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#1 gunslinger646

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 09:45 AM

Howdy, I've just joined a golf club for the first time. Couple miles from the house, practice facilities.....I'm very excited. I'm 42 and in great shape....have been riding in a golf cart and drinking beer for the last 20 years. But at my new club I intend to walk 95 percent of the time unless I'm entertaining guests. I have a ping cart bag I use now.  I need a carry/stand bag....I intend to carry 14 clubs.  I was a caddy growing up and only carried single strap bags back in the day. These new 2 strap bags are unfamiliar to me, so a bag that has a single strap option would be cool. Not concerned about the lightest/ easiest carry bag out there, I like the exercise. Looking for most convenient bag to carry, probably switch to a couple prepackaged vodka drinks in the bag.....but still want room for a 6 pack of tall boys. Want room for an umbrella, will carry just a rain jacket/vest.  Bag with a drink holder would be clutch.  Anyone have any recommendations on which brand/ model to get? Need to get something real soon.


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Posted 03 April 2018 - 09:48 AM

A single strap carry bag that hold 14 clubs, a 6 pack of beer, and an umbrella? That's a staff bag! I'd check out the Jones Bags, maybe a Classic Stand bag...
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Posted 03 April 2018 - 09:54 AM

View Postjslane57, on 03 April 2018 - 09:48 AM, said:

A single strap carry bag that hold 14 clubs, a 6 pack of beer, and an umbrella? That's a staff bag! I'd check out the Jones Bags, maybe a Classic Stand bag...

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 10:35 AM

Before you write off the two-strap bags, try one first.  Compared to the one-strap bags they are amazing.  It's like wearing a backpack, rather than carrying a golf bag.  If you were a caddy, I'm going to assume that you carried a lot of doubles.  Remember how much easier that was than carrying a single, even though it was twice as heavy, because the two bags counterbalanced one another?  Well, the two strap bags are just like carrying a double, but with a lot less weight.

Go to a store and ask if you can put some clubs into a double strap bag and walk around the store with it.  I'll think that you'll be surprised at how easy it is to pop the second strap over your shoulder (I was).  After trying a double strap bag, and loving it, there is no way that I'd go back to a single strap carry bag.

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 10:54 AM

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Before you write off the two-strap bags, try one first.  Compared to the one-strap bags they are amazing.  It's like wearing a backpack, rather than carrying a golf bag.  If you were a caddy, I'm going to assume that you carried a lot of doubles.  Remember how much easier that was than carrying a single, even though it was twice as heavy, because the two bags counterbalanced one another?  Well, the two strap bags are just like carrying a double, but with a lot less weight.

Go to a store and ask if you can put some clubs into a double strap bag and walk around the store with it.  I'll think that you'll be surprised at how easy it is to pop the second strap over your shoulder (I was).  After trying a double strap bag, and loving it, there is no way that I'd go back to a single strap carry bag.
This is true. On those 200 yard walks a double strap is great. But I use a single strap carry bag because of how many times I put the bag down and pick it back up. Like between everyone's shot as I wait. The good double strap bags just don't really cut it as single strap bags for 20 yards. I guess it's 6 of one, 1/2 dozen of the other...

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 10:58 AM

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 10:59 AM

20 yrs since you carried.  I applaud your enthusiasm.  Not so sure your back and legs will.
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Posted 03 April 2018 - 03:03 PM

View Postjslane57, on 03 April 2018 - 10:54 AM, said:

View PostBill Broderick, on 03 April 2018 - 10:35 AM, said:

Before you write off the two-strap bags, try one first.  Compared to the one-strap bags they are amazing.  It's like wearing a backpack, rather than carrying a golf bag.  If you were a caddy, I'm going to assume that you carried a lot of doubles.  Remember how much easier that was than carrying a single, even though it was twice as heavy, because the two bags counterbalanced one another?  Well, the two strap bags are just like carrying a double, but with a lot less weight.

Go to a store and ask if you can put some clubs into a double strap bag and walk around the store with it.  I'll think that you'll be surprised at how easy it is to pop the second strap over your shoulder (I was).  After trying a double strap bag, and loving it, there is no way that I'd go back to a single strap carry bag.
This is true. On those 200 yard walks a double strap is great. But I use a single strap carry bag because of how many times I put the bag down and pick it back up. Like between everyone's shot as I wait. The good double strap bags just don't really cut it as single strap bags for 20 yards. I guess it's 6 of one, 1/2 dozen of the other...
I cannot decide. So, I just have both a two strap bag and single strap carry bags. It is not that expensive to have a choice when the mood strikes for either style :-)
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Posted 03 April 2018 - 03:11 PM

I'm fine with a 2 strap bag, some can convert to a single strap perhaps? Really just looking for a good carry bag, with a little space.

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 03:19 PM

My Sun Mountain Four5 came with a double and a single strap. I bought one with a my club logo through our pro. Our club has a caddy program, so Iím not sure the two straps are standard issue, or if the pro requested both because most members walk with caddies at least some of the time.


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Posted 03 April 2018 - 05:40 PM

I like the option of a single or double strap.   My favorite has been the sun mountain swift or title itís ultra lite weight in the 2-3 dividers.   I donít care for the newer t dividers.   The jones is good as well but I like having the extra strap for longer walks

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 05:50 PM

View Postjslane57, on 03 April 2018 - 09:48 AM, said:

A single strap carry bag that hold 14 clubs, a 6 pack of beer, and an umbrella? ...

You forget the 2x vodka pre mix.

To the OP, please make sure you have a really good chiropractor or osteopath in your area. Carrying that much isn't an issue, it's the constant pick up and put down when you have a shot that will add fatigue to your round.

Carrying that much, you'll be looking for a push cart in a few months, do get a carry bag that sits on a push cart.

Good luck.

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 06:13 PM

Get a push cart. Save your back and shoulders.

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 06:17 PM

ANY 2 -strap bag can be converted to single strap (in my experience).  Get the bag with the dividers, pockets and stand you like and convert it to single strap.  Done it many times.

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:39 AM

I applaud your intention to walk.  I've walked exclusively all my life, now 65.  I used to trolley 14 clubs around in a huge staff bag, up until 15 or so years ago.  Then, I went minimalist.  Jones bags are an excellent choice for walking.  Whether 14 or 5-7 clubs for a guy like me, Jones is the way to go.  I found one dating from the 1970's at a yard sale 15 years ago, and used it until tatters.  Then bought a couple more Originals new.  Single strap as you want.

If you got money to burn, a MacKenzie is the way to go.  Leathers are over $1K, though.


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:48 AM

View Postgunslinger646, on 03 April 2018 - 09:45 AM, said:

Howdy, I've just joined a golf club for the first time. Couple miles from the house, practice facilities.....I'm very excited. I'm 42 and in great shape....have been riding in a golf cart and drinking beer for the last 20 years. But at my new club I intend to walk 95 percent of the time unless I'm entertaining guests. I have a ping cart bag I use now.  I need a carry/stand bag....I intend to carry 14 clubs.  I was a caddy growing up and only carried single strap bags back in the day. These new 2 strap bags are unfamiliar to me, so a bag that has a single strap option would be cool. Not concerned about the lightest/ easiest carry bag out there, I like the exercise. Looking for most convenient bag to carry, probably switch to a couple prepackaged vodka drinks in the bag.....but still want room for a 6 pack of tall boys. Want room for an umbrella, will carry just a rain jacket/vest.  Bag with a drink holder would be clutch.  Anyone have any recommendations on which brand/ model to get? Need to get something real soon.

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 10:27 AM

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I applaud your intention to walk.  I've walked exclusively all my life, now 65.  I used to trolley 14 clubs around in a huge staff bag, up until 15 or so years ago.  Then, I went minimalist.  Jones bags are an excellent choice for walking.  Whether 14 or 5-7 clubs for a guy like me, Jones is the way to go.  I found one dating from the 1970's at a yard sale 15 years ago, and used it until tatters.  Then bought a couple more Originals new.  Single strap as you want.

If you got money to burn, a MacKenzie is the way to go.  Leathers are over $1K, though.

I will agree, the Jones Original is a great single strap carry bag... can definitely fit some tall boys and hold everything you need, just doesn't have the legs for standing.... The Jones utility does though.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 10:59 AM

View PostWriggles, on 04 April 2018 - 05:39 AM, said:

I applaud your intention to walk.  I've walked exclusively all my life, now 65.  I used to trolley 14 clubs around in a huge staff bag, up until 15 or so years ago.  Then, I went minimalist.  Jones bags are an excellent choice for walking.  Whether 14 or 5-7 clubs for a guy like me, Jones is the way to go.  I found one dating from the 1970's at a yard sale 15 years ago, and used it until tatters.  Then bought a couple more Originals new.  Single strap as you want.

If you got money to burn, a MacKenzie is the way to go.  Leathers are over $1K, though.
Yes, I've got a MacKenzie Jacobsen bag (it is canvas) that is now 20+ years old. I figured I'd pick up a Jones Player series bag a year ago to replace it. Don't get me wrong, the Jones bag is great, but the 20 year old MacKenzie bag is still just better. I also have a Jones Utility stand bag from 20+ years ago, and it is still going great. Anything more than 10 clubs and a few balls and it's a cart bag and a push cart. 5 to 10 lbs over the course of a round just adds up...
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 11:07 AM

SM 2.5 or Ping Hoofer (Lite).
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:04 PM

I like light bags I am currently carrying an old Sun Mountain Swift.  The 2.5 is probably the new version of that one.  I am thinking about picking up a Stitch SL1 though I like the way they look.  If you are looking for a single strap bag the SL1 is an option to the Jones bags.


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 08:03 AM

I would consider the Jones Utility bag.  I started carrying one last fall.  The primary strap looks and functions like a single strap then the secondary strap can be used for backpack carry.  I carry 14 clubs, a few balls and tees.  
I played Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay and both caddies commented on how much they liked carrying that bag.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:45 AM

A Sun Mountain C130-S is exactly what you want.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:30 AM

Push cart or Jones. If youíre not a jones guy & donít want to push you canít really go wrong with a ping hoofer or one of the sun mountain.
Iím 40 & love my push cart even though a few buddies give me grief. My back does much better with the push cart. Iím also going to try more this year with a 1/2 set in an original jones for some 9 hole rounds.

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