When purchasing a new golf bag, consider the following options.
Stand Bags – lighter bags primarily designed for golfers who plan to carry their clubs and walk the golf course. These bags feature legs that kick out when set on the ground and retract when lifted up. When choosing among stand bags consider differences in the following features: weight, stand mechanism, pockets, padding, and top divider system.
Cart Bags – tend to be heavier bags designed for golfers using a riding electric cart or push cart. Because of their larger size, cart bags typically feature more pockets and additional design features like a 14 way club divider system and external putter wells. When choosing between cart bags, consider the club divider system, number of pockets, weight, lifting mechanisms and locking mechanisms designed to more securely fasten your bag to an electric cart.
Carry Bags – designed for a quick round where you might not need a full set of clubs. Also known as Sunday bags, they are typically the lightest bags with the least pockets and features. In order to save on weight, these bags traditionally do not have a stand system.
Hybrid Bags – this is a new sub-category of golf bag that offer more features than a stand bag, without the size and weight of a cart bag. The heavier weight of these bags make these a popular choice among players who typically ride a cart or use a push cart, but enjoy having a stand system in their bag that they can use at the driving range. Bags in this category include the OGIO Edge and Sun Mountain MPB.
Staff Bags – the heaviest bags, most often seen on the shoulders of Tour caddies. Most staff bags do not have a 14 way divider system or some of the other features that can be found on the high end cart bags. The extra weight comes from the larger diameter of the bag and sometimes the material used (i.e. leather).
Travel Cover – vital for golfers on the go. When traveling by plane and through airports, ensure the safety of your clubs with a travel cover. These bags feature extra padding, straps to secure the inside bag and typically additional pockets for golf shoes and other golf necessities.