There was a time when a serious player could have a $5 bag that held a handful of old clubs, a couple of balls, and a bag of tees. He could walk the course, carrying his bag over his shoulder, and he “fit in” with pretty much everyone out there. Those days are over. Modern golf bags have become almost as important as the titanium alloy drivers that are designed by NASA rocket scientists. They are large, have a dozen compartments that you know of (and another dozen that you haven’t found yet), are built with very high quality materials, weigh far too much to sling on your shoulder, and are designed for modern golfers that want to beat their course, and look like a pro while doing so.
There are just so many choices in golf bags nowadays. Some of the choices you can make are bags with:
- Wheels- yes, some come with built in wheels for rolling.
- Sports team designs- Raiders, Jets, Dolphins, etc.
- College/University designs- Your favorite university design such as LSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, etc.
- Staff- the “big poppa” in bag designs for touring pros.
- Cart- big and roomy, designed to ride with you in your cart.
- Stand- designed for walkers, the retractable legs hold the bag upright.
- Carry- small and light, and perfect for walking the course.
- Travel- perfect for bringing on the plane for travel to exotic locations.
Each type of golf bag is different, and designed for different usages, but each of them has a few of the same features for the most part including:
- Divider- They all (except for some carrying bags) have dividers to keep your clubs separated. The dividers are usually just at the top of the bag to keep your club heads from touching, but on some higher end models the dividers run down the full length of the bag.
- Putter Wells- This is a special place for you to put your putter. It keeps your putter from damaging your other clubs.
- Pockets and Pouches- Your lightweight bag may just have one or two pockets on it, but larger models can have 12 or more. They are designed to hold all of your essentials such as tees, balls, your wallet, a poncho, and other accessories. Some even have insulated pockets that you can store a few cold beverages in.
- Straps- Most of them have a handle that you can pick it up with and a strap so that you can sling it over your shoulder. If you are a cart rider, you just need something to pick it up and place it on your cart. If you are a course walker, look for a thick strap that is comfortable so that you don’t strain your shoulders and back in the process.
- Umbrella Compartment- Not all golf bags have a holder for your umbrella, but it is a great option to have.
- Rain Hood or Cover- Again, this feature is not on all bags. It is made to place over the bag opening to protect your clubs from the rain.
- Towel Ring- It’s just a ring or clip that you use to attach your towel to the bag. A towel is useful for wiping off your clubs before putting them back into the bag, and of course to wipe off your hands.
You can invest anywhere from $50 to $500 (or more) in your golf bag. Since it is a true investment, here are a few tips in taking care of your bag:
- If your bag gets dirty, use a wet or damp towel to clean the exterior of it. If you wipe it off before it has a chance to smear into it, you should be able to keep it clean with just a towel.
- To prevent mold from forming inside of the pockets, empty them after every round. Give the contents a chance to dry completely before placing them back into the bag. If it rains while you are playing, open all of the pockets when you get home and allow them to dry before zipping them back up.
- Keep your bag in a place where it will not get dirt by airborne particles. You can also place a blanket or trashbag on top of it to prevent dust and pollen from accumulating on it.