2021 SUNDAY BAG BUYER’S GUIDE

Are you in the market for a slimmer, lighter golf bag? If so, we’ve broken down what makes 2021’s Best Sunday Bag.

We tested Sunday bags with full stand, mini stands and no stand at all. Some are fully waterproof to handle those rainy days while others are lighter than air. Or so it seems.

While Sunday bags are still little brothers to traditional stand bags, some are taking cues from their heftier siblings. A number of participants in this year’s test even incorporated stands into their design.

So why wouldn’t those bags qualify for the stand-bag category?

It’s simple: limited divider space, a more lightweight design and less storage. What we are seeing, however, is an evolution into a hybrid Sunday/stand bag that incorporates the essentials for a casual round.

The upshot is that this category is almost whatever you want it to be. So whether you’re looking to buy a new Sunday bag today, want some buying advice or have just a closer look at what’s on the market right now, this guide will help you find the right bag to fit your needs.

BEST WALKING SUNDAY BAG - Cobra Ultralight Sunday

BEST WALKING SUNDAY BAG - Cobra Ultralight Sunday

If all you care about is how the bag performs on your back, the Cobra Ultralight Sunday is your winner. It is so comfortable on your back, you forget its actually there. The straps are padded with body contouring symmetry so it never interferes with your natural walking habits.

SUNDAY BAG FEATURES THAT MATTER

STORAGE

If you’re using a Sunday bag, storage likely isn’t your main concern. But it’s still something to take into consideration. You’ll want at least one pocket to store essentials like your phone, a water bottle or a light jacket.

If you’re looking for maximum storage in our Best Sunday Bag 2021 test, the Cobra Ultralight Sunday and the PXG Sunday are the ones you should gravitate to.

Dividers

In the Sunday bag category, dividers are a matter of preference. Some bags have a single tube while others have four dividers, providing the versatility approaching that of a stand bag.

If you just want simplicity, the Datrek Ranger is for you. If you prefer the five-divider option, choose the Wilson Staff ECO.

Comfort

Nearly every bag is comfortable on your back when it’s empty but how does it feel when it’s filled with clubs? The Best Sunday Bags 2021 test took this into consideration. Some discard the time-honored one-strap design in favor of the increasingly popular backpack-style two-strap concept.

Tops for comfort are the Cobra Ultralight Sunday and TaylorMade Quiver bags.

Weight

Like comfort, weight is a critical consideration for the walking golfer. Every pound counts and while an ounce here or there might not sound like much, the extra mass can dramatically affect fatigue levels throughout a round.

Those who want the lightest bag need the Sunday Golf Loma. If you’re after a light bag with some feature-rich add-ons, consider the Sun Mountain Metro Sunday.

BEST PENCIL BAG - Sun Mountain Metro Sunday

BEST PENCIL BAG - Sun Mountain Metro Sunday

Although it may be on the bigger side of a pencil bag, the Sun Mountain Metro Sunday bag is the best of the best. It is fully waterproof and has a solid structure ensuring the bag doesn't collapse when upright. With its single strap, the Metro is a perfect bag for those who play on courses with a caddie. Its storage could be bigger but for your summer needs, it is perfect.

THE BEST SUNDAY BAGS 2021 - FEATURES

 ProductWeightDividersPocketsStand
Cobra Ultralight Sunday

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4.435Yes
Datrek Ranger

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2.632Yes
Jones Golf BGS Original

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3.133No
Mizuno BR-D2

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325Yes
Ping Moonlite

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2.325No
Pro Active Sunday

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2.621Yes
PXG Sunday

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4.426Yes
Stitch SL1

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5.224Yes
Sun Mountain Metro Sunday

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3.444No
Sunday Golf Loma

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2.025Yes
Taylormade Quiver

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3.136Yes
Titleist Premium Carry Bag

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2.635No
Wilson ECO

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456Yes

EXPERT TIP - Waterproof Belly

If you're a golfer who chases the worms during the morning sunrise, you want to consider a Sunday bag with a waterproof belly. This will ensure your grips stay dry despite the AM dew.

Expert Tips

  • If you’re considering a traditional “pencil” or unstructured bag, look for waterproof material on the bottom to prevent moisture seeping up and through.
  • If your bag is almost always on your back, fatigue can be an issue. Consider sacrificing all but the minimum storage space in favor of a lighter and often more comfortable bag.
  • Well-designed zippers can be your best friend when the bag is on your back the majority of the time. Look for a bag that has zippers that open and close easily with one hand and without snagging.
  • If you usually play courses that require a caddie, get a bag with a single strap to help those double-bag loopers.

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How We Test

We're here to help you find the perfect Sunday bag to fit your needs.

To do that, we employ a thorough and fully independent testing process that leaves no feature unexplored, no detail unchecked and no stone unturned.

Our Metrics

Sunday bags are tested head to head using rigorous protocols.

The metrics we consider when rating Sunday Bag include Storage, Style, Weight, Walkability and Features.

THE BEST SUNDAY BAGS 2021 - RESULTS

 ProductStorageStyleWeightWalkabilityFeaturesTotal
Cobra Ultralight Sunday

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1st6th11th1st3rd93
PXG Sunday

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1st1st11th6th1st92.5
Sun Mountain Metro Sunday

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6th1st9th6th2nd91
Taylormade Quiver

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7th6th6th2nd6th90
Titleist Premium Carry Bag

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5th10th3rd4th9th89.5
Stitch SL1

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4th1st13th3rd5th89
Sunday Golf Loma

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9th10th1st8th7th88.5
Ping Moonlite

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9th5th1st4th10th88.5
Wilson ECO

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3rd6th10th10th7th88
Jones Golf BGS Original

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7th4th6th11th3rd87.5
Mizuno BR-D2

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11th6th6th8th11th84
Datrek Ranger

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12th12th3rd12th12th70
Pro Active Sunday

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13th12th3rd12th13th67.5

THE BEST SUNDAY BAG 2021 – FAQ

Q: What is a Sunday bag?

A: Once upon a time, the Sunday bag was defined as a compact, easy-carrying bag with just enough room for the bare essentials: a sleeve of balls, a handful of tees and often fewer than the full complement of 14 clubs. The modern interpretation includes those traditional offerings as well as slimmed-down stand bags that maintain a compact footprint while offering greater functionality and light weight

Q: How do I know what type of Sunday bag to buy?

A: The Sunday bag category is exceptionally broad. If you’re looking to sneak in a few holes as the sun is setting, go small. If you plan on carrying 14 clubs, bags with dividers and stands are more versatile. With modern materials, most of the extra weight comes from what you choose to put in them.

Q: How much does the strap system matter?

A: If you’re going to carry regularly, finding a strap system that works for you is critical. The seemingly smallest details matter. Look for straps with ample padding. Curved designs are generally more comfortable. When possible, test the strap system with the bag fully loaded to see if it’s a good fit for your body.