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I see that Southwest now allows 2 free bags.  Does anyone know if this includes a normal size travel golf bag?  Any experiences that anyone can share?  I am going to Bandon and have considered Shipsticks but its gonna cost $150 and if I can get it free then I would prefer to spend that money on a caddie

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Southwest works.  To make it work even better, take the head off your driver and pack it in your suitcase.  Then use a travel rod in your bag to protect the rest.  The voice of experience (not a good

Hard cases are such a pain. Get a good club glove. Use a stiffarm or broom stick. I put my towels around the heads etc. You'll be good 99% of the time. So much easier to store and get around in genera

Southwest has allowed 2 free checked bags for years. I've probably flown 80+ times over the past 12 years with my clubs with no issues. Just make sure the bag is 50 lbs or less. I carry a ton of stuff

1 hour ago, BG5 said:

Good Afternoon,

 

I see that Southwest now allows 2 free bags.  Does anyone know if this includes a normal size travel golf bag?  Any experiences that anyone can share?  I am going to Bandon and have considered Shipsticks but its gonna cost $150 and if I can get it free then I would prefer to spend that money on a caddie

 

Already answered, but yes! All I travel domestic is Southwest. Assuming you are doing portland and driving down, that is what I do. 1 flight, no connections, I know my bag is making it. 

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4 hours ago, BG5 said:

Good Afternoon,

 

I see that Southwest now allows 2 free bags.  Does anyone know if this includes a normal size travel golf bag?  Any experiences that anyone can share?  I am going to Bandon and have considered Shipsticks but its gonna cost $150 and if I can get it free then I would prefer to spend that money on a caddie

Southwest is the best! Clubs and one other checked bag fly free.

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Southwest has allowed 2 free checked bags for years. I've probably flown 80+ times over the past 12 years with my clubs with no issues. Just make sure the bag is 50 lbs or less. I carry a ton of stuff in my bag, and I was forced to pull a few balls and a towel out on a few flights. 'No biggie.

 

I have a Club Glove, and use a Stiff Arm. I've never taken the heads off my woods, and (knock on wood) have never had a problem with damaged equipment. Wouldn't hurt to take the heads off, though.

 

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Southwest is pretty much the only airline that I will fly and check my golf bag on. If I have to fly other airlines, I will usually ShipSticks 'em. 

IMO, Southwest is the best airline to fly on anyways. 

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Are the hard travel cases better for protection then say a club glove?  I still plan to go what those suggested but a hard case should provide better protection correct?

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Are the hard travel cases better for protection then say a club glove?  I still plan to go what those suggested but a hard case should provide better protection correct?

 

I'd say hard cases provide more protection, but they're generally a pain to deal with once you arrive. If you have luggage and the clubs, the hard case will generally not fit in the trunk of most rental cars. Leaving it in the back seat is an advertisement to thieves that you have expensive clubs in the trunk. 

 

The Club Glove Last Bag has plenty of padding, and folds in half (for the most part), allowing it to fit in the trunk. The vast majority of us with Last Bags have never had a problem with damage when taking normal precautions. I've read many reports of hard cases busting latches when dropped. 

 

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Are the hard travel cases better for protection then say a club glove?  I still plan to go what those suggested but a hard case should provide better protection correct?

Get a quality hard case if you're going that route.  My first travel bag was a hard case with 2 locking mechanisms near the top and bottom of the bag.  First time I ever used it, one of those locks broke off, and the bag would open a bit on one end when it was picked up by the handle in the middle.  I sent it back to the manufacturer for repair, and the 2nd time I ever used it, the lock broke again.  By that time the manufacturer was out of business.  Got a Club Glove last bag about 8 years ago, zero problems.  

 

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If I go the hardcase route should I still buy a stiff arm?

 

 

I think I will eventually get a club glove and have looked at them in the past but I usually dont travel all that much so its prevented me from spending the cash.  With that being said I plan to travel more so I should probably just pull the trigger.

 

 

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I just bought a Clubglove Last Bag today to replace my broken hard sided travel case.  Golf trip in three weeks.  The hard case lasted for a total of six golf trips before the latching mechanism completely broke on the last flight TO our destination.  Getting it home was so lucky...

 

The hard case was always a pain in the @ss fitting into the rental vehicles, the hotels/condos, and storing at home.

You don't need the stiff arm if you buy a hard case.  Definitely need the stiff arm if you buy a soft sided case. 

 

I looked at the Clubglove back when I bought the hard case.  Should have just spent good money once rather than twice now.

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A broomstick cut to the correct length with a tennis ball on top makes for a cheap alternative to a stiff arm. It wouldn't hurt to have one in a hardshell case.

 

I was standing at an airport gate a few years ago waiting to board, and I was looking out the window at the plane that just arrived. The baggage handlers were unloading the cargo hold, and one of them dumped a hardshell case out of the belly of the aircraft, and the case landed on its end on the tarmac ten feet below. If there's not a stiffener in the bag, you may be looking at a broken driver with the weight of the bag compressing the club.

 

 

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The top handle on the Club Glove Last Bag separates, and is large enough that it can be looped over a suitcase handle. 'Makes it pretty easy to lug around the airport.

 

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Ping G410 9wd 23.5 (0 Flat) - Alta CB 65 Stiff (42.5")
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4 hours ago, BG5 said:

If I go the hardcase route should I still buy a stiff arm?

 

 

I think I will eventually get a club glove and have looked at them in the past but I usually dont travel all that much so its prevented me from spending the cash.  With that being said I plan to travel more so I should probably just pull the trigger.

 

 

 

You won't need a stiff-arm with the hard cases. My case is a hard plastic coffin style roadie case. I have flown dozens times with it without any issues. I watched a baggage attendant drop it off the baggage cart. No damage to anything inside. 

 

If you are willing to deal with the weight and bulkiness, nothing protects your clubs better than a hard plastic case. 

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I do a soft case with a stiff arm, and I wrap the heads with a towel. I've only done this a handful of times, but no issues so far *knock on wood*.

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Yup - it sure does.  I only fly SW (whenever possible) and I have never had any problems with my golf bag.

 

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+1 for the Club Glove Last Bag and a Stiff Arm.

 

Have had the bag for 18 years and still going strong.  30+ airline flights.  Got the stiff arm a few years ago.  I am too lazy to take the heads off.  Put the clubs in the travel bag and THEN extend the Stiff Arm as far as it will go.  Never had an issue on Southwest, Delta, United or American.

 

Anyone traveling anywhere to play golf can afford a $30 stiff arm and a good travel bag.  If you cant you should not be traveling for golf.

 

Hard cases suck as there is nowhere to put in the car, especially if you are traveling with others.

 

 

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