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Golf Life: Slim Bags

There are more names for skinny golf bags these days than there are for home runs on SportsCenter. What used to be simply a Sunday bag—named after the day on which you might just walk a few holes rather than play a full eighteen—is now a practice bag, a range bag, an executive bag, a hot-day bag, a quiver. Some of the new bags are small enough for the range or a par-three course yet big enough to squeeze in twelve clubs, raingear, a snack and a dozen balls. (The Datrek Quiver even travels.) Others (Burton's B.Ultralight, Ping's Moon Bag) are stripped-down basics. Which one is for you will depend on what you plan to use it for.

Wilson Feather Pro
$46; 800-622-0444; wilsongolf.com
Comments Honey, I shrunk the Staff bag! That's the look of Wilson's nylon Feather Pro with white leather trim. It weighs just 1.5 pounds and balances well on the shoulder with half a dozen clubs in it. A thick, padded shoulder strap makes it feel as if you're carrying a real bag, albeit a very light one. The Feather Pro has one club divider and is big enough to hold a full set of fourteen if you must. Three generous pockets and a mesh pouch make it possible to bring along everything you'd need to play eighteen holes.
Bottom Line A serviceable walking bag, though the retro look may not be for everyone.

Nike Air Skinny
$50; 800-344-6453; nikegolf.com
Comments If you are one of those incorrigible walkers who is of the mind that ten or eleven clubs is all you need, then Nike's Air Skinny could be your full-time bag. It's a handsome piece of equipment with the same checklist of features found on many regular-size carry bags, including a kickstand, two club dividers and six pockets. The Air Skinny weighs in at a mere two pounds, sports a six-inch rounded opening and comfy shoulder strap, and comes with a rain hood.
Bottom Line Best Overall Walker's delight: a well-priced, two-pound, full-featured stand bag.

Datrek Quiver Traveler
$66; 800-247-9651; datrek.com
Comments A Sunday travel bag?Yup. The Quiver Traveler is just that, with a sturdy protective body and attached zippered hood. With head covers on all clubs, including my irons, I'd have no problem checking this bag on a plane. It weighs 4.9 pounds and holds twelve clubs comfortably. A thick foam shoulder strap distributes the weight nicely. You could walk or ride with this bag. It has just four small pockets (enough for balls, glove, wallet and keys), but the Quiver's sleek profile will thrill the minimalist traveling golfer. Dual straps would have been nice.
Bottom Line I'll never lug a big heavy golf bag through the airport again: The Quiver brings traveling with clubs to a whole new level of ease.

Burton Golf B.Ultralight
$30; 800-848-7115; burtongolf.com
Comments The B.Ultralight is unique in that it is designed with a plastic handle to hook onto a cart bag and can be used to carry a few clubs to your ball on those cart-path-only days. While I'm not sure exactly how useful that is, at 1.5 pounds, with a five-inch opening and two small pockets, the B.Ultralight makes a decent range tote. I found, however, that it tilts forward annoyingly unless you fill the pockets with something heavy. Bonus points: It's collapsible, so it stores easily on a shelf or even in your full-size bag.
Bottom Line Gimmicky. But if it's gimmicks you like, this bag can serve two purposes.

Ping Moon Bag
$50; 800-474-6434; pinggolf.com
Comments The Moon Bag is what I think of as a traditional Sunday bag: a 1.2-pound nylon/polyester quiver. No frills. It has one small twocompartment pocket and a ball sleeve. It'll hold a full set of clubs, though without a divider that can be an unruly pile. This bag is really best for carrying up to eight clubs. If Ping isn't your thing, both Sun Mountain and Titleist make virtually identical bags. Available in four colors. There's also a hooded version of the Moon Bag, with a club divider, available in three colors.
Bottom Line Home on the range: A golf bag can't get much lighter or simpler than this.

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