What brand makes the best carry/stand bags?

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  • MarkFromTheUKMarkFromTheUK Members Posts: 4,639 ✭✭
    Just bought a Titleist Staff Stand Bag, to replace my Ping Hoofer 14.



    I think the Titleist is better quality and better balanced. More sturdy, yet comparable in weight. The Ping is perhaps better in terms of number of pockets, but the overall amount of storage space is better with the Titleist. They’re both very good looking bags, but I think the Titleist just about edges it.



    Overall, very pleased with my new bag, and thrilled that it doesn’t have a stupid 14 way divider.
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  • Rory4PresRory4Pres Members Posts: 918 ✭✭
    The best stand bags in my mind were the old school Ping Hoofers that were made in the USA. They no longer are though and I think the quality suffered. I had a newer model that fell apart quite quickly. Ping replaced it (which was nice) but sold it and bought a brand new Ping Hoofer (12-15 old model) off the bay. Can't beat the old ones, they last for decades.



    For staff bags, any premium brand seems fine. Most are fake leather but last a long time. Have an old titleist one, it's solid.
  • brew4eaglebrew4eagle VAMembers Posts: 2,747 ✭✭
    Sun Mountain closing in on a 100 vote lead. Recently tried a Hoofer, silly mistake. Sun Mountain is the undisputed champ in my book.
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  • Redjeep83Redjeep83 Members Posts: 5,186 ✭✭
    brew4eagle wrote:


    Sun Mountain closing in on a 100 vote lead. Recently tried a Hoofer, silly mistake. Sun Mountain is the undisputed champ in my book.




    Sun mountain is ok, nothing wrong with ping. I just got a sun mountain 2.5+ that will have to go back. The material is so lightweight and the zipper is so weak that I can’t even zip up a medium golf fleece in the apparel pocket without the zipper failing. There is no question, the material Ping uses on their bags is much more durable than sun mountain uses on any bag, 2.5 or 3.5.



  • brew4eaglebrew4eagle VAMembers Posts: 2,747 ✭✭
    Redjeep83 wrote:

    brew4eagle wrote:


    Sun Mountain closing in on a 100 vote lead. Recently tried a Hoofer, silly mistake. Sun Mountain is the undisputed champ in my book.




    Sun mountain is ok, nothing wrong with ping. I just got a sun mountain 2.5+ that will have to go back. The material is so lightweight and the zipper is so weak that I can’t even zip up a medium golf fleece in the apparel pocket without the zipper failing. There is no question, the material Ping uses on their bags is much more durable than sun mountain uses on any bag, 2.5 or 3.5.





    Yeah, 2.5+ is a great bag but not meant to put much in pockets. I hate the PING material, too thick and just doesn't seem like golf bag material to me. I prefer the sleeker tent-like material SM uses, but I could see someone preferring the thicker stuff. The tilting hoofer mechanism is where PING fails vs SM in my opinion. There's so much more effective room for clubs in a SM that ends also being quite a bit lighter.
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  • Redjeep83Redjeep83 Members Posts: 5,186 ✭✭
    edited Mar 24, 2018 #457
    brew4eagle wrote:

    Redjeep83 wrote:

    brew4eagle wrote:


    Sun Mountain closing in on a 100 vote lead. Recently tried a Hoofer, silly mistake. Sun Mountain is the undisputed champ in my book.




    Sun mountain is ok, nothing wrong with ping. I just got a sun mountain 2.5+ that will have to go back. The material is so lightweight and the zipper is so weak that I can’t even zip up a medium golf fleece in the apparel pocket without the zipper failing. There is no question, the material Ping uses on their bags is much more durable than sun mountain uses on any bag, 2.5 or 3.5.





    Yeah, 2.5+ is a great bag but not meant to put much in pockets. I hate the PING material, too thick and just doesn't seem like golf bag material to me. I prefer the sleeker tent-like material SM uses, but I could see someone preferring the thicker stuff. The tilting hoofer mechanism is where PING fails vs SM in my opinion. There's so much more effective room for clubs in a SM that ends also being quite a bit lighter.




    I’ve got a 16 ping 4 series that still looks brand new after two years use. I’ve had sun mountain in the past and feels like I’m carrying around a nylon rain jacket with clubs in it. Ping dominates the team bags as well, college etc.To each their own though
  • KCCOKCCO Members Posts: 1,870 ✭✭
    I don’t have one, but always here good things about hoofer....
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  • FadeFaceFadeFace Members Posts: 105
    Mizuno Aroelite for me right now with Kabuki top. Looking at upgrading to the BR D4
  • byflow2byflow2 Members Posts: 132 ✭✭
    Really like ping, jones, sun mountain... all great bags. Old Nike bags are great too
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  • mdm5mdm5 Members Posts: 23
    edited Jul 24, 2018 #461
    Just bought my first SM (2five) and it really brings me back to what carry bags were back in my youth. Super light

    I got it in navy red and white.. even to a non American, it looks sweet
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  • johnhooperjohnhooper Members Posts: 1
    I've been using a OGIO golf carry bag for a long time and satisfy with the service.
  • C-radC-rad Members Posts: 2,613 ✭✭
    I have a sun mountain 3.5 and liked it when i carry. But it sucks when i push. Does the base of the hoofer is better uses on a push cart?
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  • BradNelson22BradNelson22 Members Posts: 78
    Huge sun mountain fan
  • SwingManSwingMan SwingMan Members Posts: 6,800
    edited Jul 31, 2018 #465
    Redjeep83 wrote:

    brew4eagle wrote:


    Sun Mountain closing in on a 100 vote lead. Recently tried a Hoofer, silly mistake. Sun Mountain is the undisputed champ in my book.




    Sun mountain is ok, nothing wrong with ping. I just got a sun mountain 2.5+ that will have to go back. The material is so lightweight and the zipper is so weak that I can't even zip up a medium golf fleece in the apparel pocket without the zipper failing. There is no question, the material Ping uses on their bags is much more durable than sun mountain uses on any bag, 2.5 or 3.5.







    I've got the same bag, and you've got to be careful when you zip up the apparel pocket when putting in a lot of items - I am careful to hold both parts of the pocket together when zipping up so it does not tear - may use some silicone spray on it.



    In my experience with this bag -



    You must watch the balance on this bag to get it to work correctly - in other words, it is not meant to pack heavy weight - I put 2 water bottles at the bottom and it was too bottom heavy - it's a bag that is a light carry - will fit all 14 clubs, a sweater, hat, balls, one camelback/water bottle, and rangefinder, plus tees, etc. When it's balanced, it's a great bag. But if you like to carry a lot of "stuff", I suggest a second bag.
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  • SwingManSwingMan SwingMan Members Posts: 6,800
    edited Oct 4, 2018 #466
    Heard a lot of good abou the new Ping Hoofer - Lite, 14 way, and normal divider



    At the same time, it did not feel light in comparison to a SM 3.5 - felt more like a 4.5 in weight. The Hoofer felt like a 5.5. Was in the store and the bags were next to each other - was surprised. And did you notice that while Ping calls it "Lite", they do not give you the weight spec.
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    "My swing is so bad, I look like a caveman killing his lunch" - Lee Trevino

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  • aswileaswile Members Posts: 127 ✭✭
    I love my Vessel!
  • rnewm003rnewm003 Members Posts: 87 ✭✭
    2018 Ping Hoofer, hands down their best ever

  • Pleasedwith3puttsPleasedwith3putts Members Posts: 1,729 ✭✭
    C-rad wrote:


    I have a sun mountain 3.5 and liked it when i carry. But it sucks when i push. Does the base of the hoofer is better uses on a push cart?




    I've got the 4.5 and have the same problem with carts. Really does suck if you want a bag to carry some days and use a cart on others.



    I'm looking at the Big Max aqua hybrid for that reason but would love to hear any other suggestions for a waterproof carry stand bag that will sit fine on a cart
  • DpavsDpavs OverWRX'ed Members Posts: 3,345 ✭✭

    C-rad wrote:


    I have a sun mountain 3.5 and liked it when i carry. But it sucks when i push. Does the base of the hoofer is better uses on a push cart?




    I've got the 4.5 and have the same problem with carts. Really does suck if you want a bag to carry some days and use a cart on others.



    I'm looking at the Big Max aqua hybrid for that reason but would love to hear any other suggestions for a waterproof carry stand bag that will sit fine on a cart




    What exactly is the issue on a push cart. I am looking at the bottom of the bag and can't see where the issue might be? Is the issue only with push carts or is it also with gas carts? Curious as I just purchased a 4.5 but can return it if it is going to be a real pain when I do ride.
  • C-radC-rad Members Posts: 2,613 ✭✭
    Dpavs wrote:

    C-rad wrote:


    I have a sun mountain 3.5 and liked it when i carry. But it sucks when i push. Does the base of the hoofer is better uses on a push cart?




    I've got the 4.5 and have the same problem with carts. Really does suck if you want a bag to carry some days and use a cart on others.



    I'm looking at the Big Max aqua hybrid for that reason but would love to hear any other suggestions for a waterproof carry stand bag that will sit fine on a cart




    What exactly is the issue on a push cart. I am looking at the bottom of the bag and can't see where the issue might be? Is the issue only with push carts or is it also with gas carts? Curious as I just purchased a 4.5 but can return it if it is going to be a real pain when I do ride.
    on a push cart, the bag doesnt sit properly. That is the issue
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    56 toe sweep
    60 dual sole

    Lajosi Dd201

    A dream bag
  • Pleasedwith3puttsPleasedwith3putts Members Posts: 1,729 ✭✭
    edited Nov 30, 2018 #472
    C-rad wrote:

    Dpavs wrote:

    C-rad wrote:


    I have a sun mountain 3.5 and liked it when i carry. But it sucks when i push. Does the base of the hoofer is better uses on a push cart?




    I've got the 4.5 and have the same problem with carts. Really does suck if you want a bag to carry some days and use a cart on others.



    I'm looking at the Big Max aqua hybrid for that reason but would love to hear any other suggestions for a waterproof carry stand bag that will sit fine on a cart




    What exactly is the issue on a push cart. I am looking at the bottom of the bag and can't see where the issue might be? Is the issue only with push carts or is it also with gas carts? Curious as I just purchased a 4.5 but can return it if it is going to be a real pain when I do ride.
    on a push cart, the bag doesnt sit properly. That is the issue




    Correct. The SM has a plate that sticks out the back and forces the legs out when the bag is leaned backwards. You can just make it out in the image below and it just won't sit nicely on a cart with the pockets facing forwards.



    The hybrid does not have a plate that sticks out, it uses a two piece sole to the bag instead which sits fine on the cart.
  • DpavsDpavs OverWRX'ed Members Posts: 3,345 ✭✭

    C-rad wrote:

    Dpavs wrote:

    C-rad wrote:


    I have a sun mountain 3.5 and liked it when i carry. But it sucks when i push. Does the base of the hoofer is better uses on a push cart?




    I've got the 4.5 and have the same problem with carts. Really does suck if you want a bag to carry some days and use a cart on others.



    I'm looking at the Big Max aqua hybrid for that reason but would love to hear any other suggestions for a waterproof carry stand bag that will sit fine on a cart




    What exactly is the issue on a push cart. I am looking at the bottom of the bag and can't see where the issue might be? Is the issue only with push carts or is it also with gas carts? Curious as I just purchased a 4.5 but can return it if it is going to be a real pain when I do ride.
    on a push cart, the bag doesnt sit properly. That is the issue




    Correct. The SM has a plate that sticks out the back and forces the legs out when the bag is leaned backwards. You can just make it out in the image below and it just won't sit nicely on a cart with the pockets facing forwards.



    The hybrid does not have a plate that sticks out, it uses a two piece sole to the bag instead which sits fine on the cart.




    Makes sense, thanks. I would assume then on a gas cart it is not an issue since the bag would be perfectly vertical and sitting in the bag well on the bottom.
  • Pleasedwith3puttsPleasedwith3putts Members Posts: 1,729 ✭✭
    No issue on a gas cart but I like to walk and take a push cart when conditions are nice. If it is going to rain during the round or is already a bit wet and potentially muddy then I'd rather carry, but I'm fed up constantly switching between a C130 and 4.5 at this time of year.
  • Nixhex524Nixhex524 ClubWRX Posts: 4,053 ClubWRX
    Surprised to see Sun Mountain that far ahead honestly. I have had a few, one has completely ripped on the inside and the other was useless on a cart, like C-Rad said... there are other bags out there that do the same and more for me. I have to say, I think the Z Four by Srixon is an all around great bag... has the material of the SM, but bottom leg design of others that fit nicely on the carts. It's lightweight and has a lot of storage. Club tangle is minimal to almost non existent and they look sharp. The fact that this bag is out there for $80 right now is the steal of the century.



    For all around durability the Pings are hard to beat, as are the Jones bags... they may not be perfect but they will last and do everything you need them to. It's hard to build a durable bag with strong material that is lightweight... there really is no perfect bag out there, just a lot of really good ones with minor faults.
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  • WidespreadPanicWidespreadPanic Wizard in the Corner Members Posts: 4,862 ✭✭
    edited Dec 4, 2018 #476
    Aren’t Titleist bags made by Sun Mountain? Is that still how it is or does Titleist make them in house now?
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  • sheldonjhackersheldonjhacker Members Posts: 3,706 ✭✭
    My last two Titleist stand bags basically fell apart after one season. They both had to be replaced because the material that separates the clubs would get the clubs stuck in the bag. The leg snapped off of one through normal use.



    I will get a PING hoofer next time.
  • DpavsDpavs OverWRX'ed Members Posts: 3,345 ✭✭


    Aren't Titleist bags made by Sun Mountain? Is that still how it is or does Titleist make them in house now?




    If you trust this thread the answer is no... SM does not make their bags any longer.

    http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1150203-titleist-bags-no-longer-made-by-sun-mountain/
  • Xander_ReignsXander_Reigns Members Posts: 101 ✭✭
    Jones bags are awesome. Significantly better than every option on the list, IMO.
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  • hdgolf44hdgolf44 Members Posts: 342 ✭✭
    I've went back and forth over the years with this one. Having had models of both PING and SM, right now I'd have to go with Ping just for the durability alone.



    Had a Hoofer 3 that I got from the university when I played for a year, thing was bullet proof (circa 2005). Bag was also bright red and the color didn't fade much over the years. Now keeps a vacation set at my Dad's place back home. Moved on to an all-black Hoofer Vantage and that was solid as well, but I was less fond of the straps, coming from the original velour doubles.



    Moved to a SM Three5 around 2009 or so. I enjoyed the lighter weight materials, and it held up well for a few years, until I moved into my cart bag/push cart phase.



    However, my brother-in-law now has a Three5 (2015 model, custom course logo-ed) and it is just shred to **** after a few years of use and will be replaced soon. Just having seen both SM models up-close, and also having recently purchased a 2018 Hoofer Lite it just seems that the materials are a bit more hardy and durable in the Ping bags. To me, that gives it a slight leg up
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  • A_G GolfA_G Golf Members Posts: 91 ✭✭
    PIng Hoofer hands done, best bag out there and always will be
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