What is a Golf Bag Made Of? A Basic Guide
Your golf bag is arguably the essential part of your golfing equipment arsenal. It's where you keep everything during the game and is most likely where everything remains when you aren't on the course. If it isn't fit for purpose, it isn't going to serve you very well.
But what does the best golf bag look like, and what’s the best material? That's what we intend to answer here. Of course, it's a largely subjective topic, so we're going to cover as many bases as possible to ensure you make an educated purpose.
By the end, you'll understand the world of golf bags a little better. Most importantly: you'll know what you want from one! First, let's start with the basics.
What is a Golf Bag Made Of?
Golf bags are not all built the same.
They come in a variety of materials, all with specific strengths and weaknesses. Depending on what you prioritize while you play, you will need to consider the different materials before purchasing. Listed below are some of the most common types available and what they are best suited for.
Golf bags made from this material are the most popular for beginners or those who want something lightweight. For this reason, you will find that most carry bags are nylon.
As their design straps to your back, carry bags must be as light as possible. If your preference is to walk the course, a nylon carry bag is a smart move, as it will put minimal stress on your back.
Similarly lightweight to nylon, canvas golf bags are ideal for getting around the course with extra equipment.
This is why many canvas golf bags make great stand bags. Light enough for you to carry around, they can be set down and stood up via extendable legs to avoid excessive strain.
Arguably the most durable yet the most expensive of golf bags, with leather, you get what you pay for.
They are designed for professionals or those who are frequent players. Most tour bags are fashioned from leather.
These are the ones you will see most professionals using, partly because of their size, weather resistance, and overall quality. However, they do tend to be the heaviest and ordinarily require the assistance of a golf cart.
Plastic or Metal Reinforcement
But golf bags aren’t just outer casings.
The frame is a significant component, especially when it comes to durability and portability. Plastic reinforced frames are generally favored for carry bags, as they tend to be much lighter and can be moved around the course easily.
Metal reinforced frames are more solid, meaning they often last longer and can handle more rigorous use for more extended periods. Tour bags and stand bags tend to have metal frames due to frequent use. However, they are often more expensive due to the increased quality.
What Makes a Good Golf Bag?
This primarily comes down to personal preference, how often you play, and what you expect out of your golf bag.
There are undoubtedly many choices out there, which can make the selection process a little overwhelming. We already spoke about three of the most popular varieties out there:
- Carry bags
- Stand bags
- Tour bags
But beyond their names and intended purposes, what makes each golf bag worthwhile? There is a variety of criteria that can answer that question.
Listed below are some key things you should look out for when selecting your new bag. They can make a significant difference between a successful addition to your golfing armory and an overpriced hindrance. Let's go into some more detail.
The Number of Dividers
Traditionally, golf bags often had a maximum of three dividers. In most games, three golf clubs were all that was necessary!
These days, things are a little different. Some bags have as many as six dividers. Only you know how many you're going to need, but make sure it's something you check out before you make a purchase.
Putter wells are perfect for players who carry multiple clubs at once, as they prevent the ‘puts’ of the clubs from hitting each other.
This will significantly reduce the damage incurred during use and will ultimately extend their lifespan. This means you won't need to pay for replacements as frequently, and damaged putters won’t hinder your game.
Walk or Transport?
We touched on this a little bit when discussing the different materials, but you need to consider how you play to get the most out of your bag.
Do you walk the course or drive? If you walk, you will need something lightweight that has excellent weight distribution. Larger, more durable bags are a viable option if you are happy to cart around the course.
Straps and Handles
Speaking of effective weight distribution, make sure to take a good look at the strap situation on your new golf bag. One strap isn't going to cut it if you prefer to walk the course.
Just like a backpack, proper weight distribution is vital for your health!
However, if you're only ever going to lift your bag to sling it into your golfing cart, then you don't need to worry so much about how it handles.
Some golfers only play in summer, and others brave all elements. If you are part of the latter group, you need sufficient protection, but your clubs do too!
A rain hood is perfect for this. Keep your equipment protected and rust-free for longer, no matter how torrential it may get out there.
Ultimately, the best bag for you is the one that suits your personal needs to the greatest extent.
The most expensive doesn't necessarily mean it is of the most outstanding quality. If you are a beginner or casual player, don't overstretch yourself for a bag that you don't need.
Likewise, if you are a frequent and dedicated player, don't skimp on something you're going to use so often!Consider Stitch’s advice on what to look for, and you'll be fine. Remember, it isn't just your clubs that need your attention.