Are you looking for a golf bag for a push cart with loads of storage?
Do you want enough supplies to live through the Apocalypse if it happens while you're golfing?
Whatever your goal is, you're in the right place. I hope my year-long golf bag debacle will help you avoid the mistakes I made! Keep reading to find out what I did wrong so you don't do the same!
Naturally, my push cart purchase was easy since I love and can depend on Clicgear, but I learnt these two lessons about cart bags...
• Stand bags are awful for golf push carts
• There are two different types of cart bag! Details below
You see, you get bags design specifically for push carts but and also for golf riding carts. The bags for each are quite similar but the design elements are different and having the wrong bag for your push cart can be a real pain in the ass. I found out the hard way when I bought a bag that was made for a riding cart instead of my Clicgear 3.5+ cart.
Why you must get a bag specifically made for a push cart
• The top part of the riding bags extends upward and gets in the way of opening and closing your push cart console.
• The top part of the push cart bag is laid out so that your driver is placed at the top and your wedges and putters at the bottom for easy access to all clubs. If you put a riding cart bag on your push cart, the drivers and fairway woods are at the bottom and putters at the top. The reason for that is a riding cart bag has an angled top to make your clubs accessible from the back of a riding cart.
To put your mind at ease, I’ve selected only the best options made specifically for push carts so you don't go buying yourself a dud.
What I did wrong when I bought a push cart bag
First, I bought the cheapest stand bag I could find and put it on my cart. That lasted about 2 months before all the zippers broke and the fabric actually came off the club dividers which meant my shafts were clattering against plastic.
The bag also twisted and got out of place very quickly and I needed to adjust it on the cart throughout the round.To make me feel even dumber, when I was loading and unloading my gear, the stupid stand legs were always tangling in my cart! That thing ended up in the trash really quickly. Lesson learned: you get what you pay for and stand bags suck for carts.
Next I bought a more expensive cart bag. That's when I found out about the difference between a riding cart and push cart bag! The Sun Mountain C-130 is one of the best cart bags in the world, but not for my push cart. The angled top meant my putter well was at the top and the wedges would get stuck in the rubberized handles on the top of the bag. It was a nightmare. After obsessive research and trials, I settled on a PING Traverse as the best push cart bag.
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The PING Traverse has been designed for us push cart users and you can see it in almost every aspect of the bag.
The PING series of push cart bags is always a winner and the Traverse is a sturdy well-sized bag with tons of storage pockets and intuitive 14 club full length dividers. There's no tangling of clubs and shafts in this beauty.
Easy to set up and flawless usage
I love my push cart but one thing that's always bothered me with the bags is the lack of a handle near the top of a bag to place it on the cart. But not with the Traverse and it's one of the reasons I went for this bag. There's a strong sturdy handle on top and a fabric handle at the bottom for extremely easy mounting and dismounting of the bag.
If you're like me you also like your clubs not to tangle and the 14 club dividers mean there's a place for each club. The dividers stretch from the top of the bag all the way to the bottom. PING really designed the layout of the top of the bag to make it easy to quickly spot your club and get it out immediately. No more of those moments where you can't see your wedge and think you've left it on the previous hole!
Tons of storage space
10 pockets are all easily accessible while on the push cart. Your valuables can be put in a fleece lined pocket while the ball pocket has enough space for even the biggest loser of golf balls. Despite having so much storage space, the bag is very light at only around 5.5 lbs.
The insulated drink pocket can hold a couple of beers and is lined with plastic to stop leakage into your bag. A neat little drain hole in the pocket lets the water out so condensation doesn’t build up.
Perfect for push carts
The bag fits well on push carts and won’t interfere with the use of your console. Accessing your shorter clubs is easy and they won’t bash into your cart and as I mentioned, you won’t need to rearrange your clubs to find your Houdini wedges!
If you do decide to ride, the bag has an area to slip the cart strap through so it doesn't fly off the back.
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.
Good news. If you're a Clicgear push cart user, this is the bag designed specifically for that cart. That's really all that needs to be said, but let's dive a little deeper.
Next level ergonomics
Starting from the bottom, the B3 has a No-Twist Bottom to slot into the bottom of the Clicgear cart so your bag stays perfectly aligned without needing adjusting after a bumpy ride. I also notice that the bag has a slightly lighter bottom perhaps to make it easier to lift the front wheel of the Clicgear cart up when navigating. Or to load up with beer and ice?
Up to the top and you'll find it's been angled so when the bag's on a cart, it presents all your clubs to you without the need to rummage looking for what you need. When you walk, there's also no club chatter so you can play some sneaky ready golf.
Another one from the PING line that blows away the competition. The Pioneer is made of very high quality material in a design that's built to last. You won't need to replace this bag for years!
Sturdy and functional
The really nice big zippers on the bag are high quality with nifty fabric pulls for quick and easy access to your stuff. I also like the velcro pad on the bag to attach my glove to when I'm not using it. I've lost so many gloves by leaving them resting on the top of my clubs. Another nifty little touch is the ring to hook your keys onto. There are few things worse on a golf course than thinking you've lost your keys!
Another neat feature is the magnetic flip pocket for quick access when you've hit 3 out of bounds and holding up the group. The magnet is so strong you don't want to get your fingers jammed in there.
The crazy 11 pockets mean you can store your rain gear, your shoes, rangefinder, valuables and a lot of beer in the cooler compartment. Your umbrella can slot into one of the 15 compartments from the top so there's no more bunching of clubs and umbrella anymore.
I've mentioned only the four best golf bags out there. Of course there are some cheaper options out there and they'll do well for you for a year or two, but both PING bags, the B3 and the Sun Mountain are bags that will last you 10 years easily.
The best golf bags for push carts in order of awesomeness: