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#1 jonsnow


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 02:52 PM

My doctor told me yesterday I need to lose 20 pounds (like I didn't know that). I've finally decided to take him up on it & think going back to walking & carrying my bag is a good place to start. What bag would you recommend as the best combination of light weight & functionality with the emphasis on light weight?

I've currently got a Sun Mountain SLX but it's a little heavier than I'd like. I've had a number of SM bags & am thinking the 3.5? I've read good reviews of the 2.5 but haven't seen one yet; not crazy about the pics I've seen & seems short of storage. I don't mind travelling light but want my bag to look pretty "traditional" rather than new agey. Probably should reserve my thoughts until I see the 2.5 in person. What other suggestions? Thanks...

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 03:18 PM

I went from Titleist to Oakley Factory Lite to Sun Mountain 2.5.  Sun Mountain 2.5 has easily been the best so far. I have plenty of room for golf balls, tees, a range finder, a towel, extra glove, and a bottle of water but I trend toward the minimalist side.


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 03:39 PM

Great idea on walking. I dumped the cart and started walking a few years back. I lost 50lbs the first yr. with walking my rounds and walking four miles every night. I use the SM four4. I have three of them. Different design years. I like the 14 way dividers which is why I went with it. I got my buddy to walk all the time with me and he bought the Three5. The most important thing I found is to find a bag that has a nice harness system that is comfortable for you to carry. I went through several other walking bags before I found the SM four5 bag. With the other bags I tried I ended up with sore shoulders and soreness in my lower back. With the Four5 I actually have more weight in it than the other bags I first used  because I don't feel the stress carrying that bag. If you are someone looking for storage check out the 3.5 or 4.5. Remember also if you are new to walking it takes a little while to get use to carrying a bag and walking. Any bag is going to feel to heavy if you are not use to carrying a bag and every course seems long to walk at first. One of my favorite walking courses is close to ten miles to walk. I love going there because I can get a good walk in while playing.

Edited by Greenie, 09 August 2016 - 03:40 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 03:43 PM

You could also look at a push cart.


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 03:44 PM

I really like the Titleist Ultralight or whatever the Sun Mountain equivalent is (I've owned both). No 14-way divider which I think is overkill in weight and bulk for a carry bag. No tilting floor stand actuator like the Pings and so many other brands use. Reasonably comfy straps, different people find the Titleist or SM straps preferable.

I do not see any value in the flimsier bags that shave another pound or whatever of weight off the just-under-four-pounds of the Titleist Ultralight. Compared to the other 15-20 pounds of stuff you'll be carrying, getting bag itself 16-20 ounces lighter isn't worth giving up durability, pocket configuration and roominess.

P.S. I believe the "2Five" is the Sun Mountain I'm talking about in their current lineup.

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 04:04 PM

Either a good push-cart, which would let you protect your back etc; or a pencil bag which are the light of the ultra-light


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 04:17 PM

Just gone to a push cart in order to protect my back after years of carrying. Best carry bag I ever had was a Nike Extreme Sport. Fantastic quality and it is still sat in the garage with my back up set after 4 years and hundreds of rounds. I had an Ogio bag, can't remember the model, that collapsed after three months. Great design features, but the absolute worst quality golf equipment I have come across in 35 years of playing golf.
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Posted 09 August 2016 - 04:28 PM

I've walked nearly every round I've played for the last 5 years or so.  I carry a Jones bag.  They are very traditional but functional.  If you don't mind a single strap (I actually like it better), you might want to consider a Jones.  They make stand bags as well as traditional carry bags that you have to lay on the ground.  I realize they're not for everyone but they really are great bags!
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 05:01 AM

Look at a push cart. It'll be much easier on your back. I carried for years, went to a push cart 4 years ago and wish I'd done it in the beginning.  As another poster said add a regular walking routine as well. Just FYI I dropped 20 lbs last year by cutting out soft drinks and drinking water. Ate better too, but the drinks were killing me. My Yeti cup is filled with ice every morning and I drink water all day. Stays with me 24/7.
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 06:25 AM

Carry bags, Hoofer and S.M.. I walk, but use my lightweight Titleist bag on my Clic Gear 3.5+.

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 06:50 AM

I used to caddie and we all hated the Sun Mountain because of the straps. Maybe different now and not a problem carrying a single.

I recently got a Taylor Made stand bag. Very nice bag but the slant on the bottom is designed for the stand and does not sit properly on my push cart.  Also the club sorting is backwards when placed on the push cart.   So I ended up getting another cart bag to use with the push cart. Something to think about.

I lost 10 pounds (200 to 190) by walking while golfing 2 times a week and I cut back on carbs.  But did not eliminate beer from my diet. Cholesterol levels went down and doctor was thrilled.


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 06:56 AM

I walk and use either a SM 3.5 or a Hoofer.  When I eventually replace the Hoofer, I'll most likely try the Ping 4 Series.

Edited by putts4bogey, 10 August 2016 - 06:57 AM.

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 07:59 AM

Don't know your age or general fitness is like but my advice would be to walk with a push trolley first. I'm 48 and I gave up carrying a few years ago. Walking is enough exercise for me, having to lug a bag on my back is a bridge too far.


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:12 PM

Get a push cart

I want to try the two 5 but they never go on sale. The three 5 can be had on the cheap if you find the right sale.

I have a three 5 and want to replace it with a thee 5. I actually have a nicer titleist bag but currently game my older three 5 bag. Even tho they're based off the same bag


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:19 PM

+1 on the push cart. Still get the benefit of walking, no worries about what bag or how much gear you have for the day, holds a score card, drinks, food, umbrella, etc.


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:21 PM

I walk 100+ rounds a year. Have for the last two years. I hate 14 way dividers, so I stay away from those bags.

I used a Callaway Warbird stand bag for a number of years, loved it.

I used the Wilson Staff neXus stand bag last year, great bag, lots of storage, only issue is the base does not fit well on a cart. I believe the 2016 version fixed that.

I currently use the PING 4 Series bag - I think it is perfect. Not too heavy, enough pockets, good dividers, wears well. It has 75 rounds on it already, no issues at all. If it were not for the dust and sun fade, it could pass for brand new - nothing wrong anywhere with the bag.

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:26 PM

I carried for years and just switched to push cart this year.  Certainly better for your score, you feel still fresh at the end of eighteen.  If you research calories burned golfing you will see that carrying and pushing cart are nearly identical.  I've dropped 10 lbs of winter weight which is fairly similar to what I did last year as well when carrying every round.  Good luck either way!


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:44 PM

I like my 3.5 but i will recommend the clicgear.
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:53 PM

Absolutely no reason why you wouldn't use a push cart. I have the Taylormade Staff Stand Bag which is absolutely perfect for me. It's a little larger than the normal Taylormade carry bags (which gives you the pockets and storage), but still light enough to be carried if you need. The Titleist Staff Stand Bag is just as good, if not a little nicer.
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:54 PM

I used push cart for 18 and carried when only played 9. Worked my endurance to carrying 18. If I didn't get such a good deal for a round with power cart, I'd always walk. Went from maybe 215-225 down to 185.

I used a heavy Callaway originally and now have a Nike air hybrid. Maybe not the lightest but I love the straps.

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:58 PM

I guess I'm in the minority but I had a clicgear and sold it because I preferred carrying a ping Moonlite over pushing. No stand but it has the strap that stands up. Not for everyone but a good fit for me.
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 10:52 PM

Jones bag, go old school. I picked one up this year, and it's an easier walk than most of the newer bags on the market.


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 11:06 PM

Sun mountain makes some of their bags with a hip belt, good way to get the exercise without the wear and tear on your shoulders


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 11:46 PM

Jones or a Ping bag.
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Posted 11 August 2016 - 01:16 AM

I carry from September to end of March due to the course being wet and use an electric trolley in summer. The best bag I've had for carrying is my ping hoofer. I had two SM bags (one was a warranty replacement) and hated them, found the quality of both to be poor with the zips breaking and the material fraying. Didn't treat them any differently to any other bag I've had and they lasted 7 months. Normally I get years out of a bag. Touchwood, but I've never been let down by a Ping bag.

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 03:25 AM

Not bag related, however a google around re calories used golfing will show the significant benefits are from the walk and the actual carrying effect is so negligible its hardly worth it! I use a battery trolley (powakaddy) and the weight has dropped off just the same. I believe the act of carrying and pulling just makes you more tired, and will have a negative impact on the golf.
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Posted 11 August 2016 - 03:47 AM

I'll third the notion of either a push cart or a pencil bag (with less clubs if you really want to go light). Pushing a cart is pretty easy and a good way to enjoy walking, but if you want the freedom of carrying your clubs without ruining your back, a pencil bag like the PING Moonlite is great. I have both.

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 06:21 AM

I have nothing against those that like to use a push cart. I have a nice one myself. I prefer to carry my bag. I got tired of dragging the cart around and finding the best path to get to my ball. Carrying I can go straight to ball. If it is wet I'm not dragging the cart and bag through mud. If I need to cross a hazard no problem. Quite a few courses I play have small creeks running through them. I can cross them while my buddy with his push cart has to walk around them. I found it much simpler and faster playing by carrying my bag. This is coming from a person with two herniated discs in his back. I enjoy carrying my bag and like the added workout.


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