Golf Travel Tips - More About Traveling With Your Clubs

By Julie Moran

[Ed. Note: Because of positive response and interest in this subject, this is a continuation of "Traveling With Your Clubs"]

In the first column on "Traveling With Your Clubs", we discussed bringing your own clubs along, since it's best to have the clubs you normally play with you, especially on an unfamiliar course. This continuation was inspired in part by a question from a reader named Keith.

Hard v. Soft

There are two types of golf travel bags: hard and soft. The hard bags provide the best protection for golf clubs, since they are rigid suitcases made specifically for protecting golf clubs and are virtually indestructible (while we haven't tested the manufacturers' claims here at GolfLink, as mentioned before, some makers of the bags claim you can toss them from an airborne plane and the clubs will land safely below, irregardless of what might befall innocent bystanders). One testament to their effectiveness is that golf pros use hard cases to transport their clubs during travel. The one major down side to hard cases, however, is their cost - they start at several hundred dollars and go way up from there.

While your clubs are an important and sizeable investment, you may not be able or may feel it's not necessary to invest that much in a travel case for your clubs. In that case, you can choose from soft golf club travel bags, which start at around $75-$100. If you pack your clubs properly in these bags, they are effective in protecting your clubs, normally withstanding even the most ornery baggage handlers.

Properly Packing Your Clubs in Soft Cases

Again, the key operative words: if you pack your clubs properly. A few pointers on this are in order. First, don't place your clubs loose inside the soft travel case. The cloth bag will provide little protection from damage to your clubs. Instead, keep your clubs in your golf bag.

If your golf bag has a club head cover, it is a good idea to put that cover on. If it doesn't (I myself have a Ping bag that does not have such a cover), wrap the club heads with your rain gear or the like. Then place the entire bag into the travel bag. In the event there is additional room in the travel bag (with my Ping bag there always is), as suggested in the first column on this topic, you can put some of your clothing or shoes or other items in the travel bag. This lightens your other bags and provides great protection for your golf bag and clubs.

For more information and links to golf bag manufacturers' web sites with specs on particular hard travel cases you may be considering purchasing, visit our Manufacturers section.