New Ping Bags?

We had a chance to try all three bags today. Most dealers have gotten most colors in this week. The Freestyle is the "best idea" of the bunch with the metal rods that hold the sides away from the club handles. Makes it real easy to remove clubs. The Hoofer is really just some new colors and demonstrates the club removal problem without the metal stays keeping the sides from collapsing. Overall the freestyle is the lightest. The Latitude is really meant as a light cart bag. Just too big and cumbersome to really be carried. It feels like it must weigh 6+ pounds. The pockets are OK as far as placement in the Freestyle model only lacking a small pocket up high on the right side. The water bottle holder seems better suited to a variety of sized bottles. The umbrella sheath is well done. The legs on the two new models are pretty stiff to deploy initially. I guess that is better than the Hoofer that starts drooping after some months of use. Sadly none of the carrying straps come remotely close to being as comfortable as the old J bag or original hoofer. I don't know why they can't make a softer less stiff strap but that is what you get. Overall the Freestyle seems to be the best overall compromise. I'm sure they will sell a lot of these just based on the unusual colors alone. That being said I won't be giving up my old J bag anytime soon (holes, snags, fading and all).
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I just took a Latitude bag home the other day. The straps are great. Maybe not as good as
my Titleist X77 bag, but still very good. As with most Ping bags, (Hoofer, J, Vantage, etc) lots
of storage. I really like the putter-well, Also, there just seems to be a lot of room for all the
clubs. The X77 isn't a small bag but it seems to have less club space than the Ping.
Haven't used it on the course yet, but just walking on the range, the balance is so good
that the bag feels lighter than it is. I think I might be very happy with this bag.
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My brother just got a Freestyle in the Iron Man colors... lol. The only thing I dislike about it are the legs, they seem to droop after only two days of ownership. I like the way it feels and looks but I'll stick with my hoofer.
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Was thinking of buying a lattitude or freestyle but wasnt sure which bag to grab.
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I really like having a well for my putter. Got spoiled after the first round I had one.
The Latitude has a great top and a putter-well. Ill give it a try.
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Was thinking of buying a lattitude or freestyle but wasnt sure which bag to grab.
Freestyle light weight fewer less well placed pockets. Latitude very heavy with 11 or 12 pockets suitable for cart as well.
After trying all three I finally opted for the Hoofer Vantage in the Atomic Orange, which still has the best placement of the pockets but suffers the droopy leg syndrome. The Latitude was never a consideration since it feels like some very small staff bags weight wise. The Freestyle was light although not as light as some of Sun Mountains good ones. What lost it for me was the pocket placement and the very uncomfortable feel on one's back. Couldn't exactly tell if it was the new metal stays or what.
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Has anyone called Ping about this "leg droop"? It drives me crazy. I finally found a bag (Hoofer Vantage) and the legs are out to kill me. The bag has the perfect pocket set up and ergo's of any bag I have owned.
We need a cure for Ping Polio.
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I want a bag thats a big bag and confortable. I currently have an ogio ozone that I like but the dividers all broke (ebay for 65$) so I have problems getting the irons in the bag without crossing them and having to pull other irons out to get the one I used in. I really like having an individual putter well. Hmm, now that I think about it I really don't need all that room. Maybe I will take a look at the freestyle a little more.
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Any news on when they will be available in stores? Golf Galaxy? Golfsmith, etc?
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I got mine a few days ago at Roger Dunn in Los Angeles. I think its safe to say the bags are available
now in many areas.
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Any news on when they will be available in stores? Golf Galaxy? Golfsmith, etc?
They just arrived at my local Golfsmith, and Edwin Watts this past week but not at Golf Galaxy yet...
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There's a little problem with the Freestyle bag. When grabbed by the handle, the bag wants to tip. This occurred with about a 1/2 dozen balls and a bottle of water to counterweight it.
The only problem I have noticed with the new hoofer vantage is with the spring for the stand. The new design does not conceal the bottom half of the spring, thus causing the a leg to get caught when trying to engage the stand.
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My Hoofer Vantage made its last trip around the links today. The legs will not trip me again. In its place is an almost identical twin; same color, size shape and name. I got a 2008 Hoofer Vantage. The leg issue is not present in this one. I compared the older with the newer and the leg stays and routing are different.
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There's a little problem with the Freestyle bag. When grabbed by the handle, the bag wants to tip. This occurred with about a 1/2 dozen balls and a bottle of water to counterweight it.
The only problem I have noticed with the new hoofer vantage is with the spring for the stand. The new design does not conceal the bottom half of the spring, thus causing the a leg to get caught when trying to engage the stand.
AMEN to that---won't trip you anymore but also won't deploy half the time. Had to manually release the leg from behind the spring at least 15 times today. Threw the damn thing in the corner of the garage and went back to my old J bag---just cinched up the adjustment strap a little. Can't believe how comfortable the straps are.
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Does anyone think that PING will replace or repair my droopy legged Hoofer Vantage? I would take it back to the store but I don't have the reciept. I have the new reciept for the new bag and thought about using it to return the old bag.
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I'm getting a lime green freestyle that should be here by tuesday I will give a review on it as soon as I use it and maybe post some pics... sweet looking bag though from what I've seen on the site !
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I'm getting a lime green freestyle that should be here by tuesday I will give a review on it as soon as I use it and maybe post some pics... sweet looking bag though from what I've seen on the site !
It is a great looking bag color wise. It just didn't feel good on my back---hope it works fine for you as it is pretty light compared to the others as well.
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I'm getting a lime green freestyle that should be here by tuesday I will give a review on it as soon as I use it and maybe post some pics... sweet looking bag though from what I've seen on the site !
It is a great looking bag color wise. It just didn't feel good on my back---hope it works fine for you as it is pretty light compared to the others as well.
Could you be a little more specific? Is it the bag or the straps that are uncomfortable? I've just
started using my Latitude and have a slight strap issue. It might just be me and some needed
strap adjustments.
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The Latitude bag is only 6 pounds, and if you need to make it lighter the ball pocket zips off!
The straps seem to have lots of cushion
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Is it me or has PING lost its way with their design of bags? It seems a few die hard PING fans will stick to this brand regardless of the engineering flaws. Haven't they had this problem with the leg/stand drooping problems for several generation of bags already?
Has PING become the General Motors of bag designers? Old antiquated models keep popping up in the showrooms but traditional consumers keeping driving them off the lot. Let's just slap a PING brand on it and if we build it they will come?
I think the Sun Mountains are the best looking and well designed bags out there. My 4 year old NIKE bag (whoever designed it, maybe ogio?) has served me well, no rips, no problems with droopy legs. It has a putter well, which is a must in my choice of bag, well designed pouches and very comfortable straps. It's not the lightest, but just right for 18 holes.
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I must disagree that the new Ping bags suck. The legs on my Latitude are a big improvement
over the legs on my Hoofer2. It also has very good storage and lots of it. The straps ajustments
are faster than any bag I looked at. In the last year I've had an Ogio Grom and a Titleist X77
stand bag. Other than the Titleist straps, which are perfect for me, I think the Ping Latitude is
just as good, if not better than both of those bags.
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I think the new PING line up is a nice departure from the last few bags. If PING were like General Motors, they would have continued designing the same Jbag or L8 while other companies like Sun Mountain came up with new eye catching and functional designs. I just bought a new Freestyle and love it. It's light, sturdy and I think it looks very unique compared to what else is out there....
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I've found (in my opinion) a major flaw in the new Latitude bag. The full length dividers are not
sewn to the sides of the bag, so when the bag is set down and the legs extend, the dividers are
very loose making it very easy to put the shaft around the divider and into the next compartment.
You have to be very careful to put the club in at just the right angle. I couldn't figure out why I
was having so many shaft grips bind and tangle with other shafts.
This is not how any of my other Ping bags are made and it seems like a huge design error.
The problem is not as bad with the bag upright as it would be on a cart because the liner (divider)
is stretched a little more taut, but its still a problem, just not as bad. I'm bummed. Its the only
weakness I've found with the Latitude, but at least for me, its a big one.
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got my freestyle bag today and WOW... this is the best looking bag I've seen, very satisfied so far... will post some pics in the next few days
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I've found (in my opinion) a major flaw in the new Latitude bag. The full length dividers are not
sewn to the sides of the bag, so when the bag is set down and the legs extend, the dividers are
very loose making it very easy to put the shaft around the divider and into the next compartment.
You have to be very careful to put the club in at just the right angle. I couldn't figure out why I
was having so many shaft grips bind and tangle with other shafts.
This is not how any of my other Ping bags are made and it seems like a huge design error.
The problem is not as bad with the bag upright as it would be on a cart because the liner (divider)
is stretched a little more taut, but its still a problem, just not as bad. I'm bummed. Its the only
weakness I've found with the Latitude, but at least for me, its a big one.
An even bigger indication it was intended to be a light cart bag.
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Called Ping today and spoke to the "bag lady" in charge of ...... bags. She said I should not be
having the trouble I'm having with the dividers and to bring the bag back to the store for a
replacement. All the other bags at the store were about the same, so I just went back to using
a Titleist X87. Aside from not fitting too well in a cart because of the little stand device at the
bottom of the bag, its still about as good as a bag gets. Too bad, I really liked the Ping Latitude.
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This may have been covered but has anyone ruled out big, heavy, umbrellas sinched tightly on to their stand bags?
I know I've had problems with the legs on every bag when the umbrella acts as a "stay". When I loosened the dumb umbrella, the legs worked fine.
Too simple?
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This may have been covered but has anyone ruled out big, heavy, umbrellas sinched tightly on to their stand bags?
I know I've had problems with the legs on every bag when the umbrella acts as a "stay". When I loosened the dumb umbrella, the legs worked fine.
Too simple?
I played yesterday and am 100% happy with my new PING Vantage. The weather was intermittent sun and showers and the bag was packed with ultra light weight rain gear, giant gustbuster umbrella, balls, etc. I had no issue with the legs gatting caught up from the umbrella while stowed. The conditions were a bit trying and I probably would have lost it if that dang leg would have been drooping and hitting the back of my leg. I love this bag. My wife came to bed last night and I had the bag in bed; threesome.