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#1 clublender

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 07:14 PM

When you travel, do you prefer to ship, check, or rent your golf clubs? If you have a preference one way or the other, why? Does the type of trip you’re making affect your choice? If you rent, do you rent at the course or from a third party?


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#2 cherokee8215

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 08:24 PM

I always check my own clubs with the airline unless I'm only going to be playing one round on the trip and it's some kind of corporate/charity scramble type thing and/or on a course I don't really care about. In that case I'll rent but pack my own golf shoes, golf balls, gloves, etc.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 06:27 AM

1. Direct flight - check my bag

2. Connecting flight - ship sticks to course, check bag on way home

I have had great experience with ship sticks, I just don't like to have to give up my clubs multiple days in advance to get the better ship sticks rates.  I prefer not to rent, but will do so when on business and the purpose of the trip is not golf, but I can add onto the trip.  Nothing like showing up to a client with a golf clubs...



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Posted 27 October 2017 - 07:31 AM

Southwest Airlines - two bags fly free.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:01 AM

Hand them to the TSA folks at my home airport. Pick them up at baggage claim when I arrive. Reverse the same process coming home.

I factor the cost of any checked-bag fees into my ticket cost when planning the trip.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:08 AM

View Postteejaywhy, on 27 October 2017 - 07:31 AM, said:

Southwest Airlines - two bags fly free.
Not only that advantage, but more room in coach than most airlines and early bird will let you and your peeps sit together, probably aisle seats,  without the hassle of trying to find and book assigned seats together.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:21 AM

Only if the purpose of the trip isn't really golf and it's just a "maybe" do I rent. I have always checked my clubs, I fly Southwest though so it is hard to beat free and I've never had issues with them.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:24 AM

I tell you, Southwest Airlines customers are kind of like Costco members. Their brand loyalty makes some guy with a Titleist bag full of Titleist clubs, playing ProV1's and wearing FootJoy shoes and gloves seem like a piker!
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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:45 AM

View PostNorth Butte, on 27 October 2017 - 08:24 AM, said:

I tell you, Southwest Airlines customers are kind of like Costco members. Their brand loyalty makes some guy with a Titleist bag full of Titleist clubs, playing ProV1's and wearing FootJoy shoes and gloves seem like a piker!
LOL, except the reason for SW brand loyalty is quantifiable  and tangible whereas the loyalty toward equipment is often intangible and emotional.

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:56 AM

For a golf trip? Always check my bag on my flight.

For a trip that *might* include a round of golf if I can fit it in (i.e. a work event to a resort that has a golf course); I'll rent on-site. But if I'm 100% sure that I'm playing golf, I bring my sticks.

Edited by raynorfan1, 27 October 2017 - 08:56 AM.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 01:38 PM

I was just telling my brothers-in-law last night that I can't ever envision a scenario in which I would use ship sticks. Between the cost and having to give up my clubs days in advance, I don't see it as ever being a viable option.
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Posted 31 October 2017 - 06:37 PM

View PostmedicoreMAgolfer, on 27 October 2017 - 06:27 AM, said:

1. Direct flight - check my bag

2. Connecting flight - ship sticks to course, check bag on way home

I have had great experience with ship sticks, I just don't like to have to give up my clubs multiple days in advance to get the better ship sticks rates.  I prefer not to rent, but will do so when on business and the purpose of the trip is not golf, but I can add onto the trip.  Nothing like showing up to a client with a golf clubs...

medicoreMAgolfer, thanks a lot for the thoughtful reply. #2 strikes us as a clever hybrid approach. If you come to LA, we hope you'll consider renting with us!

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 06:48 PM

View Postcherokee8215, on 26 October 2017 - 08:24 PM, said:

I always check my own clubs with the airline unless I'm only going to be playing one round on the trip and it's some kind of corporate/charity scramble type thing and/or on a course I don't really care about. In that case I'll rent but pack my own golf shoes, golf balls, gloves, etc.

Thanks for the feedback, cherokee8215. If we're understanding you correctly, if you care a lot about the rounds themselves, then, you lean toward packing your own equipment. Noted.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 06:59 PM

View Postteejaywhy, on 27 October 2017 - 07:31 AM, said:

Southwest Airlines - two bags fly free.

Ah yes, teejaywhy, we can understand that airline-specific offerings can move the needle on this point. Thanks for the response.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 07:02 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 27 October 2017 - 08:01 AM, said:

Hand them to the TSA folks at my home airport. Pick them up at baggage claim when I arrive. Reverse the same process coming home.

I factor the cost of any checked-bag fees into my ticket cost when planning the trip.

Thanks, North Butte. Does this process feel convenient to you at this point?


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 07:08 PM

View PostBlackDiamondPar5, on 27 October 2017 - 08:08 AM, said:

View Postteejaywhy, on 27 October 2017 - 07:31 AM, said:

Southwest Airlines - two bags fly free.
Not only that advantage, but more room in coach than most airlines and early bird will let you and your peeps sit together, probably aisle seats,  without the hassle of trying to find and book assigned seats together.


BlackDiamondPar5, we take your point here. Airline perks and customer service can have a big impact on how appealing (or unappealing) checking a golf bag with them might seem. North Butte: Hah! Is there no airline in particular you've found helpful?

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 07:11 PM

View Postraynorfan1, on 27 October 2017 - 08:56 AM, said:

For a golf trip? Always check my bag on my flight.

For a trip that *might* include a round of golf if I can fit it in (i.e. a work event to a resort that has a golf course); I'll rent on-site. But if I'm 100% sure that I'm playing golf, I bring my sticks.

Thanks, raynorfan1. We follow your thought process. Noted.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 07:13 PM

View PostMichiganMan, on 27 October 2017 - 01:38 PM, said:

I was just telling my brothers-in-law last night that I can't ever envision a scenario in which I would use ship sticks. Between the cost and having to give up my clubs days in advance, I don't see it as ever being a viable option.

MichiganMan, interesting. Would you ever use a service (ours, say) if it could provide a set of clubs that was very close to matching your home set? How close of a match would the set have to be in order for you to consider such a service (if you would)?

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:25 PM

most of my trips are to my in-laws where i have a backup set of irons on the off chance i get out to play -- if i am going specifically with golf planned or for an outing ill use ship sticks to send down my current gamer set so im not switching to different sticks.

i dont mind having to give up my bag a couple days since its usually during cold weather when i cant play at home anyway.

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 07:18 PM

1 round - I will rent

2 or more rounds - ship sticks.  The extra cost for the convenience is worth it to me.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 07:21 PM

I personally do not like using a shipping service. Too many places where it can go wrong. If it does go wrong at least there is a customer service rep for the airline at the airport that you can complain to. Plus i like it when you can see your bag being loaded into the plane. If you are worried about the clubs being broken, just get a decent bag and pack them well and use a stiff arm.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 03:41 PM

I used shipsticks on my last trip and it was painless. One less bag to schlepp around .

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:54 PM

View Postclublender, on 31 October 2017 - 07:13 PM, said:

View PostMichiganMan, on 27 October 2017 - 01:38 PM, said:

I was just telling my brothers-in-law last night that I can't ever envision a scenario in which I would use ship sticks. Between the cost and having to give up my clubs days in advance, I don't see it as ever being a viable option.

MichiganMan, interesting. Would you ever use a service (ours, say) if it could provide a set of clubs that was very close to matching your home set? How close of a match would the set have to be in order for you to consider such a service (if you would)?

I'm not him but I'll answer for me. Can you provide a 3 year old driver, 8 year old irons, a 22 year old 3w, a 6, 8, and 12 years old respectively set of wedges that are all from different manufacturers, and a 25+ year old Walmart brand putter? I also require x shafts in the woods and S300 in the irons? I don't even know what shafts are in the wedges but I know they all work if I do my part.

Good luck finding anyone other than me that would be remotely happy with that bag. For me though... It's like a kittens whiskers.

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 10:48 PM

I always take my own clubs. Check them usually. I would be very much more likely to rent clubs if they had midsize grips or more grip options in general. I am very used to my specific grips and have trouble even demoing clubs and participating in fitting with regular size Tour velvet or similar stock grips.
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 11:05 PM

I remember getting a quote from Ship Sticks a couple years ago and losing it over how expensive it was... so I just got another one.

From Calgary, AB down to the La Quinta, CA Mountain course where I will likely be next spring... $178 CAD one way or $217 CAD return.

I wonder do these prices come with a reacharound at least??

I think I'll check my clubs on the plane both ways for $50 CAD total. LOL


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 02:17 PM

View PostBush Pilot, on 07 November 2017 - 11:05 PM, said:

I remember getting a quote from Ship Sticks a couple years ago and losing it over how expensive it was... so I just got another one.

From Calgary, AB down to the La Quinta, CA Mountain course where I will likely be next spring... $178 CAD one way or $217 CAD return.

I wonder do these prices come with a reacharound at least??

I think I'll check my clubs on the plane both ways for $50 CAD total. LOL

are you using their fastest option?? or maybe its due to going from canada to USA?

In my experience if you have the time to let it go ground they are great - I just scheduled a trip for next week and had a 50% off coupon -- $67.98 round trip including $3k insurance. Id rather deal with them or UPS/Fedex if theres an issue vs an airline. I had a stroller break on a flight and it was hell dealing with the airline...and were not talking about a flimsy plastic stroller cracking.

Sending my clubs out Friday to have them arrive by Wednesday for my round Thursday - i know i wont have any chance to play when they'll be in transit so i wont be missing out on anything -- and its a huge convenience factor as well. Flying with 2 kids under 3 the day before thanksgiving -- having that one extra bag to get from the parking lot to check in really can be a pain lol :)
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