What are the best golf stand bags?
Click the name of any golf carry bag below to jump straight to it, or read on to discover why you should use one and for everything you need to know about our pick of the best golf stand bags.
1. TaylorMade FlexTech Lite – RRP £179
2. Mizuno K1-LO – RRP £225
3. Sun Mountain Eco-Lite – RRP £189
4. Big Max Dry-Lite Hybrid Tour – RRP £179
5. Motocaddy HydroFLEX – RRP £219.99
6. Wilson Staff ECO – RRP £119
7. Callaway Carry+ – RRP £84.95
8. PXG Lightweight – RRP £299
9. Ping Hoofer Craz-E-Lite – RRP £199
10. Callaway Hyper Dry 14 – RRP £239
11. Titleist Players 4 Carbon – RRP £185
12. Cobra 2021 Ultralight – RRP £149.99
What are the benefits of using a golf stand bag?
Golf stand bags (or golf carry bags, as they're also known) remain an extremely popular choice among amateurs, despite the rise of the push and electric trolleys.
Many golfers prefer the freedom of carrying their golf bag, being able to arrive at their course and head straight to the range or first tee without the need to set up a trolley or lug their cart bag to a buggy.
There's also the space advantage - a golf carry bag is usually far smaller and lighter than a cart bag so takes up less room in your car, house or garage.
Golf stand bags are also incredibly versatile. Many modern bags are waterproof, making them ideal all year-round and when trolley bans are in place, and their size makes them perfect for summer golf when you want to nip out for a quick nine holes, get in some practice or whizz around the course in a few hours without needing to worry about whether you can suitably leave your trolley around tees or greens. They're also great if you like to take golf breaks, leaving plenty of room for luggage and making it far easier to take your clubs on trains or planes.
Then there's the cost. Some of the best golf stand bags cost as little as £85, a fraction of the price of even the cheapest golf trolleys and cart bags, and only the equivalent of a few rounds of hiring a golf buggy. All that money saved could be used to stock up on balls or, crazy idea, a few lessons!
And if you're a buggy user, walking the golf course allows you to see it differently, get over bad shots, plan your next shot and, of course, burn far more calories so you can earn that bacon butty at the halfway house or your post-round pint.
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What should I look for when buying a golf stand bag?
The weight of the bag is important when you consider you'll be carrying it for 18 holes.
You also want a bag with comfortable, wide, and well-padded straps to ensure it's comfortable. An adjustable fit is also important so you can ensure a comfortable carrying position and be sure to choose a model with the right amount of pockets for all of the accessories and clothing you wish to carry.
Then there's the number of dividers, which varies from model-to-model. Some people like bags with a full 14 dividers to keep their clubs organised and apart, while others are happy with three or four, which are typically found in the lightest golf carry bags.
Finally, consider if you'll want to use the bag year-round. If so, be sure to choose a waterproof or water repellent model, ensure it has suitable pockets for your waterproofs and can hold your umbrella.
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Can I use a golf stand bag on a golf trolley?
Yes. The majority of golf carry bags are designed to be able to be used on golf trolleys with the likes of Motocaddy ensuring their bags bases are designed to fit their trolleys perfectly and many other manufacturers now creating hybrid-style bags that can be carried or used on trollyes.
Most golf stand bags come with elasticated straps to keep the stand in place if you do choose to use it on a trolley, while most are also designed with a handle that allows the trolley's straps to keep them firmly in place.
Stand bags can also be used on golf carts and buggies.
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The best golf stand bags
Colours Five – 2021 driver, titanium, blue/black, navy/grey, grey/red
This is a seriously impressive golf carry bag which TaylorMade have managed to pack with features and storage despite it weight less than 1.9kg.
The FlexTech features a patented smooth release system and collapsible base system to improve ease of use and prevent club crowding.
As well as the four-way top and full length dividers there are eight pockets, including spaces for your drink, valuables, balls, clothing and, cleverly, an all-new easy-access no-zip rangefinder 'capsule'.
The anti-split stand is impressively stable, while the FlexTech Lite's self-adjusting strap ensures a comfortable carry.
Available in five colour options, including the 2021 SIM2 driver colourway, the TaylorMade stand bag offers excellent value for money and is easily one of the best golf carry bags available.
Colours Four – Black, navy/red, sand camo, staff
If you're looking for a light golf carry bag then the Mizuno K1-LO (or KILO) is a fantastic option.
It weighs little more than 1.2kg thanks to being built upon a carbon fibre construction and stand, which has stripped almost half of its expected load. You'll genuinely be surprised at how light such a good-sized golf stand bag can be when you first pick this up, but the lack of weight doesn't equal lack of stability thanks to non-slip pads.
Mizuno's four way top cuff provides excellent protection for your clubs, while high-density foam shoulder straps ensure comfort while walking the course while carrying this bag.
There are five intelligently placed pockets to ensure ease of access, side grab handles make it easy to get in and out of the car and the K1-LO's handy towel loop mean keeping your clubs clean is a doddle. A matching rain hood is also included.]
The K1-LO is among the more expensive bags featured here, but the weight, tech and performance warrants the price for one of the year's best golf stand bags.
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3. Sun Mountain Eco-Lite
Colours Five – Black, orange/grey, black/green, white/grey, blue/red
Twenty-five recycled 600ml bottles go into making the material that’s used in every Eco-Lite bag, which comes in at just under four pounds.
We're big Sun Mountain fans here at Today's Golfer and like the simplicity of the roomy four-way top and the excellent range of colours that ensure there’s something for all tastes.
Valuables, full-length clothing and drinks pockets are among six in total, while there are also holders for your glove, towel, pen and umbrella, which helped warrant its spot among our best golf carry bags.
The E-Z Lite strap system makes adjustability simple and ensures comfort throught the round and the Eco-Lite carry bag includes a rain hood to protect your clubs if you get caught in a shower.
Sun Mountain also donate 1% of profits to supporting global environmental issues, which is highly commendable.
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Colours Seven – Silver/blue/merlot, charcoal/black/red, bluestone/black, black, steelblue/black/rust, white/black/orange, white/merlot
If you’re a year-round golfer who likes to switch between carrying and using a trolley then this water-resistant model might just be your new must-have golf bag.
Big Max say that you won’t stumble into any issues when its sitting on a trolley in virtue of the stand bag’s flat footless base, leg lock feature, and the intelligent positioning of the stand mechanism that prevents turning and twisting.
As a stand bag it excels too. It’s still super lightweight at only 2kg and features a 14-way divider to minimise noise and damage from your clubs knocking together. Five water-repellent pockets, including an insulated cooler and one for your valuables, make it ideal for UK golf conditions, as does the included rain cover.
We also love the price and the huge array of colour choices. £179 for a bag that can be used year round in all conditions is an absolute bargain and means it has to be among our best golf bags.
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Colours: Three – Black/charcoal/blue, black/charcoal/lime, black/charcoal/red
Motocaddy are one the biggest and most trusted suppliers of bags in the UK, and this is an absolute gem.
The HydroFLEX is a versatile, waterproof, lightweight (2.4kg) carry bag, offering ultimate flexibility and a brand-new stylish look for this year.
Featuring a unique, innovative integrated stand system to fit perfectly onto any Motocaddy trolley, standout features include a quick release strap and adjustable rear stand lock, five full-length dividers and five spacious pockets with easy-open Japanese YKK zips for all your golfing equipment.
A moulded hip pad provides ultimate comfort when carrying your clubs around the course, while other keys features include a waterproof rain hood, a towel and accessory hook, an internal umbrella sleeve and an external drinks pouch.
The HydroFLEX is proof that Motocaddy don't just make some of the best golf trolleys, but some of the best golf bags, too.
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Colours: Three – Alpine, deep ocean blue, cloud silver
Eco-friendly, super versatile and affordable, the Wilson Staff ECO is one of the best golf carry bag options. This simple yet effective stand bag is proof that eco-friendly doesn’t always mean more expensive.
Wilson’s ECO is built using more than 50 recycled bottles, using less energy than using new material, all whilst reducing CO2 emissions and keeping plastic out of landfill.
The five dividers are padded to protect your clubs while the quick activating stand and stay-flat base ensures your bag won't topple over. The six pockets include one full-length garment, one valuables, one large ball pocket, two accessory and one open drinks pocket.
A handy towel ring and umbrella loop attachment feature on the outside of the Wilson Eco bag, while a rain cover is also include to protect your clubs in the event of a shower.
Overall this is a simple and stylish golf carry bag at a great price and with a great story, which makes it one of the best golf stand bags of the year.
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This is Today’s Golfer Equipment Editor Simon Daddow’s golf bag of choice, which speaks for itself. The Carry+ is the lightest of the models featured in our best golf stand bags list, weighing in at just 1.1kg!
There are no real bells and whistles, here, but we love the simplicity of the Carry+ and it is usable year-round. The three way divider does a good job of keeping your clubs apart (and it's ideal if you enjoy a quick evening knock or a range session with fewer than 14 clubs) while Callaway's Comfort Tech double strap and back pad ensures comfort while carrying.
It doesn't have as much storage as some of the golf bags in our list, but the three zippered areas include a full-sized apparel pocket and there's an open mesh pocket to the front.
The bag has half-size, manual-release legs and a water resistant base coating to keep it dry, along with a rain hood to protect your clubs.
At just £84.95 this is a brilliant option, even if you just use it during the summer months, and has to be among of the best golf stand bags.
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This stand bag is perfect for all PXG fans with its sleek and stylish design and raised, standout logos.
The Lightweight golf carry bag is designed for players who prefer to walk the course but who like versatility and organisation of a cart bag.
We love that with this bag comes with the option of single and double straps, while eight pockets, including a lined valuables pockets, balls pocket, insulated drinks bottle pocket and full-length apparel pocket, is an impressive number in a lightweight golf bag. You'll also find spaces for your umbrella, gloves and pen.
PXG’s padded back panel and padded handle ensures comfort while carrying, while the easy-to-use snap-on rain hood helps keep the Lightweight golf stand bag dry.
Colours: Two – Black/charcoal, navy/blue
If you prefer to keep your golf bag lightweight and easy to lug around, then the Ping Hoofer will certainly be one of the best golf stand bags for you.
The Craze-E-Lite weighs in at just 1.4kg, making it the lightest Hoofer carry bag Ping have ever made. They’ve managed it thanks to the innovative shoulder strap fabric, which also prevents tension or pain whilst you roam around the links.
The strap connector also allows you to easily switch the Ping golf bag between a single strap or backpack carry style, while the new cushioned hip pad provides support during your round and included rain hood protects your clubs when the heavens open.
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Colours Five – Black/charcoal/red, black/charcoal/yellow, navy/red/white, red/white/black, white/black/red
The Hyper Dry 14 is waterproof and lightweight, the ideal combination for UK golfers seeking a new golf stand bag.
It is made of ultra lightweight 50 Denier coated fabric, which provides 50% more waterproofing and makes it 17% lighter than previous models, while the fully seam sealed design keeps the elements out.
The 14-way top and full-length dividers keep your clubs organised and secure, while Callaway's self-balancing strap system helps keep the golf bag secure and comfortable as you walk the fairways.
It has seven pockets, including full-length apparel, balls, drinks and valuables storage, a towel loop, rangefinder loop and strap down umbrella bungee.
The fully-waterproof rain hood ensures this is a year-round model, making the Callaway Hyper Dry 14 one of the best carry bag options.
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Colours Two – Black/red, navy/white/royal
This is a wonderful little golf carry bag; it’s ultra-lightweight and features carbon fibre legs for excellent strength/weight ratio, meaning you can play your game without the added worry of your bag caving in. The durable material means you won’t need to worry about tears or rips.
The four-way top is velour lined, giving your bag an added luxury element also ensuring your clubs are completely protected whilst being transported in your bag.
Five pockets, including a full-length section for your apparel, ensure this small bag still has plenty of room for your balls, gloves and accessories.
Titelist's tour-inspired rain hood helps to protect your clubs and Players 4 Carbon stand bag bag when the weather changes.
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Colours Three – Peacoat/High Risk Red/White, black, black/yellow
Cobra Golf's Ultralight golf stand bag weighs in at just 2kg and boasts loads of storage.
The eight strategically placed zippered pockets include everything from a full-length apparel space, insulated drinks pocket and a fleece-lined valuables pocket.
The Ultralight bag has a five-way top and possesses the all-important full length dividers to prevent your clubs from becoming snagged.
The bag also benefits from Cobra's CoolFlow hip pad and padded shoulder straps which provides the ultimate in breathability and comfort.
The EasyFlex base and integrated non-slip stand foot pads give advanced stability, while Easy grab front lift handles make it easy to get in and out of the car and the included rain hood ensures you won't get caught out by a shower.