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The Walk18Golf golf bag harness makes it easier to carry your bag on the course. Installation can be time consuming and may involve permanent modifications to your bag.
Golf bag shoulder straps have evolved tremendously over time. Where single straps were once the only option, double straps are now the norm, including some systems that very closely approximate a backpack. The Walk18Golf Harness takes things up another level, distributing the load evenly and making your walk more comfortable.
Connecting the Walk18Golf Harness to your bag isn’t difficult once you know what to do. They’ve created a page of videos (HERE) that explains how to set it up with different types of bags.
For the Shapland bag (review HERE), that you see in these pictures, it was easy because the standard straps clip off in the same way that the Walk18Golf Harness clips on. For other strap styles, it can be a bit more complicated and may involve cutting the straps if you have a PING Hoofer.
Once the harness is installed, you can adjust the shoulder straps and waist belt to customize the fit.
The primary reason to use the Walk18Golf Harness is that it distributes the weight of the golf bag more evenly across your body. If you’ve ever carried a high quality hiking backpack, you understand how valuable that waist belt is in taking the load off of your shoulders. If you enjoy walking the course but are feeling worn down by the weight of the bag, this is a great option.
Adding the Walk18Golf harness does add a noticeable amount of weight – the harness itself weighs about three pounds. However, when you’re wearing the harness, the bag feels lighter on your back than it would without the harness.
As someone who usually can’t be bothered to wear both straps on a standard carry bag, I was curious how easy it would be to slide this on and attach the waist belt. I found that the Walk18Golf harness made it very easy to slide both shoulders in, and the waist belt connects with minimal effort. Where they really nailed the design is in the way the waist belt comes off. It takes just two fingers to pop it open so the bag comes off your back quickly and easily.
With a retail price of $180, the Walk18Golf Harness is not a small investment, but in time it can pay for itself with the cart fees you save. If you’re currently avoiding walking the course because of the wear and tear of carrying your bag, this is an option worth considering.