Editor’s Picks: 5 golf carry bags to keep you light on your feet

Dustin Johnson using a TaylorMade carry golf bag.

These days the office is only steps away from the bedroom for many of us. It’s easy to fall into the bad habit of waking up, plopping down to work a room or two over, go back to bed, and repeat. The most exercise you might receive all day is stepping over your golf bag in a makeshift home office.

My solution? Start walking the course!

After all, golf is a walking sport at heart. Squeeze in 9 holes after work. Leave your footprint on the course through the morning dew. Walking vs. Riding? There’s no debate. It’s amazing how the golf experience changes when you play the game the way it’s meant to be.

One thing I find holds golfers back from walking is their clunky, overweight golf bags. Let’s just be honest: there’s no reason to have a staff bag if you’re not on Tour.

And in fact, there might not even be a reason to have a staff bag if you are on Tour. Even the pros are turning the corner and starting to use carry bags themselves. Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff played with carry bags during the TaylorMade Driving Relief Charity Event in May. Al Czervik’s oversized bag might make perfect sense in Caddyshack, not real life.

These carry golf bags will keep you light on your feet (and light on your shoulders) for your next Sunday stroll.

TaylorMade FlexTech Lite Yarn Dye

$219.99

Made specifically for golfers who prefer to walk than ride, the FlexTech Lite Yarn Dye stand bag weighs in at only 4.1 lbs, and features a 4-way top with internal-boxed dividers and eight roomy pockets for carrying golf balls, tees, accessories and apparel. Specific pockets include full-size side pockets, a rangefinder capsule for quick access, a seam-sealed valuables pocket with micro-suede lining, and a non-invasive water bottle pocket. It’s also equipped with a FlexTech stand system that offers smooth release and a self-adjusting strap system that allows stable carrying. It’s the right stand bag for the player who wants everything in easy reach in a subdued, classic profile. 

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Jones Sports Company Utility Trouper

$240

The Jones Sports Utility Trouper stand bag retains much of the look and pocketing found in the Jones Utility Stand Bag, but is both larger and lighter. Comes with a 5-way top, double shoulder straps, and a lumbar cushion support for added comfort. Additional features include an easy-grab handle and an improved leg/stand configuration for better carrying, lifting, and standing on any type of terrain. The Utility Trouper also comes with a swivel accessory clip and 8 pockets that includes a insulated beverage pocket and a mesh Bluetooth speaker and phone pocket.

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Cobra UltraLight 2020

$189

At just 4.5 pounds, the Cobra Ultralight stand bag comes with a variety of features that make this one of the most practical lightweight bags you can buy. The 5-way top and full-length dividers keep clubs organized and protected and the top grab handle makes it easy to put on and take off during the round. Within the eight featured pockets is an oversized apparel pocket with a key clip, an insulated beverage pocket, a fleece-lined valuables pocket, and a customizable ball pocket. Also comes with quick release shoulder straps, a CoolFlow foam hip pad and an EasyFlex stand base for improved steadiness on uneven terrain. 

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Callaway Hyperlite Zero 2020 Single Strap

$249.99

Weighing a mere 3 pounds, the Hyperlite Zero stand bag isn’t light on features or durability. Made of Ripstop fabric, the Hyperlite Zero has lightweight carbon-fiber legs, an OptiFit comfort strap made with aerospace-grade foam, a self-balancing X-Act Fit Starp System for improved weight distribution and a 4-way top with full-length dividers. It also comes with 7 spacious pockets to hold your golf balls, tees, accessories, and apparel.

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Mizuno BR-D4 6-Way

$219.95

Designed as a lightweight carry bag with cart-friendly features, the Mizuno BR D4 6-Way stand bag (5 pounds) comes with a cart strap channel and a cart friendly base for a secure fit. That said, it’s still considered a carry/stand bag with 12 pockets that include a magnetic pocket, an insulated cooler pocket, an insulated drink pouch, and a lined pocket for keeping valuables safe and scratch-free. The bag also has a 6-way top with full-length dividers for easy organization and for better club protection. Additional features include a new “climbers style” metal accessories clip and a matching rain hood. 

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Tim Reilly

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Reilly is GOLF’s social-media editor. In September 2017, he took over the reins to the brand’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. He manages GOLF’s short- and long-term social strategy and produces social video content. Beyond the social space, he contributes to GOLF.com and GOLF Magazine as a writer. His ranking of the best golf scenes in Seinfeld is his magnum opus.