Golf bags: Big or small, it’s your call

Modern materials and designs have made golf bags more durable and stylish than ever.

Whether they are cart bags or carry bags, today’s innovative bags have a multitude of personalities to match the dispositions and needs of the golfers who buy them.

Here are some of the most interesting bags for 2010:

Titleist s82 Staff Bag

The skinny: This large, eye-catching product is a genuine staff bag. It is a so-called “billboard bag,” with the Titleist name prominently displayed. The bag’s durability is enhanced by its ballistic polypropylene material.

Cost: MSRP $310

Available: Immediate

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TaylorMade TMX carry bag

The skinny: This is a carry version of TaylorMade’s staff bag. Its most exciting feature is a pivot shoulderstrap setup that adapts for different size shoulders. The bag is made of synthetic leather, with molded side pieces. Features the TaylorMade logo and a handy external snap-on system for items such as cell phones or rangefinders.

Cost: MSRP $289

Available: April 1

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Sun Mountain C-130 cart bag

The skinny: This sturdy bag is available in a multitude of collegiate team colors. It has two full-length clothing pockets among its nine total pockets. Three lift-assist handles make it easy to transport.

Cost: MSRP $229.99

Available: Immediate

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Ogio Sultan cart bag

The skinny: Boasts 12 pockets, including a large insulated cooler pocket and a zipperless ball pocket. Two magnetic, flip-up pockets accommodate cart straps without hindering access to the pockets. Special “feet” prevent the bag from slipping off the cart.

Cost: MSRP $240

Available: Immediate

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Ping Moon Lite II carry bag

The skinny: Ping’s original Moon Bag had something of a cult following because of its light weight and small size. The Moon Lite II, which holds 14 clubs, is the newest bag in the Moon series. It weighs less than 2 pounds, even with an apparel pocket, accessorypocket and water-bottle pocket.

Cost: MSRP $60

Available: Immediate

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Callaway Hybrid Travel Golf Bag

The skinny: This is an everyday cart bag that doubles as a travel bag. The bag has firm sides to prevent damage to clubs, and it comes with a rigid composite “helmet” that covers the bag when traveling. Has expandable garment pockets and a shoe pocket.

Cost: $199.99

Available: Immediate

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Nike SQ Tour carry bag

The skinny: Famous for the Air cushioning system in its running shoes, Nike brings Woven Air technology to the revolving double-strap system used for the SQ Tour bag. Features 10 pockets, including a cooler pocket. Also has a dual-durometer, extra-wide base.

Cost: MSRP $240

Available: Immediate

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Club Glove Aficionado IV carry bag

The skinny: Has a large and functional lumbar pad for added support when carrying the bag. Also has removable shoulder molds for additional comfort. The hallmark of Aficionado IV is its removable front and side panels, which allows for customization.

Cost: $189

Available: Immediate

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