2021 Stand Bag Buyer’s Guide

Are you in the market for a new stand bag? Or just want to add another to your collection? If so, we have you covered with the Best Stand Bags of 2021!

This has been our most comprehensive stand bag test to date. It was comprised of 39 different models from 24 OEMs, ensuring you get the best advice possible based on our review of the majority of the stand bags on the market.

The stand bag category has expanded from the traditional slim design to hybrid and ultra-slim categories, making your buying decision even tougher.

That’s where we come in. We have identified which bag is best in each category to suit your personal preference.

Keep reading to find out what to look for when purchasing a new stand bag.

PXG Hybrid - Best Storage Stand Bag 2021

PXG Hybrid - Best Storage Stand Bag 2021

The PXG Hybrid has a tour look about it. Its cross between stand and cart makes it appealing but its storage is where it shines. You can throw the kitchen sink in there and still have room for more items. Its leather exterior makes it easy to wipe down on those rainy summer days.

The Best Stand Bags of 2021 – What to Look For

Storage

When it comes to storage, more is often better—provided it’s usable. Good storage design is often more about the layout of the pockets than the number. What good is a pocket if it’s difficult to access or is rendered useless because you put something in a different pocket?

The best stand bags of 2021 have well-designed pockets that don’t intrude on one another. If the pockets are laid out intelligently, each pocket can function to its full capacity without limitation, giving you more room for your stuff.

Water bottle pockets should be easily accessible. Bags like the PING Hoofer and Hoofer 14 have water bottle holders that remain upright whether on your back or standing up, avoiding leakage. When it comes to insulated pockets, bigger is typically better, especially if you’re a frequent snacker.

Golfers looking to maximize storage should consider the PXG Hybrid.

Titleist Hybrid 14 - Best Hybrid Bag 2021

Titleist Hybrid 14 - Best Hybrid Bag 2021

For those who want to carry one day and ride the next, the Titleist Hybrid 14 has you covered. Its large front and expandable side pockets allows you to pack your essentials including a beverage or two. Its reenforced stand will stand the test of time and saving you some money in the process.

Dividers

As with pockets, more dividers aren’t always better. While 14-way dividers allow you to put everything in its place, they often prove frustrating in stand bag designs. In this category, four- to six-way dividers typically prove more functional. Keep in mind that every divider eats up precious space (and adds weight) and, as the count increases, so does the likelihood of clubs snagging as you pull them out. A well-designed top keeps your clubs separated and prevents snagging while still providing good organization.

We find the dividers offered by the PING Hoofer and the TaylorMade FlexTech to be exceptionally functional.

Comfort

While it sounds obvious enough, comfort is a huge part of carrying. The best stand bags of 2021 have reinforced shoulder straps and extra padding to help support your lower back and keep you feeling good over 18 holes. Maybe even 36.

The PING Hoofer Craz-E Lite and the Maxfli Air are among the most comfortable bags for walkers.

PING Hoofer Craz-E Lite - The Best Walking Bag

PING Hoofer Craz-E Lite - The Best Walking Bag

For the most avid walkers and the Hundred Hole Hike crowd, it doesn't get any better than the PING Hoofer Craz-E Lite. Weighing in at 3.3lbs, the Craz-E Lite forgoes many of the bells and whistles (storage) of larger and heavier bags in favor of saving every ounce of weight possible. That's not to say it's a bare-bones designs. Despite its ultra-lightweight structure, there's still enough space to hold your essentials.

Weight

Weight is a critical consideration for the walking golfer. While a single pound might not sound like much, the extra mass can dramatically affect fatigue levels throughout a round. A little extra weight can mean the difference between finishing strong or leaking oil on the back nine.

For those who push or ride, weight should be less of a concern. If the bag is rarely on your back, go for the increased storage, additional features and more versatile tops found in hybrid bags.

Cart users looking for a cross between stand and cart bags should consider the Titleist 14 and PXG Hybrid.

EXPERT TIP - You Don't Need 14 Dividers

While it's tempting to choose a 14 or 15-way top to give each club its own special place, the best stand bags of 2020 feature 4 to 6 dividers.

Stand Leg Stability

The materials, opening system and frame of the legs are a critical part of what makes a great stand bag. Once your bag is fully packed with equipment, the stand needs to be sturdy and durable. The best stand bags of 2021 easily open to the proper standing position, close just as easily and remain closed while on your back.

The most stable leg systems we tested were on the PING models and the Vessel Player III DXR.

THE BEST STAND BAGS 2021 - FEATURES

 ProductWeightDividersPocketsColors
BagBoy Chiller

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71485
Big Max Dri Lite Hybrid

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5.21477
Callaway Hyper Lite Zero

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3.4465
Cleveland Stand

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5.81484
Cobra UltraDry Pro

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4.12552
Cobra Ultralight

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5.1586
Datrek Go Lite Hybrid

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5.141468
Inesis Light

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4.14561
Inesis WaterProof

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5.111451
Izzo Lite II

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5.11681
Maxfli Air

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2.14442
Maxfli Honors + 14 Way

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6.3141127
Mizuno K1-L0

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2.15454
Mizuno Tour 6

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7.7682
Motocaddy Hydroflex

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5.13553
Nike Air Hybrid

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6.714101
Nike Air Sport

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5.11691
Nike Sport Lite

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4.7561
Ogio Fuse

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4.7477
A Ping Hoofer bag, one of the best golf stand bags of 2020PING Hoofer

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5.85117
A Ping Hoofer 14 bag, one of the best golf stand bags of 2020PING Hoofer 14

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5.1414115
A Ping Hoofer Ezee bag, one of the best golf stand bags of 2020PING Hoofer Craz E Lite

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3.3473
PING Hoofer Lite

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5.14710
PING L8

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5453
PXG Fairway Camo

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5.1463
PXG Hybrid

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9.26122
Sitich SL2

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5.4443
Srixon Z Stand

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5.3476
Sun Mountain 2.5+

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3.2469
Sun Mountain C-130

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7.41494
TaylorMade FlexTech

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5.6582
TaylorMade FlexTech Crossover

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5.151495
Taylormade FlexTech Lite

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5474
Titleist Hybrid 14

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6.121496
Titleist Players 4 Carbon

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4.11467
Vessel Player III DXR

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6.76105
Wilson Staff EXO

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5.5565
XXIO Premium

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8.3552
Zero Friction ZF

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5.3671

EXPERT TIP - Stand Stability

The most important part of a stand bag is the stand. Without a durable and dependable stand, a stand bag loses its purpose. Reinforced stands like those found on the PING Hoofer provide the best stability and durability.

More Tips

  • Do you carry a GPS or rangefinder? Bags like the PING Hoofer and Vessel Player III DXR offer an easily accessible magnetic pocket.
  • While waterproof bags are good in rainy conditions, their pockets often require two hands to open and close.
  • If you walk or push more often than you ride, consider a hybrid bag. They offer more storage space and their 14- or 15-way tops are more functional on push or riding carts.
  • If you frequently play courses with limited or no water stations, you may want to choose from bags offering large cooler pockets, like the Bag Boy Chiller, for multiple water bottles.
  • If your stand bag is almost always on your back, fatigue can be an issue. Consider forgoing all but the minimum storage space necessary in favor of a lighter bag.
  • Nylon is lighter but tends to retain grime. Stitch bags are made made from leather and easy to clean.
  • Don’t just count pockets. Consider the quality and functionality of the storage space. Look for pockets that are easily accessible and can hold everything you need them to hold.
  • Tired of losing the your bag’s rain hood? Look at the PING Hoofer family with its integrated rain hood.

THE BEST STAND BAGS 2021 - RESULTS

 ProductStorageStyleWeightWalkabilityFeaturesTotal
A Ping Hoofer bag, one of the best golf stand bags of 2020PING Hoofer

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5th5th11th7th1st94.5
Vessel Player III DXR

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9th5th25th5th2nd93
A Ping Hoofer Lite bag, one of the best golf stand bags of 2020PING Hoofer Lite

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12th10th11th7th2nd92.5
A Ping Hoofer 14 bag, one of the best golf stand bags of 2020PING Hoofer 14

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5th5th25th7th4th91
PXG Fairway Camo

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9th1st11th23rd7th89.5
TaylorMade FlexTech

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23rd12th11th5th7th88.5
Taylormade FlexTech Lite

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23rd12th11th2nd13th88
Titleist Hybrid 14

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5th1st35th29th6th88
Cobra Ultralight

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23rd12th11th14th7th87.5
Srixon Z Stand

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12th12th11th18th11th87.5
TaylorMade FlexTech Crossover

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17th12th25th18th4th87.5
Titleist Players 4 Carbon

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30th5th6th7th15th87.5
Sitich SL2

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38th1st11th2nd11th87
Motocaddy Hydroflex

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12th12th25th14th13th86.5
A Ping Hoofer Ezee bag, one of the best golf stand bags of 2020PING Hoofer Craz E Lite

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35th21st3rd1st18th86
PXG Hybrid

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1st1st40th35th7th86
Sun Mountain 2.5+

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30th10th3rd7th23rd86
Cleveland Stand

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2nd24th11th29th15th85
Cobra UltraDry Pro

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17th12th6th14th26th85
Wilson Staff EXO

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17th24th11th23rd15th83.5
Mizuno K1-L0

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38th24th1st7th23rd82
Ogio Fuse

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9th24th6th29th31st82
Big Max Dri Lite Hybrid

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23rd21st11th23rd31st81
Inesis Light

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23rd35th6th23rd26th81
PING L8

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35th12th11th35th18th81
Inesis WaterProof

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17th35th25th23rd21st80.5
Maxfli Air

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38th24th1st2nd34th80.5
Mizuno Tour 6

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35th5th35th23rd21st80.5
Sun Mountain C-130

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2nd12th35th38th31st80
Callaway Hyper Lite Zero

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12th24th3rd29th40th79.5
Nike Sport Lite

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23rd35th6th7th37th79.5
BagBoy Chiller

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5th24th35th40th23rd79
Maxfli Honors + 14 Way

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32nd24th25th14th31st79
Datrek Go Lite Hybrid

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2nd23rd25th29th37th78.5
Izzo Lite II

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17th40th25th29th26th78.5
Nike Air Hybrid

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23rd23rd25th14th34th78
Nike Air Sport

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17th35th25th14th34th78
XXIO Premium

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32nd23rd39th14th29th77.5
Zero Friction ZF

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12th35th11th38th37th76

EXPERT TIP - You Don't Need 14 Way Dividers

While it's tempting to choose a 14 or 15-way top to give each club its own special place, the best stand bags of 2021 feature 4 to 6 dividers.

The Best Stand Bags of 2021 – FAQ

Q: Do I need an insulated pocket?

A: Although most stand bags today come with insulated pockets, bigger is normally better. For instance, those who play 18 holes may want to consider a bag with a large cooler pocket. Golfers who only play nine holes at a time can typically get away with a smaller insulated pocket.

Q: Can I use my stand bag on a cart or push cart?

A: The short answer is yes. Some bags, like PING, offer a cart strap pass-through which helps retain the full functionality of every pocket. Stand bags that are used on push carts tend to slide around during a round. If your push cart offers a stand lock-in design, opting for a stand bag shouldn’t be an issue at all.

Q: How much does the strap system matter?

A: Finding a strap system that works for you is critical. The seemingly smallest details matter. Look for straps with ample reinforced padding. Curved strap designs are generally more comfortable. If you love the bag but hate the straps, aftermarket systems like those from Walk18Golf can dramatically improve comfort but add to the cost of your bag.

Q: Does the top matter?

A: Definitely. If you carry all the time, a four- or five-way top is almost certainly the way to go. Having fewer dividers makes getting clubs in and out of the bag easy. Bags with 14- or 15-way tops are more prone to snagging and are much better suited to the push cart mafia and riders. Keep in mind that bags with four-way tops are, on average, two pounds lighter than those with 14-way tops.

Q: How much should I spend on a bag? 

A: A well-designed, fully featured bag generally starts at $150 with the majority of the best stand bags for 2021 around the $250 range. Golfers who play just a few times a year may be able to find a suitable offering for a bit less.