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2018 STAND BAG BUYERS GUIDE

Finding the right product for your needs isn't just a time-consuming process, it can be stressful. Here at MyGolfSpy, 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. The MyGolfSpy mission is simple: conduct and publish the most objective and comprehensive product tests in the golf industry.

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

For 2018, we've improved our test protocols and scoring methodology. Changes were based on an intensive look at the market and feedback from consumers just like you. Several key findings from that research influenced the updated bag testing process.

Everything from stand leg stability, comfort during a round, strap design, overall bag construction, organization of dividers, efficiency of zippers, design of pockets, and the quality and configuration 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

ProductWeightDividersPocketsZipper PocketsVelcroSharpieWater Bottle Holder
Bag Boy Chiller5.814108YYY
Cobra Ultralight5575YYY
Cobra King Stand61496YYY
Datrek Go Lite Hybrid5.81466YYY
Datrek Trekker3465NNY
Frogger Hybrid Bag5565NYY
IZZO Lite5574YYY
IZZO Versa 5.61194YYY
MaxFli Honors Bag4.6687NNY
MaxFli Air2.7444NYY
Mizuno BR-D45.84105NNY
Mizuno BR-D34.6575YNY
October Golf Gear
Stand Bag
861111NYY
OGIO Cirrus 5786YNY
OGIO Grom71484YNY
PING Hoofer5.65126YYY
PING HooferLite5476YYY
PING Hoofer 145.614126YYY
Cleveland Stand Bag51476YYY
Sun Mountain 4.55.81487NYY
Titleist Players 146.41498NYY
VICE Golf Force6655YNN
Wilson Staff NFL4.4485YNY

 

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

Over the course of the test, bags were loaded with 14 clubs and two 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. Carrying functionality and easy access to the bags were major focal points.

While some golfers do use stand bags on push carts or riding carts, our tests focused primarily on usability while walking. Having said that, we did note if the bags provide easy access for cart straps while not hindering the functionality of the bag itself.

Storage (20 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 fits in the bag.

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 while the bag is on your back or 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 4.5 points.

Walkability (25 Points) - How functional the bag is while walking. We took into account the tapering of the straps, whether or not the "exoskeleton" created discomfort, and the distribution of weight. We also took into account if the bag had single or double straps. Bags with high ranks in all these parameters performed well. We did find that many bags performed well in some facets of the walkability portion of the test while underperforming in others.

Features (35 points) - This is the category where the best bags often separate themselves from the pack. It's what you should consider first when purchasing a new stand bag. Score was determined based on rankings within these sub-categories:

  • 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. We also examined if the velcro pad had a symbol of a glove to easy explain its functionality. While a velcro pad may not be a priority for all golfers, a good stand bag should include a functional offering for those who want it.
  • 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 aids in club organization.
  • Legs - Determined by the design, weight distribution and build of the bag's legs and exoskeleton. Some bags had great weight distribution which allowed the legs to eject with ease with no grabbing of surface. Others required us to change the weight distribution of weight within the bag in order to allow the legs to function easier. Many bags had sturdy connection points between the legs and the bag itself which provide greater stability. Others don't have any sort of well-designed connection points, making their legs less stable and ultimately less effective.
  • Water Bottle Holder - Quite simply, does it hold a big water bottle, what angle was it pointing and how accessible is the bottle while walking.
  • Zippers - Pulls, functionality of zipper, waterproofing and consistency of zip and unzip test were all considered.

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


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The Best Stand Bags in 2018

Cobra Ultralight

Cobra Ultralight

Storage
4th
Style
3rd
Weight
4th
Walkability
1st
Features
1st
Total
93.25
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What We Liked

  • Well designed and constructed bag
  • Compact and practical
  • Makes walking 36 holes is a breeze
  • Features are functional and easy to use
  • Great dividers

Pros

  • Detachable straps
  • Well placed water bottle holder
  • “Best in Class” Stand System
  • “Best in Class” Features

Cons

  • The handle can dig into your back slightly depending on the height of the golfer and the adjusted length of the straps
  • Limited colorways
Ping Hoofer

Ping Hoofer

Editor's Choice

Storage
3rd
Style
1st
Weight
5th
Walkability
6th
Features
2nd
Total
90.25
#2

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What We Liked

  • Multiple color options
  • Effective strap pass-through
  • Works well for both walking and riding
  • Comfortable weight distribution
  • Legs opened and retract with ease

Pros

  • Ingenious magnet pocket for easy access
  • “Best in Class” Style
  • “Best in Class” Water Bottle Holder
  • Great cart strap for riders

Cons

  • Towel holder is difficult to use
Ping Hooferlite

Ping Hooferlite

Storage
5th
Style
5th
Weight
4th
Walkability
5th
Features
3rd
Total
88.75
#3

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What We Liked

  • Weight is distributed comfortably
  • Well-designed straps taper around the midsection to maximize stability
  • Great bag for walking
  • Great divider system

Pros

  • Zippers are smooth and durable
  • “Best in Class” Zippers
  • Easy access to pockets while walking
  • “Best in Class” Water Bottle Holder

Cons

  • Limited storage
  • Towel loop needs improvement
Ping Hoofer 14

Ping Hoofer 14

Storage
3rd
Style
1st
Weight
5th
Walkability
6th
Features
4th
Total
88.75
#4

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What We Liked

  • Feels great on your back
  • Multiple colorways
  • Pockets are accessible at all times – even while on your back

 

Pros

  • Great stand system
  • Balanced weight distribution
  • Ingenious magnetic pocket for easy access

Cons

  • Towel holder needs improvement
  • Dividers could be more spacious
Cleveland Stand Bag

Cleveland Stand Bag

Best Buy

Storage
4th
Style
8th
Weight
4th
Walkability
2nd
Features
5th
Total
88.25
#5

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What We Liked

  • Massive storage capacity
  • Comfortable when walking
  • Stand system works with ease

Pros

  • Bag is stable throughout
  • A very comfortable walk
  • Zippers are strong and durable

Cons

  • Limited colorways
  • Bulky for the category

 

 

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2018 Stand Bag Buyers Guide

NamePriceStorageStyleWeight WalkabilityFeaturesScore
Cobra Ultralight$179.994th3rd4th1st1st93.25
PING Hoofer$219.993rd1st5th6th2nd90.25
PING HooferLite$189.995th5th4th5th3rd88.75
PING Hoofer 14$239.993rd1st5th6th4th88.75
Cleveland Stand Bag$139.994th8th4th2nd5th88.25
Cobra King Stand$220.002nd3rd7th7th3rd87.75
Frogger Hybrid Bag$199.991st9th4th6th6th87.75
Mizuno BR-D4$200.003rd3rd6th4th7th87
Titleist Players 14$239.992nd2nd8th4th9th86.25
OGIO Cirrus $179.992nd4th4th8th9th86
IZZO Lite$179.997th6th4th6th5th85.75
VICE Golf Force$249.997th5th7th2nd8th84.5
Sun Mountain 4.5$219.999th7th6th6th10th81.5
MaxFli Honors Bag$119.997th12th3rd7th11th81.5
Datrek Go Lite Hybrid$149.957th8th6th8th12th79
MaxFli Air$179.9913th10th1st1st13th78
Mizuno BR-D3$150.0010th4th3rd4th16th77.25
Datrek Trekker$159.9512th8th1st3rd16th76.5
OGIO Grom$229.998th4th10th11th11th74.5
IZZO Versa $219.996th6th5th11th9th71.25
Wilson Staff NFL$129.9911th13th2nd10th15th70
Bag Boy Chiller$179.957th11th6th12th12th69.75
October Golf Gear Stand Bag$149.9912th13th10th9th14th67.75

 

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