Jump to content

Let’s Talk About Travel Cases!


Recommended Posts

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping by. Before I begin… I want to thank everyone for your email. Our Inbox is filled with email right now and SirPutts and I will start responding ASAP. I thought I’d take some time tonight and talk a bit about travel cases. My shop doesn’t really sell a ton of stuff in January and February… the snow and cold temperatures seem to keep the customers away… go figure. We like to call it “Travel Case Season”. The only things that seem to sell are travel cases… tis the season for golf trips. I have been wanting to talk about travel cases for a while and thought tonight would be as good a time as any!


Travel cases used to be really basic nylon bags that basically prevented golf bags from getting scratched during travel. Club protection wasn’t a huge issue… it wasn’t unusual to see a set of clubs wrapped up in a few garbage bags. My how times have changed…


Today’s golf equipment is both expensive and fragile. Thin driver crowns can easily dent, graphite shafts can snap and it doesn’t take much to rip the leg off of a golf bag. Airlines need to move cargo quickly and this sometimes leads to clubs getting thrown around. Consumers are starting to realize that a good travel case can make or break a golf trip. So what should you look for when buying a travel case.


There are basically two types of cases… the hard plastic ones and the soft sided (usually nylon) ones. Hard cases offer maximum protection but very little flexibility. Keep in mind that two or three golfers with hard cases can fill up a rental car in a real hurry. I’ve talked to customers that have had to upgrade their rental cars because their travel cases were so bulky. You can’t squish a hard sided case into a small spot!


Soft cases are a bit easier to pack but they don’t offer quite as much protection. Golfers have to get a bit creative when packing a soft sided case… using shoes, towels and headcovers as extra protection. It’s also a lot easier to throw a soft sided case under a hotel bed!


So which is best for you? I think you really need to look at how much you travel. Someone that travels on a very regular basis might want to consider a hard sided case. If you’re on a plane every month you’re really increasing the chances of a broken club… and a hard sided case will prevent that. Hard sided cases are also really good for the business traveller that travels alone… no need to worry about a full car! The average soft sided case will work just fine for the “every now and again” traveller. They are cheaper, easier to pack, easier to store (when not in use) and offer enough protection when packed properly.


Let’s have a look at some of my favorite travel cases…


Ogio Straight Jacket - The case that I use. It’s built like a tank and can hold pretty much any bag out there. I really like the rollerblade wheels and sturdy construction. It’s also available in some cool colors… a yellow travel case is a great idea when you’re trying to locate it on the luggage belt!


BagBoy TXG - Another solid soft sided option. The buckles really help take a load off of the zipper… a busted zipper is the worst thing that can happen. The molded plastic bottom helps with stability.


SKB Hardtop - This one is kind of cool. It’s a softsided bag with a hard top. It can fold right down and storing it is easy… it actually looks like a sleeping bag when it’s folded up. The hard plastic bottom and rollerblade wheels are a nice touch.


Mizuno Stand Bag Cover - This is one of the better cases out there. It reminds me a lot of the Club Glove. It’s made from really durable nylon and features lots of extra padding.


Anything From Club Glove - Club Glove bags are like the “Cadillacs” of soft sided cases. Sure they’re a bit more expensive but they work almost as well as a hard sided case. These are very well made and I don’t see them coming back for warranty work!


Sun Mountain Atlas - Lots of companies have tried to make a good folding hard case… but only one company has figured it out.


SKB Freedom - A really compact hard case. The Freedom offers maximum protection without the extra bulk.


A few final thoughts… remember that you get what you pay for. Cheap cases are… cheap. They might be good for one trip but they won’t last much past that. Pack your case properly. Fold towels around your clubs. Use your shoes as extra rigidity. Consider packing a broom handle or hockey stick… these can take the brunt of a blow.


Take some time to look at travel cases. Broken clubs can ruin your vacation! Happy travels!




www.sirshanksalot.com
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies -1
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Days

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Days

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Our picks

    • Tiger Woods - WITB - 2022 PGA Championship
      Tiger Woods - WITB - 2022 PGA Championship
        • Thanks
        • Like
      • 46 replies
    • 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson - Discussion and Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       
       
      General Albums
       
       
      2022 AT&T Byron Nelson - Monday #1
      2022 AT&T Byron Nelson - Monday #2
      2022 AT&T Byron Nelson - Monday #3
      2022 AT&T Bryon Nelson - Tuesday #1
      2022 AT&T Bryon Nelson - Tuesday #2
      2022 AT&T Bryon Nelson - Tuesday #3
       
       
       
      WITB Albums
       
       
      John Murphy - WITB - 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson
      Cooper Dossey - WITB - 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson
      Jason Day WITB – 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson
      Justin Leonard - WITB - 2022 AT&T Bryon Nelson
      J.J. Killeen - North Texas PGA Section Champ - WITB - 2022 AT&T Bryon Nelson
      Patrick Flavin - WITB - 2022 AT&T Bryon Nelson
       
       
       
       
      Pullout Albums
       
       
      Patrick Flavin's custom Cameron putter - 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson
      Odyssey "Texas Wedge" putter covers - 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson
      Ping PLD graphite putter shaft - 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson
      Maverick McNealy's custom (3rd iteration) Callaway Apex MB - 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson
      Odyssey/Toulon custom Daytona putter - 2022 AT&T Bryon Nelson
      Justin Thomas' new Scotty Cameron T5 prototype putter (with custom neck) – 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson
       
       
       
       
       
       
      • 17 replies
    • 2022 Wells Fargo Championship - Discussion and Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       
      General Albums
       
      2022 Wells Fargo Championship - Monday #1
      2022 Wells Fargo Championship - Monday #2
      2022 Wells Fargo Championship - Monday #3
       
       
      WITB Albums 
       
      Eugenio Chacarra - WITB - 2022 Wells Fargo Championship
      Larkin Gross - Mid-Atlantic PGA Section Champ - WITB - 2022 Wells Fargo Championship
      Billy Hurley - WITB - 2022 Wells Fargo Championship
      Max McGreevy - WITB - 2022 Wells Fargo Championship
       
       
      Pullout Albums
       
      Cameron putters - 2022 Wells Fargo Championship
      Oddyssey Putters - 2022 Wells Fargo Championship
       
       
       
       
       
      • 3 replies
    • 2022 Huntsville Champ (Korn Ferry) Photos & 30+ WITB- Discussion and Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       
       
      General Albums
       
      2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #1
      2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #2
      2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #3
      2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #4
       
       
       
      WITB Albums
       
      Tee-K Kelly - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Blayne Barber - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Thomas Walsh - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Davis Thompson - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Philip Knowles - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Tom Whitney - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Steven Fisk - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      John Pak - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Vincent Norrman - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Brandon Matthews - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Peter Kuest - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Whee Kim - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Will Bateman - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      MJ Daffue - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Rhein Gibson - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      David Kocher - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Will Gordon - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Trevor Cone - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Bryce Emory - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Curtis Luck - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry
      Ryan Ruffels - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Chris Petefish - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Kevin Dougherty - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Michael Johnson - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Tyson Alexander - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Brian Richey - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Patrick Cover - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Nick Voke - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
      Grant Hirschman - 2022 Huntsville Championship (Korn Ferry)
       
       
       

       
        • Like
      • 14 replies
    • 2022 Zurich Classic - Discussion and Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       
       
      General Albums
       
      2022 Zurich Classic - Monday
       
       
       
      WITB Albums
       
      Aaron Rai - WITB - 2022 Zurich Classic
      Sam Horsfield - WITB - 2022 Zurich Classic
      Jim Herman - WITB - 2022 Zurich Classic
      Chase Seiffert - WITB - 2022 Zurich Classic
      Sang Moon Bae - WITB - 2022 Zurich Classic
      Rafa Cabrera Bello - WITB - 2022 Zurich Classic
       
       
       
      Pullout Albums
       
      Golf Forever - 2022 Zurich Classic
      Garsen Quad Tour 17 - 2022 Zurich Classic
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      • 12 replies

×
×
  • Create New...