Equipment: The Best Bag For You

Golf bags come in all shapes, colours and sizes, but do you really understand what you get with your purchase?

This month our equipment guru unzips the secrets to bagging some real value this summer as we go in search of the best club carrier for your game.

Taylormade TMX Staff Bag

What They Say

The pinnacle of the Tour Collection, the TMX Staff Bag is the highly coveted retail version of the TaylorMade Staff bags played on Tours worldwide.

With all of the heft, bold styling and strong branding enjoyed by Garcia, Goosen, Creamer, Faldo and others, the TMX Staff also has convenience features available only to consumers.

Taylormade TMX Staff Bag Taylormade TMX Staff Bag

What You Get

  • Six-way Velour top with full-length shaft dividers
  • 10 total pockets including velour lined valuables pocket & dual accessory pockets
  • Integrated Umbrella Sleeve
  • Black Gunmetal Hardware and towel clip
  • Removable Belly Panel for custom branding
  • Anodized and Micro Perforated Synthetic Leather
  • One FAS-TEK receiver

What We Say

You’ll struggle to find a better looking staff bag than TaylorMade’s TMX, which also sports the famed Burner and R9 logos. A huge bag that can fit just about everything except the kitchen sink.

Just don’t make the mistake of buying this for your cart unless you play by yourself as you’ll really struggle to fit it alongside another bag. It’s big!

Used by some of the best players in the world and is one of our all-time favourites too. The Rolls Royce of golf bags.

Our Rating: 9.5/10


Titleist Midsize Staff Bag

What They Say

Contemporary styling and materials enhance the popular 9.5″ staff bag. Textured foam padded vinyl and various material color overlays give this classic bag a fashionable look.

Classic six-way dividers in the top-cuff provide superior organisation and are positioned to optimise balance when carrying. Multiple streamlined accessory pockets and a large fold down apparel pocket provide superior storage capacity while minimising bulk.

This more fashionable and functional body design continues to make this bag popular among professionals and serious players alike.

Titleist Midsize Staff Bag Titleist Midsize Staff Bag

What You Get

  • Club Dividers – Padded mesh top-cuff with 6-way club dividers, boxed, full-length 3-ways.
  • Rainhood and Towel Ring
  • Shoulder Sling – 2-Point sling suspension with velour underside of sling.
  • Accessory Pocket and Umbrella Well
  • Additional Storage – Zippered pocket behind billboard panels.
  • Accessory Pockets – Horseshoe-shaped, velour-lined
  • Apparel Pocket, Ball Pocket and Assist Handle
  • Dry Grip Bottom

What We Say

We picked the Titleist midsize option because it is just that – a smaller option to the full size staff bag, making it easier to not only fit in carts, but to also carry if you feel that way inclined.

You have probably seen this bag a lot on Tour – the trademark Titleist black design is a proven winner amongst the pros. Comes packed with space and is one of the most durable bags we have seen.

Our Rating: 9/10


Callaway Warbird X Stand Bag

What They Say

The Callaway Warbird X Stand Bag is a sleek, light and functional with seven full-length dividers, so there are plenty of easy-access slots for all your clubs. There’s also plenty of storage for all your gear.

One side has a standard large apparel pouch and an additional full length apparel pocket with a built-in lined valuables pouch and a mesh pocket at the bottom.

The other side has this comfy back cushion above an additional large accessories pocket and a lined cooler pouch for easy access to a water bottle.

Callaway Warbird X Stand Bag Callaway Warbird X Stand Bag

What You Get

  • Super lightweight
  • 9.5″ top with seven full length dividers
  • Izzo three-point double strap
  • Xtra Traction Fang Base with extra stability stand system
  • Seven pockets (including five with zipper) and cooler-lined water bottle pocket
  • Umbrella holder and rain hood

What We Say

Style and sophistication meets the needs of a golfer in this top shelf stand bag variety on offer to golfers. Comes in a range of colours, but what we love, apart from its lightweight design and stability, is the surprising amount of space (for both clubs and accessories) on offer for a stand bag. A great option for those who choose to carry their sticks.

Our Rating: 9/10


Srixon Premium Stand Bag

What They Say

A brand trusted by more than 70 professional golfers worldwide, including Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Boo Weekley, Tim Clark, Robert Allenby, Steve Flesch, John Rollins, Fuzzy Zoeller and Karrie Webb.

Srixon is one of the largest producers of golf balls in the world and one of the leading producers of drivers, fairways and irons in Asia. They’re also pretty handy at producing golf bags too, none more convenient than the Srixon Premium Stand Bag.

Made from a lightweight Teflon-coated nylon material, with grab handles, Izzo dual strap, self-standing leg mechanism and a seven-way padded top divider, the Srixon Premium Stand bag is top choice for amateurs around the globe.

Srixon Premium Stand Bag Srixon Premium Stand Bag

What You Get

  • Lightweight material
  • Grab handles
  • Izzo dual strap
  • Self standing leg mechanism
  • Seven-way padded top divider
  • Full length three-way club divider
  • Assortment of eight various size pockets

What We Say

A no-fuss, no-frills bag that delivers on its promise of lightweight performance.

A popular choice among Australia’s emerging crop of amateur stars, the Srixon Premium Stand Bag looks good and takes the hard work out of hauling your clubs around 18 holes.

Our Rating: 8.5/10


Eagles & Birdies St. Andrews Cart Bag

What They Say

Eagles & Birdies’ philosophy has remained the same since its inception, that is, to design and build a better bag range every year.

It’s engineered cutting edge features include; 14 full length sewn horizontal and vertical boxed dividers to protect and organize clubs, insulated cooler pockets with drainage holes, guaranteed crush resistant cylinders, premium foam-backed fabrics offering form and durability and a 3 year conditional warranty.

An extension of the popular lightweight Eagles Birdies bags, comes the new 3.6kg St Andrews golf bag. Even at this weight, it doesn’t compromise on any Eagles & Birdies proprietary features.

Eagles & Birdies St. Andrews Cart Bag Eagles & Birdies St. Andrews Cart Bag

What You Get

  • 14-way full length vertical and horizontal boxed dividers
  • Seven front/side roomy pockets including an oversize cooler pocket with drainage holes
  • Putter/ball retriever and semi-umbrella sheath positioned at front of bag
  • Magnetic ball marker and golf glove gripper

What We Say

The fiber glass stay construction makes this ultra light bag easy to pick up and store into the boot of the car. The easily accessible mid size velour lined valuables pocket can store sunglasses, phone, wallets etc.

We love the design and the colour range, which includes black, black/cobalt, black/charcoal, black/red and denim/bluestone.

Our Rating: 8.5/10


Mizuno Rider Cart Bag

What They Say

With a company Philosophy of ‘Contributing to society through the advancement of sporting goods and the promotion of sports’, it’s no surprise to see Mizuno moving up the ranks in golf equipment design.

The performance of Mizuno’s equipment came to the attention of America and Europe’s leading sportsmen as they sought every means to set new sporting boundaries.

And while they have carved a name for themselves in golf club production, Mizuno bags are starting to come of age, particularly the new Rider Cart Bag.

Mizuno Rider Cart Bag Mizuno Rider Cart Bag

What You Get

  • A moulded, 14-way top cuff with full-length dividers and soft-lined RangeFinder Pouch.
  • Compact rainhood with Quicksnap attachment
  • Chiller pouch
  • Forward-opening largemouth zip pocket.
  • Assorted colours including black, white/silver and blue/white.

What We Say

We’ve yet to find a golf cart that doesn’t look good with this bag sitting on the back of it. The Mizuno Rider Cart bag comes packed with extras and is durable as it is visually stunning. Growing in popularity with club members, Mizuno have officially arrived on the cart bag scene with this little ripper.

Our Rating: 8.5/10


Eagles & Birdies Travel Lite 2.5Kg Bag

What They Say

Travel Lite 2.5kg travel bag is into its sixth year, more importantly it now saves travellers large amounts of excess/oversize baggage charges. This sleek travel bag incorporates four internal storage zippered pockets inside the attached padded hood. It has a padded shoulder strap and carry handle providing quick and easy access into and out of car boots. The six full length horizontal and vertical dividers offer golf club organisation and protection.

Eagles & Birdies Travel Lite 2.5Kg Bag Eagles & Birdies Travel Lite 2.5Kg Bag

What You Get

  • Lightweight 2.5kg
  • 7.5″ top divider
  • 600 denier woven foam backed polyester
  • Six-way full length sewn horizontal and vertical dividers
  • Four internal zippered storage pockets including a velour-lined valuables pocket
  • Ball pocket
  • Crush resistant cylinder
  • Available in Black and Navy

What We Say

Another ripping release from Eagles and Birdies that will keep your check-in weight to a bare minimum on your next flight. The Travel Lite 2.5kg bag is also a big hit with juniors, who just want to play the game without the strain.

Great value for money for those who want a no-frills club carrier without all the weight and bulk of the bigger bags.

Our Rating: 8/10


Nike Golf Skinny Carry Bag

What They Say

A great bag for any golfer, both up at the driving range and on the golf course, the Nike Golf Skinny Carry Bag offers space for your golf gear, golf accessories and most importantly, your golf clubs.

With five pockets, including three that are zipped, you will have room for your valuables, apparel, water and scorecard. The Nike Golf Skinny Carry Bag looks smart yet is extremely lightweight and practical with a substantial single strap.

Nike Golf Skinny Carry Bag Nike Golf Skinny Carry Bag

What You Get

  • Six Inch Oval Top with Two Way Divider
  • Five Functional Pockets
  • Embroided Nike Logo on Side of Bag
  • Tactile Single Strap
  • Nike Golf Skinny Carry Bag Design

What We Say

You can always count on Nike coming up with something worthwhile and the Skinny Carry Bag is definitely that.

No frills in its appearance (as most pencil-style bags are) the Nike Skinny Bag has everything you need to make that trip to the driving range, airport or to the course for a quick nine holes ever so easy. Another good option for the kids.

Our Rating: 8/10