Difference Between a Golf Cart Bag and a Stand Bag

In the mid-1500s, when golf was first played in Scotland, there were no golf bags. Simple sticks were used to “beat” pebbles on the beach through the dunes. The golf clubs were carried by the players by tying them together with a kind of cord. The golf bag didn’t come along until the late 1800s. The first golf bags were about 88 cm tall and were made of canvas and leather. Metal was added to the ends of the golf bag to protect it and make it more stable. The hole for the golf clubs was about 11.5 cm all the way around. This is the same size as a pencil golf bag from today, which is 4.5 inches. Up until the 1930s of the 20th century, this “small mouth bag” was used.

After the end of the Second World War, 9-hole golf became the norm. This meant that you had to use a lot of different clubs to hit the green. The golfer also needed more room for his golf balls, gloves, and the first Birdey books. Comfort in carrying became more important. During this change, lighter nylon and plastic took the place of leather, canvas, and baskets in making golf bags: “Leather was taken out of use and replaced with lighter materials like nylon and plastic. The new club bag was easier to carry and could hold more clubs. It also had more room for balls, gloves, and even books.” 

In 1956, someone made the first golf cart. Less and less people wanted to carry the golf bag. With a cart, it was easier to carry the golf bag, and it was faster and easier to play 9 holes. There is a “bottom” on golf bags to make it easier to put them on the cart. At the same time, the first real carrying bags with feet and a way to carry them were made. These made it easier to carry the golf bag when there wasn’t a cart. These changes continue to change what cart bags and stand bags are like.

Types of Golf Bags

At the end of the day, your golf bag is like your best friend or a loyal dog. It’s never too far away to see or hear. And your golf bag keeps your golfing gear safe, organized, and (mostly) clean.

That’s why you should know what kind(s) of golf bag(s) work best for you.

You need to think about where, when, and how often you play golf to choose the right bag.

When choosing a golf bag, the most important thing is how well it works. Do you walk, ride a bike, or do both? Do you need to store extra clothes and accessories like rain gear, a GPS/rangefinder, or an umbrella?

Answering questions like these will help you figure out which golf bag(s) will be best for your game.

Staff Bags

The Rolls-Royce of golf bags are staff bags. They are expensive, big, fancy, and easy to spot. Pros use staff bags most of the time on Tour. This is mostly to get the name of the brand out there, since the big logos on the sides can’t be missed when a player is photographed or shown on TV. Most of these tour-level golf bags can be changed a lot and have big Callaway, Mizuno, or Titleist logos on them.

The best way to do business on the golf course is with a staff bag. Keep your look clean and professional in more than one way. A staff bag will not only make you look like a pro golfer, but it will also make you feel like one. Staff bags are the best way to boost your confidence on the course.

Golf Cart Bags

Staff bags are a bit bigger and a lot heavier than cart bags.

But if you walk the course and use a pull or push golf cart, cart bags are a great choice. And if you ride in a cart, these are perfect (hence the name). We don’t recommend carrying them further than from your car to the cart you want to use.

Cart bags are a fun way to blend the personal and the professional. Cart bags are the perfect mix of a staff bag and a golf stand bag. They are both stylish and useful. 

Stand Bags

A person standing near a stand bag

The two retractable legs are what makes stand bags stand out. These legs let the bag stand completely upright like a staff bag or cart bag, or it can stand on its own with its two legs spread out to keep it stable and make it easy to get to any golf club. When the bag is standing up, the legs fold in and lie close to the bag.

Think of these bags as the Swiss Army Knife of golf bags. They are light enough to carry and easy to put on a golf cart or pushcart. No matter how you play, you can take your stand bag anywhere.

Carry bags

Regular golf bags or carry bags, which are also called “Sunday bags,” are made for golfers who want to walk the course but don’t need the legs of a stand bag. Golfers who want to carry fewer than 14 clubs are also getting more and more interested in these bags.

This carry bag will make your Sunday nine more fun, whether you want to walk the course and work on your short game or you only need a few clubs to play your home course.

Golf Bags for Juniors

Junior golf bags are a key part of any young golfer’s game. Junior golfers can’t feel more pride and excitement than when they carry their own clubs to the range. So, it’s important to get your junior golfer a bag that fits well. 

Difference Between a Golf Cart Bag and a Stand Bag

Cart Bag

Woman walking at a golf course using a cart bag

A cart bag is a golf bag that you have to put on a hand cart or power cart to move around the course. This kind of bag has a strap so you can put it over your shoulder, but it doesn’t stand up well on uneven surfaces. Cart bags can stand up on a flat, smooth surface, but they usually won’t stand up on a fairway.

  • Most of the time, the heaviest golf bag (which usually weighs between 11 and 12 pounds or 5 to 6 kilograms)
  • Larger and more cumbersome than stand-and-carry bags
  • More space for clubs
  • There are more places to put things (such as balls, rangefinder, drink bottle, groove sharpener, cleaning brush etc)
  • Easy to move around the course with a golf cart or push cart
  • Hardest to move around by hand 
  • Usually more expensive

Stand Bag

A stand bag looks like a cart bag, but it has two built-in legs that let it sit at an angle while you take your shot. Even though this type of bag can sometimes fit in a golf cart, most people who use stand bags carry them while they play. The bag is easy to carry because it has a strap or a backpack-style harness. Because these bags are smaller and more compact than cart bags, there isn’t much room for extra gear and supplies.

  • The middle-weight option (usually around 7-8 pounds/3-4 kilograms). 
  • Less bulky than a cart bag, but still has enough pockets to store equipment. 
  • Can be carried on your back or strapped into a golf cart/push cart.
  • When the bag is placed on the ground, it stands up on its own legs.
  • The most versatile golf bag on the market. They like that they can use a golf cart or push cart or carry their bag on the course. 


A new golf bag should be chosen based on your personal preferences as a player. Your clubs and other items like balls and tees can all be stored in a golf bag, but the most common types are cart and stand bags.

When it comes to finding the appropriate bag for you, usefulness, look (whether you prefer a certain brand, color, or style), and, most importantly, whether it fits within your budget are all factors to consider.

Prior to making your purchase, it is important to know that golf bags are built to endure a long time, so make sure you are confident in your decision.