Walking with a heavy bag on your back can be exhausting. If you don’t use a push cart, which many prefer not to, then you can end up lugging around 20+ pounds on your back if you are not careful. You can always clean your bag out and limit the amount of things that you carry, but you might end up taking something out that you’ll eventually need.
If you are a walker, you might as well try to get the lightest bag that you can, as long as it holds everything that you’d like to carry around with you.
Here is what you should be looking for in a light golf bag:
- Durability: cheap and light materials can often break easily. Materials like nylon, on the other hand, are perfect for golf bags, as they are light and sturdy.
- Enough Storage: everyone needs different amounts of storage. If you expect to carry lots of balls, towels, extra clothes, etc, you’ll need to buy a slightly heavier bag that has more storage. If you hardly carry anything besides clubs and a few extra items, though, then you can get one of the super light golf bags that are mentioned at the beginning of this article.
- Price: No need to buy a super expensive golf bag. If it costs you much more than $200, I personally wouldn’t think that it is worth it. I would rather just have a slightly heavier golf bag and save the money.
From lightest to slightly heavier bags, here are the best light bags on the market for walkers! All links and pictures (if you click on them) will take you to the respective listings on eBay.
The Lightest Golf Bags Ever: A Sunday Golf Bag (1-1.5 pounds)
Let’s be upfront from the start: Sunday bags are not for everyone. They are for very recreational golfers that just want to have a very chill time on the course, without taking any thing too seriously. I think it’s a pretty good idea to have a Sunday bag on the side, so that you can use it whenever you just want to go on the course late in the after noon and get some holes in. They are also perfect for when you play par 3 courses.
Sunday bags are by far the lightest golf bags on the market, typically coming in at around 1-1.5 lbs. They can’t always carry an entire set of clubs (14), but they will carry typically 8-10 clubs easily. If you are just playing a chill round, you don’t need all of your clubs anyway. You could consider skipping on your irons (carrying a PW, 8, 6, and 4 irons).
Some Sunday bags have stands so that you don’t have to drop your clubs each shot, so make sure you get one if you’d like that. The bag that I would recommend is the Orlimar Pitch and Putt bag, as it has a stand and is sturdier than the average Sunday Bag.
Pros: lightest bag on the market, can carry plenty of clubs for a chill round or par 3 course, not very expensive
Cons: can’t carry all clubs, not much storage room, not all bags are very sturdy
Super Light Stand Golf Bag: Sun Mountain 2Five (2.5 pounds)
If you want the absolute lightest golf bag on the market (one that is not a Sunday bag), then you need to look at the Sun Mountain 2Five bag. It comes in at only 2.5 lbs, hence the name. They use ultra lightweight materials like the materials used in tents, and the legs are carbon fiber so make them lighter. This bag has 11 different color combinations, so you are sure to find one that fits your eye.
The 2Five bag has 4 different club sections, and it also offers four pockets for accessories. Those include a large pocket for clothing, a valuables pocket, a water bottle pocket, and ball & accessory pocket.
Other accessories include: a handle on top for easily moving the bag, a strong bottom with patented leg-release, convenient X-Strap Dual straps, a cushioned pad for your back, an umbrella attachment, a golf towel attachment, a pencil holder, and a rain cover that can attach to the bag.
Pros: lightest non-Sunday golf bag, 11 different designs, lightweight but sturdy materials, lots of accessories
Cons: still not a ton of storage, a little expensive
Another Under 3 lb Golf Bag: Callaway Hyper Lite Zero (2.5 lbs)
If you aren’t feeling the SunMountain brand, you might want to consider another one. Callaway has also produced a stand bag that weights just 2.5 lbs. It is called the Hyper Lite Zero, and it has a lot of potential.
It is made with nylon, a very strong but lightweight material. It has two full length dividers, giving you four sections to divide your clubs into. Similar to the SunMountain bag listed above, this bag has 4 zippered pockets as well for storage of balls, clothing, towels, etc.
It comes in 7 different designs. Personally, I am a big fan of the black design. I think it is very professional looking, and it is probably the bag that I would buy if I needed a new one.
Pros: also the lightest golf bag besides Sunday bags
Cons: hard to find, can be tough to get all of your clubs into
Light Golf Bag with Great Designs: Callaway Hyper Dry Lite (3.6 lbs)
This Callaway Hyper Dry Lite bag comes in at just 3.6 lbs, which is a good mix between lightweight and still having enough storage. It comes in 2 different colors, black and red/white/blue. Personally, the red/white/blue bag looks incredible. Maybe the best looking bag design that I have ever seen.
It includes 5 pockets, which is more than others in this article. Callaway has been making great golf bags for years, so you can trust that it is made with high quality materials.
This is the result of Callaway wanting to make a golf bag that is super light, yet still holds everything you might need on the course. The price tag is a little hefty compared to other Callaway bags. You’ll have to consider whether the lower weight is worth the extra money.
Pros: good mix of storage and lightness, 2 great looking designs
Cons: a decent bit more expensive than other Callaway Bags
Most Popular Lightweight Golf Bag: Ping Hoofer Lite (4 lbs)
I feel as if I should mention the Ping Hoofer model, as it is the most popular bag on amateur, college, and junior tours. These are all the guys that are not sponsored yet, so they choose whatever they think is best. Ping Hoofer bags are the cream of the crop in the golf world, and for good reason.
They are all super light and perfectly designed to maximize storage and club room. The average Ping Hoofer bag is a little over 5 lbs, but the Ping Hoofer Lite bags sit right at 4 lbs. A 4 pound bag is still plenty light to make a significant difference if you are walking. And this bag has way more storage than any of the other bags above. Plus, the materials are slightly thicker and stronger, so you should be able to use it much longer in the end.
Pros: more storage than any other bag, great designs, brand recognition, incredible reviews, most popular amateur model
Cons: the heaviest bag of the ones listed in this article