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Airline broke my driver on flight down to Myrtle Beach...


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#1 new2g0lf

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 05:56 PM

...and I played the best 4 consecutive rounds of golf in my life.  

I was pretty upset when I got to the range for round 1 of 4 of our annual MB golf tournament and found my driver had been broken on the flight down.  I tried to get it fixed but none of the pro shops at the courses we played could fix it.  I considered a quick trip to a local golf store to buy a new one but it was unlikely they would have a lefty JPX 900 driver sitting on the rack so I just resigned myself to playing without it.

I considered teeing off with my 3W but that introduces some uncertainty with only about a 20 yard gain over my 3 hybrid so I decided to play the 3 hybrid off the tee in place of my driver.  Fortunately we were not playing from the tips so the distance loss between my driver and 3 hybrid wasn't to penal.

We were playing match play and what I discovered is that teeing off with the hybrid gave me a number of advantages.
  • I hit over 90% of my drives into the fairway which placed a lot of pressure on my opponents who were not very consistent with their driver and hit a number of tee shots OB, into thick rough and into the woods.
  • I was usually hitting first on the 2nd shot which is the strongest part of my game and it allowed me to make up for any distance loss off the tee and keep pressure on my opponents.  They often over swung on their 2nd shot to match my distance and ended up making bad shots.
The other 11 guys were 10 - 24 handicaps (I'm a 16) so obviously this wouldn't have worked out as well for me if they were all single digit or if we were playing from the tips but it did give me insight to a different way to play golf that I wouldn't have tried had my driver not been broken.  On my home course I'd miss the 40 - 50 yard advantage my driver offers (when hit well) over my 3 hybrid but I'm thinking tomorrow I may just leave the driver in the bag and see how my round goes.  

What I found interesting is that not one opponent decided to club down off the tee to ensure they kept their ball in the fairway despite it being obvious that it was a major advantage for me over them to have a good lie on my 2nd shot.  I wondered if the roles were reversed if I'd have the discipline to club down or if I'd just keep gripping and ripping my driver.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 06:02 PM

So, what new driver will the airline be buying for you?

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 06:05 PM

 caniac6, on 11 October 2017 - 06:02 PM, said:

So, what new driver will the airline be buying for you?
None, I placed a claim but since I didn't notice the damage until the next day they are pushing back.  I had a spare shaft for it at home, so it's ready for play.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 06:27 PM

This or something similar...
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 07:01 PM

 SixtySomePing, on 11 October 2017 - 06:27 PM, said:

This or something similar...
https://www.amazon.c...lub travel case

I had it in a BagBoy T2000 travel case with a stiff arm and towels wrapped around the clubs in an Ogio Silencer golf bag.  They must have dropped it or slammed it from the side with significant force to snap the shaft.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 07:36 PM

 new2g0lf, on 11 October 2017 - 06:05 PM, said:

 caniac6, on 11 October 2017 - 06:02 PM, said:

So, what new driver will the airline be buying for you?
None, I placed a claim but since I didn't notice the damage until the next day they are pushing back.  I had a spare shaft for it at home, so it's ready for play.
WHich is why I open and check my clubes before i leave the airport

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:05 PM

That sucks. Sorry that happened to you.

Depending on what Credit Card you used to pay for the airline ticket, they may offer to pay for a new Driver for you.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:23 PM

How did you pack it?

I always say in travel threads that hard shell cases, while cumbersome, are the way to go. I'm convinced airlines purposely try to destroy golf clubs. My datrek case looked like someone had attacked it with a machete after 2-3 trips
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:25 PM

This is back from 2009 but is applicable for you OP.

First you need to learn to sing (if you can't already).

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:45 PM

so ya played better w/o it?

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:07 PM

View Post2putttom, on 11 October 2017 - 08:45 PM, said:

so ya played better w/o it?

It's hard to say given I don't know if I would have hit driver well or not but given I can sometimes be inconsistent with driver it definitely reduced the number of penalty strokes I usually have in a round.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:23 PM

Curious as to what issues you would have had with the 3W over the hybrid?  It still has significant loft over the driver.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:02 PM

View PostLoki, on 11 October 2017 - 09:23 PM, said:

Curious as to what issues you would have had with the 3W over the hybrid?  It still has significant loft over the driver.

Courses we player had narrow fairways with a lot of OB and water, so the added distance along with greater potential to pull or slice my 3w over my 3h could have likely resulted in penalty strokes with a minimal increase in average distance.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:24 PM

View Postnew2g0lf, on 11 October 2017 - 07:01 PM, said:

View PostSixtySomePing, on 11 October 2017 - 06:27 PM, said:

This or something similar...
https://www.amazon.c...lub travel case

I had it in a BagBoy T2000 travel case with a stiff arm and towels wrapped around the clubs in an Ogio Silencer golf bag.  They must have dropped it or slammed it from the side with significant force to snap the shaft.
Sorry to hear about that. I have read that some people take their driver heads off of their shafts and carry the head in their luggage or place the detached club head in their golf bag.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:28 PM

View Postgrm24, on 11 October 2017 - 10:24 PM, said:

View Postnew2g0lf, on 11 October 2017 - 07:01 PM, said:

View PostSixtySomePing, on 11 October 2017 - 06:27 PM, said:

This or something similar...
https://www.amazon.c...lub travel case

I had it in a BagBoy T2000 travel case with a stiff arm and towels wrapped around the clubs in an Ogio Silencer golf bag.  They must have dropped it or slammed it from the side with significant force to snap the shaft.
Sorry to hear about that. I have read that some people take their driver heads off of their shafts and carry the head in their luggage or place the detached club head in their golf bag.

This in my luggage for all woods/hybrids heads that detach. I also get around it by shipping my clubs via USPS a couple days before down to FL. Might or might not cost a bit more who knows, but it's a hell of alot less stress for me at the airports.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:31 PM

You seem to be a strong candidate for a shortened driver.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 08:17 AM

Glad that it worked out for you OP. Seems like you were playing courses where being forced to the hybrid actually worked out in your favor. A big, open and really long course it probably would have been a detriment.

You may hear soon though that studies show that you really were disadvanting yourself by giving up distance.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 01:49 PM

Most airlines (Delta and Southwest) will not cover damage to golf clubs unless they are in a hard shell case. Glad you had an extra shaft!

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:11 PM

I always remove heads before flying.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:59 PM

View Postbradski, on 13 October 2017 - 03:11 PM, said:

I always remove heads before flying.
Ditto, my driver and fairways are headless before the airline touches my bag. I also pack my irons and putter upside down in my travel bag. Makes it less top-heavy for rolling/standing, keeps the clubs from getting bent or dinged, and the baggage handler only sees the grips if they open my bag.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:00 PM

View Postbradski, on 13 October 2017 - 03:11 PM, said:

I always remove heads before flying.

Good idea! I'll start doing that.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 06:10 PM

Wouldn’t a hard case stop all these issues?  I bought one last year and it’s amazing, no chance of anything breaking.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 06:16 PM

View Postnew2g0lf, on 11 October 2017 - 10:02 PM, said:

View PostLoki, on 11 October 2017 - 09:23 PM, said:

Curious as to what issues you would have had with the 3W over the hybrid?  It still has significant loft over the driver.

Courses we player had narrow fairways with a lot of OB and water, so the added distance along with greater potential to pull or slice my 3w over my 3h could have likely resulted in penalty strokes with a minimal increase in average distance.

Would you have played driver on most of these holes, had it not been broken?  Or was this typical course management decision making for you?

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 11:20 PM

curious which courses you guys played...  ? ( off topic i know,, im just familiar with the area so wondered what you got to see
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Posted 15 October 2017 - 09:16 AM

If he played Arrowhead I could definitely see doing well with hybrid off the tee.

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 11:15 AM

Played Arrowhead two weeks ago. Love that course.

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 02:06 PM

View Postfatkid, on 15 October 2017 - 11:15 AM, said:

Played Arrowhead two weeks ago. Love that course.

I used to hate that course, but it has a certain appeal to it. It makes for a long day when you are not hitting it straight though. Kersplash!
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Posted 15 October 2017 - 02:24 PM

Parents live on arrowhead, it’s super tight on one side
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