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Golf Bags

bkuehn1952

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My first golf bag wasn’t even really my bag; the bag was shared with my sister and brother.  It was a jaunty red, black & white tartan patterned “Sunday” bag and held our 7 or 8 slightly undersized clubs along with a supply of golf balls and tees in a single zippered pocket.  The bag eventually was consigned to the basement when we graduated to a standard set of clubs.  I remember occasionally sighting it stowed away under the basement stairs.  I imagine it got tossed when my parents moved to Florida several decades ago.

The first full-sized bag was a gray, somewhat square-shaped, fake leather, single strap bag.  My friends and I almost always walked rather than pay for a cart.  Since “stand bags” were not invented yet, when we arrived at our ball we just laid the bag down on the ground or propped it against a tree (according to Sun Mountain, the first bag with built-in legs was introduced in 1986). 

As a late adopter, it was likely well into the 1990’s until I converted to a stand bag.  Once I had one, I was hooked, no more laying my bag down in the dew laden grass.  Managing one’s clubs became easy as you no longer had to lift the bag to remove or insert a club.

By the late 1990’s I faced a crisis, the dual strap.  Beginning in 1996, dual strap systems became more & more popular.  Having played golf for over 30 years, I had a problem getting acclimated to the dual strap.  My biggest issue was that you had to always approach the bag from the left.  With a single strap I could pick the bag up from either the left or right side.  For a while I would buy a dual strap bag and swap out the dual strap for a single strap.  Eventually I gave up and adopted dual straps and got in the habit of approaching the bag on the left.  Frankly, the dual straps are a huge improvement as far as weight distribution.

As a frugal golfer, I tended to try to hunt out bargain bags.  One time I got a particularly good deal.  I made the transfer from old to new but ran into a problem.  I could not find the umbrella holder.  Apparently the designer in Indonesia or Vietnam decided I did not need to carry an umbrella.  For years after, when I would look at a new bag I would double check that there was a system to hold an umbrella.

So what do I look for in a bag, other than an affordable cost (and an umbrella holder!!)?  Number one is weight.  I don’t want to lug around an extra 5 pounds for 4 hours if I can avoid it.  Another preference is for the legs to spread far enough apart so as to give the bag a stable “stance” on hills and in wind.  I have owned a number of bags with non-adjustable legs that could barely stand up to a 10 mph breeze or a 3% incline. Never again!  Other than that, as long as there are a couple pockets, one of which is large enough for a rolled up rain suit, I am good to go.  In a perfect world the color scheme would be subdued but I have owned a yellow & black bag in the past (dubbed the “Bumble Bee”).

So what does everyone else look for?



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I still have my first golf bag, it is is bright red and royal blue lightweight stand bag that I got for $80 because it was a floor demo (I am also a frugal golfer). I also walk when I play so I enjoy the weight. I had to practice the two strap system in the garage, but I'm pretty good at throwing it on now. It's pretty sturdy when set upon a slope or in the wind. My only complaint is it doesn't have dividers, so my clubs often stick together. I've been told I can buy tubes to solve this problem. If anyone has suggestions I'm all ears. 

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I like a bag with a few dividers - 4 being perfect for me.  Woods in top section, 4 & 5 irons in left middle, 7,8 & 9 in right middle with all the wedges & putter in the bottom section.  If I have more than 4 sections I don't know how to arrange the clubs (Clearly I have a problem accepting new "stuff" and new ways of doing things).

Some prefer 14 full length dividers.  Not me - 4 is fine.

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The first golf bag I purchased was at a resale shop. They had a collection of old and really old bags. One was a TaylorMade that wasn't in too bad of shape. I hadn't been playing very long and didn't know jack about equipment, but using the twisted logic of newbie, I assumed that because the pros use TM clubs, the company must make good bags as well.

Fortunately, there happened to be a golf enthusiast in the shop at the time who wasn't shy about giving a total stranger some equipment advise. 

"You'll want this one" he said as he pointed out a Sun Mountain bag for $12.

Sun Mountain? Never heard of 'em. I thought to myself. Little did I know. It was a great bag and held out for several more seasons before the zippers started to wear.

I'm not crazy about the replacement bag I currently use. It's a Wilson that I bought on clearance at a department store. Everything works on it, but I don't like the way the base fits onto push cart.

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21 hours ago, JonMA1 said:

...I'm not crazy about the replacement bag I currently use. It's a Wilson that I bought on clearance at a department store..

I wish I could set aside my natural tendency to buy bargains that don't exactly fit what I really want.  Occasionally I can suppress the instinct, like with my most recent bag, a Sun Mountain that cost more than any bag I ever owned.

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1 minute ago, bkuehn1952 said:

I wish I could set aside my natural tendency to buy bargains that don't exactly fit what I really want.  Occasionally I can suppress the instinct, like with my most recent bag, a Sun Mountain that cost more than any bag I ever owned.

At times, I have saved my pennies and bought something that cost much more than the bare minimum. This goes beyond golf. While I have at times regretted going the cheap route, I rarely regret buying something of better quality.

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