Best Golf Bags 2015 / 2016

According to Golf Datatech, Sun Mountain is the #1 golf bag company in the country so it stands to reason that many of the best selling golf bags for 2015 / 2016 are Sun Mountain bags.

Golf Datatech’s ranking is based upon the quantifiable factor of sales. Golf Digest Hot List, on the other hand,  is a more subjective, qualitative ranking based upon the expert opinions of a panel of highly regarded golf equipment writers.

Some of the top rated golf bags for 2015 recently recognized on the Hot List include the Sun Mountain Three 5, H2NO waterproof and Front 9 golf carry bags, the C-130golf  cart bag, and the XCR hybrid golf bag.

Every year since 2007 the Hot List has recognized the Sun Mountain C-130 as a best golf cart bag. Recent award winners are the C-130 cart bag with 14 individual club dividers and the new C-130 7-way with just seven club dividers. Both models offer sturdy top handles for ease in picking up the bag and forward-facing pockets so all pockets are accessible when on the cart. C-130 also offers a hidden cart-strap channel tunnel so the cart strap goes through the bag and behind the pockets instead of crushing or blocking access to the pockets. Some prefer 14-way tops, some don’t. Now both options are available. As well as a C-130 model with a stand for cart-golfers who like a stand bag for the practice range.

Several Sun Mountain bags were recognized as the best golf carry / stand bags. The ultra-lightweight Front 9 carry bag has made the Hot List the last two years. Golf Digest said, “This small bag earns high marks for performing big. The top is flared to make it easier to pull clubs out and put them back.”

Along with the C-130 cart bag, the Sun Mountain Three 5 carry bag has been a regular on the top-sellers list and in the Hot List. For the 2016 Three 5 the writers at Golf Digest said, “The increased mobility of the strap allows you to put it on and take it off with ease. The top of this light bag was also updated: there’s a slight flare at the top to make it easier to put clubs in.”

Sun Mountain’s line of waterproof H2NO golf bags remains popular as well. Long the top-selling bag in Europe, more and more Americans are appreciating the benefit of having a waterproof golf bag. The H2NO Lite was awarded Hot List Gold, there is also a H2NO Lite with a 14-way top and a cart bag model. For even lighter weight, try the H2NO Ultra Lite.

XCR is a new bag for 2016. Much like the C-130 S, XCR is a cart bag with legs. As Golf Digest said, “So you like to ride in a cart, but you still want to be able to take your bag to the range without it falling down. The solution: a cart bag with a stand. This bag is built to fit in your cart, but it has a stand, too. “

ClubGlider Technology Expands to Luggage

ClubGlider® revolutionized the golf travel bag with the introduction of extendable legs that support all of the weight. That same technology is now being applied to a line of wheeled-luggage that includes a suitcase and a carry-on. ClubGlider Suitcase offers the same ease of use as the golf travel bag thanks to the extendable leg that supports 100% of the weight and then simply retracts away for travel. The suitcase is constructed with the same highly durable, ballistic-style nylon as the ClubGlider Meridian golf travel bag. The ClubGlider Carry-On coordinates with the suitcase and is sized to fit in airplane overhead bins. Both pieces are available now at $349.99 for the suitcase and $239.99 for the carry-on.

ClubGlider suitcase and carry-on luggage

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Sun Mountain Speed Cart Cooler

Just in time for the dog days of summer, Sun Mountain is offering a push cart cooler that works on all of the company’s Speed Cart series of golf push carts.

Called the Cooler Pouch it has two zippered pockets – one that is insulated and will hold up to six, 12-ounce cans. A freezable insert is included with the cooler and fits into the insulated pocket to keep the contents cool and refreshing. The cooler has an additonal exterior mesh pocket to hold snacks and miscellaneous items.

This push cart cooler attaches easily to the frame of all Sun Mountain Speed Cart series golf push carts.

Retail price is $33.99.

golf push cart cooler

The SandTrap Reviews Sun Mountain’s Reflex Golf Push Cart

A writer from SandTrap.com took the new Sun Mountain Reflex golf push cart out for a test drive and filed a nice report. This writer’s experience with other Sun Mountain push carts – Speed Cart, Micro-Cart and MC-3 – worked their way into this review, too, which makes it even more enlightening for the reader.

The primary purpose of a golf push cart is to carry the weight of the clubs and allow for an easy, ergonomic push around the course. Engineering the carts to be lightweight and fold up easily and compactly for transport to and from the course greatly enhanced the popularity of push carts. Looking like a piece of athletic equipment removed any possible stigma long-ago associated with the ole’ two-wheeled trolleys.

The writer of this review spent much of his review talking about the small folded size of the Reflex, the ease with which is opens and folds, and the stability of the cart on the course.

Here are some highlights of what the writer said:

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Golfweek says Golf Push Carts are ‘Cool’

The May 13 issue of Golfweek magazine’s TBX (Toy Box Extra) included a story about the continuing rise in popularity of golf push carts. The headline read “A Big Push in Popularity” and the article said that push carts are becoming ‘cool’ and showing strong market growth.

The writer, James Achenbach, continued saying, “….these products bear little resembles to the two-wheeled pull carts of yore. ….they are attracting a whole new audience of health-conscience players who want to walk.”

Our very own founder and owner Rick Reimers said, “Push carts continue to grow in popularity. The first buyers 15 years ago tended to be the more mature golfers and every year since we see more and more younger players appreciating the benefits of using a push cart. As a matter of fact, in addition to the use on the junior golf tour and at the collegiate level, there are over 100 Sun Mountain push carts at the inaugural U.S. Amateur four-ball tourney this week.”

The story included Sun Mountain’s newest, smallest and lightest golf push cart, Reflex. See the whole story here.

Other push carts in our 2015 line-up include: the Speed Cart V1 Sport, MC-3 and the golf bag and cart in one, Combo cart.

Sun Mountain golf push carts

New Push Cart Folds Smaller, Easier

The new Reflex(TM) golf push cart from Sun Mountain folds and opens easier, has a smaller folded footprint and weighs less than other golf carts. With a new, innovative folding process, Reflex is arguably the easiest cart on the market to fold and unfold. At 51 cubic inches when folded and only 17 lbs., Reflex might fold the smallest and be the lightest push cart, too. Reflex carts are available now with a retail price of $259. Call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com to find your nearest retailer.

Sun Mountain Relfex golf push cart folded

Sun Mountain Reflex golf push cart

Thanks to the marvels of modern engineering, Sun Mountain Reflex folds into a small 25” x 15” x 11” footprint and then easily opens into a full-sized golf push cart with a wide, secure stance. The deluxe accessory console includes a scorecard holder, two padded valuables trays, golf ball storage, and a beverage holder.

Sun Mountain’s E-Z Latch System™ on the Reflex cart simplifies folding and unfolding the cart and adjusting the handle height. The handle on Reflex adjusts up and down and additionally has individual handles with 180 degrees of adjustability for further ergonomic fine-turning. Reflex also features a handle-mounted parking brake and an umbrella mount on the handle to hold an open umbrella over golfer and clubs.

Reflex is available in four color combinations: black, silver, black/lime, and charcoal/red.

To find your nearest Sun Mountain retailer visit www.sunmountain.com.

How to Dress for Winter Golf

When the weather outside is frightful, knowing how to dress for winter golf can be delightful.

Key ingredients of winter golf clothing are:

  • golf thermal layer to keep you warm
  • golf wind breaker to block the wind
  • waterproof golf rain jacket to keep you dry
  • winter golf gloves to keep your hands warm
  • warm hat or ear warmers for your head
  • freedom of movement needed to swing a golf club

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Golf is the Answer to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

If a consistently popular New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight and exercise more. And, if key to keeping a resolution is enjoying it and not viewing it as work. Then golf is the answer.

A study found that walking a round of golf offers the same benefits as a step-aerobics class. Another study documents that walking two rounds of golf per week burns over 2,500 calories.

Sun Mountain makes it easier than ever to enjoy the walk with the best three-wheel and four-wheel golf push carts and numerous choices of lightweight golf bags.

The Sync golf push cart bag is even made specifically for use on our push carts and offers a 14-way divided top to help with that other resolution — to get more organized!

 

 

 

Sun Mountain golf push cart bag

Sun Mountain golf push cart

Golf Comics

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Swindler

While sitting at a table in the clubhouse after a game, Jim remarked to a fellow club member, “I’m not going to play golf with Sam anymore. He cheats.”

golfer-cheating-golf-cartoon“Why do you say that?” asked his friend.

“Well, he found his lost ball two feet from the green”, replied Jim indignantly.

“That’s entirely possible”, commented his friend.

“Not when I had his golf ball in my pocket”, retorted Jim with finality.

 

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Cell Phone Call

There are several men in the locker room of a private club after finishing 18 holes. Suddenly a cell phone that was on one of the benches rings.
A man picks it up and the following conversation ensues:

“Hello?” “Honey, It’s me.”
“Sugar!”
“Are you at the club?”
“Yes.”
“Great! I am at the mall 2 blocks from where you are. I saw a beautiful mink coat… It is absolutely gorgeous!! Can I buy it?”
“What’s the price?”
“Only $1,500”
“Well, OK, go ahead and get it, if you like it that much…”

“Ahhh and I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw a 2014 at a really good price … and since we need to exchange the BMW that we bought last year…”
“What price did he quote you?”
“Only $60,000…”
“OK, but for that price I want it with all the options.”

“Great!, before we hang up, something else…”
“What?”
“It might look like a lot, but I was reconciling your bank account and…I stopped by the real estate agent this morning and I saw the house we had looked at last year … it’s on sale!! Remember? The one with a pool, English Garden, tennis court, acre of park area, beach front property…”
“How much are they asking?”
“Only $1,450,000… a magnificent price, and I see that we have that much in the bank to cover…”
“Well, than go ahead and buy it, but just bid $1,400,000. OK?”

“OK, sweetie… Thanks! I’ll see you later!! I love you!!!”
“Bye… I do too…”
The man hangs up, raises his hand while holding the phone and asks to all those present:
“Does anyone know who this phone belongs to?”

 

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Tour Series golf rain jacket review

The folks at Plugged In Golf recently did a thorough wear-testing review of our new Tour Series golf rain jacket and rain pants.

Regarding the performance of the waterproof golf jacket the reviewer said:

“My first round with the Long-Sleeve Pullover was a great test of its versatility. When I teed off, it was sunny and 60+ degrees. By the time the round was over, the sun was gone, the winds were howling, and the temperature had dropped into the 40′s. I was equally comfortable the entire time. When it was warmer, the jacket’s breathability kept me from heating up. As it cooled, the wind resistance kept me warm.”

Beyond breathability and protection from wind and rain, golf jackets (as the name implies) also have to work for golf. On the topic of what we rate as ‘range of motion’ the reviewer said,

“As for how the jacket moved, I’ll say what I always do about the best apparel: I never noticed it. At no time did the jacket bother my swing in any way, nor did it require any adjusting.”

And that, in a nutshell, is our goal with all of our golf jackets – to do its job while going unnoticed.

The Sun Mountain Tour Series includes golf rain pants, too, constructed from the same waterproof, breathable, stretching material as the jacket. About the golf pants, the review said,

“The Tour Series Rain Pants impressed me from the moment I pulled them on. I immediately noticed how light and breathable they were. In my experience, many apparel companies mistake rain pants for arctic expedition wear – they’re heavy, over-insulated, and stuffy. Sun Mountain made these pants to protect from rain and wind in a wide range of temperatures (they claim 40-75 degrees), not just sub-zero temperatures. In addition to being comfortable and mobile, these pants have a cleverly designed cuff that snaps up to shorten them 2.5″. This is the kind of feature that was clearly designed by real golfers who understand what makes great apparel.”

Well, that’s music to our ears because Sun Mountain takes great pride is being a company of golfers who design golf gear for other golfers. Sure, the Tour Series looks good and functions well off the course, but first and foremost, it must perform on the course.

In conclusion the Tour Series golf rain jacket and rain pants review ended with, “I’m really pleased with the Sun Mountain Tour Series and have put it into my regular rotation. It moves well, the waterproofing is excellent, and, most impressive, it keeps me comfortable in a wide range of temperatures and conditions.”

We’d be honored to make it into your regular rotation, as well. To see the full review go to —

http://pluggedingolf.com/sun-mountain-tour-series-rain-gear-review/

Tour Series golf rain jacket review