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The great bag debate, Part 2: Single or double strap?

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This was never intended to be a series, but after the first bag debate over top divider systems got rather interesting, I figured it was worth a deeper dive into the culture surrounding carry bags and what people are really looking for when they carry their clubs.

A quick detour: You can see the tight “number of dividers” race results below. 

Now it’s time to settle the next debate. Are you a single or double-strap golfer?

Thanks to the recently revitalized modern minimalist approach to the game, and a number of brands offering updated designs, many golfers have reverted to carrying their clubs with a single-strap bag.

The single-strap design has been popular for as long as golfers carried their clubs and never totally went away, but when Wilson introduced the first Levitator bag in 1992, many people thought it was just a matter of time before the single strap would be gone for good. 

It could be argued that Ping and its Hoofer stand bags at the collegiate level lead to a trickle-down effect once the bag adopted the original Ping dual-strap system. This brought the idea to the forefront of more golfers’ minds because of its ergonomic design, and because at one point, you couldn’t turn your head on a golf course without seeing one.

First Hoofer Bag – Single Strap

When it comes to this subject, I’m a neutral party. I walk with both a dual strap and single strap bags depending on the day. My dual strap bags are generally used when I have to carry rain gear or any other extras I may need under uncertain circumstances or during travel, while my single strap bags are generally used for nine-hole loops or rounds with fewer than 10 clubs to keep weight to an absolute minimum.

Whatever your favorite method of carrying your clubs is, I’m willing to listen to both sides of the table.

So, GolfWRXers, are you single-strap or double-strap golfers?

1 strap or 2?

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Jack Nash

    May 4, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    I much prefer the single strap because the double is too much of a pain to set up properly on the back of my Cart.

    • D. McMann

      May 4, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      Bingo, the only time a single strap makes sense is when you’re using a cart and for that you might as well have no strap. IMO

  2. Pelling

    May 4, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Single strap Jones bag. Carry with the bottom of the bag in front. Easiest way to go.

  3. ChipNRun

    May 2, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    As a high school caddie, I carried double and often carried both bags on my right shoulder.

    When I enlisted in the Marine Corps, the tailors had to specially sew my dress coats to hide a slight slump in my right shoulder.

    Years later I became an officer. My embrace of weightlifting in between (plus no time to caddie) evened out my shoulders, and I no longer needed special tailoring.

    So, the double strap is a question of balance, and minimizing skeletal strain.

    (That said, I have an old bag with 70s era clubs in it, and I can’t find a replacement single strap for it!!)

    • Pelling

      May 4, 2020 at 10:58 am

      Why would you carry both bags on one shoulder? You must have been a “B” caddy…

  4. DD

    May 2, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Full set-up I’m going 2, but haven’t done that in over a year, 10 club minimalist set-up is my go to and small Sunday bag with 1 strap.

  5. gwelfgulfer

    May 2, 2020 at 12:11 am

    Double strap. Better to balance the weight as evenly as possible, will reduce fatigue and better on the back and shoulder. I have 3 Sunday style bags along with a number of others, and all 3 are double strap (2 Ping Moonlites and 2 SM 2.5).

    Also not sure on how people have issues with getting in and out of them when you are the one to adjust the straps, it’s as easy as putting on a backpack…

  6. Acemandrake

    May 1, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I grew up using a single strap, switched to double & have returned to single.

    Double is good with a full set; single is fine with less than a full set (I now carry 7 clubs).

    Double straps need to be easier to enter & exit from. I hate wrestling with the second strap all day.

    The single strap is a quick grab & go experience & can either be carried normally with your dominant shoulder or it can be reverse carried on your non-dominant shoulder.

  7. 15th Club

    May 1, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Single.

    Of course, I have more than one golf bag. A Burton staff-sized bag (plain black, no logo, no name) for riding on a cart, is where my clubs live most of the time. But I have a walking bag and it has just one strap. It has just one strap because it is so small. And that’s the whole idea.

    If you need two straps, your bag is not really a walking bag. At least not for me. Simplicity.

  8. bob

    May 1, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    that isnt the first hoofer. thats the l8

  9. Richard Douglas

    May 1, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    The great debate: one tied shoe or two.

    C’mon….

  10. Nack Jicklaus

    May 1, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    For people who have had back injuries, a double strap makes a big difference.

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Ryan Moore WITB: January 2021

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Thanks to Ryan Moore himself for this Ryan Moore what’s in the bag!

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @9)
Shaft: Aldila 2KXV Blue 60 TX

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees, A1 Setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD “Engineered for Tour Spec” 75X

Hybrids: Srixon ZX (19, 22 degrees)
Shafts: Oban Revenge Hybrid 85X

Irons: Mizuno MP-18 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Lite X100

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zip Core Tour Rack (54/10MID, 58/06LOW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

Putter: Odyssey “O Works” V-Line Fang

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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2021 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x: Continuing the pursuit of the perfect ball

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The Titleist Pro V1 is far and away the best-selling ball in golf, and for 2021, the engineers have delivered on their promise to never stop trying to make the best better with the introduction of the all-new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

How do you make the most trusted golf balls better?

When the designers and engineers at Titleist are looking for feedback, they go right to the top—that means the best players in the world. Engineers seek to find out not just what they like about their current golf ball, but what if anything can be improved upon.

After lengthy discussion and research with the best golfers in the world, improvement came down to three factors.

  • Greater spin and softer feel
  • More control with a higher apex
  • Distance, but not at the sacrifice of the other two factors

By combining these wants from golfers, together with new and proven technologies, Titleist is giving golfers what they believe to the very best golf balls the company has ever produced, and players agree. 

“When a golfer chooses Pro V1 or Pro V1x, they are choosing absolute performance. Our R&D and Operations teams have spent years engineering new technology into each and every component of 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x. When it comes to the performance and quality of these products, we will continue to go to every length possible to help golfers play their best and shoot their lowest scores.” – Jeremy Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing.

2021 Titleist Pro V1 technology inside and out

Just like with golf clubs, engineers don’t focus on just one performance factor when designing a golf ball. It’s about bringing each component together to have it perform at the highest level, and for a golf ball, that usually means designing from the inside out. However, with the 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls, it actually worked the other way around.

New Spherically-tiled Tetrahedral Dimple Designs – Let me start by saying I don’t come up with these names, this is all about engineering. The Pro V1 features a new 388 dimple layout, while the Pro V1x has 348. Both patterns have been optimized for each golf ball model’s specific characteristics to maximize distance and flight consistency.

To make it easy to remember, the Pro V1 is intended to provide a penetrating trajectory while Pro V1x will fly higher.

It’s important to note that this is the first totally new dimple redesign of the Titleist Pro V1 golf balls since 2011, and since that time the Titleist R&D team has gone through the painstaking process of designing, manufacturing, and tested more than 1,900 aerodynamic patterns—including no less than 60 different iterations of the new 2021 Pro V1’s 388 dimple layout and more than 30 versions of Pro V1x’s 348 dimple design as per Titleist.

“It takes years of work – we’ve been working on these new packages for almost a decade – but it is that commitment to research that ensures each golf ball is optimized to fly at its longest and most efficient trajectory.” – Mike Madson, Titleist R&D’s Director of Aerodynamics & Research Engineering

Reformulated 2.0 ZG Process Cores – As mentioned off the top, at the core of every golf ball is, well, a core (see what I did there?) and each core has to designed to deliver maximum ball speed and consistency shot after shot. The ZG process ensures that through production, each solid core Pro V1 and dual-core Pro V1x is going to deliver distance and soft feel.

Fast High-Flex Casing Layer – The casing layer between the core and the cover adds speed and lowers spin on long game shots. This casing layer is comprised of a highly-resilient, high-speed (another way of saying firm) ionomer which was originally developed for the Pro V1x Left Dash—and like with any piece of golf technology has trickled its way into other products in the line where it can be used to increase performance variables.

Softer Cast Urethane Cover – To complete the package and deliver on the number one thing players requested with the new golf balls, the new formula for the cast urethane cover is the softest formulation Titleist has ever used the Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls to increases spin around the green and offer players more control. 

Price and availability

The new 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls will be available in golf shops starting January 27.

Both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x will be priced at $49.99 and be available in white with play numbers 1-4 and  5-8 along with the same numbers (00-99) through custom. High optic yellow will also be an option but only with the play numbers 1-4.

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Wilson Golf announced today that John Augenstein, the former number three ranked amateur in the world, has signed a multi-year deal to join the Wilson Golf Advisory Staff – and will play Wilson’s Staff Model Blades and Staff Model wedges while continuing to test drivers and putters from the company.

Augenstein is coming off an impressive four-year, four-time All-American career at Vanderbilt University where he was named 2020 SEC Player of the Year and was among the finalists for the 2020 Collegiate Player of Year honors. He joins Team Wilson, which includes Gary Woodland, Kevin Streelman, Brendan Steele and Padraig Harrington.

Augenstein participated in both the U.S. Open and The Masters in 2020 and was the runner-up at the 2019 U.S. Amateur. The youngster will make his debut as a professional this week at The American Express.

Speaking on joining Wilson, Augenstein said

“Getting to know the team at Wilson, it just felt like the right fit. When I first started testing their equipment I was blown away at how great of an iron and wedge that they make. As classic of a look as you can get and the feel is incredible. I really love the equipment and I value the people that make it.”

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Utility: Staff Model (18 degrees)

Irons: Staff Model Blades (3-9)

Wedges: Staff Model (48 and 52 degrees)

Per Wilson, Augenstein will be testing the Wilson LABs prototype driver and woods throughout the season.

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