Golf clubs do look unbreakable but they are certainly not that. Despite their sturdy look and feel, most clubs are susceptible to move-related damage, especially at the point where the club head meets the shaft.
So, to eliminate the risk of possible club breakage, follow these universal and proven tips for packing golf clubs for moving.
What you will need to pack your golf clubs for a move
-A travel bag. You’ve got two options here: to use a soft case or to use a hard-shell case to move your golf equipment to the new home. Both types of travel bags have their advantages and disadvantage, read on to understand which one is the better option for you.
-Cardboard box. You’re going to need a strong cardboard box to serve as the final protection for your golf gear. Make sure it is big enough to fit the soft case.
-Bubble wrap. The usage of Bubble wrap is crucial. You’re going to need it to first protect each golf club individually, and then to serve as a cushioning or padding material while packing your golf clubs for a move.
-Head covers. Usually made of neoprene, head covers will protect the heads of your drivers and woods.
-Blankets, towels or socks. Use blankets, bath towels, and thick socks in conjunction with Bubble wrap to deliver the ultimate protection for your expensive golf clubs.
-Pieces of clothing and newsprint. Use them to fill any empty spaces inside the soft bag, and then inside the cardboard box.
-Packing tape. Use it to secure bubble wrap pieces and seal the cardboard container.
Soft bags vs hard cases: which travel bag is right for you?
Travel bags for golf clubs can be either soft-sided ones or hard-shell ones.
Soft-sided bags are reasonably priced, take less space and are fairly lightweight – three factors that should be enough to convince you to use such a travel bag for your upcoming move. They do provide a good level padding protection and have extra compartments for your golf accessories, for example. Still, their overall protection is inferior to hard cases.
Hard-shell cases provide the ultimate protection for your prized golf equipment and will give you the peace of mind you need during the move. Despite the much higher price – the best ones can cost around $250, hard-shell travel cases for golf clubs are often a good investment, especially if you plan to take your golf clubs with you on frequent air travel trips to various golf destinations around the country. As expected, they are bigger and heavier too.
What’s a Stiff Arm? Do you need one when packing golf clubs for moving?
A Stiff Arm is a fully adjustable 3-piece telescopic crutch that will fit any golf travel bag and will absorb the force of impact during the move. It’s also known as a golf club protection device because it effectively eliminates the risk of club breakage. You just place in the center of your travel bag and adjust it to be slightly longer than the longest club found in the bag.
This way, any additional pressure on the golf bag will be absorbed by the travel golf club protector and no clubs will bend out of shape or break at their weakest points – the spots where the club heads meet the shafts.
Yes, you need a Stiff Arm but if you don’t have one, then use a wooden broomstick, a PVC pipe or something else with a similar shape and the right length.
How to pack golf clubs for moving: Step-by-step guide
It’s time for you to learn the best way to pack golf clubs for shipping. This is the step-by-step guide on how to pack golf clubs in a bag – a soft travel bags for golf clubs.
Step 1. Bubble wrap each golf club individually
Wrap each single golf club in bubble wrap, and keep the bubbly protective plastic in place with the help of packing tape. Make sure you bubble wrap the heads and the shafts along their entire lengths.
Step 2. Protect the club heads
Place head covers over each club head. If you don’t have such head protectors, then you should use towels or thick socks as substitutes.
Step 3. Make a nice bundle of your golf clubs
You can easily break a single wooden stick, but make a tight bundle of 14 sticks and try to break them all at once. It’s kind of impossible, isn’t it? The same principle applies when you’re looking for the best way to pack golf clubs for travel.
So, bundle all of your clubs together and use zip-ties or pieces of string to tie them up close together. Don’t forget to add the golf club protection device (the Stiff Arm), if you own one.
Step 4. Place the bundle in your soft bag
Place the bundled clubs in your soft bag. Make sure you fill in any empty spaces with towels, socks, other pieces of soft clothing, or pieces of crumpled paper. Pad really well your clubs so they won’t move around in the travel bag.
Step 5. Do the shake test
Lift the soft-sided bag and shake it gently to make sure nothing is moving inside it, not even an inch. The complete immobilization is a great way to prevent any type of damage to your golf clubs during transit. If you do feel any sort of movement inside, place even more padding materials.
Step 6. Zip it up
If no golf club is moving inside, then zip up the travel bag. Don’t leave any expensive electronic gadgets such as a Rangefinder or a GPS in your golf bag. Instead, carry such electronic devices with you.
Step 7. Place the bag into a cardboard box
It’s time to place that soft bag of yours into a cardboard box for an extra level of protection. Besides, the standard shape and size of the cardboard box will mean that it will fit well inside the moving truck, together with the rest of your belongings.
Place pieces of bubble wrap or one thick blanket on the bottom of the cardboard box to serve as a cushion. Then, get the bag with your golf equipment inside it. Again, use blankets, towels or plenty of newspapers to fill the remaining space inside the cardboard container.
Close up the cardboard box and seal it well with packing tape.
Step 8. Load your golf clubs last
Make sure your golf clubs are the very last thing you load on the moving vehicle. Nothing should be sitting on top of them – look for a fairly safe spot inside the back of the truck to position them, ideally tucked near or between soft items such as a mattress.
And now that you know the best way to pack and ship golf clubs, it’s time to wish you tons of fun on the golf course.