Transporting your clubs to local golf courses requires little effort. Most of us can simply toss the bag into the trunk and drive a few kilometers to the green. However, greater distances require special precautions when packing clubs—especially on airplanes. To ensure your set arrives without damage or crookedness, follow the steps below.
Get a Proper Golf Bag
Hard-shell bags offer the best protection, but they are bulky and awkward to carry. For lightweight travellers, you’re better to invest in a quality soft-shell bag. With one, add a stick or umbrella-like device between your clubs (i.e. Club Glove Stiff Arm) to dull motion in the bag.
Even with the inside of your bag protected, take measures to ensure your clubs make it to your destination. When flying, always add luggage tags and bring your receipts. This helps airlines locate lost luggage and/or reimburse you for damaged goods.
What to Pack in Your Golf Bag
Every ounce counts when traveling by air, so careful what you put into your bag. You may want to leave your golf balls at home and buy some at the course because they can add considerable weight. Similarly, although we recommend wrapping your clubs, do not overload your bag with towels and shirts. In fact, refrain from treating your golf bag like a suitcase!
When packing clubs, try flipping them upside down to keep their heads safe in transit. Alternatively, screw off the heads and store in a side pocket. Doing so not only protects the heads but also reduces the length of the clubs. Mostly, this tip applies to drivers.