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I've gone through and searched for thoughts on this question but can't find it, so I thought I'd post it.

In November I'm traveling to Arizona by plane. I'm really stuck as to weather or not to take the clubs on the plane or ship separately and hard shell case or soft?

For those of you who travel the airlines with your clubs, what are you thoughts?

Chris

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I went soft case and put all golf clothes and shoes with the clubs heads. Also have the extend stick to help 

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I used to travel with clubs.  Always used Club Glove.  Had a hard case long time ago.  PITA!  

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I've used Club Glove for 15 years and it's still going strong. I can't justify shipping clubs when I have free bags on Delta.  I've saved enough money by not shipping that if a club breaks, I've already more than paid for it, and I get a new club!! 

A friend of mine had a hard side travel bag and you will have a very difficult time getting it in a rental car, depending on which one you get.  

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9 hours ago, LeftyHawk said:

I've gone through and searched for thoughts on this question but can't find it, so I thought I'd post it.

In November I'm traveling to Arizona by plane. I'm really stuck as to weather or not to take the clubs on the plane or ship separately and hard shell case or soft?

For those of you who travel the airlines with your clubs, what are you thoughts?

Chris

I recently found myself in the same boat and asked pretty much the same questions. No doubt, you will get a wide variety of answers. I opted for this case: https://www.amazon.com/SKB-2SKB-4814W-Deluxe-Golf-Travel/dp/B000A13PGA

It's easily the most durable hard shell case currently available and I've read numerous reviews of guys who have had these for years and years. The downfall of this case is that it's not an easy fit in rental cars so unless you are alone (so you can lay it across the back seat or in the front seat) or renting a hatchback or SUV, I would recommend a soft case. There are plenty of good ones and the recent MGS Buyer's guide for travel cases can steer you in the right direction.

The last option is Ship Sticks. Again, I've seen plenty of good reviews and they even provide a cardboard box if you need it, but cost can be higher (excluding the cost of a case if you take your clubs on a plane).

How I justified going the hard shell case route: the case will last me a solid 10 years if not more and the company has a proven track record of good customer service if something on the case breaks. I don't travel often, but when I do this case will insure I'm protected from pretty much any scenario (it's also good to have when/if you move houses). Hard cases are also currently the only ones that airlines will provide insurance for in case of damaged clubs. Plenty of people get along just fine without this, but for me it provided a little extra peace of mind. Furthermore, SKB offers additional coverage should the airline insurance not sufficiently cover damages (up to $1500 I think). 

I have a feeling the consensus around here will be to go with a quality soft case and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. Expect to pay somewhere around $200 or more if you want it to last for any length of time though. I'd also recommend a stiff arm club protector, removing the heads of any adjustable clubs, and additional protection with towels or clothing.

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I bring on the plane as I’m a frequent flyer and get to check them in free, I use a soft Oggio case but first put a Home Depot bucket over the top of my bag to protect my heads, as well I wrap 2 golf towels around the club heads to prevent from rattling around, have been doing this for years with no issues.


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I travel fairly often and always bring them on the plane.  I've never had any issues (knock on wood) and I have a soft case travel bag.  I put all my clubs towards the middle of my bag and take the metal woods off the shaft.  Also I wrap a couple towels around the club heads to help prevent rattling and to give more cushion.  

I would say if you can lug it around the airport, I'd opt for just carrying them on as it's usually cheaper by a decent amount I've found.

Also a colleague of mine did use ship sticks and the return shipping was very delayed and took him out of a tournament he was supposed to play after his trip.  

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I use a club glove soft case with the Bag Boy backbone. Never had an issue with a broken or damaged club and I was in the road with my sticks 65% of the year.


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If you have free shipping I recommend using the airline. If not I recommend comparing the price at the airline with a company like “ship my sticks”.


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Thanks everyone for your help. I'm going with the Club Glove with a Stiff Arm.

Chris

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I bring on the plane as I’m a frequent flyer and get to check them in free, I use a soft Oggio case but first put a Home Depot bucket over the top of my bag to protect my heads, as well I wrap 2 golf towels around the club heads to prevent from rattling around, have been doing this for years with no issues.


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The bucket is a great idea!! Can’t believe TSA has lost that baby yet though. 🤡 show, those guys.


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Thanks everyone for your help. I'm going with the Club Glove with a Stiff Arm.
Chris

Best option, IMO. I travel with mine a LOT as well (they’re packed right now, flying tomorrow) and a good soft side (CG the best) and a stiff arm is a great combo. Wrap towels and remove adjustable heads. Don’t give them any chances to damage your gear.


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I’ve flown the last two years for work and I’ve gone soft case, towels wrapped around my clubs (I use a towel every round to keep my clubs clean), and I remove the heads that I can and put them inside their head cover, then inside a side pocket, or in my actual luggage. I have one of the “stiff arms” that goes into the bag as well. I’ve had good success so far. I’ve had a free coupon for Shipsticks for over a year and never used it. It’s too inconvenient for me to ship 3 days ahead of time, to a course, and unless one puts their travel bag inside one of the Shipsticks boxes, I don’t see how the clubs are “safer”...


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I'm not a touring pro .. nor do I play on TV .. but I still like to have my own clubs with me when I travel. I have a Sun Mountain Club Glider which has plenty of room inside for extra padding (eg. foam or bubble wrap) around the whole bag. It's also really easy to roll around and maneuver one-handed.

Others have already mentioned but...
1. remove the driver head and pack it separately;
2. use extra padding around the bag for the shafts;
and,
3. yes a Stiff Arm is absolutely essential!

This past winter I found a deal on a hard-sided Samsonite case (model #6850) that's a reasonable weight and has plenty of room so you can fit your whole bag, shoes, etc., even some golf balls in it .. plus some extra padding .. and still be within the weight limit. I'm much more comfortable traveling with this type of case, and when it's upright with its 4 "spinner" wheels on the bottom it's fairly easy to roll almost anywhere.

 

Oh, PS:
Forgot to also mention about the Samsonite - you can pack your golf bag upside-down, so that the clubheads / the bulk of the weight are at the bottom when you're wheeling it, which makes it much easier!


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