Equipment Review: 2015 Golf’s Most Wanted Golf Bags, The Sahara Golf Bags
At Hireko, we offer a wide selection of golf cart and stand bags at difference price points to suit any budget. We have a lot of the top names like Bag Boy, Datrek and Ogio. But we also have one you may never have heard of before – Sahara. If you are wondering who in the hell makes Sahara golf bags it happens to be one of our house brands. So that’s why it is not a household name – at least yet.
In all truthfulness we do not actually “make” the bag. Let’s face it, just about all bags are made at one of the many bag factories in China and imported. Companies that sell bags will do one of two things. The first is to create their own design that is proprietary to them. Examples of those would be Ogio’s models with their Ogio Silencer Club Protection System or Clicgear’s B3 bags to fit precisely onto their wildly popular 3 and 4 wheel golf push carts.
The other and more common option is a company will pick one of the many styles that a bag company has already developed and then the buyer will select the materials, colors and maybe extra features to add to the bag. So if you have looked a lot of bags and some appear to look eerily similar to one another, those are the honest-to-goodness reasons why.
What is the real difference between Sahara golf cart and golf stand bags and OEM golf bags? Let’s look at how they are similar:
- Sahara golf bags are lightweight
- Sahara golf bags have ample storage including a velour lined valuables pocket with a water proof zipper
- Sahara golf bags are colorful
- Sahara golf bags have padded dual straps
- Sahara golf bags feature full length dividers
- Plus Sahara golf bags have the usual rain hood, umbrella holder, Velcro glove attachment, towel ring, etc.
What Sahara golf bags don’t have is the $160 and up price tag. Let me ask you, when was the last time one of your golfing buddies asked you what kind of bag you have? Most likely they have never. So why spend an extra $40 or more just to have some major OEM name emblazoned on the side so you are a virtual walking billboard? If anything those companies should be paying you to lug your clubs across the course.
If you compare the pricing, features and materials of the 2015 Sahara Gobi and Baja Lite cart and stand bags against a lot of other bags on the market, we think you will find them to be a great value. Call our bags low cost; just don’t call them cheap. After all they might be coming out of the same factory in China as those more expensive branded bags.
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The obvious question is who should be fit? There is a preconceived notion that only good players should be fit. As mentioned in this book “that would be like saying that only high handicappers need lessons. In fact, all golfers need lessons and to be fit. With proper instruction and custom clubfitting, both can help a player enjoy this great game and have a positive experience.”
In the book we address what fitting is and how it won’t have the same meaning to all. We even discuss the six levels of fitting that you may encounter and where one may be more applicable than another. For someone that has been in the golf industry for now over three decades, I have experienced fitting first hand. I’ve fit individuals, taught golf clubfitting classes and continue to help our customers on a daily basis help fit their customers or themselves. What I have learned over the years is not to try to apply a cookie-cutter approach to fitting because that will be a doomed business model.
The book is written in the most orderly fashion as possible with understanding the basics first and then applying those ideas together. Plus they say a picture is worth a thousand words and the reason why there are ton of diagrams to help you understand a certain concept.
Speaking of why, Why do we have 14 clubs in our bag? Why does it seem like I use the same clubs over and over again? Why do lady golfers have an unfair advantage? Why do I push my hybrids but pull my irons? What is golf club bounce and should I care? What is the most important variable when it comes to golf club fitting? What is the most important question to address in a fitting? What can I expect from a fitting? These are all questions that are explained in the Modern Guide to Golf Clubmaking.
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So how do you know how high to tee the ball? While the rule of thumb has been to tee the ball so the equator is even with the top of the face that is a generalization as some golfers are not comfortable or even capable hitting a shot from that position.
About a week ago I was out testing products at my local range. After I was done I headed to the building to drop off the empty bucket. The owner of the range was fitting a very good local player who happened to be on a college golf team. He waved me over and asked to watch and advise which I was happy to oblige. The circumstance was the player was extremely straight but was short compared to his competition even though he has a very powerful swing. I would have jumped up and down for joy if I were able to hit the ball as far and as straight as he was, but it goes to show you how high the stakes are at this level of golf.
On the golf launch monitor, his angle of attack was negative ranging between 2 and 4 degrees downward. The first thing I noticed was the golf tee height was very low but that is how he preferred to tee it up. I suggested hitting the same club but putting in the longer rubber tee to see if that would help. While he did comment it looked odd to him, it did not take long for him to adjust. After checking the distances on the launch monitor, the ball was traveling another 15-20 yards further because it encouraged him to level out his swing. It is not saying he still did not hit down on occasion, but the angle was closer to level.
That got me thinking, here is a high caliber golfer that was giving up a good chunk of distance because his golf tee height was perhaps ½” shorter than ideal because of a visual preference or over the course of time found this tee height more beneficial. What about the rest of us? When I go to the range to hit drivers, I always look for the mat that has the Goldilocks height tee – not too high, not too low, but just right. Most golfers that bang drive after drive at the range may not be aware there may be different height golf tees available and end up wasting their valuable practice time using the wrong height tee.
So how do you know how high to tee the ball? While the rule of thumb has been to tee the ball so the equator is even with the top of the face that is a generalization as some golfers are not comfortable or even capable hitting a shot from that position. No, the best advice I can give is to take some 3 ¼” golf tees and carefully mark them with a Sharpie pen every ¼” starting ¾” from the bottom as that is the minimum amount needed to insert the tee into the ground so the ball won’t fall off.
Then carefully set each tee into the ground at the varying marked lengths and place balls on top of each of them. You can gauge distance by eye or better yet have some sort of recording devise like the Voice Caddie I have shown. Repeat this exercise a few times and look not only at your average distances but the direction as well. Believe me you won’t need a launch monitor to tell you which of the tee heights caused you to launch the golf ball higher or lower as it will become obvious. For me, each time I hit from the higher to the next lower position I lose distance.
From this simple little test you can quickly identify which tee height suits the driver you are presently using. In the future you can mark all your golf tees to that length so you have them on hand. This will not only optimize your distance off the tee box, but also give you consistency teeing the ball up instead of the small human error we all have just trying to eyeball it while putting the peg into the ground.
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