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I’m coming from a Sun Mountain 3.5 Superlight that’s 15 years old. Love the bag, but it’s wearing out.

I bought a Stitch SL1 and loved the looks, but found it carried heavy, the strap wasn’t comfortable, and I missed having the rangefinder easily accessible. I sold it for what I paid.

I bought a 2020 Ping Moonlite. Loved the looks and pockets (especially the rangefinder and water bottle). Carried great, loved the straps, but my back got pretty sore putting the bag on the ground. I have two herniated lumbar disks. Returned it.

Next, I bought the Cobra Sunday bag. Sharp bag, great size, but couldn’t get along with the straps. Also, the stand mechanism was sketchy and I’m not a huge fan of mesh water bottle pockets. Returned it.

I keep going back and forth between the Ping Hoofer, Ping Hoofer Lite, Ping Craz-e Lite, and Taylor Made FlexTexh. 100% open to others as well.

Ping Hoofer - hesitant due to the weight and size of the bag. I only carry 8 clubs. I really love the straps and magnetic range finder pocket.

Ping Hoofer Lite - hesitant due to weight and the small water bottle pocket. Love the straps and color ways.

Ping Craz-e Lite - hesitant due to the flimsy construction and color ways. Also worried about the straps being too thin, but I think the will be fine since my whole kit would be sub 15 pounds with that bag. The water bottle pocket and rangefinder pocket are ok, not great.

Taylor Made FlexTech Lite - hesitant due to the rangefinder pocket. It’s in a great spot, but it’s design makes it hard to get out and replace. It also has a great sleeve for water bottle. Weight isn’t a plus or minus, same for straps.

Any insights? This isn’t a conversation I can have with my wife, haha. This forum seems like the right kind of degenerates to save me from myself. Thanks!





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Sounds like you're not opposed to a somewhat minimalist bag, but you're not necessarily looking for ultralight, and you want a sturdy stand system. And w/ 8 clubs, you don't need a huge top. I'm thinking Vessel VLX stand.https://vesselbags.com/collections/stand-bags/products/vlx

Bag 1                                                                                          Bag 2

Ping G425 Max 9* Ventus Black 7X                                         Taylor Made Original One 13.5* Aldila ATX 75X

Titleist TSi3 16.5* Rogue Silver 80TX                                      Tour Edge Exotics CBX 20* Aldila Rip Alpha 105X

Titleist TS3 20* Rogue Black 95TX                                          Ben Hogan Ft Worth Hi 26* Recoil 110X

Titleist T-MB 4, 5 Recoil Proto 110 F5                                      Ben Hogan Ft Worth 32*, 38*, 44*, 50* Recoil 125X

Honma TR20V 6-11 Recoil Proto 125 F5                                  Ben Hogan TK-15 58* Recoil Wedge Proto 125X

Bettinardi HLX 3.0 56* Recoil Wedge Proto F5                       Ping Vault Anser 2

Fourteen RM-22 60* Black Onyx S400

Taylor Made Spider FCG L-Neck

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SM 2.5. They hold up great. Super light. I go back and forth between my SM 2.5 and a MacKenzie (nylon). Both carry so well. Not a fan of using trestle sticks with the Mac but I love walking with it. The SM 2.5 is in year three and it is holding up great. I have tried a lot of bags but the utility of the SM 2.5 plus the light weight is a winner in my book.

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If I'm carrying my bag I use a Sun Mountain 3.5 LS. I think it's a little light on features like special pockets and whatnot, but the bag itself is super easy to carry. It feels like I have nothing on my shoulders.

TaylorMade Mini 300

Callaway Mavrik Max 3 wood

Cleveland Launcher UHX 18 degree utility iron

Callaway Mavrik 4 hybrid

Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal Pro, 5-GW

Ping Glide 3.0 54 & 60 deg.

Bettinardi Studio Stock 8 / Bettinardi Studio Stock 17

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