There’s one thing that’s an absolute constant for golfers. While they change outfits, shoes, gloves, hats and golf balls between rounds (and maybe even golf clubs), rarely do you see golfers change their golf bags more than every other season… if that.

As such, the golf bag is possibly the most telling accessory for golfers. Looking at them, you can tell how often that person plays golf, whether they take carts or prefer to walk, and in some rare cases you can even tell their handicap.

If you don’t think you’re giving away information about your game with your golf bag, you’re wrong! See what your golf bag says about you below.

1Staff Bag

If you’re looking to induce eye rolls and general hatred toward yourself before even teeing it up, then trot out there with a staff bag… preferably with your name on it. In his bag, this guy has 50 pounds of Pro V1s, freshly spit-shined forged blade irons and no regard for caddies or cart boys.

Shoots around: 82, but it would have been lower if the greens were more consistent. Or you shoot 64 and take every dollar from your playing partners. Either/or.

2Pull-Cart Bag

You’re in phenomenal shape after walking and playing 18 holes almost every day for at least the past year (that includes playing through snow storms, hurricanes, heat waves and even Super Bowl Sunday).

You have a passion for the game unlike anyone else, and you aren’t afraid of what people think about your golfing addiction. You take the game very seriously and have contemplated trying to make it to the PGA Tour or Champions Tour (depending on your age).

Before you even finish 18 holes you ask your playing partners, “Anyone else up for another round?”

Shoots around: Par

3Cart Bag (All-Black)

You’re a simple man. You don’t do anything to stand out from the crowd, and you generally play golf every two weeks. Every time you play it’s usually with a business partner, and you’re more focused on making “the big sale” than improving your golf swing.

What people don’t know is that you’re wearing shoes that are more expensive than your playing partners entire set of clubs, and you’ve been playing golf since birth at your father’s country club.

Shoots around: 70… if you were keeping score.

4Stand Bag with College Logo

You’re a Division I stud… or at least you used to be. Walking into the pro shop you look like a normal guy, but on the range everyone is staring at you. They’re fascinated by your ridiculously high swing speed and 300-yard drives.

Shoots around: 75 (from the tips)… but it would have been lower if you didn’t stay out so late last night.

5Sunday Bag

You’re probably missing a few irons, but it doesn’t hurt your game because you’re constantly on the practice green working on lag putting. A common line: “Nothing better than a gorgeous day out on the course.”

Shoots around: 78, but with only 25 putts.

6Cart Bag (Neon)

You’re flashy. A little too flashy. You’re probably wearing shoes like these, and a flat brim hat. For some reason, you’re a huge Rickie Fowler fan, but you just picked up golf a few months ago.

On the first tee you explain that “you’re working on this new move,” and after the first shot you proclaim, “Wow, it usually it doesn’t slice that much.”

Shoots around: 99+, but you throw that scorecard away before anyone else can see it.

7“Vintage” 1950s Bag

You haven’t played golf in years. The only reason you’re out on the course is because you found a 7-year-old rain check and wanted to see if it still worked. After your approach shot to the first hole, you can be heard muttering, “Is my shaft supposed to be bent like this?”

Shoots around: 55 for 9 holes, but then you get another rain check. See you in 7 years!

8Loudmouth Shagadelic Stand Bag

You’re a huge John Daly fan who not only dresses like him, but  embraces Long John’s lifestyle. Every Saturday you call the pro shop to load your cart up with beer before you get to the course. By the fourth hole, you’re ready to go to Hooters and “keep this party goin!”

Shoots around: 97, but you broke 80 that one time… “remember?”

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  1. Interesting differences in culture. Here in Northern Europe I would say 70-80% use a pull cart and thus a typical cart bag. The color (or some of them) might give a hint if the bag belongs to a woman or man, but thats all. Then there is maybe 25% who use a stand bag because they carry. Again, the bag itself doesn’t tell too much. Then there is one or two who still have the ancient and ugly kinbag, which tells they’ve been golfing for tens of years. The only one having a staff bag is the pro, and thats the only thing the bag tells, but everyone knows that already…

    I’d say the clubs tells a lot more:
    – a half set = beginner
    – only latest models = wannabe golfer, knows all the tips but not in practice
    – worn forged irons, 1-2 new clubs = skilled active golfer
    – worn irons, no new clubs = has been serious golfer, now less active, retired
    – new and old clubs mixed = active golfer of any age
    – scotty cameron putter = wants to show social status, putting average >2

    I could go on with more specifics…

  2. What about my Callaway Razr staff bag (few years back now) that was priced at $400 reduced to $240. I had $150 in vouchers from winning Club champion and A grade Champion (2 different social clubs) so I only had to shell out $90 of my own money. Cant argue with that.

  3. ….Obviously, you’ve never seen the looks on Caddies faces when knobs with CART BAGS decide to walk occasionally, or show up at a pro-am with one and want to walk with the pro. Own a carry/stand bag as well. If you fly a couple times a year – even a club glove can’t protect your stand bag from a good crunch, and you aren’t walking 95% of resort or ‘winter golf destination’ courses, so after seeing countless standbags and drivers / graphite shafts crushed or broken, take some professional advice and travel with a sturdy bag with an internal cylinder like a cart bag or traditional style ‘staff’ bag – with or without logos

    Certainly many survive the flight. You may have survived dozens. You may even get the Airline to cover the damage although most insist on a rigid travel case if they’re gonna pay (nice cases, lotsa luck trying to get one in a mid size rental car….

    Just think of the hassle arriving for a well planned 4 day 6 round sortie and your new favorite driver’s broken -

  4. I’ve been using a Titleist lightweight black stand bag for about 4 or 5 years now. It’s nice and faded , I love it.

    My guess it was made by Sun Mountain. I’ve thought about getting a new bag but just can’t bring myself to retire it yet. I can’t find another one anywhere. It’s a two way divider. Woods and putter on the top, irons on the bottom.

  5. Stand Bag with College Logo: After college, put it in the office. Mostly hasbeens caught between delusion and denial who couldn’t make it professionally. The college bag is like their staff bag and their attitude usually reflects the latter. Yes they can likely still shoot 75 on an average day. But they are sort of like the stud high school quarterback who never left the small town and goes to the local bar every other night to relive the glory days stuck in a state of nostalgia.

    For the record, I’m the sunday bag guy with 11 clubs (none missing) who falls into the pull cart bag category with a 3 handicap at age 53. Fire away.

    • I’m a former D2 player. I have my alma mater garb because I loved my career college day’s. I wear the team jersey, ball cap and have a banner in my front yard I go to sporting events yearly and am a booster. When I die I want my ashes spread over the campus from 5K feet. I don’t drink alcohol and I do enjoy talkin bout the good ol days at reunions. This hasbeen Love his country and served with pride after college. Married and settled in Seattle area. We raised two sons one a Marine and the other a fire fighter. I still have a full head of hair and all my teeth, walk the course(s) with my grandchild and wife of twenty eight years.

  6. I have a question. Why is it currently deemed to be acceptable that the golfing consumer is all but forced to purchase shoes, bags, shirts and pants boldly emblazoned with those unfortunate manufacturer logos all over the place? What became of discretion in labeling? I think bold branding is perfectly fine for the working professional golfer – in fact, I think they would all look so much better out there on the course if their shirts had even bolder, flashier graphics like the ones that professional bowlers wear, but if you are the one actually paying for the stuff, shouldn’t there be an option to be able to opt out of being an unfortunate, willing sign-board carrier for Titleist or TaylorMade or YourFavoriteBrandNameHere? Think about it, when was the last time anyone asked you what “kind of” shoes or shirt or pants you are wearing simply because they liked the looks or style or functionality of them?

    • Not to undermine your very well written and heavily pondered reply….. but there are a number of companies who offer bags with VERY few to no logos at all. Shoes can get wacky with colors but nearly every brand offers dozens of color-ways and options that even you would consider conservative (some even hide their logos on the bottom). Shirts occasionally have a large logo, but every apparel company on earth also offers shirts with single small logos and in plain colors. As far as pants go…… I don’t know any companies other than loudmouth that are hocking pants “boldly emblazoned with those unfortunate manufacturers logos”.. if you are angry with the quarter sized adidas logo on your buddy’s sleeve while he sits next to you in the cart, maybe you should re-sort your priorities.

      • Justin. My priority is to find the absolute best marketing strategy to get avid golfers to buy even more golf related products. And although I admit to having once pondered the deeply existential branding problem that faces all golfing amateurs when getting dressed to go play around of golf – which is : Do I look more ridiculous if all my logos match? Or do I look more ridiculous if they don’t? – I am wondering if the best answer would be to provide consumers the option of avoiding having to deal with that nagging existential doubt if at all possible. In all truth, it doesn’t bother or “anger” me (to use your words) to see various graphics and logos stuck on to my golfing buddies’ apparel. If they want to identify themselves as being the “branded” property of the Circle T Ranch (can you say : “moooo”) or if they just simply want to let everyone know that they just broke out of jail, I could really care less. But I always have to ask myself – ‘Do they actually want to identify themselves in that way? Or are they identifying themselves in that way simply because they can’t avoid it?’ And I think that was the point I was trying to make – I was just wanting to throw that out there since this article makes what I think is the flawed assumption that everyone who plays golf actually “identifies” with the branding and styling of their golf bag.

      • Kinda agree with you. All that flash on a bag (to me) tell others to steal my bag. I never use the head covers that comes with the clubs. It just sreams steal me while he is in the bathroom or clubhouse.

        • Take your clubs with you when you have to tinkle. Seriously, I agree with you… I worry a bit when my clubs are out of my sight. And I replace the gaudy headcovers with simple one-size-fits-all headcovers… I do not want to advertise what is under that artificial leather.

          • Agree. Plain knitted covers and dull irons in a nondescript bag doesn’t give away any clues to the deadly weapons contained within, and take your bag with you to the toilet – better sure than sorry later.

  7. Those scores are too low lol. Basically if you see any of these bags they are shooting good scores except for the drunk John Daly fan. Time to get that loudmouth bag lol.

    • Gotta tell ya, most of my – call ‘em beer cart regulars, not drunks – JD fans are all in the 75-82 range, good gear (not necessarily the MOST current or expensive, but all good quality) and the bags – all over the place…stand, cart, staff….One of the better ‘sticks’ – with a $1200 driver – who does bomb it 8/11 times, has a 39.99 Dick’s house brand bag – because he actually honestly doesn’t give a crap about THAT….

      AND, (maybe not surprising) I played in a big-deal pro-am maybe 10yrs ago (?)…the second foursome waiting on our tee had a guy whose bag looked like it was 30 years old, dirty, torn and actually had safety pins on the cargo pocket. Clubs were all Ping – wood woods & Eye irons….
      I won’t write his name, but let’s just say his last gig was being in charge of the entire US monetary system….

      peeps are strange….

      as I understand it, the proshop at his club finally just gave him a new one….

  8. #9 Hybrid Stand/Cart Bag

    You ride 100% of the time but you also like the idea of walking, even though you NEVER will. No biggie, because remember that one time your old cart bag tipped over in the parking lot? Well, you will forever need a bag with a stand.

    Shoots around: Low 80s, but you should be penalized for not shutting up about how your bag is the “best of both worlds.”

    • Dear Mr P, sorry to tell you the only guy I’ve yet to see with a PXG rig and an ugly swing is you! (we’ve sold about a hundred full sets if your clubs, and maybe 150 drivers – but sadly maybe only two dozen or so staff bags) In fact, several of our 10-18 hcp folks were so encouraged after their fitting/demo sessions and deciding to make the investment in your products, after reviewing their stats AND swings on High Speed video & 3D biometric analysis they agreed there were a couple of swing issues they could indeed improve upon, so they signed up for lesson packages with me as well – Thank You for helping inspire then. The Irons were built immediately – with slight ‘grow into’ shaft specs so we could work with the clubs over the winter…They agreed to wait til spring for a second Trackman & High Speed video fitting to compare the before and after stats as I was certain they’d change after the lessons. I’m happy to say all 8 guys and 1 lady were able to significantly increase both load on the shaft during transition, increase club head speed and all improved their release. All 9 people ended up with much better fitting shafts.

      Weather still sucking here, had our PGA Spring Meeting on
      LI this week but they were able to let carts on the course….

      SO, with all that monster improvement goin’ on, once they
      start playing and breaking old personal bests, I hope they’ll
      all come in and order customized PXG staff bags from us
      too!

      Thanks Mr P for making the best clubs for folks with pretty repetitive swings and a true love for the game, but still need very forging clubs – Hey, you know who we are – your number ONE account in N.East…Come by for a lesson so I can scrape some of the UGLY off your swing too ;)

      Regards…

  9. I think you missed a few bags, but that’s okay. I’m the guy with the black (Titleist) bag that shoots in the mid to low 70’s. I like my bag to be neutral. I’d prefer to let my game scream (or not) than have my bag scream stuff.

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