The Best Golf Travel Bags Cheet Sheet
It’s off-season for many golfers within the northern states of the united states. Time for you to take a break from those early morning tee times and take some time to do some “in-door” golf, i.e. at computer-generated golf courses or with a temporary indoor putting green in the middle of the living room.
For anyone golfers determined to play all year round and also are traveling south to warmer climes, a golf travel bag becomes a necessary purchase. Whether you are traveling by plane or train, your golf clubs need protection. (A couple of years ago, traveling to Hilton Head for golf, one of the women in our group had the head of her very expensive driver snapped off whenever a careless baggage handler tossed her golf travel bag onto the tarmac. The airline gave her some monetary compensation, but as the driver was not completely new, the total amount was not equal to the price of replacement. – That is another story.) The point is that your clubs represent a large investment and they need to be protected whenever you travel.
So which bag is best? Hard case? Soft case? Your choice might depend on the amount you travel with your golf clubs, the amount extra space you need for shoes, balls, towels, etc. (I stuff all kinds of extra stuff in my bag, including my bed pillow! which helps give just a little extra padding. And with the airlines charging you extra for that second bag anyway, why not stuff the golf travel bag with clothes as well?)
Here are a few kinds of travel bags you might consider using on your next golf trip.
This style is used by more touring professionals on the PGA, Champions, and LPGA tours – choose a bag with wheels that makes it easy to maneuver. Check to be sure the padding is extra thick to protect your clubs and choose a bag which has many extra pockets with solid zippers so you can carry all those “extra” items.
This kind of bag may be used both the golf course and while traveling. Look for one that offers all the features of a cart bag, and it has a rigid “helmet” you can add when you take it on the road. Choose a bag with in-line wheels for an easier time crossing those long airport lobbies.
This type of bag has a cloth cover but should be reinforced with some interior lamination, usually using PVC. Soft sides should be well padded. Quilted material is best. And make sure you test the bag strap for easy carrying and the wheels for a smooth glide. Through additional reading here, you will get a better idea on what to do next.
The bottom line in deciding which type of golf travel bag you purchase relies on the amount of traveling you plan on doing, how much protection you need, and the value of your clubs. Soft cases with numerous padding are lighter, and simpler to handle, and they protect your clubs in the majority of circumstances. Hard cases are usually heavier but promise better protection, even though they may snap open unless you add strapping for security. Virtually every travel case can fit fourteen clubs plus your golf bag, but should you have an extra long driver, be sure the length of the travel bag can accommodate it. You don’t want to leave that special club at home!
Ask your golfing friends. Visit a number of web pages to determine what they offer. But keep in mind, you get what you pay for. Do you really want to put your thousand dollar clubs inside a twenty nine dollars bag you bought at the local Big Lots.