Another Beef About My Golf Bag

Nanfeng The annoying part in question, lower right-hand corner.

While we’re on the subject of golf-bag design, I’d like to raise the topic of legs. My first Sun Mountain bag (which had the Titleist name on it) worked great, and I liked it so much that I wore it out. My second, third, and fourth Sun Mountain bags, however, had a problem that it took me some time to diagnose. After a while, the bag stand on each would become noticeably harder to use, and eventually I found that I had to really slam the bag on the ground to get the legs to extend far enough to make it stand up.

Titleist bag (made by Sun Mountain) with the same problematic leg joint.

The problem, I finally realized, was that that the plastic joint connecting the leg to the bag had twisted, from the stress of repeated use, and no longer pushed the legs out as far or as easily as it had originally. That couldn’t happen with the original design, because on those bags the joint was super-sturdy—a solid hunk of plastic that couldn’t be torqued out of alignment.

Bag with original, untwistable leg joint.

I solved this problem for myself by performing a radical legectomy on my first Sun Mountain bag (which I still had in my garage because I never throw away golf stuff) and transplanting those legs onto my current Sun Mountain bag—which now works great. I mentioned this to Rick Reimers, the C.E.O. of Sun Mountain (whom we should all bow down to for his long record of fearless innovation), at the P.G.A. Golf Merchandise Show, in Orlando, back in January. He wrote down my gripe on an index card but said he’d never heard of it before. I know I’m not making this up, because other guys I play golf with have noticed it, too. Or maybe we just play insanely many rounds and therefore have difficulties that normal people don’t. Thoughts?