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Who actually uses a stiff arm in their travel bag?


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#121 micha

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 03:32 PM

View PostSwingBlade, on 11 July 2016 - 01:00 PM, said:

I'm an airline pilot. I've spent many, many years on the ramps walking around and under the planes as the golf bags are being loaded and unloaded.  I would only say that if you don't use an SKB hard side with big beach towels wrapped in and around the clubs or a BagBoy with the stiff arm and the beach towels, you are quite simply playing with fire.  You have absolutely no idea what sometimes happens to your clubs as they are being chucked up in the hold.  If you did, you would probably never ship them that way.

Well said. I've seen what goes on with unloading bags from the plane and you can't have enough protection lol.


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 02:56 AM

don't need to these days. take the heads off and carry those in my carry on. International though I'll wrap them up good and put in my checked golf bag. They take a literal interpretation of some airline rules of 'no golf clubs' allowed on the plane. Get stopped often by tsa, but worth the hassle.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:11 AM

I made my own. 1.25" dowel rod with a trash can attached to the top of it. Costs about $10.

I just got to Phoenix for a golf trip and it definitely took a good hit because the trash can part was broken.

One of the other guys bag got caught in a conveyor. Ripped the travel bag and regular bag. Snapped the 3 wood shaft also. He got $550 out of it but still a hassle.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:11 AM

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:49 PM

Absolutely 100% use, plus I put as many towels inside wrapped around the shafts as I can. To be even more anal and safe, I remove the driver and 3w heads and place those in towels and then stuff inside the bag's pockets. My dad used to work at the local airport as a mail guy and would see the way stuff was handled.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 05:47 AM

I always use one. I also take the heads off my woods and put them in a sock and then my carry on.

I use pipe insulation for my wood shafts and snake a towel around my iron heads so they dont rattle.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 10:56 PM

Based on the suggestions in this thread, I made one out of PVC pipes for my club glove bag.  Two legs and a crossbar at the top.  I also did the towels around the clubs, tying them under the PVC crossbar in the middle of the bag.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 02:54 AM

I use one.

I also take the heads off and put them in their head covers, then place them in the bag pockets.

I once brought the head of my driver in my carry on....don’t do this.  I learned that you are apparently not allowed to bring it in your bag as a carry on.  I’m not exactly clear why though.  I suppose the x ray TSA agents don’t know what it is, even though you can explain it to them.
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Posted 26 April 2018 - 09:18 PM

Never leave home without it. Although its a home made (better, in my opinion) stiff arm consisting of a broomstick cross with tennis balls on each end.
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Posted 26 April 2018 - 11:06 PM

Any unscrupulous golfing TSA agents who know valuable shafts could make a killing. A lot of shafts with no heads in the bags. A couple of those would probably fit down a pant leg. From the some of the stuff I've heard or read, I would put nothing past some of them.

A separate club head in a side pocket would be even easier to swipe.

Just stiff arm and towels for me. Woods grouped in the middle under the stiff arm. Heads on all the woods.

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 09:05 PM

Always, might as well, better protection for $25.  

BTW, annual trip is coming up and anyone else had this happen, last year, waiting at baggage claim, NO CLUBS.   "Sorry, they missed the plane."  1st day of 3 day event, have to rent clubs.  Only good news is Alaska said they would reimburse me up to $200 for shoes, balls, rental, etc. and clubs arrived after Day 1.  They did give me a check on Sun at airport.  Still was a bummer.

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 07:58 AM

Always use the stiff arm.  Also, the extra room around the club heads is a great place to stuff some dirty laundry.  Nothing turns a TSA bag check south like a well packed golf bag loaded with sweaty golf clothes.  Once I started doing that, I never saw my clubs carelessly removed and repacked by those clowns again!

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 10:15 AM

Always do and the bend in the stiff arm is proof they do the job no worse feeling than seeing your sticks coming down the luggage ramp top first

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 10:56 PM

Use broomstick and tennis ball

Doubles as my stretching stick
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Posted 13 May 2018 - 11:01 PM

Every bloody time.

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 11:22 PM

Always use mine and move.my clubs around to be centered under the stiff arm. It may not be the end all damage product, but it for sure reduce the risk.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:43 AM

View Postvietnameeh, on 13 May 2018 - 10:56 PM, said:

Use broomstick and tennis ball

Doubles as my stretching stick

This is a thinking mans solution ... never thought of that.  Great idea.  My dad used to do essentially this same thing under the cover on his boat for years.
Probably doesn't prevent clubs from shifting around but definitely makes sure the longest part of the bag is the tennis ball on top of broomstick.

Edited by cwglum, 15 May 2018 - 06:43 AM.


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Posted 09 June 2018 - 09:54 AM

For $25-$30, it's cheap insurance
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Posted 29 June 2018 - 12:39 PM

I do.
Don’t leave home without it.
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Posted 07 July 2018 - 08:25 PM

I use 2.    TSA has broken two on me over the last 2-3 years.  Leaving the woods vulnerable so now I use 2 stiff arms.  If Iím not feeling lasy I will unscrew driver hesd and wrap it in towel and place it in bag pocket.


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