Golf apparel and equipment is enjoying a bit of a rebirth at the moment. While the major brands are humming along in many cases, a number of upstart and more niche-specific brands have introduced new products and looks and styles at pretty much every point on the price spectrum.
One of the brands that's found success is Stitch Golf, which has not only made a name for themselves with headcovers and apparel but has also drawn attention for their stylish premium golf bags. The bags have a unique leather-like look using a more durable, water-resistant fabric called Touring Fabric. The clean look with modest accents and colors creates an aesthetic akin to older golf bags, when single straps, leather and a minimalist look reigned. But don't let the look for another era deceive you, the Stitch bags pack plenty of modern features and conveniences.
With their new SL2 bag, Stitch is introducing their take on the modern stand bag. Weighing just 4 lbs., the bag has a full-length side pocket, a ball pocket, a lined valuables pocket, an insulated beverage pocket (big fan of that) and a four-way top divider with handle space to lift the bag easily onto or off of a cart or away from a green.
Golfers can choose between a double strap or a single strap popular in some parts of the game, and the materials are water and stain resistant, while the gunmetal-style finishes offer nice detailing.
It's a slick-looking bag, available in two colors. The price tag is $368, but it has the look of a bag that will age well in terms of function and fashion over time, making it a longer-term investment.
At my club, I've seen a few Stitch bags in the last few months, and I have to admit, they're a good-looking product. While it's hard for a lot of people to justify that kind of money on a golf bag, a modern driver runs $500-plus, and a fancy putter can cost more than that. So, it's just a matter of what you want in your arsenal.