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2017 Cart Bag Buyer’s Guide

The process of buying anything in today’s time has become stressful and time consuming. We want to help solve that problem for you. The MyGolfSpy mission is simple: create the world’s most objective and comprehensive testing in the industry. We feel the best reviews are those that help you make the right choices and help you get the most out of your time and money.

One key to our testing protocols is testing products head-to-head. We select the top products from each category and put the products through detailed head-to-head testing. We test both in the lab and in the field. We score each product across a range of weighted categories. We then rank the products and explain why, and give awards to the best performing products in the category.

This year we approached Cart Bag testing with more critical scoring and improved protocols. This was based on an intensive look at the market and feedback from consumers just like you. Several key findings from that research influenced the bag testing process for 2017.

Everything from organization of dividers, efficiency of zippers, rigidity of bag, design of pockets, and the installation of divider linings were – among many other things – considered.

 

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The Metrics

We’re always fine-tuning the process to make sure we’re collecting the best data possible. Continuing that trend we’ve updated and refined this year’s analysis to bring you the best buying advice possible.

FEATURES CHART

NameWeightDividersPutter WellPocketsVelcro PadPass-Through
PING PIONEER715Y9YY
PING DLX815Y14YY
PING TRAVERSE5.614N10YY
COBRA ULTRALITE5.214Y9NY
OGIO CIRRUS5.816Y9YY
MIZUNO PRO8.614Y9NY
DATREK DG LITE ii615Y7YY
SUN MOUNTAIN C1307.214Y10YY
BENROSS HTX5.614Y9YN
MOLHIMAWK M2500414Y7YY
WILSON STAFF NEXUS6.414Y9YY
OCTOBER GOLF GEAR13.214N19YN
SRIXON ZCART6.415Y8NN
BAGBOY CHILLER715Y9YY
DATREK LITE RIDER ii615Y7YY
SPINITGOLF EASYDRY5.48Y7YY
CLUBGLOVE FCO iii10.46N10NN

 

We put in hours of testing utilizing data-driven protocols to test new metrics. The numbers are better than ever.

Over the course of the test, bags were loaded with 14 clubs, and a dozen golf balls. Our panel of testers was encouraged to load and unload clubs from the bag as they would during a typical round of golf.

While some golfers do use cart bags on push carts, our tests focused on usability while attached to a driving cart.

Storage (25 points)  In this category, we consider the functionality and capacity of the pockets. The number of pockets is not important here, only how much stuff the bag fits.

Top performing bags feature storage that is designed and built in a way that allows for the full utilization of the space. On the other hand, in some of the poorer performing bags, while the potential for greater functionality exists, stitching inhibited the use of the storage. The highest performing bags within this category, feature pockets that are accessible and easy to use when the bag is mounted on a cart.

Style (10 points) – Score is established by considering what we believe the majority of consumers would deem stylish, not whether the individual tester likes the look of the bag. Survey questions provided to testers were developed to combat any brand-driven favoritism on the part of the individual respondent.

Weight (10 points) – All bags are ranked based on weight, and then assigned relative scores. For example, the lightest bag in the test received 10 points, second lightest received 9.5 points, and so on. The heaviest bag received 2 points.

Features (55 points) – This is the category where the best bags separate themselves from the pack. It’s what you should consider first when purchasing a new cart bag. Score was determined by a compilation of the sub-categories below:

Strap Pass Through – Based on the strap’s on-course functionality. A design flaw found in some bags, pockets become inaccessible when the pass-through is used on cart.

Velcro Pad- Score is based on both the size and functionality of the pad. Many bags have pads that are far too small, while others have pads that are almost completely unusable. While a velcro pad may not be a priority for all golfers, a good cart bag should include a functional offering for those who want it.

Pockets – Score is based on whether a bag has or does not have certain pockets outlined in our predetermined checklist (including rangefinder pocket, insulated pockets, storage pockets, ball pockets etc). Interesting pockets outside of our list are always noted and investigated thoroughly. Pockets are tested head to head which results in some pockets – PING’s one finger magnetic rangefinder pouch for example – becoming the benchmarks by which similar pockets are scored.

Dividers- Combines the design, build, and overall functionality of the dividers to establish a score. While the tendency for the clubs to grab was considered, it was not the sole consideration. We also noted the arrangement of the dividers and whether or not the design inherently aided in club organization.

Putter Well- Based on design and functionality. We focused on binding problems (specifically with bigger grips), the placement of the well (important to organization), and the materials used to build the well. The well was tested with a full bag to reflect how the clubs would be arranged relative to the putter.


Final grades were awarded based on total scores. Best Overall is our highest overall scoring bag, and awards are awarded to the top five cart bags. In addition, more specific Best in Class recognitions are awarded to bags in certain categories (like storage, lightweight, etc) that push the industry ‘envelope.’


BAGS TESTED

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The Best Cart Bags in 2017

PING PIONEER

PING PIONEER

Storage
1
Style
1
Features
1
Weight
11
Score
90.8
1

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What We Liked

  1. PING has thought about almost everything a golfer could want in a cart bag with the Pioneer
  2. Rangefinder pocket’s magnetic handle opens effortlessly with a single finger,we found this pocket to be particularly innovative
  3. The organization of the dividers creates a “cascading effect”; clubs organize themselves
  4. A hidden zipper inside gives golfer access to bottom of bag
  5. An amazing and well thought out design for the consumer

Pros

  1. Well designed zippers
  2. Magnetic single finger rangefinder pocket
  3. Design of bag’s front maximizes storage
  4. Zippered access to the bottom of the dividers
  5. Tied “Best In Class” in every category but weight

Cons

  1. Strap pass-through limits side pocket access
PING DLX

PING DLX

Storage
1
Style
1
Features
2
Weight
14
Score
87.8
#2

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What We Liked

  1. Rangefinder pocket’s magnetic handle opens effortlessly with a single finger,we found this pocket to be particularly innovative
  2. The DLX offers outstanding style coupled with excellent performance.
  3. Includes an innovative deployable shoe pouch, that stays out of the way when not in use.

Pros

  1. Well designed zippers
  2. Magnetic single finger rangefinder pocket
  3. Design of bag’s front maximizes storage
  4. External shoe pouch
  5. Tied “Best In Class” for storage and style

Cons

  1. Strap pass-through causes accessibility issues when mounted
PING TRAVERSE

PING TRAVERSE

Storage
3
Style
3
Features
3
Weight
6
Score
87.4
#3

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What We Liked

  1. The dividers are made of well designed-mesh which adds to functionality
  2. Despite being PING’s “Value” bag the Traverse offers plenty of storage and functionality
  3. Incredible performance and value delivered by PING in the Traverse

Pros

  1. Functional well-designed zippers
  2. Design of bag’s front maximizes possible storage
  3. Finished in the top 5 of every category but weight

Cons

  1. No putter well
COBRA ULTRALITE

COBRA ULTRALITE

Storage
6
Style
5
Features
4
Weight
2
Score
87.1
#4

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What We Liked

  1. A “Best In Class” strap pass-through feature
  2. A “Best In Class” lightweight design that increases versatility
  3. Tapering dividers allow for great organization and distribution of the clubs.

Pros

  1. Fantastic strap pass-through functionality
  2. Maximum storage for the size of the bag
  3. Efficient dividers promote organization
  4. “Best In Class” Lightweight Cart Bag
  5. “Best In Class” Strap Pass-Through

Cons

  1. No velcro pad
  2. Suspect putter well
OGIO CIRRUS

OGIO CIRRUS

Storage
8
Style
8
Features
5
Weight
4
Score
83.3
#5

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What We Liked

  1. Cost cutting yet effective materials and functionality
  2. Bag offers a variety of well-designed and functional pockets to maximize storage
  3. Above average performer in almost all categories

Pros

  1. Well-designed zippers
  2. Plenty of accessible velcro pad
  3. Dividers promote an organized bag

Cons

  1. Poorly designed strap pass-through
  2. Dividers cause minor club binding
  3. Not a standout in any one category

 

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2017 CART BAG BUYERS GUIDE

Bag NamePriceStorageStyleFeaturesWeightOverall
SPINITGOLF EASYDRY $179.95
17th17th16th7th52.8
CLUBGLOVE FCO iii$319.00 15th14th17th16th48.3
SRIXON ZCART$199.99

15th12th12th9th69.5
BAGBOY CHILLER $179.95
14th7th14th11th66.8
MOLHIMAWK M2500$109.00
12th14th10th1st73.5
WILSON STAFF NEXUS$199.99
12th5th11th9th72.8
DATREK DG LITE ii$119.95
11th10th7th3rd78.6
DATREK LITE RIDER ii $159.95
9th11th15th7th66.5
BENROSS HTX$175.00
9th4th13th4th73.9
OGIO CIRRUS$199.99
8th8th5th4th83.1
SUN MOUNTAIN C130 $229.99
7th8th9th11th77.5
COBRA ULTRALITE$180.00
6th5th4th2nd87.1
OCTOBER GOLF GEAR$199.99
5th16th8th17th71.5
MIZUNO PRO$279.99
3rd13th6th15th79.1
PING TRAVERSE$169.95
3rd3rd3rd6th87.4
PING DLX $269.95
1st1st2nd14th87.8
PING PIONEER$219.95
1st1st1st11th90.8