Thereâ€™s a theory shared by some golf travel operators that the best way to assure yourself of a good caddie â€” especially throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland â€” is to travel with a lightweight golf bag that is easy to carry. Caddies are said to select their golfers for a round by first choosing which bags they want to carry; and, at many golf clubs, the most senior-ranked caddies get first choice. Not surprisingly, in a caddieâ€™s view, a lightweight bag is like winning the lottery.
Yet, being sleek and lightweight doesnâ€™t have to come at the expense of the functionality that golfers expect from their bags these days. The Utility Rover ($195), a new carry bag designed by Jones Sports Co., provides proof of that. The bag is outfitted with six pockets â€” including a large belly pocket that can accommodate rain gear or extra clothing â€” and the main compartment, which measures 7.5 inches in diameter, can accommodate an entire set of clubs. Best of all, the bag weighs only 3.2 pounds, which means itâ€™s a cinch to carry. Thatâ€™s good news for your caddie, and even better news for you on the days when youâ€™re shouldering the bag yourself.