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Who actually uses a stiff arm in their travel bag?


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#31 Argonne69

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 10:56 AM

Yup.

I was standing near the airport gate one day waiting to board the plane, and I gazed out the window. The baggage handlers were unloading the baggage from the recent arrival. In shock, I saw them dump a soft case golf bag out of the plane's baggage door, and it fell to the tarmac below, landing right on the nose of the case. If the bag didn't have a stiff arm, I'm absolutely certain the driver head would have snapped, as the bag fell a good 8 to 10 feet.


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 11:48 PM

Yes. I also take the heads off my woods/hybrids.

First time I flew with them, the plastic thingy was shattered upon arrival.

No, that doesn't mean it would've broke my club(s). There's a lot of things that could happen to my clubs won't break them, and I prefer if none of them happen. It's a very minimal effort to save you a lot of potential annoyance and expense.

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 07:58 PM

I ended up buying one today if for no other reason than to see the look of horror on my wife's face when I came walking into the GAP to meet her on the other side of the mall.

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 10:30 AM

Stiff arm is a no brainer in my opinion.

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 03:13 PM

maybe i´m overly cautious but I like to put the stiff arm in the bag then wrap a towel around the heads, then to top i all of a plastic bucket goes on top. Has worked great so far.


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Posted 03 March 2015 - 12:14 PM

I don't use a stiff arm anymore as my original one was broken by the airlines so I currently use a wood handle from a garden hoe I cut to be about 2 inches longer than my driver. It fits perfectly in my bag and after wrapping all my clubs in a big towel it will be the first thing to take the brunt of a disgruntled baggage handler. Nothing is going to break it.
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Posted 03 March 2015 - 09:29 PM

View Postmukster, on 17 February 2015 - 01:57 PM, said:

I don't leave home without it :)

Use one in my Club Glove Burstproof 2, yet to have damage to my clubs. The airlines will always figure out some devious way to  destroy your clubs, but this has worked well for me.

I have the same bag and use one as well.  Then wrap the iron heads in my towels.  If I can remove the club heads, I do and stuff them into my shoes.
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Posted 03 March 2015 - 10:55 PM

First time I used the stiff arm, my 913D3 w/ Fuji TS 7.2 snapped at the neck.
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Posted 04 March 2015 - 03:25 PM

No Stiff Arm and no problems.  Clubglove travel bag

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 12:03 PM

I used a broom handle for a long time, but eventually grabbed a stiff arm. I also take the heads off my driver, hibred and three wood and take them in my carry on for some added protection.


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Posted 18 March 2015 - 12:42 PM

Yes to Stiff Arm; Yes to SM Clubglider Journey
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Posted 18 March 2015 - 12:45 PM

I've used one with an Ogio Straight Jacket for over 7 years. Highly recommended, very cheap insurance.

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 12:40 PM

View Post2bGood, on 07 March 2015 - 12:03 PM, said:

I used a broom handle for a long time, but eventually grabbed a stiff arm. I also take the heads off my driver, hibred and three wood and take them in my carry on for some added protection.

:lol: never thought of taking the heads off... I like that!  :clapping:
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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:05 PM

View PostToph84, on 16 February 2015 - 05:07 PM, said:

Go to the hardware store and buy a wooden dowel rod for $2 to $4 and have it cut to whatever length you need for your travel bag. Get 1/2" or bigger. Wrap a towel on the end of the dowel if its too short.
I do this.  Combine it with a hard top bag boy travel cover, and I'm confident my clubs will survive the flight if I do.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 10:32 AM

I use one.  $20 for peace of mind.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:03 PM

For a cheap laugh ill take a look at the reviews on the stiff arm and see comments like "1 star - first time I used it the thing was bent and basically toast. Clubs were fine though." Hmmm I think that's the point...

Haven't had any issues at all traveling with my burst proof and a stiff arm. Wouldn't travel without the stiff arm.

Added bonus is club glove is made in the USA and is an all around great company from my experience.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 12:40 AM

I used shipsticks recently, and UPS delivered the bag standing upside down. I'm  very thankful I had a strong arm clone in there.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 12:44 AM

The thought of not using one makes me sick.  I always use one.  And as mentioned upthread, with the advent of adjustable drivers I take the head off my driver, which helps a lot and eliminates the danger of damaging that club.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 08:42 AM

Never travel without it. $25 for the extra security is well worth the cost.
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Posted 22 March 2015 - 10:48 PM

with almost 90% positive answers on this question most of us believe this is a no-brainer...

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 12:19 PM

View Postjmvargas, on 22 March 2015 - 10:48 PM, said:

with almost 90% positive answers on this question most of us believe this is a no-brainer...
I have a BagBoy version, and the only complaints I have heard about these device are that under heavy stress, like what would be experienced during a head first fall, that they can collapse. What I did to mine was drill a hole through the shaft and put a cotter pin through the hole for support. It will now withstand anything.

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 01:11 PM

couple of old hockey (composite) sticks cut to length work great.

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 09:44 PM

View Postmanglarn, on 01 March 2015 - 03:13 PM, said:

maybe i´m overly cautious but I like to put the stiff arm in the bag then wrap a towel around the heads, then to top i all of a plastic bucket goes on top. Has worked great so far.

Really like this too. Keeps all the club heads to the confines of the bag.

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 09:45 PM

I do, figure why not..

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 07:52 PM

Actually sat on the plane looking out the window as my clubs were being loaded.  They were on a conveyor that was bringing luggage up from ground-level to the plane's cargo hull.  The conveyor must have gotten jammed at the top and my clubs fell off of the conveyor, landed on end, then bounced around in the hard shelled case I was glad to be using at the time.

Since then I've gotten away from the hard shell cases because they are so inconvenient to travel with, store, transport, etc. I now remove the driver head and use a 46" wooden dowel.

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 01:01 PM

I just unscrew the heads of all of my woods and take them off the shaft.  I then put the club head in their head cover and stuff it in the side pockets of the bag.  I also will put them on the inside of the pocket and then will put a towel, or jackets, or shoe (basically whatever I am carrying in my travel bag anyways) on the outside to give an extra layer of protection.  I then rubber band the 3 shafts together to give a little extra strength.  Lastly, I have an old 46" shaft which I pulled in favor of a 44" driver shaft.  I put it in the top of the bag so it will take the brunt.
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Posted 04 April 2015 - 10:20 PM

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 03:06 AM

Always try to stiff arm people out of the way when I'm at the airport.

Also use the bagboy stiff arm. Thought the shaft was way sturdier than the club glove version. Take my driver and 3w and tuck under the cap and wrap a towel around them to make sure they stay protected underneath. No problems yet.
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Posted 10 April 2015 - 09:09 AM

This past trip worked great (granted it was only a short flight from Boston to Raleigh).

I brought two drivers with both heads in headcovers in my carry on.

Stiff arm
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A $10 set of Walmart neoprene iron covers and a couple of towels, then the rain cover

In the Burst proof with a shoe in each zippered pocket.

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 12:23 PM

View PostToph84, on 16 February 2015 - 05:07 PM, said:

Go to the hardware store and buy a wooden dowel rod for $2 to $4 and have it cut to whatever length you need for your travel bag. Get 1/2" or bigger. Wrap a towel on the end of the dowel if its too short.

This is what I do. I actually use two of them. I bought 1.5" wooden dowels. I cut one to size to fit in my bag and sticks out a little higher than my longest club in the bag. I have a tennis ball on the end of the dowel not in the bag. I then wrap towels all around the heads and around the dowel. Put the rain cover on top of all that to keep in snug. Then in my travel case, I cut a dowel the size of the bag and put two tennis balls on each side and throw this in the bag and then the bag on top of the dowel and zip it up.


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