Six Facts About Best Golf Travel Bags
by Courtney Palmer
It’s off-season for many golfers within the northern states of the us. Period to take a break from those early morning tee times and take time to do some “in-door” golf, i.e. at computer-generated golf courses or with a short-term indoor putting green within the middle of the living room.
For all those golfers determined to play throughout the year 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 few 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 cost of replacement. – That’s another story.) The point is that your clubs represent a sizable investment and they need to be protected whenever you travel.
So which bag is best? Hard case? Soft case? Your decision might depend on the amount you travel with your golf clubs, simply how much 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 a little extra padding. And with the airline carriers 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 utilized 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 that has numerous extra pockets with solid zippers so you may carry all those “extra” items.
This kind of bag may be used both the course and while traveling. Look for one that offers all of 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 sort 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 be sure you test the bag strap for easy carrying and also the wheels for a smooth glide. This recommended site will help you weigh your options.
The bottom line in deciding which type of golf travel bag you purchase is dependent upon the amount of traveling you plan on doing, just how much protection you need, as well as the value of your clubs. Soft cases with many padding are lighter, and simpler to handle, and they protect your clubs in many circumstances. Hard cases tend to be heavier but promise better protection, although they may snap open unless you add strapping for security. Nearly every travel case can fit 14 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 many different web pages to view what they offer. But as usual, you get what you pay for. Do you really want to put your thousand dollar clubs inside a $29 bag you bought at the local Big Lots.
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