Golf is a game that requires a little more equipment than most. Although you don’t need an entire set of clubs to play a game, it is highly recommended. Thus, there is a greater need to find the right bag for the course.
In this article, we will look at some of the best golf travel bags that we could find online. Our goal here is to make sure that the reader walks away with a better understanding of golf travel bags and how to choose the right one. These products are presented in no particular order.
Tough And Sleek
|TAthletico Padded Golf Travel Bag|
|AmazonBasics Soft-Sided Golf Club Travel Bag Case|
A Safe Investment
|CaddyDaddy Golf Constrictor 2 Travel Cover|
The Storage King
|Partage Golf Travel Bag with Wheels|
The Value Option
|SClub Champ Golf Bag Travel Cover|
This is a very slick and stylish bag that can be carried in multiple ways. It has the usual shoulder strap, and it also has a top handle and two side-carry handles. Thus, you can carry it like a backpack or pack it like a duffel bag.
It’s hard not to like the money-back guarantee that is advertised with this bag, although we would be curious to see the conditions of that warranty. As an added touch of convenience, this bag can stand on its own, making it easier to leave in a particular spot.
However, we see two big problems here. First, the shoulder strap is held in place with tiny little thin clips that just aren’t big enough for the job. It’s a good thing they included some duffel bag handles because you will probably need them after the shoulder strap breaks due to these inferior little clips. We also wish that there was at least one external pocket on this bag, but there is not.
This bag is very nice in some ways, though it does have a few flaws. First, we like the fact that this one has plenty of pocket room. There are two “saddlebag” style pockets on this bag (one on each side) and each of them is further subdivided into smaller pockets. That should make it much easier to find the items you need when you need them.
The lockable zippers are a nice touch of security, and the body straps are a great way to keep items in the bag from shifting. We also find this bag to have a very good warranty. Most warranties only cover “manufacturing defects,” which means they will only cover mistakes from the factory. This one, however, will also cover any damage done by the airlines or their employees.
Of course, you will pay a little more for something this durable. This is the most expensive bag on our list by a significant margin. Also, that thick material does add more weight, so it’s a good thing that this bag is set up for ground carry.
This might be the best-looking bag on our list, with a sleek and modern look that will stand out on the course. Better still, this one has more pockets than anything else on the list. This makes it a great choice for those who tend to carry many items on the course.
All of these pockets are located at the bottom, making for a good weight distribution that doesn’t want to topple over. Not only does this make it easier to pull, but it also allows you to stand the bag in one place if needed.
This is the cheapest bag on our list, and we can tell. Of course, a cheap bag isn’t always a bad one, but we can see a definite lack of special features. Still, it’s a great choice for those on a budget. We can see that the shoulder-strap is well-made, and the clips that hold it in place are nice and thick. Thus, it should be a lot safer to carry this one on your shoulder.
We like the way this thing collapses into a very small and flat piece, making it easy to store when not in use. When using it as a pull-behind bag, this one should hold up quite well. It has two thick rails on the bottom that work to prevent contact with the ground.
When you are looking for a new golf travel bag, there are a number of factors that need to be considered. Now that you have seen some good examples, we will go over these criteria in more detail.
This factor is listed first because it is probably the most important one. Although a lot of people will keep their golf bag on a golf cart, you will still have to carry your clubs to some extent. Regardless of how much or how little you haul your bag, you want something that isn’t awkward or uncomfortable to carry.
One of the first things you should look at is the strap. Most golf bags have a single strap that goes over one shoulder, and this strap is taking most of the weight. In particular, look at the clips or latches that hold the strap to the bag. If they are too big, they have a tendency to dig into your back when you are carrying the bag.
Also, you should opt for a model with a relatively thick strap. Thin straps tend to have a “cutting” effect when you’re carrying a lot of weight, and that will greatly reduce your ability to carry the bag in a comfortable way.
It’s a great idea to look for bags with wheels and a reinforced bottom. Obviously, one of these things makes the other necessary. Being able to pull your bag behind you is a great advantage for those who might not be strong enough to haul a full-size bag on their back all day. If you get a bag with wheels, make sure it has a reinforced bottom to deal with the extra ground contact that will surely take place.
Although these bags don’t tend to be ridiculously expensive, there is no reason to waste your money. If your bag can’t handle a little bit of abuse, it is likely to need replacing before long. It can be tempting to go with a cheaper model to save money, but this will come back to bite you in the long run.
One of the most important things to check is the zipper. On most bags of this sort, the zipper will be the first thing to break. This makes sense when you consider that the zipper is the only moving part. If a zipper stops working on a bag like this, it becomes more or less useless. It isn’t easy to repair a zipper, either. In fact, you will normally have to replace the whole thing. That’s probably a lot more sewing than you want to do.
The thickness and type of the bag’s material will also make a difference. Obviously, thicker materials do a much better job of resisting all kinds of damage. We aren’t just talking about ripping and cutting, either. All fabrics tend to break down and degrade over time, and exposure to the elements will accelerate this process.
The most common weak point on any golf bag will be the clips or latches that hold the carry strap in place. In many cases, manufacturers skimp on this part of the construction to save money by using thin little clips or clips made of inferior metal. Inferior metal will bend a lot more, and will easily break under pressure. As we mentioned earlier, you don’t want a bag with huge clips that will dig into your back, but they do need to be thick enough to inspire confidence in their strength.
As for the strap itself, it should be thick and wide so that it will last as long as possible. Also, a wide strap distributes the weight of the bag over a larger surface area, which makes it easier to carry. If you think that a strap can easily be replaced, think again. It can often be quite difficult to find a replacement strap.
Padding And Other Club Protection Measures
Let’s not forget about the primary purpose of a golf bag: To protect your clubs! In many ways, a bag like this is a shield that takes damage so that your clubs do not. A good set of clubs is always going to be more expensive than the bag that holds them, so this is a very important job.
A lot of golf bags have padding on the inside that is meant to protect your clubs from impact damage. If you happen to drop your bag, or if some other person does, that padding can do a lot to prevent scuffing and bending. Golf clubs are usually made of steel, so it’s not that easy to break them. However, they can still be bent or scuffed, and it only takes a little deformation in the wrong place to ruin the performance of the club.
We would recommend that you choose a bag with as much padding as possible. Not only will this protect your clubs from the hazards of the outside world, but it will also protect your bags from your clubs. Since all of the products we examined today are soft bags, that padding is necessary to keep the club heads from poking through the fabric.
Remember this: When you walk around with your golf clubs, that bag will be shaking around a little. Likewise, the clubs inside that bag will be moving around somewhat. That creates a lot more wear and tear on the bag, and can cause your club heads to knock against one another. Thus, you should pick a bag that doesn’t have too much space as well.
This is a minor matter, but it may be important for some. Most golf carry bags will have 1-4 pockets outside of the main compartment. Although you don’t need these to carry your clubs, you do need them to carry other things. The main compartment of your bag will be long and slender, making it hard to dig objects from the bottom. Because of this, external pockets become more important. You want a bag that provides quick access to balls, tees, scorecards, and anything else that you may happen to need.
As a final note, we should mention that none of these bags is meant to be used alone. All of them are meant to be combined with a standard club bag, which is why all of these products have a tall and slender design. Whether you want a little bit of extra protection on the course or a plane, a travel bag will certainly extend the life of your clubs. Without it, your clubs are basically at the mercy of the elements and the airlines, and neither of those things is known to be very nice! If you have found this article to be a nice one, please read a little more of our work so that you can learn even more.