
  2. The Mrs or Mr has just gotten you a new golf pushing or pulling cart and the old back just won't cut it. The new cart deserves a new bag.

Or

3. Everyone else at the golf club has a new bag. It’s about time you caught up.

 Whatever the reason may be. We come bearing good news.


Are You In A Hurry?

Perhaps reading has never been your thing. We get it.

That is why we have picked a winning golf bag for you. We chose a bag that was lightweight and had enough storage space.

Our winner is the TaylorMade Golf TM Stand Golf Bag 5.0.

It has a non-slip stand that will allow you to keep the bag upright while you take your shot. The bag is both beginner and child-friendly.

This is largely due to how light it is to carry. It also helps to know that it was made by a brand that we are familiar with.

You will find a more detailed review below.

Our Test Winner After 40 + Hours Of Research:

TaylorMade Golf TM Stand Golf Bag 5.0

Our Honest Star Rating

Why is it the BEST?

  • It is a lightweight and durable option.
  • Reputable brand bag sold at an affordable price.
  • It has the looks covered. A beautiful looking bag.
  • Beginner and child-friendly bag.
97%
Our Score

25

RESEARCHED SOURCES

185

REVIEWS CONSIDERED

40 +

HOURS RESEARCHING

16

PRODUCTS COMPARED

Our top 5 Best Golf Bags for Walkers

There are days when you just take it on the chin and keep moving. On other days you just want to come on the course and relax. Let’s be honest, there are much better things that you can use that energy for.

While there are some advantages to whizzing around the golf course on a buggy. Nothing beats a lovely stroll through the green when the sun is out. The main barrier to doing this, after you have thrown on the right shoes and some suncream is the bag and the cart.

Thank heavens for the genius that invented golf carts for walkers. Instead of having to shoulder this burden, you can simply place it on the cart. Pulling is certainly easier when there are wheels involved. That obviously leaves it to you to make sure that the cart has the right bag in it. It is the little things that count when you are out on the course.

1. TaylorMade Golf TM Stand Golf Bag 5.0 - TOP PICK

TaylorMade Golf TM Stand Golf Bag 5.0

Our Honest Star Rating

TaylorMade is somewhat of a heavyweight when it comes to golf bags.

With this bag, you get a lot of storage space without the usual burden of added weight that you expect to come with it.

Without anything in it, you are looking at just under 5lbs.

At the top, you will find 5 organisational spaces that minimise friction between your clubs. For the others bits and bobs that you may want to bring along, there are 6 zipped pockets all around the bag.

These include a velour-lined pocket made specifically for the storage of valuable items, a pocket for your golf balls, a pocket for your water bottle and a full-length garment pocket. 

Our favourite feature on this one was the anti-slip stand. It is automatically deployed when the bag starts to take a tumble.

The bottom of the bag, as well as that of the stand’s feet, have non-slip footpads. It wouldn’t help if the feet that are meant to keep the bag from falling keep sliding.

The two-strap system allows you to easily lift the bag up to carry it or to mount it into the wheeled cart. In case your clubs are particularly heavy, or you have overpacked the bag.

You will be pleased to find that the straps are both fitted with air mesh to ensure comfort.

There’s also an EVA moulded hip pad. It rests against your body gently, making sure that there is minimal contact with other parts of the body. This makes it very comfortable to carry for people of all sizes.

You will also receive a matching rain hood with the bag.

Finally, with your cart in mind. There is a cart compatible base that fits securely into both riding and pushcarts.

This bag was released in 2017. It is still one of the leading bags on the market today, by most measures.

An HONEST Review

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Pros

  • It is a lightweight and durable option.
  • Reputable brand bag sold at an affordable price.
  • It also has the looks covered. A beautiful looking bag.
  • Beginner and child-friendly bag.

Cons

  • The stands tended to need prompting to deploy. That defeats the purpose of auto-deployment.

2. Hot-Z Golf 4.5 Cart Bag

Hot-Z Golf 4.5 Cart Bag

Our Honest Star Rating

Next on our list is the Hot-Z Golf 4.5.

What I liked immediately was that it had that reassuring traditional look that my grandfather’s golfing bags had.

It is more purpose-built than you’ll find with a lot of competitors. They really went to town on the pockets. It has 8 of them.

You get the usual velour-lined pocket for storing your valuables, a water bottle pocket and others to use as you please.

In addition to this, there is a pen sleeve, a towel ring that has a velcro glove attachment, an umbrella holder, as well as a tee holder.

There is also a place for your scorecard and a rain hood cover.

For organisation on the inside of the bag, there is a 14-way separator. It takes the full length of the golf club’s shaft.

They made it to also protect graphite club heads, as they are prone to damage.

It is a little on the heavier side, coming in at 10lbs. To put it into context, our top pick comes in at less than half the weight.

The back of the bag is padded for comfort when carrying it. There’s a single arm carrying strap that has an elastic hand to secure it.

As expected the bottom of the bag is cart friendly designed.

You can buy this in one of 8 designs that vary in colour.

AN HONEST REVIEW

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Pros:

  • Great storage space. Thanks to the 8 pockets.
  • Offer easy golf club organisation. Thanks to the 14 compartments.
  • The full-length dividers are an incredible addition.
  • Reasonably priced.

Cons:

  • The zippers and rings are made of plastic.

3. Datrek DG Lite II Cart Bag

Datrek DG Lite II Cart Bag

Our Honest Star Rating

This one comes in at exactly 4.2lbs.

It is lightweight and compactly designed.

This is the impression that you get right from the very first look.

An interesting thing that they did is make all the pockets forward facing. This makes it perfect for grabbing or inserting a club back into the bag while you are on the move.

The exterior zippered pockets make a total of 7. The zip is metallic. For ease of reach, when you need a putter, there is a separate rubberised putter well. For the extremely warm days, you have a place on the bag to keep your umbrella handy. If you are ever caught in the rain, rest easy, you have the matching rain hood to turn to. It offers you dual access opening. There is also a towel ring that has a glove holder.

No one wants their golf clubs to be smashing into each other. To stop this, you have a 15-way organiser top. It takes the clubs at full length and offers protection whether you’re walking or riding.

For those moments that you will need to lift this, the ergonomic built-in handle will do the work. It is a soft grip that is seamlessly integrated into the bag.

Finally, a somewhat uniquely innovative idea. Enter Top-Lok technology. This is a bag to cart attachment that is designed to negate the need for strapping the bag onto a cart. Once locked in, it discourages the twisting and turning that is common with these. There are eight designs to pick from.

Pros:

  • You’ll absolutely love the top-lok technology.
  • Having 14 full-length dividers is incredible.
  • Each club has its own fully lined pocket.
  • Good looking bag.
  • Easy to carry onto and off your cart.
  • It is lightweight.

Cons:

  • It does not have a shoulder strap.

4. Bag Boy Golf Chiller Cart Bag

Bag Boy Golf Chiller Cart Bag

Our Honest Star Rating

This was released in 2017.

As the name would suggest, the chiller offers a bit more luxury on the golf course.

It is designed to keep things that little bit cooler than they usually would be. To achieve this, they have added a removable insulated cooler bag. It is not limited to keeping your six-pack cooled.

Beyond this, there are nine storage pockets for your clubs.

You have a very large pocket to keep your golf balls, a fleece-lined pocket to keep your valuables safe and three mesh pockets that offer quick access.

It also has a rain cover.

The clubs are stored in separate spaces to keep friction to a minimum. Where weight is concerned, this one came in at 8.9lbs.

At the rear end is a removable umbrella holder. For carrying it onto your cart, the bag has two ergonomic handles.

There is also a pen holder and a divot tool holder. The top-lok technology allows you to connect your bag to the cart without the need of using straps. It minimises turning and twisting of the bag while in transit.

All in all, there are 12 pockets to store your bits and bobs.

aN HONEST REVIEW

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Pros:

  • Who does not love a cooler while on the course? Having one that is integrated into your bag is wonderful.
  • Plenty of room and insulation for your clubs.
  • Great value for money.
  • It does not rotate in the cart.

Cons:

  • On the heavier side, in comparison to others on our list.

Cobra Golf 2019 Ultralight Cart Bag

Cobra Golf 2019 Ultralight Cart Bag

Our Honest Star Rating

Coming in at a median 5.3lbs is the Cobra Golf 2019 Ultralight.

It is fairly new on the market but making incredible waves and gaining momentum.

There is great emphasis on increasing storage space that is provided with cart bags. It has 13 pockets.

These are the two large apparel pockets that have a key clip, a pair of fleece-lined valuables pockets, a fleece-lined pocket to store your range finder, a cooler pocket that is insulated as well as other miscellaneous pockets.

To keep you hydrated on the course, you can store up to 12 cans in the insulated pocket.

There are 14 full-length club dividers with dual top grab handles. To keep the bag secure and stable on the cart, there is a strapping cart through.

For durability, it is made of 100% polyester. It has a lightweight club cover.

You can get this in the following colours, black-black, orange-black, pink-peacoat-quarry and white-quiet shade. There is something for everyone. 

Pros:

  • You cannot go wrong with the number of pockets on this. There is a place for everything.
  • The in-built cooler is ingenious.
  • Good value for money.
  • It is waterproof.
  • Lightweight.
  • Incredibly well made.
  • 7 colours to choose from

Cons:

  • Found it tricky to secure to our pull cart.
  • The zippers could have been stronger.

Buyer’s Guide for Golf Bags for Walkers

Now that we have gone through all of our top picks. Let us take you through some of the reasoning behind them. We will consider some of the factors that we used to select the best golf bags for walkers. What this should do is open your eyes to some things that are often overlooked when choosing a golf bag. We want you to be able to independently assess your options when you are ready to buy. If for no other reason at all, just so we don’t have to see some of the awful bags that are floating around golf courses across the land.

The other thing is that when you have an inadequate golf bag you suffer. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not pay for my suffering. Golf should be filled with little pleasures. It is up to you to ensure that you do not get robbed of them. Here are some of the key things that we look for in a good golf bag:

Club Welfare

The most crucial piece of gear that your bag will carry are the golf clubs. Granted there may be room for your drinks and for other little gadgets. All of these are things that you could do without. It is the golf clubs that are essential for you to be able to play the game. For most golfers, you would have spent a load of time trying all sorts of average golf clubs, until you found the ones that you adore.

This is a sacred relationship. When you are looking to buy a bag, you obviously want to have one that offer protection and support to your beloved golf clubs. The first thing to look for is whether or not the bag has a separate compartment for each golf club. Most of the wear and tear that you will see on them is a result of friction. Keeping them in separate compartments minimises this problem.

You also want to check that the compartments are full length. This is to say that when you insert a golf club it goes all the way in and is fully protected. When this is not the case, you will find uneven wear and tear on the clubs. The part that is protected tends to fare much better than the one that is exposed. It is not ideal to have a club that looks roughed up on one part and new on another.

Finally, consider head covering. You would want to consider whether the bag that you are getting offers protection to the head of the club. The shafts are usually the ones that are the easiest to protect. Due to the differing sizes of club heads, they tend to be somewhat neglected. There is always the option of adding your own head covers if you find a great bag that is only lacking in this aspect.

Weight

Every walker will understand the importance of weight when it comes to golf bags. It is different when you are going on a golf buggy. This would not matter as much. No one wants any unnecessary additional weight when they are walking.

To figure this out you would want to make sure that you are comfortable with the golf bag before it has golf clubs or other items in it. The empty weight of a bag is always a key indicator of where you stand in regards to this matter. 

There is no magic number to this. It will depend entirely on each individual’s personal physique and needs. The physique side of things would be one’s ability to actually carry the bag. For instance, if you are a weight lifter, you may be comfortable with carrying a bag that the rest of us, mere mortals would write off as being too heavy. Age will also be a key factor in this. Children and the elderly players will certainly want to avoid bags that are too heavy. It may be alright in one instance, but it is not sustainable.

On the other hand, being able to carry a bag does not mean that you will want to. For most people, going on the course allows them a chance to just relax. This is not the gym! If you find that you are comfortable with the bag weight when it is empty, and not when you have filled it. In this case, the problem is of your own making. You are packing more into the bag than you are physically able to carry.

An easy way of resolving this is to clear out the bag again. When you are packing ask yourself if each item is a must-have. If you can go through the day without it, it should not go into the bag. You should only pack the things that actually make a difference.

If we had to put a number to it. I would say anything under 9lbs is reasonably light for an empty bag.

Durability

No one could possibly argue with the need for durability when it comes to anything that we have paid for. Most people do not want to have to replace their golf bag frequently. You would rather pay more for a bag that will last a while, than pay little for a bag that you will need to replace after little use.

When considering the potential durability of your bag start looking at the things that are usually the first to fall apart. For instances, zippers are notoriously flimsy. Check that the zippers are not made of cheap plastic. This is always a telling sign that you will be replacing the zipper or the entire bag in no time. Neither of which you would likely be keen to.

Stitching on golf bags also tends to fall apart when it is not well sewn. Check this as well. Stretch the material out with your hands and see what sort of effect it has on the stitching. Unless you are inhumanely strong, the bag should not show any signs of strain when pulled with bare hands. If the stitches look concerning, then this is not a good pick for you.

It is also advisable to just check what sort of material is used on all parts of the bag. Most bags nowadays will be made entirely of polyester or would have some polyester. It tends to hold up well. The exterior part of the bag is the one that will face the most pressure from the elements as well as from coming into contact with surfaces and rubbing against the golf cart. Make sure that it can handle it.

Storage

If you are walking across the course, the last thing you need is to realise that there is something that you should have brought with you that you left behind. Striking a good balance between good storage and not over packing is important. What you want to know is that you have enough room in the bag.

Consider the zipped pockets that the bag has. You can actually write down some of the things that you would usually take with you when you are out for a game. Based on the number of pockets that the bag has, would you be able to separate the items in a logical manner? By a logical manner, I mean not putting a wet towel in the same pocket as the shirt that you’ll be changing into after the game.

You will have noted that at least one of the bags that we looked at has a cooler bag attached to it. Consider whether this is something that would matter to you or not. It may not be the cooler bag, but something else to you. What would you like to store in your bag?

A pocket that is made specifically for storing valuables is important. If you are to remove an expensive wristwatch or indeed your mobile phone while on the course, you would want to be assured that these items would be secure.

Fitting to the cart

If you will be walking with a pulling or pushing cart, you want to make sure that your new bag can fit into the cart. Beyond just being able to get onto the cart, you also want it to be secured. Check that the bag has a securing mechanism for the cart. This may come in the form of some straps or a hook. Either one of these will suffice. Most bags that fit onto the pulling cart are also easy to fit and secure onto a buggy.

Final Words

Between the reviews and the buyer’s guide, we are confident that you have either found your golf bag or have enough information to guide you when looking for it. Ideally, you would have done both.

With our picks and the buyer’s guide, it is now down to you to take the right action. Whatever that may look like for you. It may be getting one of the ones that we reviewed, or going out and finding your own.

As a caution, do not be swayed by pricing. Value for money will differ for people. Make sure you know what that is for you before you head out shopping. The key things that you should focus on are:

  1. Make sure that you are happy with the straps that the bag has.
  2. Check the weight and make sure that you can carry it.
  3. Check that it fits into your walking cart and secures.
  4. Space is important. Make sure that there is enough of it.
  5. Durability is important. Do not neglect it.

There are a lot of other factors that you may consider. The five above will guarantee that you get a good bag every time. Now go and enjoy your new golf bag.

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