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    Air travelling with my clubs

    Hi everyone,

    I always drive to Myrtle beach, but this year I'll be flying from Ottawa with my brothers. I was going to use a soft case that I have to protect my clubs, but I've been reading a lot online and notice there are quite a few horror stories of how the clubs are thrown around and damaged by the handlers. I'm thinking now that I should probably use a hard case. Does anyone have any advice stories to share?

    Also, I've looked online to see if I could rent a hard case for my trip, but I've only found a company in the Toronto area that rents hard cases. Would anyone in the Ottawa area have a hard case that I could borrow/rent?

    Thanks everyone!
    Richard

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    Nationwide Player cleek is on a distinguished road
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    all I can say is while travelling to FLA a couple of years ago AC destroyed the hard case I was using. No club damage but the case was a gonner. I would also suggest some insurance on your clubs just in case.

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    Thanks for sharing that Cleek. Good suggestion on the insurance!
    Richard

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    I travel to the US every year with my clubs and use a soft travel case. A buddy had his hard case smashed 2 years ago and replaced it with a soft case. A soft case is also expandable where a hard case is limited by its dimensions. I have never had anything break, knock on wood!

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    I use a soft case when I travel, and a club glove stiff arm to protect my clubs from drops. Has worked well so far.

    https://www.clubglove.com/StiffArm/

    A big bonus of the soft case is that you can fold it up and put it away, doesn't take nearly the space a hard shell does. Also, if you're travelling with friends and some of you have hard shells, it can be a PITA to get them all in the car on the way to and from the airport.

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    Soft case works for all the reasons already stated. Stiff Arm is great idea but save $30 USD and cut off a hockey stick.

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    I use the neoprene head covers for my irons and remove the heads of my woods. Another way to protect your graphite shafts is to use copper pipe foam wrap or use extra clothes to prevent the shafts from moving around.

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    Soft case won't protect like a hard case. Yes its easier to transport so make sure your vehicle can transport it.
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    A high end soft case is the way to go, all tour pros use these. A hard case offers minimal protection after its broken loading onto the plane.
    Also +1 on the cut off hockey stick. Put your driver in head first in the bag, and wrap the rest of the heads with your golf towel.
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    I couldn't agree more. I have been on a trip with 4 sets of clubs and a single rental (all soft side bags) and a separate trip where we needed two cars because of the hard shell cases (2 of 4).

    I travel pretty regularly, soft (but high quality) bag, with a stiff arm. I don't remove the heads but do use towels to protect the heads and keep them turned inside. Use neoprene covers on irons and wedges.

    Have also travelled with a friend who used a soft side case but no stiff arm (or stick). Driver head broke loose on his first swing. $30 is cheap insurance.

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    One thing to consider with the hard case is that the I used one year to Phoenix couldn't fit in the trunk of the rental car. Plus, I honestly believe the baggage staff on airlines treat hard cases differently. Brand new case was almost ruined in one trip. I have since gone to soft case and been on numerous trips including 3 connections to Hawaii with no issues. I pack it properly and protect the clubs with pool noodles/towels and I've never had any issues

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    Noticed too how the airline personnel treat the hard cases "hard".

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    Have you looked at the guide on the PGA website? It has some good tips http://www.pga.com/golf-travel/trave...our-golf-clubs

    Also worth checking out the website of the airline you are booking with. They might have some special procedures or fees to be aware of.

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