Dagwood Braid Walking Bag
We’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch of Dagwood for what feels like forever. Our first glimpse of the company was through their Soul of Golf blog and it’s still a mainstay anytime we’re out looking for design inspiration.
Dagwood is just getting started, but I have a lot of high hopes for the company. They have an amazing sense of design and their inspiration runs deep.
When the company announced availability of their Braid golf bag, I couldn’t wait to get one out on the course.
The Braid Golf Bag
While this isn’t going to be a mainstream golfer’s go-to bag, I was intrigued by the uniqueness of the design. This isn’t another Mackenzie knock-off, it’s something totally different that I haven’t seen before.
While the bag clearly takes its inspiration by many of the golf bags from several decades ago, there are hints of modern design tucked away in thoughtful spots throughout the bag.
The size of the bag is on the small side, which feels close to perfect for me. You’ll struggle if you try to load the bag up, the bag can comfortably fit about 8 clubs. The perfect combo for me was fairway, hybrid, 5, 7, 9, 56, putter.
The pockets, zippers, and hardware are all excellent. Just enough pockets for everything you’ll need without over-simplification. There are some unique pockets and inner dividers that are noteworthy and far superior to any other bag I’ve seen.
The shoulder strap is a double-strap design which is well-thought out. On first glance, these look like old-school backpack straps – and honestly they feel like that as well. I didn’t expect to enjoy the strap system as much as I did – but it’s extremely comfortable, adjustable, and convenient.
The look of the bag is great and the colorways are distinctive. I don’t think you mistake this bag for any other bag on the market. This is a modern re-design that heavily inspired by old-school tradition.
There are two things that I couldn’t get past when it came to making this bag a mainstay for me.
The first stumbling block for me was the top opening / club divider. The four-way opening works ok, but the materials are not strong enough to make the in/out of the clubs feel right. The thick leather material is nice as a covering for something more solid, but doesn’t work by itself – it needs some reinforcement.
The second item is similar to the first, but applies to the handle. The folded leather handle needs a bulkier base in place of the folded leather. While I certainly appreciate the detail that the leather adds, I’d like to see this beefed up to be the size and diameter of a typical handle.
I’m looking forward to seeing some more of the Dagwood gear in person. It’s exciting to see the direction that they’re taking with their products and I think this will end up being a great success story.
The design-sense that this company is bringing to golf is exciting and I bet we’ll be seeing more of them in the near future.