In my opinion, your golf bag should be something that you don’t have to think about when you’re out playing. You need to be focusing on your shots, not on where your clubs fit in your bag. That’s where the 14 way divider bag comes in, a place for every club for minimum effort. Simple.
I really enjoy carrying a bag, but I don’t get to do it very often here in Asia where caddies are mandatory. For this article I enlisted the help of some friends in the UK and South Africa where carrying is the norm to help identify the best 14 way stand bag. They can also provide insight into things like water resistance and storage of cold weather gear, things which I don’t have to worry about…
Divide and conquer
Not all bags are made equal. Many golf bags will come with 4 or 7 dividers for your clubs. While there is nothing really wrong with this, there are few things to consider. Having more dividers means you will reduce or eliminate bag chatter and rub, protecting your prized clubs from unnecessary damage. More dividers also means less chance of losing a club as it is glaringly obvious when one is missing from its slot - it can’t hide under other blades.
Other things to consider when choosing a bag in general are:
- Storage capacity/number of pockets
- Leg sturdiness
Best 14 Way Stand Bag
- Sun Mountain 2020 4.5 Ls 14-Way Golf Stand Bag (most comfortable to carry)
- Callaway Golf 2021 Fairway 14 Stand Bag (most versatile stand bag)
- PING New Hoofer 14 Way Stand Golf Bag (best for durability)
- OGIO 2020 Convoy SE Stand Bag (best big brand alternative)
- Titleist Hybrid 14 Golf Bag (best for use with a trolley)
- Bag Boy Golf 2018 Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag (best budget option)
Extreme comfort and extensive storage
Sun Mountain make some of the best golf bags out there and the 4.5 Ls 14-Way doesn’t disappoint - everything about this bag screams quality. It weighs in at 5.2lbs, which is on the lighter side for a bag with this many features. The 14 way divider works as expected but as a bonus, each divider runs the full length of the bag, NO MORE tangled grips!
The 4.5LS 14-Way Golf Stand Bag features Sun Mountain’s adjustable, E-Z Fit Dual Strap System with padded straps made of three-layer foam construction. These are some of the most comfortable shoulder straps out there and the back padding is also a premium touch.
When it comes to storage, this bag really takes things to the next level. There are 9 pockets in total including;
- Gigantic clothing pocket
- Easy access hydration pouch
- A super cool velour-lined valuables pocket
- Multiple accessory pockets for tees and balls
Another premium feature of this bag is the inclusion of a speaker pocket, full umbrella sleeve, and integrated alignment rod holder. Sun Mountain really has thought of everything!
One of my pet peeves with stand bags can be the folding legs. When these are bad they are really annoying and can lead to bags falling over. The legs on the Sun Mountain 2020 4.5 Ls 14-Way are no problem at all. When extended they are solid and the enlarged foot pads mean they won’t sink into soft ground. Another cool feature is a velcro strap to hold the legs in place for travel/storage or when using a cart.
The bag comes with a rain hood which works perfectly and makes sure you keep things dry when the bad weather arrives.
Great versatility for Callaway fans
The Callaway Fairway 14 Stand Bag has been designed to be used in a variety of settings. It’s definitely one of the most versatile Callaway golf bags.
The OptiFit straps and X-Act Fit strap system are really comfortable, making it a great carry option. The bag also has ample storage and a sturdy structure, meaning it will also work as a cart bag.
The 14-way top allows for easy club separation and organisation, while the pocket design has been updated from previous models to increase storage. I was able to fit all of my gear in the different sections with room to spare. In fact, there’s more storage available on this stand bag than you’ll find on some cart bags.
This is an excellent crossover bag that’s ideal for golfers who like to mix it up between carrying, using a trolley and taking a cart.
Reliable and durable - everything you expect from a PING bag
The PING Hoofer series is synonymous with reliability and has been a go to for golfers for years. Even people who don’t play PING clubs will use a PING bag because they are that good.
PING claims to have invented the collapsible leg design found on most carry bags and the version the Hoofer doesn’t disappoint. It’s a solid design which doesn’t get stuck and can be easily locked into place when using a trolley or cart.
The 14-way top makes it easy enough to keep track of your clubs, but what stands out is all the storage. Some people like to take a minimalist approach to what’s in their bag: a few balls, some tees, maybe a jacket and a pencil to keep score. That isn’t me. I’m always carrying more than I need and I’m never caught short on the course. I have my wet weather gear, Suncream, gloves, spare batteries for my phone, a tool to adjust my driver, plenty of balls, tees and markers and loads of “water”.
With all the pockets on the Hoofer, I was able to stow everything away where it was easily accessible. I also liked how the water bottle always stays upright, something which is often overlooked in a carry bag.
The final big plus is the comfort this bag provides. I carried it for 36 holes and it was a lifesaver for my lower back. An excellent choice all round.
Surprise offering from a lesser now brand
Not everyone has heard of OGIO but they offer great golf accessories at a very reasonable price point. But why would you ditch one of the “big” brands for someone you haven't really heard of before?
This isn’t the most lightweight bag but it’s really comfortable to carry if you want to, and it’s super stable and well set up for use on a push cart or a golf cart.
Storage is excellent with 11 (yes 11!) pockets providing space for clothing and accessories. The 14-way top divider allows you to keep clubs well separated and organised while the removable ball pocket panel is a nice feature.
The load balancing double straps and padded hip pad means this hybrid bag performs well if you want to carry. There is a built in lift handle plus double cart strap pass-through giving this bag a great amount of versatility.
A premium feature is the Cordura fabric this bag is made from. This makes it basically indestructible and should last for years and years.
Cleverly designed base means this is easy to use on a trolley
Some people are brand loyalists when it comes to their golf bags and I’d say this is very true of Titleist owners. This is probably the perfect bag for a Titleist fan as it works really well as both a carry and trolley bag. My friend in the UK noted that this is especially useful as many players over there will switch between trolley/carry depending on the weather conditions.
It is worth noting that this bag is fairly expensive compared to other bags in this space. Also not all the club dividers were full length.BUT it is super light and comfortable to carry around the course. Using a push trolley was easy and it fitted nicely into a Powakaddy base. A nice feature is the insulated drink compartment and, as expected, it has loads of room for your gear. Definitely worth considering for Titleist fans.
Excellent range of features for a bag at this price point
If you're on a budget and want a bag that can be used for carry, push trolley or golf cart the Bag Boy Golf 2018 Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag might be the choice for you. I found this bag to work really well in all situations - especially when on a cart.
The legs on this bag are very sturdy and folded away nicely when not in use. I found the base of the bag to be more square than other designs, meaning it fit onto the back of a cart a bit more easily than a classic carry bag.
The dividers work well, although a couple were a little tight towards the top, meaning larger grips tended to get stuck occasionally but not that often to be a concern. Overall a very good offering for the money.