Should I Customize a Tour Bag, Cart Bag or Stand Bag?
To fully consider this question, several details need to be determined. Firstly, how many types of golf clubs do you intend to take with you onto the course, and also your preference of Golf equipment transportation around the course. This will greatly influence the practical/logical choice of Bag model. Please note the difference from Practical and logical options as opposed to emotional choice.
Essentially there are three different types of golf bag models available, with varying characteristics, appearance, size/weight, features and functionalities:
1. Tour bags:
AKA Staff Bags, the Tour Bag models are generally the largest bag on the market and commonly accepted as the top-level playing equipment available. As a feature of the overall size there is ample space for personal belongings, golf clubs and equipment, waterproofs, gloves and golf balls. Features which are indeed attractive to the Touring Golfer and hence the name. The extra size also ensures ample outer areas on the bag to display personal sponsors and appreciation of support.
The downside of the larger size is the extra weight that accompanies this feature and may create difficulties for the average golfer. Professional players have the well-earned luxury of a personal caddie to carry their bag, the size and weight consideration still remains for most golfers. In the instance that a Tour Bag stands as the only acceptable choice, then careful consideration will need to be given to the actual suitability to fit the preferred method of course transport. (push/pull, electric trolley or motorised cart)
Although size and weight are a necessary consideration, the Tour Bag remains especially popular with golfers of all levels.
2. Cart Bags:
AKA: trolley bags, are specifically designed to be carried on a golf buggy or trolley, whether it be a push/pull cart or electric.
Cart bags are quite distinctive, as they include a rubber or non-slip base that will keep the bag from sliding off the cart whilst in motion. For those who prefer to walk around the course carrying the golf bag, then a stand bag may be a better choice.
This golf bag is noticeably lighter and smaller than most tour bags to ensure easy mobility when placed on the trolley. As per the tour bag, the cart bag also features ample pockets – although on a smaller scale – for carrying waterproofs, valuables and balls. The Cart Bag design however positions all the pockets in an easy access position when secured on the trolley or cart. This feature in itself ensures that the Cart Bag remains the most logical and practical choice for it's designed purpose.
3. Stand Bags:
Also with a purposeful design, the Stand Bag model offers attractive functionality dependent upon your style and preference of play. Stand Bags are physically smaller and lighter than the Cart Bag model. Stand bags are significantly lighter and feature two retractable legs to support the bag in a stable standing position. This clever feature allows successful use on a variety of golf course terrains, in comparison to trolley or tour bags that are designed to be used on flat surfaces only such as a golf buggy, trolley or even a caddie’s back.
Stand bags are an amazingly popular preference for golfers that enjoy carrying their bags and walk between shots. Considering this, Stand bags feature backpack-style shoulder straps that distribute the weight across both shoulders and an extra back padding area to increase the comfort whilst carrying.
Will My Logo be Embroidered or Printed?
Generally, everything that can be embroidered will be embroidered as this is generally the most desirable.
Indeed for most logos/crest/name, embroidery is recommended to attain the ultimate result and overall possess increased durability compared to the printed finish.
When desiring the addition of photos/pictures, logos featuring a fading effect, and complex artwork/logo that cannot be embroidered successfully, printing does remain as an option. This high quality type of print utilized is known as sublimation printing.
Both options of embroidery or print are completed in-house utilizing high grade specialist equipment.
During the process, the design team will offer suggestions and confirm the production plan.
In the instance that an artwork is not suitable for embroidery, the team will confirm with you and provide alternate options including your preference of selecting/providing replacement logos for embroidery or select the print option.
How Do I Arrange My Clubs?
6 WAY BAG:
Driver and 3 wood in the top compartment
Fairway woods and hybrids in next two compartments
Irons across the center two areas
Wedges and putter on the bottom
14 WAY BAG:
Each club will have its own spot
Woods and longer clubs generally put in the back
Should I Choose a Golf Bag with 6 Dividers or 14 Full Length Dividers?
A choice dilemma: a Golf Bag with 6 Dividers or 14 Full Length Dividers?
The fundamental difference between these two types golf bag options is how the top of the bag is divided.
Bags featuring the 6 Way divider are fabulous for carrying a reduced number of clubs, as it keeps the process simple and ensure easy access to the clubs.
In comparison, the 14 way golf bag has a separate storage position for each club, which is great for protection of shafts and grips within the bag, hence the popularity of this feature with the Cart Bag design.
Understanding and considering the positives and negatives of these configurations will assist with selecting a golf bag that suits your requirements for now and potentially the future.
The popular layout of the 6 way golf bag allows for separation of the long game and short game clubs and position the irons in a central location of the bag.
The 14 divider top features in both cart and stand bag models.
The attractive feature of the 14 way top is each golf club has its individual placement position.
This ensures the clubs have less risk of damage whilst in transport, especially with respect to the grip and shaft area.
The 14 way divider feature also ensures less contact and subsequent noise reduction made by the clubs during transit in manual or motorized Carts.
Which Material Should I Choose?
Various material options are available and personal consideration to individual usage will determine the correct choice.
Nylon Material is an option only for Stand Bags. Features include light weight and especially durable. The downside is that embroidery of very complex logos may result in a wrinkled effect upon the material and is therefore not recommended in this instance.
Synthetic Leather Options:
Smooth leather/Embossed leather look: most popular primary material for all bag models due to durability and attractive appearance.
Carbon fiber replica: A popular accent material providing a semi metallic appearance. Can be embroidered, however not suitable for printing and is not recommended for head covers due to the lack of elasticity of this material.
Alligator skin texture: A unique luxury appearance can be gained from this material and can be embroidered although not printed.
Metallic finish: Another especially unique finish to add that spectacular appearance and is also suitable for embroidery yet not print.
Gloss finish: Spectacular appearance although does add to the overall material weight. Embroidery is successful, print is not recommended.
How Do I Clean my Golf Bag?
For ease of cleaning, empty the bag entirely including all pockets.
Upend bag and shake all sand and dirt/grit out from the club slots and accessory pockets.
Carefully vacuum the interior of all pockets and club slots.
Wipe the remaining loose dirt and dust with a soft damp washcloth.
The next step is to remove the top layer of dirt from your golf bag. Attaching your rain hood to the bag for an efficient clean is also recommended.
For difficult soiled areas, the addition of a small quantity of mild detergent may be required. Ensure the detergent is diluted in a generous quantity of clean water. A soft bristle brush can be used upon nylon constructed bags however a soft sponge is recommended for genuine or PU leather.
**Extra care is required upon cleaning of embroidered or printed areas.
A clean damp microfiber cloth is then most suitable for removal of the water/detergent.
Leave in a dry, well ventilated indoor area for around 24 hours. It is not recommended to place in direct sunlight or utilize any type of heat source for the drying process.
What 14 Clubs Should I Have in My Bag?
This is a general question for a golfer. As you may know that a golfer is allowed to carry up to 14 clubs. The 14 clubs include woods, irons, drivers, hybrids, wedges, and a putter. However, an ordinary golf bag can consist of:
One 2 or 3 hybrid
One 3 Wood
A wedge set (Gap wedge, Lob wedge, and Sand wedge)
7 pitching wedge