MacKenzie Walker Golf Bag Review

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The MacKenzie Walker golf bag is an ideal choice for the walking golfer who wants a bag that’s totally unique to them.  Extremely high quality.  Ample storage despite its minimalist design.

Introduction

The majority of golf companies launch new products annually that tout upgrades and new features.  Then there’s MacKenzie, a company that has been making essentially the same golf bag for over 30 years.  But if you’d designed what’s arguably the perfect walking golf bag, would you change it?

Style

No company that I know offers more customization options than MacKenzie.  From the materials to the colors to details like trim and embroidery, nothing is set in stone, and you’re only limited by your imagination.  MacKenzie has a custom bag builder (click HERE) where you can see many of the options, but if you have something in your mind’s eye, don’t be afraid to ask for it.

MacKenzie offers bags in three different materials: ballistic nylon, waxed canvas, and leather.  The price of the bag varies significantly based on that choice, with nylon being the least expensive and leather the most.  My bag is waxed canvas.

Features

One of the trademarks of a MacKenzie golf bag is the small leather loop at the bottom (see above).  It’s not for holding an umbrella, it’s for easing the burden on your shoulder when you’re carrying your bag.  While it’s far from necessary – the bag is light and the strap well-padded – it’s one of the small touches that lets you know the bag was designed by and for the walking golfer.

When it comes to storage, there are two different options.  My bag is the Original Walker, which is slightly larger than the Sunday Walker.  The Original Walker has two pockets to the Sunday Walker’s one.

Despite being a slim bags, the pockets are sizable.  I can easily store a dozen balls, handfuls of tees, my rangefinder, and a jacket with room to spare.  The pockets are also surprisingly accessible while walking.

Performance

The opening of the Original Walker is 8″ with a single divider.  MacKenzie’s smaller version, the Sunday Walker, has a 7″ opening.  While these minimalist bags work best with smaller sets, the Original Walker is more than capable of holding fourteen clubs.  The single divider is surprisingly stout and does a good job organizing your sticks.

Something that makes the MacKenzie Walker unique among walking bags is the amount of structure.  There’s a carbon fiber batten that creates a “spine” for the bag, and the top is similarly supported so it never flattens out.  These features allow clubs to slide in and out easily, and they also make the MacKenzie a better-than-expected cart bag.

Finally, the strap on the MacKenzie deserves special notice.  First, it’s adjustable so the bag will accommodate your size and carrying style.  It’s also wonderfully padded so that it doesn’t dig into your shoulder no matter how much you load up the bag.  Like most of the things that make the MacKenzie great, the well-designed strap seems obvious but the devil is in the details, and MacKenzie nails each one.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for the most economical way to carry your golf clubs, this isn’t it.  However, if you want to tote your clubs in something that’s handmade with overwhelming pride and attention to detail, you should seriously consider a MacKenzie.  This is a beautifully made golf bag that I look forward to owning for decades to come.  There aren’t many other golf bags you can say that about.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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3 Comments

  1. Where could I purchase one in the UK?

    Where could I purchase one in the UK?

  2. I usually don’t comment but your post is really good,

    Thank you for sharing this review. This is a great resource for people like us who are just thinking to buy a golf bag.

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