I have a Sun Mountain C-130 for riding and a Four 5 for walking. Both 14 way. I like that every club has a slot and I know right away if I have misplaced my club/left a wedge on the green.
TAYLORMADE M3 PROJECT X HZRDUS YELLOW 63 6.5
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The 4-way top is the best for a stand bag. Simple, organized, and not cluttered. It makes it lighter with not so many dividers and clubs go into the bag pretty easy without getting stuck. It works well.
Lower section: 52, 56, 60, PW
Left middle section: 7, 8, 9
Right middle section: 4, 5, 6
Top section: Driver, 3W, 3H, putter, alignment stick.
Might be nice to have 4.5-way (4-way with then a separate putter section). What an idea! You heard it here first!
There's a myth that 14-way tops are heavier than 4-way tops. It's simply not the case as there are a multitude of 14-way tops that are the same weight as their 4-way counterparts. Adding some nylon dividers and plastic up top adds so little weight that its barely discernible. Plenty of offerings from Sun Mountain, PING, and Callaway that offer a 14-way top in the 4.5 lb range. A half pound to a pound extra strapped to your back spread across both shoulders is nothing.
Now, with all that said, 14-way tops are really only of benefit if each individual divider goes all the way to the bottom. The point of a 14-way top is to keep the clubs more organized, but also to limit grip tangle at the bottom of the bag. If the dividers don't go all the way down then the clubs will still lean and tangle all they want, so it's still going to be frustrating getting the clubs in and out of the bag. In this case I actually prefer to have the 4-way top because it gives more room at the top of the bag to maneuver the club around when taking it in or out. It's all preference though. To some the added value of organization at the top of the bag is more beneficial than grip tangle, so having 14 full length dividers isn't a make or break option. The problem with 14 full length dividers is added cost and the fact that there are not many bags on the market that have it.
So, what's my preference? I actually prefer a 5-way top. My current bag is the Nike Sport Lite II bag and it's incredibly lightweight which is great for walking. The top is basically a PING 4-series top with an extra well up top for the putter. It's fantastic as you have the putter in the very top section that sits just above the section for the woods. Then you split the irons in the middle sections, followed by wedges in the bottom section. This way the woods and putter headcovers don't get tangled and there's plenty of room for getting the clubs in and out.
As I don't want to have two bags , I need one bag that suits a push cart and freedom to go to range/walking 9 holes. Have SM 3.5 today , but when on a push cart there is club tangling. Looking for a bigger bag, like the new 4.5 ls 14 way to have less club tangle and also a bigger top (10.5"). It's quite expensive though.