Well, we've made it through January. The days start to get a little longer, the weather a little warmer, and we can all start to dream again of those summer evenings on the golf course which are just around the corner. When you do finally locate your golf gear having stored it away before Christmas, is it all looking a little past its best? Perhaps the motivation you need this season is having some stuff that at least makes you look the part?
Well look no further, as TaylorMade has announced their latest range of carry and stand bags ready for the 2019 season, featuring a number of different styles and colour schemes to appeal to a range of different golfers.
This latest release has two highlight features, a FlexTech base system and a new self-adjusting strap system for a 'stable and comfortable carry'. The base system is a multi-piece collapsible base and gives additional space without crowding clubs. The strap system means that there is no need for a back pad, also making it easier to use the bags as either single or double strapped depending on preference.
TaylorMade FlexTech Bag
The highlight of TaylorMade's 2019 bag range, the FlexTech bag has a unique construction where each main side pocket is built into the middle of the golf bag which allows for more storage without any added weight.
Following market research, the design also contains a cart strap passthrough which makes it easier to access different pockets even when the bag is on the back of a buggy or on a trolley.
The FlexTech is available at £179 in titanium/blood orange, charcoal, blood orange/black and navy/red/white.
TaylorMade FlexTech Waterproof Bag
Designed with the same single-piece construction as the FlexTech bag, the Waterproof stand bag appeals to those among us aren't afraid to carry in all weather conditions.
Weighing just 2.1 kilograms, the FlexTech Waterproof has 5 waterproof welded pockets and an umbrella holder.
It is available at £229 in five different styles - royal/white, navy/white/red, red/white, silver/red and grey/white.
TaylorMade FlexTech Crossover Stand Bag
The Crossover bag was TaylorMade's best-selling bag in 2018 and so returns this year with the 14-way top design that many golfers now desire. It is designed to be a blend of both a cart and a stand bag, which also features a cart strap passthrough making it easier to put onto a buggy.
It also means that the two oversized apparel pockets on the side of the bag, and three larger front-facing pockets are more accessible.
Available at £199, the Crossover bags are available in silver grey/blood orange, navy/white and black/blood orange.
TaylorMade FlexTech Lite Bag
The lightest bag in the FlexTech range, the aptly named 'Lite' is aimed at those who prefer to walk the course but don't want to sacrifice on build quality by having a lightweight bag. Compared to the previous model, this is lighter, more comfortable and more functional.
Weight-saving comes thanks to a single stay construction, which runs along the spine of the bag to ensure it is durable and lightweight, compared to some 3 or 4 frame piece constructions in normal bags.
There is also a section dedicated for a rangefinder and GPS in the side accessory pocket to allow for easy access without even having to take the bag off.
Weighing just 2.1 kilograms, the FlexTech Lite is available in Silver/Blood Orange, Navy/White, Black/Blood Orange, Blood Orange and Kalea, and is priced at £159.
TaylorMade LiteTech 3.0 Stand Bag
The final model in the new 2019 line is the LiteTech 3.0. Weighing just 1.2 kilograms, the LiteTech is TaylorMade's ultra-lite option which still gives a full size, high quality bag.
Using bag body materials that are three times lighter than the FlexTech Lite, the bag features an ultra-lightweight stand system with carbon fibre legs and a collapsible base system.
The LiteTech has a 4-way top with three grab handles and six pockets including a large apparel pocket that can store a rain suit for when the conditions turn sour.
At an RRP of £169 the LiteTech 3.0 is available in Blue/Grey, Black/White and Grey/Lime.
So, whilst these bags can't claim to stop you three-putting from 20ft or hitting every tee shot onto the opposite fairway, they should at least look smart when you're reaching back in for a provisional ball.
There's also plenty of tech in there to keep you and your clubs protected from the elements, making these bags comfortable and easy to use as possible. Perhaps you could bag yourself a bargain?