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New golf equipment for 2021: golf bags

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Legend has it that the first people to play the game that evolved into golf were shepherds who hit stones through fields and into rabbit holes. Using only one club, which was probably just a stick, meant they did not need a bag.

But you can carry 14 clubs, so a golf bag is pretty important. Plus, you carry more than just your clubs when you play golf. It would help if you had golf balls, tees and someplace to store things such as a laser rangefinder, a rain jacket and valuables such as car keys and your wallet. On some days, you bring an umbrella or maybe even a Bluetooth speaker.

Golf bags tend to fall into one of four categories, and finding your ideal golf bag is pretty easy once you think about how you typically play.

If you never walk when you play, then a bag’s weight does not need to be considered and you can enjoy the luxury of something big. Staff bags such as those used by players on the PGA Tour and LPGA are the biggest, but a cart bag makes more sense and is less expensive. Cart bags have lots of pockets, protect your clubs and securely fit on the back of a golf cart.

If you prefer walking and only ride occasionally, a stand bag typically is the way to go. These bags are lighter than cart bags and feature retracting legs that can keep the bag upright . Stand bags tend to have water bottle pockets and most now come with a strap system that allows you to carry the bag like a backpack, making it more comfortable while putting less strain on your body.

A growing number of players are enjoying a more minimalist version of golf, eschewing extra gear. They walk exclusively and don’t take many things on the course aside from clubs and balls. Legless carry bags are a viable option for this type of player, and they have a throw-back style that can make a statement that is also functional.

Finally, Sunday bags are typically the smallest and lightest bags, but they usually are not large enough to carry 14 clubs. Golfers who want something they can easily take to the range or a par-3 course love the convenience of Sunday bags, but they are typically a player’s second (or third) bag.

If you are in the market for a new golf bag this season, here are several models you might want to consider.

original article link https://golfweek.usatoday.com/lists/new-golf-equipment-for-2021-golf-bags/

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