Looking for a small, lightweight golf bag that you can take out for those short weekend games instead of using your everyday bag? What you’re looking for is commonly called a Sunday golf bag and we can help you find a great option to meet your needs.
Check out our product recommendations below, as well as our guide on getting a good Sunday golf bag for your golfing needs.
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What is a Sunday bag?
Sunday bags are a type of golf bag designed to be very light and portable. Rumour has it that the name Sunday bag comes from the days when every golfer had a caddy except on the sabbath, when work wasn’t permitted, and so golfers had to carry their own bags, or a lighter version, and these lighter bags came to be known as Sunday bags. Needless to say today you can use one whenever you want and many golfers prefer these bags to the more substantial carrying alternatives and even carts. It’s certainly true that the game feels a little different when you’re carrying your own bag!
Sunday bags are designed to be as lightweight as possible, so they don’t come with all of the extras you will usually find on bigger, bulkier bags. They tend to have just two or three pockets for the bare essentials, which means no large storage segments for extra balls and a jacket, no luxurious cooler pockets or even lightweight stands.
Sunday bags usually have space for a few balls and tees, a waterproof pocket for valuables and very little else. Some may have an umbrella space or a bottle holder but the goal is to keep everything light. Even inside there are usually fewer dividers for your clubs – sometimes none – and no heavy frames or bases. Traditionally Sunday bags are single-strapped but double, backpack styles are also common now and can be much more comfortable, especially when carrying a full set of clubs, which some Sunday bags will allow.
In short, Sunday bags are the lightest bags on the market, usually weighing just 2 – 4 lbs, with the goal of giving you as little to carry as possible.
When would I use a Sunday bag?
Whenever you like! One of the greatest things about Sunday bags is their inherent versatility. Although some golfers use a Sunday bag for every round and swear by them, others don’t always like to be quite so minimalist in their approach. If you like to have an extra layer or some waterproofs in your bag, or maybe some extra drinks and a sandwich then a Sunday bag is not the right choice, but if you’re just playing nine holes after work or heading to the driving range after lunch then maybe you don’t need all of the extra supplies and that’s when a Sunday bag is perfect.
It’s probably not a good idea to have a Sunday bag as your only choice when heading out for a game, but as a compliment to your main bag it can be a real pleasant option. Many people keep one as a spare in the boot of the car for when they don’t feel like lugging their whole bag around the practice area, for example; if you’re only planning on hitting three clubs why take your whole bag? Another way that some people use Sunday bags is as a seasonal option. Sometimes there is good weather and a Sunday bag is the perfect thing to help lighten your workload on a hot day, and when the weather’s fine why carry around umbrellas, rain jackets and all the extras when you can take your smaller, lighter bag and save yourself some vital energy?
Others like to buy them for their children or casual golfers who may not need to play with a full set or only play very occasionally. How you use a Sunday bag will vary as much as your game varies from another person’s, but for many a Sunday bag is a useful alternative to their main cart or carry bag and comes in very handy when needed. And of course some people just think they’re stylish!
What should I look for in a Sunday bag?
If you are thinking of getting a Sunday bag there are fewer options to consider than with most other types of bag. Because the bags are already so simplified the main differences between them usually amount to just a few things, namely:
- the type of carrying strap – single or double, how comfortable is it?;
- the number and types of pockets – usually one each for balls, tees and valuables, but occasionally a few others;
- the material of the bag itself – for example without a stand some people complain that Sunday bags can get dirty or wet and so many now have extra-durable and water-resistant undersides;
- the number of dividers in the club compartment – anywhere from none to three, and not all Sunday bags can hold a full-set of 14 clubs, so make sure to check the size if that’s a feature that you will want;
- the overall weight of the bag when empty – almost always below 5lbs, sometimes less than 2lbs;
- and finally, of course, the general style, look and value of the bag.
Some bags come with extras such as loops through which to store an umbrella, bottle holders, velcro glove holders, rain hoods and so on, and the importance of each of these things will vary from player to player depending on how you like to organise your bag and how you plan to use it.
Do I Need a Sunday Bag?
If you are a golfer who usually carries your own bag and sometimes it can feel cumbersome then perhaps a Sunday bag is just the thing for you. Equally if you usually use a cart or trolley because carrying your own bag feels like a bit too much effort than you enjoy then a smaller Sunday bag might be just the thing to get you back to carrying your own clubs. Maybe you just feel the need to declutter your bag and head out with less on your back, which a Sunday bag makes imperative. For others a Sunday bag provides the simpler pleasure of having a more portable bag to take out to the range or leave prepared in the car for those impromptu invites and quick nines when the chance appears. Whatever your reasons for using one, Sunday bags are an excellent option to give yourself and if you suspect one might make golf more enjoyable then you should certainly take one out for a few holes and give it a try!