TaylorMade Purelite Stand Bag Review

It’s tough to identify the importance of a quality golf bag.  It seems like many golfers I play with have used the same bag for as long as I can remember, and more often than not they are well past the point of needing replaced.   The fact is, finding the right bag for your needs is a lot easier than it sounds.  I have become a bit of a golf bag connoisseur here lately.  Between my own bag swapping and my duties as an equipment tester for THP I’ve been through more than my share of bags in the recent past.  Recently, TaylorMade Golf sent us one of their brand new Purelite stand bags they are rolling out in 2014.  Right away I knew this bag was different – let me explain why.

Features:

  • 5-Way Top with handle (9.5” x 8.25”)
  • Zip-off ball pocket for embroidery
  • Embroidered logos
  • Pen sleeve
  • Nylon webbing trunk handle
  • Anti-split stand system
  • 4 pt. shoulder strap
  • EVA ergonomically molded hip pad
  • 7 total pockets, featuring velour-lined valuable pocket and insulated cooler sleeve
  • Umbrella sleeve
  • Rain hood
  • Towel loop
  • Cart compatible base
  • Full length dividers
  • 5.5 lbs.

Looking over the features you’ll see what you see with a lot of golf bags on the market these days.  All these features are definitely a crucial component of a good golf bag, but the Purelite offers a little something else that really makes this bag stand out.  From a distance you don’t notice anything different, but get up close and you’ll see it, and at first you’ll probably be like me and scratch your head and think… hmmm.  The shape of the top is not your traditional oval with the dividers sectioned off. Instead it’s squared off and at first it looks quite different.  My immediate reaction was one of mixed feelings. It is definitely a little bit odd looking at first. 

We’ll get into how the bag functions shortly, but first I want to talk about the looks.  Simply stated and clean come to mind when I try to describe the look to someone who cannot see this bag.  Big sections of black, white and red trim dominate this solid look with the iconic TaylorMade branding prominently displayed on the side panel.  I like the look a lot. It stands out with the contrasts of the colors, but it’s not over-the-top obnoxious with colors and strange graphics.  It’s pure TaylorMade in every sense of the word.  I love the added touch of the logos being embroidered. It’s something that may seem minor, but the attention to detail really stands out and I like it.

The 5 way divider with the square shape really provides plenty of room for all 14 clubs plus an additional training device that I carry with me at all times.  There are 2 full-length dividers to help section everything off and keep grips from cluttering up in the bottom of the bag that really serve their intended purpose perfectly.  The way this bag’s opening is set up really allows the golf clubs to sit in the bag without moving or sliding around. I am very particular on how my clubs are positioned in my bag and nothing irritates me more than the shifting of clubs due to the rounded off sections in most club dividers.  The Purelite allows you to position the clubs how you like them and they stay in place

Something that is particularly important to me is how well the bag works in conjunction with my push cart.  I have a Clicgear 3.0 and was very happy with how the bag sits on the cart. Often times with stand bags they work fine, but not great.  The Purelite sits nice and flush in the cart and everything remains very accessible while strapped in. 

Functionality is where the Purelite shines in my opinion.  I couldn’t be more impressed with how the square club divider keeps all the clubs in place.  The size of the sections is more than enough room to get my clubs in and out without any of the irritating club jams that always seems to happen with stand bags. 

With more than enough pockets to hold everything I possibly need on the golf course, the Purelite continues to deliver in the storage category as well.  Another nice feature is the rather big cooler pocket that is plenty large enough for a quart sized bottle of water.  It is without a doubt one of the best cooler pockets I’ve seen in a stand bag.

I don’t know if there’s such a thing as the bag to end all bags, but the Purelite certainly delivers on every aspect in my opinion.  Coming in at 5.5 lbs. it’s also very light and easy to carry.  The cart-compatible base works great with a push cart and also sits nice and squarely on a motorized golf cart.  I have turned into a very picky person when it comes to selecting the golf bag that I’ll use. There are simply so many options on the market today that you’d be crazy to settle in even the slightest way.  Few bags out there today offer great style and functionality like the TaylorMade Purelite.  Check one out today. They’re available everywhere for around $180, which also happens to be very competitively priced.  

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10 Comments

  • I enjoyed the review Jake and I agree that TM put out a well designed product with this new bag.

    Particularly with the square shaped top that takes care of that issue with clubs getting easily tangled and all falling into then bottom curve of the bag.

    I still wish there was a dedicated putter well as I like to keep that separated but I’m guessing that would be tough with the square design.

  • Great writeup Jason.

    Im most intrigued with the square top and the ease that it will create for putting clubs in and taking them out. Perhaps this is something that will catch on across other OEM lines (if it doesnt already exist).

  • Great review Jake! One of my biggest complaints about stand bags in addition to the club tangling, is the twisting on both riding and push carts–this bag seems to mitigate that. I also like the sound of the large cooler pocket as well. The square shape just seems to make sense to me the more I think about it. At 5.5 pounds, and $180, it’s very competitive in the market, and I can’t wait to see it in person.

  • Great review, Jake. This bag has me really intrigued, especially the square top. I typically go for a cart bag because of the space and the way it separates my clubs, but it sounds like this one does a great job and is much smaller to get around. A stand bag that works well on a cart is worth checking out in its own right, but it sounds like this one has so much more to offer too.

  • Seeing this the first time gave me the same thoughts you had. The square top just looked odd, but it seems clear that it worked for you and worked well. Never would have expected that, so I’m glad you had a chance to review it. Thanks Jake!

  • I’ll be looking into a new bag shortly I would think and this one sounds like it should definitely be on the list. Thanks for the great review!

  • Thanks Jake, I really like the looks of this one and recently gaining a set of TM Irons I’m going to need a TaylorMade bag. Great write as usual.

  • Nice review, thanks.

    I own a previous version of the TM Purelight and it is a nice bag. Mine is NOT waterproof and needs a coat of Scotchguard to avoid soaking the contents of the bag during a rainstorm (last summer). Hopefully TM added some water resistance to the bag. With all the new oversized putting grips I’d prefer to see a dedicated putter slot like other bag manufacturers. But I really like the square design and it makes a lot of sense.

  • The rectangular shape would take a bit of getting used to, but for functionality it sounds like a great bag for those who carry.

  • I just bought this bag, based a lot on your review. You nailed this one… Light weight, The rectangular top works great (and hold that ‘extra’ swing aid easily)and its really well made and sturdy. As to getting used to the rectangular top… no issue here, it’s just a different look. I don’t stare at it or compare it to others.
    Thank you Jake!!!

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