3 simple tricks to protect your golf clubs when you travel

With summer just around the corner, we’re headed into prime golf travel season, and if you’re serious about your game and playing your best, the one thing you have to bring is your golf clubs.

On the latest episode of GOLF’s Fully Equipped podcast, the crew broke down some of the best ways to travel safely with your clubs and offered some tips to help prevent damage during transit. Here are three gear hacks (plus a bonus!) we swear by when traveling.

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1. Remove those heads!

The absolute last thing you want to deal with on a golf trip is a broken club head. We’ve chronicled plenty of horror stories over the years on GOLF.com, but for some reason, golfers still continue to travel with the driver head affixed to the shaft. The easiest solution for ensuring your club arrives in one piece is to take a club wrench and remove the head. (You can add a piece of tape to the shaft with your loft sleeve setting if you don’t know it off the top of your head.)

From there, put the head inside the headcover and safely place it in the side pocket of your golf travel bag or carry-on luggage. Flip the shaft so it’s grip side up in the bag, add a stiff Arm product and enjoy your flight. It’s that simple.

2. Safely secure sunscreen

Speaking of securing items for a flight, the last thing you need is a bottle of sunscreen exploding in your golf bag while you’re mid-air, rocketing across the country. Grab a ziploc bag and throw that sunscreen inside. And while you’re at it, check the expiration date on your SPF product to ensure it’s still good to use.

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3. Ship those sticks

We still recommend embracing the two ideas above even if you do decide to ship your sticks to the hotel or course. Shipping with the ever-dependable Fedex is always a great choice with easy tracking.

While a majority of golfers still prefer to travel with their clubs, it’s never been easier to send your clubs along ahead of time, thereby saving you the pain of lugging them to the airport and waiting at baggage claim. Even better? You don’t need to sweat renting a vehicle with substantial trunk space. If you don’t mind paying a bit more, ship it and forget it.

Bonus! Track those sticks

Our own GOLF staff has been on this trend for more than a year, and it’s one we think more golfers should take to heart. There’s nothing worse than arriving at the airport and waiting on a golf bag that never arrives. To ensure it’s somewhere on the property, throw an Apple AirTag in your golf bag. At only $29, this GPS device is a cheap way to get some serious piece of mind.

Want to make sure your clubs are dialed in before your next trip? Find your nearest True Spec Golf location to experience the difference a professional club fitting can make.  For more on the latest gear news and information, check out our latest Fully Equipped podcast below.

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Jonathan Wall

Golf.com Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour.

Ryan Barath

Golf.com Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.

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