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Golf Accessories: The Golf Bag

Updated on July 4, 2010

Golf Bags: The Most Important Golfing Accessory


The golf bag is the most important golfing accessory to have next to your golf clubs.  Obviously you can’t play golf without clubs, just like you can’t play baseball without a bat or glove.  When you start playing golf you will need to buy a set of clubs and a golf bag.  The clubs come in sets of thirteen to fourteen clubs, plus you’ll need to carry around golf balls and tees.  If you don’t have a golf bag this could be troublesome for you.

The golf bag will keep all of your clubs in their proper place so you don’t have to worry about them.  Your balls and tees will also be secured and ready to be accessed.  In addition to keeping them separate the golf bag will also protect the head of the club from dings and scratches, which will cause the ball to move differently after being struck.

You need a bag to carry your clubs.
You need a bag to carry your clubs.

If you are just starting out with golf, a bag is necessary. Before you run off to the nearest sporting goods store there are things to know. Never buy a bag on impulse, just like other things in life, they should be well calculated to ensure a proper fit for you. There are actually two different types of golf bags. A beginner or junior golfer may opt for a carry bag which is like the name implies. Your clubs sit in there and you set it down to hit the ball and then carry it to where ever you hit the ball. There is also a cart bag. A cart bag is one that is primarily placed on a golf cart. This type of bag is best for serious golfers.



Carry bags as stated above are used by younger golfers and beginners when walking through the golf course is preferred. Carry bags often have a built in tripod that allows you to stand the golf bag up by itself whenever hitting the ball, and can be stowed when you are carrying the bag. The preferred carry bag is one that by itself is light. You will also want to get a bag that has an overly soft and padded carry strap.


Cart bags on the other hand are used when walking is not an option.  Listen, renting a golf cart is an added expense but it makes the course much more enjoyable.  Cart bags are used with the golf cart obviously, but what if you can’t afford to rent a golf cart but don’t want to buy a carry bag.  The golf association or the makers of golf equipment made a nice tool for cart bags.  The tool is a type of dolly that you unfold and place the cart bag on.  Now your cart bag becomes a type of carry bag, you’re just not carrying it around like a teenager would.


I know of a few good golfers that only use three or four clubs.  They use a driver, a seven or nine iron, a pitching wedge, and a putter.  Do they need a golf bag?  The answer is yes, they do.  A golf bag is not just for your clubs, you put balls, tees, your personal items, and whatever other accessories you need into a golf bag.  The golfer I am referring to uses a carry bag because of the limited amount of things he brings to the golf course.

Where and what to buy


Where to buy

Where you buy your golf bag is very personal and dependent on you.  A golf bag depends on your level of play.  A brand new golfer will require the cheapest set of clubs and bag they could find, where an experienced golfer will need something a little more sophisticated.  My first set of clubs came from my relative for free.  I used his old set for a good number of years.  The set of clubs came with the bag so I didn’t need to purchase a new set. 

Your situation may be different than mine was.  I would recommend shopping pawn shops and thrift stores first.  Then if you can’t find a suitable set there you can move up the food chain of stores.  Discount stores like Wal-Mart sell club sets and bags.  The more experienced golfer will need to upgrade their original set at brand stores.  This is not a necessary thing to be good but is typically what happens.

What to Buy

When you are shopping for your golf bag you want one that is comfortable to use.  If you are buying a carry bag you definitely want one that is comfortable to carry long distances.  If buying it at a pawn shop or thrift store thoroughly inspect the straps at the seams and all around the bag.  You don’t want to buy a bag only to have it rip on your first outing.  This event can and does ruin golf trips.

When buying a cart bag you should also closely examine the bag’s seams and straps.  Another consideration for golf bag purchases is the number of clubs you have.  Most bags can carry at least fourteen clubs while others can carry 15 clubs.  This number is sometimes limited depending on what you are playing.

You are going to want to get a bag that is lightweight, whether it is a carry bag or a cart bag.  A lightweight yet sturdy bag is the goal in golf bag shopping.  You can purchase a bag that is water resistant to better protect your clubs.  Clubs though are not all you need to carry so you’ll also want a bag that has pockets on the side for random accessories.  I like the bags that have at least two pockets on the side.  Usually one will be larger than the other, which is where you should keep your balls.  The smaller one is where you can keep your tees, keys, scorecard, and pencils.  Whatever bag you end up getting just remember that lightest is the goal with space being a determining factor.  Have fun out there on the course and enjoy your bag.

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© 2010 by Wesley Cox. All rights reserved. Copying without permission is illegal and will be prosecuted.


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      wesleycox 5 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Good point to reinforce my statement about buying cheaper bags at thrift stores. As long as the bag gets the job done for you is all that matters.

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      bockshiner 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      If you're a beginner and want a cheap bag my friend got one at Goodwill. They sell them for $5 each.

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      justin 6 years ago

      hmm. Callaway is the best choice.

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      wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Um. This article is about golf bags, not perfume. Sorry.

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      david 7 years ago

      hello this is COMFORT JACKSON do you carry

      212 Cologne For Men By CAROLINA HERRERA 100 ml

      i will like to make order for 50 bottles

      how much they and how many of each do u have in stock for now





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      wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Dallas: It would be great to live on a golf course but I would be concerned about broken windows, though it is probably not as big a concern as you'd think. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Blaine: I too have never seen a self-propelled bag but would love to have one. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Blaine20 7 years ago

      I have never seen a self-propelled golf bag before. Where can you find those? I live down the street from a par 3 that I play once a week. I would love to have one.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      I love the golf bag that is self-propelled. I live on a golf course and I see lots of them. I also have an unlimited amount of free golf balls...

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      wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thank you ethel for reading and enjoying. Hope you are having a good fourth of july.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Very useful hub for golf enthusiasts

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      wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Candie, great to hear from you. I wish I could that bag and movie was the best golf movie I'd seen. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Loved the golf bag on Caddy Shack that Rodney D had! Can you add that to this great hub?