There’s a theory shared by some golf travel operators that the best way to assure yourself of a good caddie — especially throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland — 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 caddie’s view, a lightweight bag is like winning the lottery.
Yet, being sleek and lightweight doesn’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 — including a large belly pocket that can accommodate rain gear or extra clothing — 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 it’s a cinch to carry. That’s good news for your caddie, and even better news for you on the days when you’re shouldering the bag yourself.