As you build a disc golf bag, one of the best investments you'll make is choosing the right bag to carry your discs.
Prodigy Disc offers a variety of disc golf bags, designed to fill the needs of any player. Our range of disc golf backpacks and travel bags vary from professional-level bags with tons of space to smaller, more affordable options for the budding beginner or more experienced player looking for a lightweight option.
Using a disc golf bag is important because it provides a convenient and organized way to carry your discs and other gear on the course, allowing you to focus on your game without having to worry about juggling loose discs or searching through a cluttered backpack.
Additionally, a good disc golf bag can protect your discs from damage and prolong their lifespan. Disc golf bags and disc golf backpacks make great disc golf gifts.
What to consider when buying a disc golf bag or disc golf backpack?
The main things you’ll want to consider when purchasing a new disc golf bag are: storage capacity, materials, comfort, additional features, and style. Prodigy offers bags and backpacks for all use cases, as well as bags and accessories for players that prefer to use a disc golf cart like a ZÜCA.
Capacity and Disc Organization
Disc golf bags come in various sizes, so before making a purchase you should consider the number of discs you will typically be carrying during a round. Beginners may only need to start with a smaller and lighter bag, such as a BP-4 backpack or ACE Starter shoulder bag. The Starter bag can hold up to 8 discs, while the BP-4 has room for up to 16 discs and a side water bottle holder. Both options are easy to grab and go and are priced under $25.
More experienced players may also find smaller, lighter bags convenient for casual and practice disc golf rounds, but may prefer a larger capacity backpack like the new Prodigy Disc Apex XL, BP-1, or BP-2. These larger bags are designed with a professional player in mind and can hold up to 28 discs each, with extra putter pockets and interior dividers to better organize discs.
Durability and Materials
Disc golf bags will be literally dragged through the mud and put to the test against rough terrain and weather elements, so you’ll want to select a bag made from durable materials that can withstand the rigors of the game.
The larger, professional-level bags feature extra sturdy fabrics, reinforced stitching, and durable zippers. The Apex XL is made of heavy-duty 1000D and 500D Cordura Nylon. The BP-1 and BP-2 are made of a combination of Nylon Ripstop and High-density Polyester fabrics. Smaller bags like the BP-3, BP-4, and Starter bag are also made of Nylon Ripstop but may not have as many reinforced areas.
If you’re looking for a more compact disc golf bag or backpack that still offers the full benefits of a large professional disc golf bag, Prodigy Disc does offer the Apex backpack. It is made of the same materials as the Apex XL but is slimmed down to accommodate fewer discs without sacrificing comfort or durability.
Comfort and Ergonomics
Since disc golf rounds can last for several hours, comfort should be a top priority when choosing a bag. Bags with padded and adjustable shoulder straps and padded, breathable back panels help distribute weight evenly and reduce strain on your body. Bags with more customized fit will ensure maximum comfort through marathon days on the course and long disc golf tournament weekends.
The Apex and Apex XL have two different adjustable straps on each shoulder, and also come with a chest strap to further take pressure off your back. All Prodigy backpacks have padded back panels as well.
Storage and Features - A Disc Golf Bag With A Cooler
Apart from carrying your discs, a well-designed disc golf bag offers additional storage space for accessories and personal items. External pockets and internal storage are essential for holding water bottles, snacks, scorecards, and towels. Specialized compartments for valuables, such as wallets, keys, or phones, are also important.
The Apex and Apex XL have two large side pockets, with one side being insulated like a disc golf bag with a cooler. The insulation will keep drinks cold, or if you’re playing an early morning or winter round, a coffee warm.
Other features on the Apex disc golf backpack line include an umbrella holder which can protect you and your bag from rain. The BP-1 also has an umbrella sleeve, which can also be a great place to hold a disc retriever. Many players also like D-rings to attach sunglasses holders or towels to, pockets to hold mini disc markers, and a customizable area for patches.
Bag Types: Shoulder Sling Bags vs. Backpacks
Disc golf backpacks have become the most popular type of bag on the disc golf course. Backpack-style bags offer superior weight distribution, increased storage capacity, and better back support. The Apex, Apex XL, BP-1, BP-2, BP-3, and BP-4 are all backpacks.
Sling bags worn over a shoulder provide quick and easy access to discs and are better suited for those carrying a smaller number of discs. The ACE Starter bag is a shoulder sling bag.
Choose the style that aligns with your playing style and preferences.
Putter Pockets, Disc Golf Cart Bags, & Practice Disc Golf Bags
In addition to disc golf backpacks and shoulder bags, many players also like to use push carts on the course, such as a ZÜCA cart. Prodigy disc golf backpacks will fit into ZÜCA and other disc golf carts, but you should also check the size dimensions to be sure.
The Prodigy Putter Pocket for carts is also a great accessory for any disc golfer that prefers to use a cart. It gives players easy access to their putters, while also providing storage for pencils, scorecards, and other small valuables used during a round. It is easy to attach with a strap and works well with any disc golf cart. It also has a shoulder strap and can be carried as an additional accessory for storage or for putter-only rounds.
For those looking for better practice solutions or disc golf storage, the Prodigy Practice Bag remains the best way to organize and transport your growing disc golf collection and help streamline your practice sessions. The main compartment holds up to 45 drivers, or up to 30 putters, and is easily accessed with the double-zippered top.
The rigid insert keeps the bag straight as you fill it up to take your discs out to the field or fly mart, and no more discs scattered in the trunk of your car. The bag also has a magnetic pocket for valuables, a small insulated water bottle holder, and a padded shoulder strap along with rubber branding patches. These upgrades make this power-packed bag even more functional and comfortable, no matter how you're using it.