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2018 Cart Bag Buyer's 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 side-by-side 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 approached Cart Bag testing with more critical scoring and improved protocols from previous years. 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 the organization of dividers, efficiency of zippers, rigidity of bag, the design of pockets, and the installation of divider linings were – among many other things - considered.

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

NameWeightDividersPocketsZipper PocketsVelcroCart StrapUmbrella
PING Pioneer7.2lbs15118YYY
Cobra King6.2lbs151210NYY
PING Traverse6.2lbs14107YYY
IZZO Gemini6.2lbs14106YYY
Mizuno BR-D45.8lbs14118YYY
PING Monsoon6.4lbs15108YYY
Sun Mountain CX15.4lbs1587YYY
Cobra Ultralight5.4lbs14129NYY
OGIO Cirrus5.8lbs1599YYY
Titleist 146.4lbs1477NYY
Ogio Grom6.8lbs1587YYY
Wilson Staff NFL5.4lbs15119YYY
Bag Boy Chiller6.6lbs15129YYY
Datrek SGO6.4lbs15129YYY
Datrek Lite Rider 26.2lbs1577YYY
Bag Boy Revolver9.2lbs1477YYY
Cleveland Cart Bag7.2lbs1588YNY
Stewart Golf Sport Drive6.8lbs1599YNY
Stewart Golf Staff Pro8.7lbs1599YNY
MaxFli Honors4.3lbs14119YYY

 

We put in hours of testing utilizing data-driven protocols to test new metrics. The numbers are more meaningful 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 (42.5 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 (5 points) - All bags are ranked based on weight, and then assigned relative scores. For example, the lightest bag in the test received 5 points, second lightest received 4.75 points, and so on. The heaviest bag received 2.75 points.

Features (42.5 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 (5 points) - 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.
  • Pockets (15 points) - 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 (15 points) - 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.
  • Zippers (7.5 points)Score is based on how effective the zippers function and how easy they are to use. The best performing bags need one hand to open, and the zippers do not snag or catch, while the lower performing bags need two hands to open and snag and catch when opening. While zipper function is necessary for an effect bag, we score on how easy it is for the player to access the pockets with the need to use one or two hands when using the zippers.

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. Also, 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 2018

PING Pioneer

PING Pioneer

Storage
1st
Style
1st
Weight
17th
Features
1st
Score
96
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What We Liked

  • Highly functional bag
  • Plenty of colors to choose from
  • Compact and well-built
  • “Best in Class” Style
  • “Best in Class” Storage (tie)

Pros

  • Easy access to all pockets
  • Great one finger magnetic rangefinder pocket
  • Outstanding storage

Cons

  • Velcro has a slight tendency to snag when taking clubs in and out
  • A bit heavy
Cobra KING

Cobra KING

Storage
1st
Style
8th
Weight
7th
Features
2nd
Score
94.25
#2

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What We Liked

  • A well thought-out bag
  • Professional look
  • Brilliantly positioned pockets
  • “Best in Class” Storage (tie)

Pros

  • Incredibly stable
  • Great water bottle holder designed to handle leaks
  • Perfectly positioned cart strap pass-through

Cons

  • Some of the pockets are not completely functional
  • Tiny snag on the side of the divider when pulling clubs
PING Traverse

PING Traverse

Storage
3rd
Style
2nd
Weight
7th
Features
3rd
Score
94.25
#2

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What We Liked

  • Well built, functional bag
  • Great use of velcro pad
  • Well-positioned strap pass-through doesn’t interfere with storage

Pros

  • Multiple color options
  • Great water bottle holder
  • Smooth operating zippers

Cons

  • Handle on dividers digs when picking up bag
  • Cooler pocket is placed where ball pocket is typically found
Mizuno BR-D4

Mizuno BR-D4

Storage
3rd
Style
8th
Weight
5th
Features
4th
Score
92
#4

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What We Liked

  • Great color options
  • Well designed pockets are easily accessible

Pros

  • Great strap pass-through
  • Dividers are positioned well and work with ease
  • Some deep pockets for mass storage
  • “Best in Class” strap pass-through

Cons

  • Could be more stable
IZZO Gemini

IZZO Gemini

Storage
3rd
Style
6th
Weight
7th
Features
5th
Score
92
#4

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What We Liked

  • Multiple magnetic pockets for easy access
  • Tons of storage
  • Excellent use of dividers

Pros

  • Great use of magnetic pockets for all major storage
  • Cart strap is positioned well
  • Bag as a whole is well thought-out
  • Great add-on for power pocket

Cons

  • Lacks stability
  • Lacks water bottle holder

Top5

2018 Cart Bag Buyer's Guide

NamePriceStorage (42.5)Style (10)Weight (5)Features (42.5)Score
PING Pioneer$219.991st1st17th1st96
Cobra King$240.001st8th7th2nd94.25
PING Traverse$200.003rd2nd7th3rd94.25
Mizuno BR-D4$200.003rd8th5th4th92
IZZO Gemini$239.993rd6th7th5th92
PING Monsoon$249.993rd17th11th5th90.25
Cobra Ultralight$200.007th8th2nd7th90
Sun Mountain CX1$189.998th3rd2nd11th90
OGIO Cirrus$199.999th5th5th9th89.25
Cleveland Cart bag$139.999th8th17th20th82
Ogio Grom$229.999th8th14th9th87
Titleist 14$270.0012th3rd11th7th88.5
Stewart Golf Staff pro$280.0012th7th19th17th81.75
Stewart Golf Sport Drive$220.0012th12th14th18th81.75
Wilson Staff NFL$159.9912th17th2nd15th84.25
Bag Boy Chiller$179.9516th14th14th12th83.75
Datrek SGO$179.9516th14th11th14th83.75
Datrek Lite Rider 2$159.9518th12th7th16th83.75
Bag Boy Revolver$219.9519th14th20th12th82.5
MaxFli Honors$119.9919th20th1st18th81

 

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