Review: 2010 Ogio Grom Bag

They listened and made a better bag
Ogio has been making golf bags now for a number of years and it seems that each year they listen to their customers and work on ways to improve upon the last year’s product.  The 2010 Ogio Grom bag is no different.  While I didn’t have a 2009 Ogio Grom, I did some research and read about a couple of complaints.
So lets start at the bottom of the bag and work our way up.  It sounded like one of the common complaints was the leg system.  Especially the base plate, which extends the legs.  It used to be much smaller but now is a larger plate that upon pressure extends the legs very easily.  It took no effort to set the bag down to extend the legs.  The legs themselves seemed very thick and sturdy.  They had nice angled footpads that did not dig into the ground, even in soft conditions.

The base size itself was just a hair bigger than other bags that I have which made for a very snug, almost wedged in fit on the new EZ-GO carts I used on an early spring round.  The cart had a molded
plastic base that barely held the Ogio Grom. This is different than most power carts I have used that have more of a base shelf.  While using my Clicgear cart it sat perfectly, and fit very nicely.  While carrying the bag, the base was very solid and stable even when setting the bag down vertically, not using the legs.

A new feature on most Ogio 2010 bags is the “torq” strap designed for added safety when using your bag on a power cart.   The strap on the back side (leg side) of the bag so that when you use the typical cart strap to hold your bag in, you have one “torq” strap on the basket side to make sure that even if the cart strap fails (which we have probably all seen) your bag will not fall off the cart.  It worked very well on the carts that had the more traditional basket and cart straps.  Unfortunately that same new EZ-GO cart that had the molded base also had a plastic molded basket that didn’t allow the “torq” strap to be used.

The bag itself was constructed of a very durable, thick nylon.  I ordered mine in the stealth black, which is the most simple and muted colors of the line, but for flare and color there are multiple options available.  

The plethora of pockets filled three sides of the bag.  My favorite pocket had to be the zipperless ball pocket.  No matter how good of a golfer you are, it always seems that at least once in the round you will need to go into that pocket for something.  The more stray golf balls you hit, the more you will be in that pocket.  It’s not so much about time and not having to unzip, but more considering the times you might have forgotten to zip it back up and you litter a trail of golf balls down the fairway.  This pocket has tension built into it that it closes all by itself.  The bag is design with a ball silo this allows a sleeve of balls to be attached to the outside of your bag for your own “tin cup” moment.  There were also little slots for tees, divots tools, a pencil/pen and velcro for your glove.  The other pockets while big and plentiful.  While the set-up of the pockets was a little different from my other bags, I found them to be very useful and well placed so that I could bring along just about anything I wanted or needed.  The water bottle pocket was very ingenious with its location and depth.  Perfectly designed for a 20oz. bottle.  The valuables pocket was nicely lined with a softer felt like material.  The bungee strap that is designed to have a towel and other accessories clipped to it worked perfectly.  It was able to hold a whole bunch of stuff like you see in my top picture and not allow them to slide and get in the way of the leg system when picking up the bag.

The top of the bag is one of the design features that have made Ogio a real player in the golf bag game.  The “woodie” system down the left side makes for easy separation of driver, 3-wood and two hybrids.  The putter well is big and protected by the plastic handle.  The 3-tier iron and wedge dividers had grooves/notches to keep those clubs from sliding all around and banging into each other.  Topped with an easy fitting raincover.

The dual shoulder straps were soft, wide and did not cut into the shoulders and neck area.  I did find it slightly difficult to get just the right adjustments to the straps.  It seemed like the left shoulder strap wanted to get tangled up with the right one.  Nothing serious, but just a couple of times I needed to stop and find the left strap.  There were also some nice ventilated pads for the lower bag that made this bag very comfortable walking down the fairway.  Overall the strap system was very easy and comfortable for walking.  All these features and the strong stable design made this bag a touch heavier than some other comparable models.  By the time you add your clubs and accessories it really doesn’t much matter, but this would never pass for a featherweight bag.

I think that Ogio continues to work hard listening to their customers, they take design risks and put out one top notch golf bag.  

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