Best Budget Golf Driver – Affordable Distance

There is a budget category for golf clubs that include the best budget golf driver, but I have a better idea for you.

My idea is that you take a look at the cheaper end, yes. But also the higher end, perhaps a second hand model of a driver that is 4-5 years old. The drivers made in the last 4 or 5 years have no changed much and you can pick up a steal on either a new or used one.

Of course, if you want to spend as little as possible, I have a couple of options in this guide, but if I can give you one piece of advice it's to spend as much as you can afford on your equipment. It does make a massive difference to play premium materials instead of the composites that the budget manufacturers make. 

How do I know that? I grew up with not much money to spend on golf clubs and so I always played equipment that was WAY inferior to everyone else. My driver was for the longest time some kind of titanium alloy, Taylormade Burner knockoff. It did not perform as well as stuff made just 3 or 4 years prior.

Best Budget Golf Drivers

  1. Cleveland Launcher HB Driver (most forgiving driver for slow swings)
  2. Macgregor Mac Tec Driver  (best budget golf driver new)
  3. Srixon Z 585 Driver (Best of the last 5 years)
  4. Callaway Epic Flash Driver (best driver from Callaway from 2019)
  5. Taylormade M2 Driver (one of the best by Taylormade)

Forgiving and easy to hit for slower swings

The Cleveland HB Launcher has a very tall dominating face and setting up to the ball, it looks like a traditional Cleveland. Classic shape and tall face with a massive sweet spot, especially forgiving on toe hits. Used or new, it's a bargain and one of unsung heroes of amateur golf when ti comes to accessibility to good equipment at decent prices. 

The club is light and by light, I mean REALLY light. That might not appeal to everyone but it can definitely help pick up an extra couple mph in your swing. If you're hovering around 85 mph, this little beauty can bring you up to 90 mph and give you a few yards more off the tee.

On the crown, the detailing is similar to PING with cool shapes that make the driver look streamlined and powerful over the ball. 

Pros
  • Forgiving all over the face
  • Lightweight to help increase speed for slower swingers
  • Tall face with large sweet spot
  • Excellent sound
Cons
  • Loft settings are not adjustable

Adjustable at a budget

Budget beater brand new

The 460CC head can be adjusted to lofts of 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees. Whether you swing it fast, slow or medium, you can adjust it to create more height and carry.

MacGregors MACTEC driver has an ultra-thin face to generate much faster ball speeds for which in turn produces longer carries for more distance.  They've expanded the sweet-spot for greater forgiveness but don't think that just because it's a budget golf driver, that it's no good.

MacGregor have been around for years, only being overtaken in the modern era similar to Nokia being overtaken by Apple and Samsung. They still make great phones, but people just focused their attention onto the shinier objects. Macgregor is what Jack Nicklaus used to play!

Pros
  • Adjustable at a budget price
  • Looks much more high end
  • Lightweight, thin face driver for more distance
  • Very low price
Cons
  • Name brand recognition is very low for the ego golfer

One of the best drivers of the last 5 years

The best part of these drivers is how SIMPLE they look at address. There is almost nothing on the crown except a little mark to show the center of the face.

The stock shaft is a Project X HZRDS which is a high quality shaft indeed. The shaft really is the powerhouse of the club and these come fit with a very strong engine.

What I've noticed the most about this club is how on toe hits, the ball actually goes AS FAR AS solid strikes which is perfect for someone like me who hits it toward the toe more often. 

The face has no fancy graphics on it. The crown is super simple and the sweet spot sends feedback up your arms, knowing you've hit it in the pantie.

Simple looking simple shooting

Looking down at this club is not distracting at all and the top of the crown makes it easy to line the ball up to the sweet spot and with minimal decal and lines on the face, it looks classic and not full of gimmicks. A real simple point and shoot. 

Pros
  • The beauty is in the simplicity of design and superb performance
  • Extremely large sweet spot where toe hits go almost as far as middle hits
  • Z785 has some adjustability for loft while the Z585 is super simple no adjusting
  • The crown has very little detail on it, it is very classic looking
Cons
  • Z585 model has no adjustability at all

Couple years old means you get great value on the best

The Epic Flash driver is one of the best Callaway have produced. The Jail Break technology in the crown and head makes it difficult to beat in terms of distance and sweet spot extension.

Callaway put a technology called Flash Face into the driver to help you get more ball speed off the face to gain more distance. In other words, they made a bigger sweet spot on the driver and in the center of the sweet spot, it's even bouncier.

The computers Callaway used cycled through different 15,000 face iterations, learning from each iteration to finally settle on the best option being the technology they call Flash Face.

Jailbreak bars inside the head near the face stiffen and stabilize the crown plus the sole, so when you hit the ball it places the impact load in the right places for more consistent and long ball flight.

Pros
  • Three shaft options HZRDUS, Tensei, Evenflow
  • Ball feels like it explodes off the face at impact 
  • Low spin rates and high ball speeds off the face for maximum distance
  • Jail break technology at budget price
  • Moveable weight and adjustable loft sleeve
Cons
  • Graphics are a turn off on the face
  • Sound is the same over good and bad strikes

Pros
  • White top line on the crown for easy alignment
  • Long Taylormade face for more forgiveness on mis hits
  • Penetrating ball flight
  • There is hardly any difference in distance between this and newer models
Cons
  • White top line on the crown may turn you off
  • Sound is very dense instead of ping-y
  • Not adjustable

Why I don't suggest super budget driver

I do not recommend really cheap drivers because they stunt your enjoyment of the game whether you're a new player or been playing a while. If you're not playing something in the last 4,5 or 6 years, you're missing out on a lot of fun and a lot of enjoyment of the game.

How I know this, is that my sister took up golf only after she realized that she could finally afford decent equipment. When she was young, she couldn't have nice clubs and so she never got into golf because it was so difficult to play the cheaper, less effective clubs we could afford.

It changes your whole outlook on the game when you have a decent driver not just a junky one that is cheap. 

Conclusion

You can go for the ultra budget stuff, or you can settle for a new or even USED item from recent years. I would suggest a second hand driver to extract max value on the best budget golf drivers out there.

Garmin S40 vs S60 Approach GPS Golf Watch

The Garmin S40 vs S60 debate is a common one when looking for a golf GPS watch. We want accurate info and we don't need extra features that we won't use. 

It's a toss-up between features and price. Are the features worth the extra cash? Is the extra cash such a worry long term? What's the reason i'm buying this thing? Is my wife going to still talk to me when it arrives in the mail?

I know, I had the same thoughts before I settled on the Garmin S40 when comparing the two and below, I'll do a comparison review between the Garmin Approach S40 and S60.

garmin s40 approach golf watch gps review

GARMIN APPROACH S40 FEATURES

The flagship watch for Garmin has been the S40 for a long time.

The Approach S40 has a 1.2” diameter color TOUCHSCREEN display. It's full color and provides distances to the back, middle and front of the greens on the default screen when you're out on the course. 

When you first get the watch, you have to set some basic information about the distances you hit so the watch will know what to suggest when tracking your swings. Yep! The watch tracks when you hit the ball via the feedback of the jarring nature of hitting a ball.

By preprogramming your distances, after your shot, the watch will ask which club you hit, trying to match the closest one to your distance you had to the green. This is amazing tech and it's always within 1 club up or down from what i actually hit. 

In play, so easy to use

When you play, it will automatically select the course you're closest to via the satellite system, with some other courses listed nearby. You select your course and get going.

You get the option of keeping score and this also tracks fairways, which side of the fairway you missed, if you hit the green, number of putts and penalties. 

The watch does not show you the overall layout of the hole, but only the green shape. You can click and drag the pin to wherever it is on the green, using the touch screen on the watch. It provides carry over bunkers, and the distance to the 100, 150, 200 yard layups which is incredibly valuable info.

The watch will last 3 rounds on a full charge as it's never below 75% after one round of use. I have never used it without charging, as I charge it after every round.

The entire watch including the silicone band doesn't weight much and it isn’t very bulky so it won't interfere with your swing. I hate wearing jewellery and it does not bother me one bit while swinging. 

You can look back at your performance and stats after the round via the phone app. The watch automatically records your swings, you input the details on the course, and when keeping score, the phone holds the info until you transfer it to the phone using the VERY easy to use app. 



THE GARMIN APPROACH S60 FEATURES

The Garmin Approach S60 is the same size as the S40. 

But the biggest difference is that the course maps on the S60 Garmin have aerial shots of the holes you're playing. On the S40, you only have a very flat drawing with some arrows to push to get to different readings to those hazards.

The full color aerial view of the holes means you can see the shape of the hole, and you can use the same click and drag with your finger, to move your target point on the map. This allows you to know distances to literally anywhere you want on the given map. You can only do this on the green in the S40 version.

The S60 watch also compensates for slope when considering the distances to your selected areas. There are more features geared toward other sports in the S60 which i didn't really care much about, but maybe you do participate in these and they may be helpful for you.

The reason I did not get the the S60 may help you decide:

I use a rangefinder already. I prefer a rangefinder for truly accurate distances. I wanted a watch that would keep track of my club distances automatically and store my scores and stats. I use the front middle and back of the green distances to know how much green I have to work with on approaches. I don't need aerial views of the holes and even the touch and drag nature of the green view isn't important to me. i play off a low handicap and also do not use fitness watches.

If I did not have a rangefinder, and wanted a truly full-function golf watch, I would buy the S60. I would use the aerial view of the holes, and pinpoint distances to things on the course. I knew I wouldn't need these features and I don't like needing to charge things all the time because I forget. The S60 lasts a lot shorter with the battery life in golf mode and I don't want to feel pressured if I forgot to charge it once. I needed low maintenance vibes. If I were a fitness guru, I would also take the S60.


GARMIN S40 vs S60 REVIEW COMPARISON

FEATURE

GARMIN S40

GARMIN S60

VERDICT

Touchscreen

Same size touchscreen

Green View

Same in both

Hole View

S60 kicks ass with this feature

Drag and Drop: on the green

You can move the pin on the green in both models

Drag and Drop: on the hole

S60 lets you choose any target on the hole by dragging on screen

Battery Life

3 rounds

1.5 rounds

Both last 10 days in smartwatch mode

Auto Detect Shots

Both watches feel when you've hit a shot

'Plays Like' Distance

Both watches feel when you've hit a shot

Stat Tracking in App

Great for keeping track of your stats

Courses

40,000+

40,000+

No subscription fee

Extra Features

Not much

A lot

These don't interest me unfortunately. I use this for golf only.

Who is it for??

Golfer with low maintenance needs and wants to track stats and distances of clubs easily. Probably uses a rangefinder already or is a mid handicapper.

Golfer who plays other sports and is into fitness. Prefers to use a GPS device and doesn't own a rangefinder. Will rely heavily on the watch for distances. Probably mid to low handicapper.

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Buy

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MY RECOMMENDATION DEPENDS

The S40 and the S60 are both fantastic - they're just for different people. It depends on what you want it for.

The Garmin Approach S40 recommended for you if

If you're like me and want to keep track of your club distances, and know a few things like distances to 100, 150 and 200 yard layups but at the same time you use a rangefinder, then the S40 is a way better purchase. You can use the basic front, middle and back of the green measurements to get around, especially if you're a double digit handicapper. 

The S40 is low maintenance because you only have to charge it every 2-3 rounds and it doesn't have all sorts of other fancy fitness and sports features that you'll never use. Bloat. It was not about the money as I could have afforded either. It was about simplifying my life while adding complications.

The Garmin Approach S60 recommended for you if

I'd recommend the Garmin Approach S60 to the player who wants to exclusively use the GPS watch for their distances. I mean, no rangefinder. If you have a rangefinder, the S60 will just be a higher maintenance stats-tracker.

But if you don't use a rangefinder and want quick reference to the front, middle and back of the green, as well as being able to work out exactly how far it is to specific locations on the course, the S60 is perfect for you. Spend the extra cash that you wouldn't spend on the rangefinder if you are looking for a distance finder. You'll have to keep it fully charged after every round.

Also, if you're a fitness nut as well as a golfer, you'll prefer the S60.

Important Questions

Is the S60 worth the 20-25% higher price?
If you want aerial views of the holes and drag and drop targeting on any area of the course, yes. If you want to track fitness markers and are into that, then yes.

But if you want to use it purely for middle, back and front of green measurements, and track your club distances, and scores, then no, the S40 is a lower maintenance, less charging, easier device. If you own a rangefinder already, and use it a lot, the S40 will not add anything to your life except stats tracking.

Is it uncomfortable to wear and swing?
I do not wear jewellery and I have no problem and don't notice it after the first ever hole of wearing it.

How long does the battery last? 
The Garmin S60 will last 30 holes and in smartwatch mode, it will last 10 days. The S40 lasts 54 holes and 10 days in smartwatch mode.

What if you sweat? Won't it destroy the charging port?
That is exactly what I wondered about, and so far after a good 20-30 usages, there is no effect on the charging, despite sweating profusely int eh tropical heat.

How long to charge the battery?
I have never measured, but I just leave it on overnight. Easy life.

Best Golf Travel Bags for Airlines With Wheels 2021 – Hard and Soft Cases

Ever left your clubs at home on a trip and rented a set? It's not the same, is it?

We've all heard the stories of the guys brand new custom-fitted driver shaft snapping on the flight back home. And all the airline offered him was a few measly dollars based on the light weight of the club. 

That's why EVERY golfer who travels needs a proper travel bag. Clubs are expensive, and replacing them is not only an expense, but the club is never the same with a new shaft in it, is it?

Avoid all that nonsense, and get yourself geared up to take your own clubs to wherever you go and have them arrive with you, in one piece.

I've traveled thousands of miles (on full service and budget airlines) with my golf clubs and have never had a single one break. Even with a travel bag, I take extra precautions.

In this guide, I'll not only show you which are the best golf travel bags for airlines, but I'm going to show you how to pack a bag so you never ever have broken clubs. Plus, wheeling your golf back around the airport looks way more swanky than lugging it on a shoulder. Take your clubs everywhere!

best golf travel bags

Key features of a golf travel bag

  1. Weight is important because some airlines restrict the weight of sports equipment. Do you travel low-cost or full-service most of the time? Check airline rules - generally 50 lbs total is about the norm for sports equipment.
  2. Wheels make moving the bag around so much easier than carrying so I've featured only wheeled bags here. I struggled for too long with a carry travel bag.
  3. Side pockets are great for accessories, clothes and golf shoes. 
  4. Hard or soft cover can mean the difference between adding your own padding or not.
  5. Some manufacturers offer very generous warranties that even cover your clubs!
  6. Some bags come with built-in locks while others need padlocks.
  7. TSA will check certain bags and some do come with TSA locks otherwise purchase a TSA-approved lock from Master.
best golf travel bags for airlines

Best Golf Travel Bags for Airlines

  1.  Bag Boy Golf T10 Hard Top Cover (best budget option and my current choice)
  2. SKB Deluxe ATA Hard Cover (best value travel bag, includes superior guarantee/warranty)
  3. Club Glove Last Bag Soft Cover  (most spacious - used by Tour pros)
  4. CaddyDaddy Constrictor 2 Soft Cover (lightweight budget option)
  5. Sun Mountain Club Glider Meridian Soft Cover (easiest for check-in queues)
  6. GTB Caravan 3.0 Soft Cover (best bang for buck option)

*All of these bags are compliant with airline policies. The only thing to remember is the weight restrictions and to double check the airline policies to ensure once the bag is packed, it doesn't exceed maximum weight - usually around 50 lbs.


Bag Boy Golf T-10 Hard Top Travel Cover

A hard-top, budget, reliable travel bag solution

This is such a good option for budget travel. The top of the bag is made of firm plastic which does not bend or break easily. It's flexible enough to not crack and zips shut together with the rest of the fabric bag.

It's basically a golf bag case made of fabric, with a hard shell on top where the clubs are. It stores very easily but folding the fabric into the hard shell and placing the hard-shell sized item in a cupboard or in the corner. 

The strap around the bag helps to prevent it from snapping open from rough handling while traveling and the wheels in the bottom make it easier to wheel around instead of putting it sideways on a baggage trolley. You'll need to pack it quite tight to really take advantage of the wheels, as it sags without enough stuff packed into it.

I've travelled with this type of bag a lot, and it's my favorite for convenience of storage and price. 

Pros
  • Strong where it counts - around the clubs
  • Lots of flexible space to include shoes and clothes
  • Cheaper option than most - good for infrequent travelers
Cons
  • Preferably needs another item - the Bag Boy backbone 
  • If not packed tight enough, can sag when wheeling around

SKB Deluxe ATA Golf Travel Bag

A Sherman tank with a million mile warranty

American-made quality with TSA lock

The American-made SKB Deluxe is made of molded polyethylene which makes it not only dirt and moisture resistant but extremely strong. So strong in fact, that the manufacturer offers $1500 club coverage and a million mile guarantee on the case.

With that sturdiness and strength comes a bit of extra weight though and at 18 lbs, the SKB travel bag isn't light. With your bag loaded inside, you might have enough airline weight allowance for a pair of golf shoes.

You'll be able to put pretty much any bag in here but it works especially well for stand bags and cart bags. It's a tight fit for larger cart bags and staff bags but with a bit of effort, it'll hold it all. The inline skate wheels make wheeling this solid structure around very easy.

There are three locks on the bag and keys are included. A TSA lock is included which is fantastic because this bag is a magnet for TSA and will be checked. It's always best not to put too much loose stuff in the case because the ever reliable TSA will reliably lose it for you.

One of the other areas that could be improved actually, are the locks. They could be made of a material more in-line with the sturdiness of the case but are made of a hard plastic. They do however work very well. 

This is easily the best hard case golf travel bag on the market.

Pros
  • Extremely strong - probably the last travel bag you'll buy
  • Fits even tour staff bags
  • Incredible $1500 club coverage and million mile warranty
  • Comes with TSA approved lock
  • Water and dust resistant
Cons
  • Heavy at 18 lbs
  • TSA magnet - don't put too many loose valuables inside

Club Glove Last Bag

Trusted by Tour pros and comes in 16 colors

Did you know the Club Glove travel bag is the most used travel bag by professionals on Tour?  Neither did I but that's why it 's priced quite a bit higher than others. Or maybe it's the lifetime warranty. Or the executive looks. Or the fact your clubs won't break inside of it?

Club Glove have made this bag of resilient Cordura which is way more durable than nylon and even though this bag is about 10 lbs, it protects the hell out of your clubs. Regardless of the type of bag you use, it can hold even a big Tour bag and two pairs of shoes. There's just so much space and with the light weight, you have 40 lbs to stuff everything you can into your golf bag.

It's made in the USA and includes high quality YKK zippers and ITW Nexus buckles and if you know anything about zippers and clasps, these are the highest quality. Placing your clubs inside the bag is easy and once you zip it closed, you can then connect the buckles for a tight fit without any club rattle. The inline skate wheel system is sturdy and not likely to break off like the Samsonite's do.

There just isn't any soft cover golf travel bag that comes close to this which is why it's the best golf travel bag for airlines because no matter what those handlers do with it, your clubs are well protected. 

If you want to add another level of club safety in a soft cover bag, take a look at the Stiff Arm and for TSA approved locks, you can't go wrong with a cheap Master lock

Pros
  • Very roomy inside 
  • Excellent zipper and clasp system to keep clubs from rattling around
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Extra padding around where the club heads go
  • Only experiences 2 breakages per year OVER ALL PGA and LPGA tours
Cons
  • Very pricey

CaddyDaddy Constrictor 2 

Lightweight budget option for stress-free packing

The CaddyDaddy Constrictor is a good budget option if the previous two models in the guide are a bit steep for your tastes. Hard cover bags are pretty difficult to store because of their bulkiness and the Constrictor 2 just folds in half and takes up about the same space as a carry on bag.

Lightweight and plenty of room

The bag is only about 8.5 lbs which means you have 40 lbs to play with so with your clubs, you can add your golf shoes and all the balls you could possibly lose in 5 rounds. And with the ample space inside the bag, you really can go wild even if you have a Rodney Dangerfield Caddyshack bag. The two extra pockets on the outside give you even more storage space.

Very convenient is the bag stands up straight with a golf bag loaded inside. Now this is a soft cover case and while the protection is quite good around the clubs, I'd recommend reading my packing guide at the bottom of the page to ensure your clubs stay safe. Or you have the option of the North Pole to keep the force away from breaking your driver shaft.

Pros
  • Very well priced
  • Lightweight for more opportunity to smuggle alcohol home
  • Loads of storage space internally and externally
  • Consistent and repeatable performance around the greens
Cons
  • Internal strap not the best for holding clubs in place
  • Reinforcement around your clubs is advised

Sun Mountain Club Glider Meridian

Easiest to wheel through check-in lines

Excellent for travelling families

From the golf bag specialists, Sun Mountain, the Sun Mountain Club Glider gets top marks. There is a second set of wheels besides the standard inline skate wheels which are easily retractable so the bag stays in the wheeling position by itself.

The little wheels on the foremost wheels pivot and take almost 100% of the weight off your hand and arm so you can guide the Club Glider Meridian around with total ease using a single finger.

That's a major advantage when you're also wheeling around a couple kids and your wife's cosmetics case! No need to keep picking it up and moving it while navigating to check-in.

Some things that could be improved are the amount of padding around the clubs, and perhaps the external pockets extending outward and not pushing into the interior of the bag. A minor grip is needing to put the legs back getting on an escalator and pull the out as you approach the top.

Space-wise the Sun Mountain has enough space for your bag, a small carry on and golf shoes. There isn't nearly as much space as the Club Glove and the material isn't as durable as the Cordura used in the Club Glove. There's a one year warranty on the Club Glider Meridian travel bag itself but not on your clubs which the SKB does offer at a lower price point.

Overall, a nice bag that will need a bit more support around the club heads but there is no easier golf travel bag on the market that is this easy to wheel around.

Pros
  • Sole focus here is to wheel your bag around super easily
  • Four wheels turn the bag into a trolley on its own - easy for check in
  • Takes weight off your arm and with carabiners can be used to attach other bags like a train
  • Excellent color options
Cons
  • Main zipper isn't designed for a lock
  • External pockets extend inward not outward
  • Not much padding around clubs
  • Heavy at 15 lbs

Golf Travel Bags Caravan 3.0

Super value for money very under budget

Good option if you travel occasionaly

Excellent external pockets and riveted handles make the Caravan 3.0 extremely high value. There is little difference between this bag and the Constrictor 2. The weight is similar and the setup is almost identical.

There's plenty of space inside to pack everything you could need on your golf trip. The two pockets on the exterior easily fit one pair of golf shoes each. While this bag isn't going to last forever like an SKB or Club Glove, it's a great budget option if you don't travel extensively with your clubs.


Club Glove Stiff Arm

Stick it in the bag to prevent graphite shaft snaps

Tips on packing your golf bag safely

This is by no means pretty, but it is effective. If you don't want to buy a travel bag or you want a soft cover travel bag, you can do this.

  1. Clip on your rain cover and unzip to let it hang loose. It's easier to do the final step if you put the cover on now.
  2. Unscrew the driver head from the shaft and put the shaft into the bag with the clubs. If your driver doesn't unscrew, go to the next step.
  3. Put your woods and hybrids upside down into the bag. Be sure to put some old socks on the heads to prevent scratches.
  4. Bunch the shafts that are sticking out the top together and put your umbrella in the bag to act as a splint for more support.
  5. Turn your irons in so the toes are all facing your woods' shafts and bunch them all together and wrap a towel (or two) around the whole set.
  6. Once the towels are tightly wrapped around the club heads, zip up the club cover.
  7. Put the driver head and wrench into a jacket and place it in a secure pocket.
  8. Use cellophane wrap and masking tape to wrap it all up for a budget version of the airport service

Conclusion

Simply put, the best travel bags are expensive and they're expensive because they last. An SKB hard case will serve any golfer well and for the price, there is little reason to get a soft cover travel bag for airlines. If a hard cover bag is not ideal and storage becomes a pain in the butt, the high-priced Club Glove is virtually indestructible and protects your golf clubs amazingly. For those who don't like lugging a golf travel bag around by a flimsy handle, the Sun Mountain makes travel easy. These three are essentially the best golf travel bags for airlines hands down.

Best Golf Bags for Travel – Cart and Stand Bags (Not Travel Covers)

You want a golf bag to travel with, but every website you find shows you travel bags that go AROUND your golf bag. In THIS article, I'll show you the best golf bags for travel - not the best travel cases for your golf bag.

For travel cases to keep your golf bag safe, you can click here on this guide.

I travel a lot between countries in South East Asia as well as between Asia and South Africa. I've never had a single breakage and 9 out of 10 flights is on a low cost airline. You can use a travel case to put around your clubs, but you can also just use a strong golf bag and learn to pack it effectively for travel.

best golf bags for travel

What makes a golf bag good for travel?

STRONG BASE AND TOP: The best golf bags for traveling with have a strong top and base of the bag. This is essential so the base is not bent or misshapen from the pressure of other bags being placed on top of it.

When heavy objects are placed on a weak base, the golf bag won't stand and will keep falling over once you retrieve it at baggage reclaim. This is the one thing I have experienced while traveling. No club breakages, but the base of the bag can be warped easily. 

LIGHTWEIGHT: We want a bag that will weigh as little as possible, taking into account our other criteria. A set of clubs, I usually calculate at about 10-15 lbs (5-7kg). Depending on your airline, you may need to specially select SPORTING GOODS when purchasing the ticket as part of your luggage allowance. Other airlines include it as part of your overall luggage. So as light as possible is the best bet without sacrificing strength.

FLEXIBLE SIDES: The sides of the bag need to be strong but not brittle. They should be able to adapt in shape and size without setting permanently like that. If a bag is compressed in the middle while traveling, it will create a lopsided bag where the top and bottom of the bag are no longer aligned.

STAND BAG LEGS THAT FASTEN SECURELY WHEN FOLDED IN: Having a stray stand bag leg loose means it will get caught on any number of things as your stuff is thrown around by the beloved baggage handlers. There's nothing quite as fun as arriving at your destination with a stand bag that can't stand anymore because a leg is bent.

I've had these things happen and I've found in my travels, the best golf bags for travel are the cart bags that have twisty, bendy sides, with thick and heavy bases and also, high quality stand bags where the legs fold away easily without poking out.

Are you going to walk or drive a golf cart when you arrive?

If you're a walker, and you carry the bag, I've included some strong stand bags for you as well as some budget options for traveling with only.

If you use a cart when you arrive, and you won't be pushing or carrying your golf bag, I've included some great cart bags that are strong and sturdy that you can use every day and not have to pack anything special for your travels. 

Best Golf Bags for Travel - Push Cart and Carry Golf Bags

  1. Sun Mountain C130 Cart Bag (Best golf buggy golf bag overall)
  2. Datrek Golf Transit Bag (Retractable handle and built in wheels!)
  3. Category Fore Cart Bag (Strong waterproof with loads of storage)
  4. Izzo Ultra Lite Stand Bags (Super lightweight option for limited bag space)
  5. Cobra Ultralight Cart bag (My current golf bag)

Strong handles and base to protect your clubs

The Sun mountain C130 has a perfect top of the bag where you can see the handles cover 75% of the entrance to the bag. This will protect your wedges and putter for the trip by blocking impact from other bags.

On the base, the bag is strong and sturdy. It's divided by a 14 way divider to protect clubs from one another. The bag weighs 6.6 lbs and combined with clubs should come to about 18 lbs. keep in mind you want to throw your golf balls, rangefinder, shoes etc into the golf bag too if you have a decent weight limit for the clubs.

The C130 has tons of pockets and storage space for this purpose and is one of the best golf bags for travel.


A golf bag with wheels in the bottom and a retractable handle

The Datrek Transit Cart Bag is a little heavier at 7.4 lbs but it includes a handle that retracts just like your hand luggage bag. There are two large roller blade wheels in the base for easy wheeling through the airport. 

Traveling with clubs is a pain not because of the fragility, but getting it to and from the car, into the airport and through the scanners, on trolleys that they never fit on. Mission!

Datrek takes care of that mission, making it easy to wheel the bag through the airport, and on the other end, you can wheel it through the clubhouse straight to your cart. Push the handle back in and strap it to the cart - you're ready to go. 

13 pockets and 14 way divider seal the deal on this convenient golf bag for traveling.


Strong, practical, waterproof with a cooler pocket

If you're traveling, you're having a good time where ever you're landing. This bag is not only strong to protect your clubs, but loaded with storage pockets including a cooler pocket to hold a six back of brews.

The Category Fore has a 14 way top with liners all the way to the bottom of the bag. With carbon fiber legs for support, we're not losing this bag to a breakage. They have funky and fun colors and this bag is not just for traveling but can be your every day golf bag for push carts or riding on a buggy.

This bag is waterproof, making it an excellent choice for traveling and when traveling to any climate that may be rainy.


3.2 lbs for those with weight restrictions

The Izzo Ultra Lite Stand bag is only 3.2 lbs and because the top of the bag only has 4 slots to insert clubs, it makes it easier to bunch them together. In the 14 way divider golf bags, it is a lot harder to bunch clubs together because of all the hardware between the clubs.

The legs fold up well in the Izzo Ultra Lite. But take precautions and have your bag wrapped at the airport with some cellophane wrap to guarantee no stray legs are poking out or things in the pockets get stolen.

The lightweight golf bag is ideal for people who have limited luggage available. If your airline includes your sports equipment as part of your overall baggage and you take this bag with you, you're going to be happy to waste only 3lbs on the bag.


My choice for the strong base and flexible body

I currently use this golf bag for my golf and travels between countries. The base is very sturdy and reinforced with a flexible twisty body of the bag which doesn't permanently deform. 

.I've travelled between Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar with this bag and it stands perfectly unassisted despite being based around on budget airlines. There is ample storage for everything including a large cooler pocket.

I jam this bag and have no problem recommending it whole heartedly. It works fantastically on golf carts as well as push carts. of course, with a single strap, this bag is not designed to be carried for very long but will protect your clubs and be a solid performer.


Options to cover your bag for traveling

If I have a short haul flight of 45 minutes or so, I'll take the heads off my fairway and driver woods. I'll turn the shafts upside down and put them butt-end up into the bag.

I'll put the driver and fairway wood head into my carry on and then screw the shaft back into the head when I arrive. 

Back to the bag. Your fairway wood and driver shafts are now sticking out the top of your bag, grip end up. You then take your irons and putter and bunch them together around the grip of the wood shafts. Wrap a few shirts and towels around this collection and tape it up with some box or masking tape. 

Once you pad your clubs enough, just be sure to leave enough space to put the rain hood one. You can put the rain hood on top and before zipping up the whole mess, you can stuff a few shirts or more clothing items to give it a nice, firm padded feel where the clubs won't move around. 

I have had zero breakages remember, and I do this often.

The preferred option

Check out my guide here on the travel cases/travel bags.

But if you are in a rush, here's an option and my current selection. The best part of this solution is that, once you get to the other side, or even when you store it in your house, the bag part folds back into the hard top section. I advice getting a long stick they sell, to keep the top of the bag from being pushed down into your clubs.

Conclusion

Whichever bag you choose, be sure to protect your clubs first and foremost because the airlines don't care. If you don't have your own private insurance on your golf clubs, and any of your stuff breaks, the airline will pay you peanuts.

They'll work out the weight and pay you per weight of the item and your $500 driver will be worth $40 to them. Protect the top of the club the most and combining my method above, with a hard case golf bag travel cover, you're not going to have any breakages!

Electric Golf Push Cart that Follows You – Caddytrek R2 Review

Electric push carts are the best. You're not pushing it up steep hills, but you're still walking the course instead of riding a buggy. It's the best of both worlds.

Even better is the Caddytrek R2 - the electric golf push cart that follows you - which has it all. It's fun, it's hi-tech and it's a head turner. What a conversation piece.

The Caddytrek R2 electric push cart has a couple of amazing features:

Follow Mode - The cart follows you AUTOMATICALLY
Marching Mode - The cart can drive in front of you as you walk, without it getting further from you than you prefer.

Robot Technology allows smooth starts, stops and turning without struggling like the older electric push carts used to. Turning and controlling the older generation electric push carts meant I saw a few people lose their expensive carts into water hazards, along with their clubs!

The Caddytrek has 4 wheels with the front wheels able to swivel. Older models of electric push carts used to have a single front wheel for hilarious results.

Caddytrek R2 Review

You walk hands-free with the CaddyTrek without ever needing to push the bag around. People may think this is for older men, but I have played so much golf with very low handicappers who use this electric push cart to maintain high levels of freshness and less fatigue. These are young guys under 40, playing interclub matchplay competitions.

Using golf buggies removes the option of walking the course and getting some more exercise. With the Caddytrek R2, you can walk, without the burden of carrying or pushing or even pulling the clubs which can be a turn-off, leading people to use golf buggies. 

Combining ultrasound and RF signals, the CaddyTrek calculates by itself, the speed, the distance and even the angle to the player. You simply walk the course and the cart adjusts itself to you. Unreal!

You place the remote on whichever side of your body you would prefer to keep the cart. The CaddyTrek R2 picks up the signal and adapts itself to your location, staying away enough from you while it follows you, without going crazy or going rogue and finishing in a water hazard.

The wheels are very rugged and in wet or muddy conditions, the cart still works like a beast. The cart can fit bags of all sizes due to the adjustable bag straps so whatever you like. I suggest the Sun Mountain C130.

Weight

The Caddytrek R2 is quite heavy as you'd expect weighing in at 39 lbs with the battery in. The battery is 6 lbs, so the cart itself is 33 lbs. 

Size

It folds up pretty small and is easy to carry to the car where it's easily storable. Just remember it's 33 lbs without the battery.

caddytrek r2 folded

Important Questions

Can you travel with the Caddytrek R2?
It's easy to transport in a vehicle and can be checked in on an airplane but the Lithium batteries cannot be checked in on commercial airlines.

How far from me does the Caddytrek R2 stay when following?
Usually around 6 yards and can be controlled with a remote control in case of tricky terrain.

How long does the battery last? 
It can last between 27 and 36 holes but some courses will be flatter or hillier so it's best to charge the cart after every round to ensure it lasts.

What if it rains?
The important parts are all contained within casing but of course, prolonged rain or moisture will eventually damage any electric components. A round in the rain followed by a period to dry will suffice.

Do I need an extra battery?
Like with a camera, you can never have enough battery power and having a spare on hand in case you're out for 36 holes on a hilly course will always do you good. You can purchase the batteries from the CaddyTrek site.

Will the cart dodge obstacles by itself?
You'll have to make sure your cart does not drive into nearby motor vehicles, rocks, trees and water hazards.

How long to charge the battery?
5 hours. And the battery lasts 500 charges.

Pros
  • Go hands free, stress-free trusting your clubs will be nearby without the recurring cost of buggies or caddies
  • Dual 250 watt motors are surprisingly quiet
  • Control it with a remote or using automatic settings
  • Folds down to a lightweight and small package easily transported
  • Lasts around 27 holes on one charge
  • Good value: equivalent to using a buggie 30-50 times
Cons
  • Lasts only 1 and a half rounds
  • Putting the remote on your back or front is tricky
  • Very steep slopes can be a tough ask for the cart

The Electric Golf Push Cart that follows you - Caddytrek R2 Review

Absolute must-have if you're tired of carrying or pushing your clubs around.

Best Driving Iron for High Handicappers

Driving irons have historically not been easy clubs to hit but manufacturers are discovering ways all the time to increase forgiveness and make the driving iron accessible to everyone.

Before pursuing one of the best driving irons for high handicappers, perhaps take a quick look at the guide for hybrids. They are supposed to be easier to hit, but if, like me, you'd prefer a driving iron, I've listed the best, most forgiving utility irons below.

The case for the driving iron

I don't like hybrids personally, as they like to go left and and lefter. I've tried countless hybrids and just always come back to my Srixon ZU85 2 iron. 

Some people find the extra junk in the trunk distracting plus the increased offset at address makes the club look closed.

I've found a lot of utility (driving) irons are standard fit with steel shafts and that's a big plus so it can match the behavior of your set of irons. Of course, the driving iron can also have a graphite shaft standard fit, but hybrids all come with graphite shafts.

Should I get a driving iron?

Have you ever hit one?

I mean that without malice. I've seen high handicappers like Brian (BDog) on my Youtube channel try a driving iron and all he felt was pain and ringing in his hands. He LOVES a hybrid though. 

Other times I've seen my high handicapper partners hitting driving irons and telling me that feel that they can't get a hybrid in the air and the driving iron gives them way more roll out.

It comes down to swing speed and amount of tension in your body. If you have good swing speed, you can go lower lofted. If your swing speed is not fast enough, the driving iron may hurt you more than a hybrid would. Tension in the arms, shoulders or hands will also kill the speed and relaxation needed to hit a driving iron. If you have these two things sorted, you're going to be okay.

It's all personal choice and if you have the speed; or just prefer the look of an iron behind the ball, you have to go with your gut. The aesthetics are 75% of the battle. If you don't like the LOOK of the club, you're not going to hit it well.

How do I select the correct loft for my driving iron?

Honestly, at high handicap and slower swing speeds, you should be looking at higher lofts - 20 degrees and higher. As your speed increases, you can look below 20 degrees. 

The current driving irons are higher lofted than the ancient ones which could go down to 15 degrees. Modern ones seem to start around 18 degrees and they're tough to get airborne. They're A LOT easier than the antiquities you can find at junk shops, but still, we want to have a club that is not hard to hit. It needs to be a joy-bringer.

Keep in mind also, that a graphite shaft will be lighter than a steel shaft and can assist in increasing some club head speed.

Below are some of the top driving irons to help you with accuracy off the tee and get you in play to start lowering that score to the low 90s, upper 80s. These are the easiest to hit and will provide maximum benefit to high handicappers looking for a reliable tee ball.

Best Driving Irons for High Handicappers

  1. Cobra King Utility Iron  (Forgiveness for high handicappers)
  2. Cleveland Golf Launcher UHX Utility  (Best value for money utility iron)
  3. Taylormade GAPR MID (Best for slower swingers)
  4. TaylorMade SIM Max DHY (Best if you struggle to launch it high)
  5. Callaway Mavrik Single 4 or 5 Iron (Top secret option no one tells you)

Adjustable and forgiving driving iron

The Cobra King Utility comes in either a graphite or steel shaft and with the graphite, you'll be able to get a lighter experience but if you're a fast swinger, the steel can match your irons.

You want to pay more attention to the 19.5 and 22.5 degree lofts. These driving irons are adjustable and can be set to a "draw" setting to promote more of a right to left ball flight. The 22.5 degree club for example can be adjusted to 21 all the way up to 24 degrees for more forgiveness.

The ball speed is very consistent off the club face between thins and mis hits and center strikes. Cobra are becoming well-know for the forgiveness of their irons for the weekend player and the Utility iron is similar in that regard.

From the top, the iron has a thick top line and the overall look is very similar to a normal iron in your set. From a distance the club LOOKS like a blade but it is not. it's a hollow-backed design and that resembles more of a hybrid action without the extra baggage in the back of the club.

Despite being hollow, it sounds crispy and tasty off the club face and when you pure one, everyone in the vicinity knows it. 

Pros
  • Delicious sound on good contact
  • Off center hits still fly reasonable distance but more importantly, less off line
  • Adjustable in a range of 3-4 degrees of loft and has a draw setting
  • Strikes low in the face, still provide good results
Cons
  • Loft settings will be more appropriate in lower lofted models for low handicappers

Best value for money driving iron for high handicapper

The UHX from Cleveland features a hollow-body construction, same as the Cobra above, delivering more distance with additional forgiveness when comparing to normal irons.

Cleveland's Launcher UHX comes with a graphite shaft and with lofts of 20 degrees for the 4 iron and 23 degrees for the 5 iron, the club is going to help you get it airborne and flying long.

The steel face insert in the variable thickness face delivers stronger ball speeds for distance, reducing the impact of mis-hits off the toe and heel.

Interacting with the turf is much smoother with the v-shaped sole. This is a feature on the Srixon irons. Srixon is part of the same company as Cleveland and XXIO. Quality and value for money combined with forgiveness make Cleveland an EASY recommendation for your game.

Pros
  • Hollow back design for more forgiveness throughout the face
  • V shaped sole allows for smooth turf interaction without digging
  • Value for money at this price is top

The most hybrid looking driving iron

They might almost appear to be hybrids, but when you cozy the club to the ball, it looks so different. The Taylormade GAPR MID is a chunky driving iron.

The GAPR MID is more prone to a right to left ball flight. Looks-wise, it looks like an iron on the face and the slight offset helps to stop the left to right movement. The sound of the club lets it down with a heavy, thick sound. It can be quite a common complaint with the foam-filled clubs being produced lately.

The GAPR HI is much more of a hybrid club so was not included in this purely driving iron list. It will be easier to hit but at the same time, regardless of which model, the best lofts for this driving iron are 21 and 24 degrees.

Remember we want to have a club that is easy to launch and forgiving on mis hits. The GAPR is a solid club.

Pros
  • Thick top line covers the ball at address
  • MID and HI models are easier to hit higher and longer
  • Easier to use from the fairway and rough than other brands
Cons
  • HI looks like a hybrid and MID looks like an iron wood

DHY model is best for high handicappers

In the Taylormade SIM Max DHY, you have a very forgiving DHY (Driving HYbrid). The bottom of the club very thick and full of meat which helps with confidence - as opposed to the razor like thinness of a 1 or 2 iron of old.

The trajectory is higher than the other Taylormade offerings in the driving iron category because of the hollow-body construction with a low and deep center of gravity. 

It's important to steer clear of the UDI model as this is for better players with more speed. Everything about the UDI model is thinner, smaller and harder to hit. The DHY SIM MAX model has been designed to be the easiest to hit by putting the weight in the sole, not behind the face.

Because of the thick sole, the DHY can be used from the rough as easily as any hybrid. It's a big plus because driving irons can often be seen as only a tee club. I can see this club being used to punch out down the fairway under trees, but from the fairway, I would be worried about chunking the ball because of the massive sole. Tee and rough is where the DHY will shine.

The DHY features a lot more offset than the UDI model which will promote less slice. Using the higher lofted options of 19, 22 or 25 degrees will ensure more forgiveness too and keep the ball flying less offline.

Pros
  • Very easy to launch high 
  • Very useful replacement if you struggle with woods
  • Big chunky appearance best for the tee ball confidence
  • Glides through longer grass on short punches or escapes
  • High quality shaft included as standard
Cons
  • HUGE head of the club

A forgiving single iron can work just as well

This is not necessarily a driving iron in the true sense of the word but the Callaway Mavriks have very strong lofts. That means that the 4 iron is 18° and the 5 iron is 21° of loft.

The key in this equation is that these irons are extremely forgiving to hit and that 18 degree or 21 degree loft are designed with special technology to help you get the ball in the air. This is a no brainer if you're looking for a single iron to hit off the tee.

You can order the clubs individually by selecting the number iron. I suggest 4 or 5 iron as the 18 degree loft on the 4 iron will be infinitely easier to get airborne than a driving iron with 18 degrees of loft.

The Mavriks are deep cavity backs with perimeter weighting to give you the most forgiveness on off-center hits. A really simple, efficient solution.

Other similar options would be Taylormade M2 single irons or Cobra single irons in the 3, 4 or 5 iron model. This is a little secret no one will tell you. Skip the driving iron utility irons and just get a lower lofted forgiving High handicapper iron!

Pros
  • Easy to hit from all lies
  • Can help eliminate a slice with its draw bias
  • Lower lofts but easier to fly higher due to current technology
  • Very forgiving on off center hits unlike a lot of specialist driving irons
Cons
  • Very few

That's right, sometimes single irons from a set work too!

There are driving irons that can help you but the secret sauce is in the fact you can just buy a single iron from a forgiving set of any Taylormade, Cobra or Callaway set and it will work maybe EVEN BETTER than a utility iron.

It's a cheap, reliable option and the clubs made in the last 3-4 years are so easy to hit in lower lofts from a tee peg. 

Conclusion

Taylormade, Cleveland and Cobra are top of forgiveness game in the utility and driving iron world. Make sure you have enough swing speed to get the lower lofted clubs airborne and then proceed with the higher lofted versions to ensure forgiveness.

There's no rule against having multiple driving irons if you prefer them!

Best Golf Bags for Push Carts 2021

Do you want a golf bag for a push cart with loads of storage? 
Is your current bag not suited to your cart?

Whatever your goal is, you're in the right place. I've taken the troubles and the corner-cutting I did in my younger days to bring you, from experience, the best golf bags for push carts currently on the market. 

Naturally, my push cart purchase has always been easy since I love and can depend on Clicgear, but I learnt these two lessons about cart bags after investing in my first push cart:

LESSON ONE: Old stand bags sucked for push carts. They would twist and slide out of place.

LESSON TWO: Bags made for golf buggies and bags made for push carts are very different. Yes, there are TWO types of "cart bag" and getting the wrong one adds more hassle than heaven.


WARNING: I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE SUN MOUNTAIN C130 FOR PUSH CARTS

You'll see plenty of sites advertising HARD on this bag for push carts. That's dishonest and it's clear these sites are not run by real golfers, that I promise you. This bag is designed for riding carts, and is a pain in the butt for push cart users.

Do you see the top of the C130 in the above picture? That angle is going to kill your enjoyment of your cart bag. This bag is made specifically for riding golf buggies. That green top is angled and taller than the rest of the bag and goes right where your push carts console is. It's angled so heavily to make it easier to access your clubs on a golf buggy that you drive..

The only push cart that the C130 will suit is maybe the Sun Mountain Pathfinder, but ALMOST NOTHING ELSE - it will just get in the way of where you store your pencil, scorecard etc. I promise, it looks good, but not for our needs.

Why frustrate ourselves when the point is to get something fun and convenient?  


Difference between BUGGY CART golf bags and PUSH CART golf bags

1. The top part of the riding bags extends upward in a wedge shape and can get in the way of opening and closing your push cart console. You put the woods in the back, putter and wedges closest to you for easy access.

2. The top part of the push cart bag is generally laid out pretty flat so you can adapt what clubs you prefer to put where. This is a minor thing but if you have a Clicgear push cart or one with a console that you can store your stuff in, the more semi circular or flat shape of a push cart bag will help you.


Modern stand bags can also work nowadays

New modern era cart bags can be used for push carts if you prefer to have an option to carry every now and then. I have never carried a bag, always pulling or pushing a cart, but there are now modern day stand bags that will have flat bases so you can use it on a push cart.


Best Push Cart Golf Bag Alternatives


1. Datrek DG Lite II cart bag (good for both buggy and push cart)
2. Titleist Cart 15 (Executive good looks in a cart bag)
3. Sun Mountain Sync golf bag (Sun Mountains best)
4. Founders Club Premium Cart Bag (most organized push cart bag)
5. Callaway ORG 14+ cart bag (easy top arrangement)
6. Taylormade Cart Lite Bag (simple no frills push cart golf bag)


The most important part of a push cart bag is the availability of handles to get the bag onto the cart. The Datrek DG lite II cart bag has perfectly located two handles on the top of the bag which also protect clubs from dings.

The top of the bag is angled making it great for riding carts but in a way that works well on push carts. You can arrange your clubs any way you choose with a 15 way divider, each club has it's own place to avoid club crowding. All the pockets face the way you need them whether on your push cart or buggy.

Tons of storage space 

There are 7 pockets. The well-lined valuables pocket means you can throw your phone in there without worries about scratches and with the waterproof zip, no chance of water getting into your keys and wallet. 

Pros
  • Lots of colors to choose from
  • Top handles for easy loading and unloading
  • Putter well accommodates thick putter grips 
  • Very lightweight 4.25 lbs
  • Vented cooler pocket
Cons
  • Sun Mountain have 50% more pockets

Cons

Sun Mountain are one of the hottest golf bag manufacturers and the Sync is one of the hottest push cart bags around. You won't hear too much about these guys besides in the golf bag niche because they're purely specialists in creating bags designed to please golfers. 

American Made quality

You can store practically everything you need in the made in America Sync and you'd be able to survive the Apocalypse while out on the golf course with this big boy.

Eight pockets mean you can store enough balls for days, valuables in a soft material pocket, rain gear,  gloves, beer cans in the insulator and if need be, a rifle would fit in the one side. Anyway, you get the idea, this thing holds everything.

15 storage slots mean you have a space for every club plus your ball retriever or to be more professional, your umbrella. So no more flailing umbrella hooking on everything you walk past.

So easy to maneuver 

The handles on the side of the bag and on the top make it quick and easy to load and unload the bag with nice balance so you're not doing an arm workout every time you take it in and out of the car. 

They've also included a slot for you to slip the riding cart straps through so the strap doesn't interfere with accessing the pockets. That's a nice touch so you can feel comfortable ditching the push cart and riding along with your buddies without an issue. 

Pros
  • Design specifically to fit flawlessly on Sun Mountain Speed Cart and Micro-Carts
  • Can use on any push cart
  • Dedicated rangefinder pocket
  • Won't fly off the back of a riding cart
  • All pockets face forward when on a cart
  • American made quality
Cons
  • Could have added some smaller pockets for smaller items
  • Won't match any of your club brands

Titleist is making some gear that just looks and feels and plays so differently to their old stuff. This bag is stunning in looks and functionality. With multiple colors, you can also customize a removable ball pocket to embroider your own ideas onto it.

There are 11 zippered pockets and 15 full length dividers for your clubs, and the modern addition of a putter well which can take the fat putter grips. The handles on top are soft to the touch and in a great position to help heft the bag on and off your cart. What I like about the top of the bags with these handles, is during travel, the help to tuck in your wedges and putter to avoid side-force damage.

It's a single strapped cart bag so don't expect to be carrying it much besides between the car and the house. Of course, this is a given. The bag is a medium weight at 6.5 lbs.  

Pros
  • Excellent separation of clubs 
  • Lots of pockets with strong high-quality zippers
  • Relatively light weight for the size and volume of storage available
  • Cooler pocket
Cons
  • Missing a magnetic pocket which is becoming the norm in most cart bags
  • No drain in the cooler pocket
  • No separate putter well

This bag is the organizers dream. There are special slots for every single club in the bag. They clubs can rest on the tops whether right or left handed. Both dexterities can use this bag but please be careful. If you have had your irons fitted and they are longer than standard by more than an inch, your clubs won't fit the top-rests.

There are plenty of pockets on this model all facing outward so you can access them at all time. Putter wells on this model accommodate the fat putter grips. 

A lot of thought has gone into this bag and at this price, it's a bargain. There's no jamming clubs frustratedly into the bag with grips catching on each other and when you walk, the clubs are not clanging together, denting each other as you traverse the rolling hills.

Pros
  • 14 special slots for each club - zero club chatter - slots allow left OR right handed both to fit 
  • Plenty of accessories for convenience on-course
  • Multiple hands and sturdy base - great for a push cart
  • 11 pockets for ample storage
  • 12 month warranty
Cons
  • Check if your clubs are more than 1 inch longer than standard - might not fit the holders
  • When riding a buggy, the strap will cover some pockets - this is best for PUSH CARTS

The Callaway Org 14+ has a top that allows for the clubs to sit so it's easy to access them on your push cart. At a weight of 6 lbs, the bag is not heavy and in that 6 lbs of golf bag, you get 14 dividers on top as with all new cart bags with all the pockets facing outward and a side putter well.

The best part and the reason this bag is on this list is because it is GREAT on a push cart. As people are forced by clubs to use buggies instead of walking and as people just stop walking the course, it's more common to find buggy cart bags. This bag is one of the best golf bags for push carts currently on the market just due to the design and that's all that needs to be said. 

There are also tons of colors to choose from. 

Pros
  • Very well designed for push cart usage all round
  • Plenty of colors to choose from
  • Loads of storage
  • Very well weighted - not a heavy bag
  • Cooler pocket
Cons
  • Can be unstable in a standing position due to reduced weight

The Taylormade bag is a great shape on the top of the bag for a push cart and matches the Callaway bags in terms of design. It has all the same features as most modern cart bags and the stitching, fabric and construction is solid.

 The 14 club dividers keep your clubs from bunching up and the top of the bag allows for easy access and organization of your clubs however you like. 

Pros
  • Insulated cooler pocket
  • Can be carried comfortably as well we used on a push cart
  • 14 dividers on the top of the bag for each club
  • Lightweight 5.5 lbs
  • Stable base which can be used on a pushcart without falling or twisting
Cons
  • Dividers are not full length

Conclusion

I've mentioned only the best of the best. I did not mention the Sun Mountain C130 because i believe this is a bag made primarily for the golf buggy (riding cart) and not the push cart, The top of that bag is angled in a way that it will interfere with a console if you have one on your push cart. 

The above-mentioned bags are the best on the market of the ever dwindling push cart bags. Let's hope walking the course with a push cart doesn't go completely out the window in the future but it looks like the golf buggy revolution is coming as more and more people are either rushing around or too unfit or lazy to walk the 7000 yards needed to play a round of golf.

Invest in a push cart and get your lazy bones walking and get fitter. That golf buggy is not doing you any favors. I recommend the Clicgear and the Caddytek.

Best Golf Shirts for Hot Weather

I play in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar. It's hot here for 49 weeks a year (90°-100° F). The other 3 weeks, it's mildly hot.

Here's what I learned VERY QUICKLY when I started playing in Thailand.

DO NOT WEAR COTTON WHEN IT IS HOT!

I nearly passed out the first time I played golf out here in my 100% cotton polo. I lay in the shower, on the floor, eating dried mango while the cold water washed over me. That's not a joke. 

In the hot, we want to wear synthetics. Not silk. Not cotton. Nope. Synthetics like nylon, polyester, and nylon/polyester with spandex woven into it. This will allow the sweat to evaporate and stop the shirt clinging to you. When cotton clings to you, it restricts movement. Synthetic shirts are simply the best golf shirts for hot weather.

But they feel cheap right?

I did not like to wear synthetics back then and I was convinced by the internet articles telling me to wear loose fitting cottons, linens and silks. WRONG!

After the 3rd or 4th round, you really appreciate the advice of people who tell you to get some dry fit golf attire. 

When the wind blows, it plays cool on your skin mixing the moving air with the wet front and back of your shirt. The fabric stretches and moves if it's clinging to you instead of holding your shoulders back and wrapping around your love handles. 

Shirts with spandex woven in are going to be the most comfortable shirts you'll ever wear. I know, because I created shirts specially for my own enjoyment in the heat!

Best Golf Shirts for Hot Weather


Waddaplaya Golf Polo

Created for the tropical heat - fun patterns

I have created these shirts to be the lightest, most comfortable shirts on the planet especially for the heat.

They are spandex and synthetic blended together to create a light shirt that stretches and keeps your cool in the hot weather. The fabric retains some moisture as you play and the wind cools you down as you perspire.

After you get off the course, the shirt is dry within minutes of being indoors and the best part about this synthetic blend is that it does not hold stink under the armpits. I have been using this fabric for 2 years now and cannot be happier. 

Waddaplaya is the only golf polo I wear and that's because I made it the best possible golf shirt for hot weather in the world. 


Three Sixty Six Golf Shirt

Great stretchy blend - tons of colors

ThNothing to complain about here. Great shirts for hot weather with 88% polyester and 12% elastene which is also a SUPERB stretchy thread woven into the shirt to make it breath and stretch to your body and keep you cool playa. 


Little Donkey Andy Polo 

Short and long sleeve available

Long sleeve is sometimes an option to if you want to keep the sun off your arms. Have a look at the bottom of the page if you want to see my solution which I use often out here in Thailand. UV sleeves.

This spandex/nylon blend will be a perfect feeling for you on the course and if you're worried about the cancers on the forearms or just don't like too much sun, the long sleeves are a great option. 


EAGEGOF Golf Shirt

Cool patterns and perfect spandex mix

Lovely blend of 85/15 with the poly and spandex. These patterns are not as loud and bright as the Waddaplaya Golf shirts mentioned above but are definitely more interesting than plain golf shirts. 



Conclusion

The best golf shirts or polos for heat and hot weather are always synthetic.

I promise you're going to be thanking me when you try the blended shirts especially the little tidbit about the spandex for stretchiness. You're going to love it and golf in the heat will mean nothing to you, big dog!


Best Golf Hats for Sun Protection 2021

I'm sure we can agree golf is fun! You know what's not fun? 

Skin cancer's not fun.

So you've come home again and you're burnt. What's worse than putting your head on the pillow to sleep and a fiery heat and pain scorches the side of your head? Nothing worse than burnt ears!

With the increased risk of skin cancers as we get older, those long lazy days on the course take their toll without a hat. So many of my golf friends over 40 have had lesions cut out of their skin from overexposure to the sun playing golf.

For you and your family, it's best to wear something on that big dome of yours. This short guide will give you the most effective options to stop your skin turning into a leather handbag and protect you from the punishing UV rays.

Stick around for a while, skin cancer isn't fun but it is common with golfers

Been there, done that, got the hat

I've used every hat out there. I've tried the normal caps and visors. Golf caps still expose your neck and ears and aren't great for sun protection. Visors are a little more useless because there's a hole in the damn thing!

There are only two things I fear when in the sun. One is to look like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and the other is burnt ears. 

Best Golf Hats for Sun Protection

  1. Golf Sidekick Waddaplaya Bucket (best hats for all head sizes)
  2. DPC Outdoors Solarweave (best golf hat for sun protection alternative to Tilley)
  3. Coolibar Matchplay Golf Hat (best wide brim bucket hat)
  4. Callaway 2016 Bucket Hat  (best narrow brim bucket hat)
  5. Coolibar UPF 50+ Men's Holden Packable Travel Fedora (best cowboy looking hat)
  6. Sunday Afternoons Havana Hat (best Havana style hat)
  7. Aussie Chiller Outback Golf Hat (best soft cowboy hat)
  8. Ralph Lauren Bucket (very fancy hat for sun protection)

What to keep in mind when getting a hat for golf

No hat is going to keep you from getting burnt completely. The best options are going to have wide brims and will be made of synthetic materials to keep you cool.

You want to avoid the caps and visors. Visors should be totally avoided if you're thinning up top like so many of us masculine men are. 

Also, use a golf hat in conjunction with a good sun cream. Something like the Biore waterbased cream I use in the harsh SE Asian sun.


Created, tested, used and made by Golf Sidekick for standard and LARGE heads
waddaplaya bucket hat golf sidekick

I have created my own bucket hat and sell them at www.waddaplayagolf.com

The fabric used is the same as what is used in dry fit golf shirts. These are the very same hats I wear on my channel on Youtube. Dry fit fabric means your head stays cool in even 100° weather.

The secret sauce is however, the fact the brim is not stiff so when there is wind around, the hat doesn't blow off your head. It stays on your head in even the most trying conditions.

I played a round in 50mph gusts and the hat never came off once. What else does the soft brim mean? Well, there are a lot BIG HEADED people out there and the relaxed fit means it can stretch to fit your head up to 64cm (25 inches) in circumference. 

They are easily washable and can be stuffed in your pocket or golf bag and pop back into shape in a second. 

Pros
  • Covers ears perfectly
  • Perfect for all weather condition especially windy as well as hot conditions
  • Worldwide shipping
  • Soft brim for a very comfortable fit
  • Made in two sizes from 59cm to 64 cm heads which is very rare
  • New designs in July will be reversible for double the value
Cons
  • Designs sell out quickly and so new stock takes a while - very often sold out

Wide brim cotton hat for temperate climates

The DPC Outdoors Solarweave Treated Cotton Hat is a winner on so many levels.

The fabric is certified 50+ UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) and with the mesh in the top, you'll feel that breeze blowing through and your sweat will evaporate quickly. The top is totally closed so don't worry about the sun coming through the top part.

A built in sweat band will stop your sweat rolling down into your eyes and helps keep the hat in place. For extra security, there is a cord to adjust the fit of the hat. 

Pros
  • Maximum sun protection 50+ UPF
  • Nylon mesh for super coolness
  • Much better price than most Tilley hats - the premium hat in this category
Cons
  • You need to handwash this, so don't just throw it in the machine - it'll go super floppy..

Big wide brim for maximum sun protection

The bucket hat is always one of the best golf hats for sun protection because of the all-round brim. This Coolibar Matchplay hat has a 4" brim which makes it unbeatable for shading your whole neck and face. 

If you pop your golf shirt collar up, you have in impenetrable protection from the sun. It's like having an umbrella on our head. 

The hat can feel a little heavy and to be honest, doesn't look very 'slick' or 'professional' but if your main concern is sun protection, this is the best golf hat for sun protection.

Pros
  • Keeps sun off entire neck and face
  • Wide 4" brim for maximum coverage
  • Many many colors and LARGE sizes
  • Elastic cord to adjust the size so it stays on your head!
Cons
  • A little heavy 
  • Doesn't look very 'chic'
  • Brim is quite stiff so not great for travel

Lightweight and slightly narrower brim

Super cool hat that's very light and breathable. This is a multi purpose hat for golf, tennis, running and hiking. You can use this thing everywhere if you're a multidiscipline sportsman.

The fabric is moisture-wicking and my favorite part about this hat is not the function, but it looks so similar to Tiger Woods cucket he used to wear. 

There are 2 sizes so if you have a big melon, you can still fit into one. The Callaway 2016 Classic hat is synthetic so when you're sweating your bag off, you won't have a hot head and a soaking wet hat. Callaway make top quality products and this hat is no different.

Pros
  • Moisture wicking fabric
  • Built-in sweatband keeps sweat away 
  • Relaxed brim with stretchy durable fabric
  • Classic look - not too wide and not too narrow - looks like Tiger's bucket
Cons
  • Nothing

Breathable and cool so your head doesn't get hot

My favorite hat for sun protection while playing golf is definitely a cowboy hat. I like to look like a maverick. The Stetson is a classic

The secret to a good cowboy hat is that is needs to be made of straw or synthetic materials. I've played in many kinds of cowboy hats but found the suede and leather types don't keep my head cool and get very stained by the sweat which doesn't evaporate quickly.

That's why straw or grass hats work best. Wind will blow through the small gaps and dry your head and keep you nice and cool. The brims have wire in them so you can also turn the sides up for a slightly more 'maverick' look.

Pros
  • Cool material that allows wind to come through
  • Looks very outlaw and always turns heads
  • Wire in the edge of the brim to customize the shape of the turns on the sides 
Cons
  • Not crushable or foldable
  • I often hit the brim on doors and windows

Like a mini-cowboy hat that protects those ears

This is a super easy, wrinkle-resistant, hat that you can pack into your travel case or golf bag and take it with you anywhere you go.

You can use it on the course, while you're on a boat, taking a walk around the island or out for lunch. The fabric is moisture wicking and with a rating of 50 UPF, you're not going to get burned where this thing covers you.

The best part is that it's a fedora but looks a bit more down-to-earth as a mini cowboy stetson.


Slick James Bond style golfing hat

The Havana and Fedora looks slick. While the brims are not as wide as the bucket hats or the hunting hats out there, the Sunday Afternoons Havana Hat still offers you great sun protection.

On top of looking like James Bond on the golf course, the hats are also crushable so you don't need to worry about your bag crushing the brim or the head part. 

I've used these hats countless times and even stuff them in the side pocket of my golf bag. 

Pros
  • Look suave, like an international man of mystery
  • Good sun protection
  • Very cooling and crushable and storable in the golf bag
  • Use it on your golf holiday away from the course
Cons
  • Not the best at redistributing sweat
  • You might be perceived as arrogant

My choice of golf hat

I like off-beat hats with floral designs or childish designs on them. Most people don't take me seriously on the course when they see my hats but once I hit a shot, they know I'm there to play.

Mix it up. Put your personality into how you dress on the course. I like narrower brimmed hats like the Ralph Lauren bucket and I like them bright. 

This hat can just be thrown into the bag, into the car and can be stuffed in your back pocket. 

Pros
  • Looks eye-catching
  • Good sun protection
  • Everyone is gonna know who you are at the course
  • Conversation piece
Cons
  • Needs a personality or a golf game to back it up otherwise no one takes you seriously
  • Too many women will be chasing you

Without a doubt, THE BEST sun cream I've ever used is this one my wife bought me in Japan. Now I live in Thailand and the sun is vicious out here. Since using this sun cream on my face and neck particularly, people don't believe I live in the tropics.

Hands-down my sun cream of choice. I apply it once before the round and keeps my complexion delightful for the full 18. It also softens out the skin and your missus will notice those wrinkles getting shallower.

The best part is that there is no oily residue after applying so you can apply it on the first tee and rip your drive down the middle without needing to wash your hands.

Conclusion

In the end the choice comes down to how you like to look on the course. When I feel regal, I wear the Havana. When I'm feeling like a crazy man, I wear the cowboy hat. But in general, I use narrow brimmed bucket hats from my own making.

In general all of the hats above will be great for sun protection. I would strongly suggest avoiding caps and visors if you want sun protection. Your neck and ears are still too exposed leaving that opportunity for those little cancer spots so many of our buddies have cut out of their faces. Visors leave the top of your head fully exposed and a sun burn on the top of the head, is inly rivaled by burnt ears!

What to Wear Golfing for the First Time Beginners Guide

It happened to me.

I was a member and played at my local small-town course which didn't really care too much about dress code. Jeans and T-shirts were the norm.

I went up to a big city as a newbie golfer and found all the famous championship courses I'd read about and planned on playing them one by one. I settled on the first one, which my cousin worked at, and made sure to put on my best golfing outfit, collared shirt and all.

'You can't play here wearing that, sorry' my cousin told me.

The shock ran through me like an earth tremor. How could I be turned away in my fancy new golfing outfit? 

This was the outfit

Not allowed on a golf course, who knew??

Apparently this wasn't appropriate

My cousin did tell me how I was supposed to dress and after seeing some of the more experienced golfers around, I realized the error of my ways. 

I immediately went out and bought the stuff I needed and was playing on that very same golf course the next day. A golf course Ernie Els and Vijay Singh regularly stopped at!

So to avoid similar embarrassment for you, I've put this little guide together so you never get turned away from a golf course dressed like a fool...


You can use a long sleeved or a short sleeved polo shirt but it must have a collar. 

My own Waddaplaya brand - brilliant quality and feel 

Depending on whether you live in a warm or cool climate, the material you use will affect how you feel on the course. In cooler areas, cotton is always great while in warmer and more humid areas, a synthetic material will let sweat evaporate and keep you dry and cool. 

I highly recommend Golf Sidekick designed and created WADDAPLAYA polo's HERE from our online store. All designed for maximum comfort with many designs, colors and patterns. 

Don't be like me and wear a thick cotton shirt in 100 degree weather and end up lying on the shower floor eating dried mango and drinking the shower water!

No-no's

  • No T-shirts or sports jerseys
  • No big banner advertising across the back or front
  • No foul language in massive letters 

2. Shorts or slacks

Depending on your preference, you can choose between shorts and slacks. Keep in mind, they need belt loops. No drawstring or soccer shorts.

You can also get shorts and slacks made specifically for hot weather or temperate weather like the shirts above.

For hot and humid conditions, I love Under Armour for slacks; Adidas for shorts.

For when I travel to cooler more temperate places, I like flat-front chinos and chino shorts.

The safest colors for your golfing pants and shorts are cream, beige, khaki, gray and tan. White and pink as well as very bright colors are something you graduate into as you move up the golf hierarchy and establish yourself as a flashy snappy dresser. 

Dont's

  • Don't wear white pants - reserved only for pretentious low handicappers
  • Don't wear three-quarter length shorts
  • Don't wear draw-string shorts - shorts with belt loops and a belt are the best

3. Golf Shoes

You get three kinds of golf shoes now. 

1. Steel spikes - used by the pros and won't be allowed on majority of standard courses for amateurs - AVOID
2. Soft spikes - Steel spikes are replaced with plastic and rubber ones to avoid tearing up greens - these are the most popular type of shoe
3. Spikeless - The sole of the shoe has lots of small rubber studs that are great for people who get stud pressure walking on spiked golf shoes. 

I played with soft spike golf shoes for 14 years but as someone who suffers from serious stud pressure playing any sport, I ditched them for spikeless as soon as spikeless became a 'thing'. Just 18 holes killed my feet in soft spikes - the soles are often very hard and only get softer as you spend more and more money on them.

Adidas and Skechers make some of the most comfortable spikeless golf shoes around. After 18 holes in massive heat, I'm usually sitting in the club house sipping my beer, feeling fantastic! The soles are softer as well as having ample padding in the heel and quarter sections - like wearing trainers.

While spikeless golf shoes are more comfortable, they look more casual and like sneakers so you won't look like your favorite pro (unless Freddie Couples or Ernie Els are your favorite). If you want to look like Jordan Spieth or Dustin Johnson, you'll need to get some soft spike golf shoes. 

No-no's

  • No trainers
  • No flip flops, thongs, sandals
  • Avoid steel spikes 

4. A belt and socks

Use your belt loops! Wear a belt. It can be whatever looks good but I prefer something stretchy and less formal than belts you wear at work. I like them to match my shorts or a color on the shoes. Something cheap too - like an elasticated braided belt.

When it comes to socks, you want to get white socks like these Nike ones that go up near your ankles. 


5. Extras

Hat or cap

If you're like me, getting a little thin on top or just don't want to get burnt, there are numerous options for headwear. Here are some hats you can use:

  • Baseball caps - the most commonly seen hat on Tour and most golf courses
  • Visors - Not as popular but great for not getting 'hat hair'. Not good for bald guys
  • Cowboy hats - Less common but you know he's a maverick
  • Bucket hatsA very common hat for all-round sun protection. Not bad looking with a narrow brim - this is my first choice of hat for sun protection
  • Wide brim hats - the mark of a beginner. While very effective in keeping sun off your cheeks, steer clear of these hats if you don't want to look like a newbie.

>>> Check out my guide on hats right here <<<

No-no's

  • No backward caps
  • No caps in the clubhouse or bar

Golf glove

These are optional but if you play long enough, you'll eventually use one. The key is to find the right size and remember something very important!

Right handed golfers wear gloves on the left hand and left handed golfers wear gloves on the right hand. You only ever wear one BUT if you want to look like a total beginner, you can wear two, one on the right and one on the left. But please don't!

There are many things to know about golf gloves but that's something for the future. For now, the best glove for you will be durable and cheap. No need to spend massive amounts on gloves just yet. 

Below are the Grip Boost Second Skin for hot humid weather (you'll need 3 to alternate with during the round) and the MG Dynagrip for temperate climates. Superb value for money!


That's a pretty good start to your golfing journey. Key things to remember when golfing for the first time are to have fun and not worry too much about what other people think. Cover your bases by knowing the rules and etiquette and dress in a way that makes you feel good. 

Once you do all that, you're ready to hit the course and make some new friends. Golfers seem elitist and snobby from a distance but you'll find once you're in our little "club", you're just another one of the boys.


Enjoy!

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