Do all golf bags fit trolleys?

When choosing the perfect golf bag for your game, there are many things to think about. Along with aesthetics, storage for gear, waterproof protection, and ease of use, an important consideration includes how the bag will sit on your trolley. This will largely depend on the type of bag - stand, cart, tour, or carry.

Here, we guide golfers wanting to upgrade their gear, outlining how different golf bags work with trolleys to help uncover the matches made in golfing heaven.

Can you put a golf stand bag on a trolley?

Stand bags are typically designed for golfers who prefer to walk the course. They come with two built-in retractable legs that allow the bag to stand upright when not in use. One question we’re frequently asked is “can you use a stand bag on a golf trolley?”. While most stand bags are primarily designed for carrying, a newer type known as a hybrid stand bag overcomes some of the issues that standard stand / carry bags may face. For example:

  • The stand mechanism is hidden away inside the bag, allowing the bag base to sit flush on the trolley plate. 
  • The top of the stand legs bracket is lower, allowing the bag to sit flush on the top trolley bracket. 
  • Most hybrid stand bags come with a 14-way club divider that offers great protection for your golf shafts and clubheads. 

In short, standard carry bags do fit on trolleys but they will not be as stable or protect your clubs to the level of a hybrid stand bag.

Do golf cart bags fit on trolleys?

Cart bags are specifically designed to be used on golf carts or trolleys, often boasting features such as multiple large pockets, full-length dividers, and a cart strap pass-through system which allows for easy access to your valuables and accessories while sitting on a cart. They do not have retractable legs, and are typically more stable due to the base plate that fits the trolley plate.

To glide easily from one hole to the next, without compromising on what you’re carrying, pair the MacGregor Mac 14 Way 10” Golf Cart Bag with the Masters Golf 5 Series 3 Wheeled Golf Trolley. Alternatively, Motocaddy cart bags feature their exclusive EASILOCK™ system, designed to fix the bag onto a Motocaddy trolley and eliminate the need for a lower bag strap. Two holes on the trolley’s bag support are aligned with two removable pins on the base of all new Motocaddy cart bags, ensuring golfers can lock their bag onto the trolley before using the upper bag strap to secure it completely.

Do golf tour bags fit on trolleys?

Also known as staff bags, golf tour bags are designed primarily for professional golfers and serious amateurs. They’re typically larger in size to provide ample storage and often feature the branding of a golf club, sponsor, or player. Golf tour bags can be used on trolleys or carts, but their size, weight, and lack of specific cart-friendly features can make them less convenient than cart bags for this purpose. 

If you plan to use a tour bag on a trolley or cart regularly, make sure that your trolley or cart is compatible and can securely accommodate the bag. Additionally, consider the added weight and size when selecting a trolley or cart to ensure stability and ease of use on the course.

Can you use a lite carry bag on a golf trolley?

Carry bags (also known as pencil bags or Sunday bags) are ideal for the golfer who wants to travel light. Carry bags are primarily intended for golfers who prefer to walk the course, although they’re still generally compatible with golf trolleys. However, compatibility and stability may vary depending on the specific bag and trolley combination, so pay attention to weight distribution. Lite Carry bags are very popular for travelling abroad on golfing holidays, and also for winter golf conditions when trolley bans are in place.

How to put a golf bag on a trolley

Putting a golf bag on a trolley is a straightforward process, but it's essential to do it correctly to ensure stability and security while on the golf course. 

  1. Prepare your golf bag: Before placing your golf bag on the trolley, ensure all clubheads are covered with headcovers (if you use them) to protect them from touching and potentially scratching each other. Make sure your bag is organised with golf clubs in their designated slots or dividers to prevent them from moving around during transport.
  2. Place the bag on the trolley: Lift your golf bag by the top handle, depending on your bag's design. Position the bag on the trolley with the clubheads facing forward and the bag's stand legs (if it's a stand bag) in the upright position facing the trolley frame. If your trolley has straps or attachments, insert the bag's top handle or strap through them and ensure they’re securely fastened.
  3. Securing the bag: If your trolley doesn't have specific straps or attachments for securing the bag, you can use bungee cords or additional straps to secure the bag to the trolley's frame. Make sure it's tightly fastened to prevent any movement during your round.
  4. Balance and weight distribution: Ensure the weight of the bag is evenly distributed on the trolley to prevent tipping. If your bag has multiple pockets, try to balance the weight by placing items like balls, gloves, and accessories in different pockets.
  5. Check stability: Before moving the trolley, give it a gentle shake to ensure the bag is securely attached and there’s no wobbling or shifting. If everything’s stable, you're ready to go.

When shopping for a golf bag, it's crucial to consider how you plan to transport your clubs. If you frequently use a trolley or cart, it's a good idea to look for a cart bag designed explicitly for that purpose. However, if you occasionally use a trolley and often prefer to walk the course, you may want to select a Hybrid stand bag that offers both carrying and cart compatibility.

Ultimately, the compatibility of a golf bag with a trolley or cart depends on the bag's design and the type of trolley or cart you intend to use. Before making a purchase, it’s a good idea to try fitting the bag onto your desired specific trolley or cart to ensure a secure fit and ease of use.

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