How to ship golf clubs
February 16, 2016
Whether you are looking into shipping golf clubs domestically or want to ship your golf clubs abroad, here are a few tips.
One of the biggest questions we get about our trips is often something along the lines of “Should I ship my golf clubs or check them on the plane?”
While checking them might be your first instinct, keep in mind baggage costs vary per airline, and you will have to carry your clubs – along with the rest of your luggage – through the airport, customs if you are traveling internationally, then to or from wherever you’re staying.
If you feel like you need to ship your golf clubs because you would rather not deal with all of that hassle, there are companies that can ship your golf clubs for you.
The company we recommend is Ship Sticks.
How does Ship Sticks work?
Shipping golf clubs with Ship Sticks is easy.
- Fill out and submit an online form: You can do that here.
- Print and attach shipping label: After you schedule your shipment, print out your shipping label on the confirmation page. The label can also be accessed and printed from the confirmation email you will receive after scheduleding your shipment.
- Prepare your golf bag: A standard golf bag is up to 42 pounds while an XL golf bag is 43 to 58 pounds, so be sure to limit the weight of your bag. For more details on how it works, click here.
- Drop off bags or allow for pickup: You can either drop off your clubs at your assigned logistics provider’s store location or have them picked up.
- Your clubs arrive before you: The next time you see your clubs and luggage, they will be at your destination waiting for your arrival.
How much does it cost to ship golf clubs?
The cost of shipping golf clubs varies, depending on where you are going.
For domestic shipping, the cost to ship your golf clubs starts at about $40. If you want to ship your golf clubs internationally, prices start at about $120. For a free quote, click here.
Golf club shipping insurance
According to Ship Sticks, most airlines won’t cover your equipment in the event that it gets damaged.
Ship Sticks offers $1,000 of baseline insurance and allows you to insure up to $3,500, the company says. They also have a shipment protection plan designed to cover most, if not all of your out-of-pocket golf expenses, in the event there is a delay in your shipment.
Why golf club shipping beats checking them
Whether you want to ship your golf clubs for vacation or a full-fledged golf trip, the folks at Ship Sticks made a list of why it makes more sense to ship your golf clubs rather than fly with them.
“Golfers can travel with their clubs all they want, like my staff and I do for a living, and it never really gets easier. I’ve schlepped my golf clubs around airports all over the world, and it’s still a pain rolling the bag from the economy parking lot, or loading and unloading them on rental-car shuttles, squeezing them onto an escalator. At most airports, you have to drop off and pick up the bag at a separate location from your regular baggage.”
If you need more convincing, they also wrote a post called “4 Reasons Why You Should Never Fly With Your Golf Clubs.”
Ship your golf clubs today
If you are wondering if Ship Sticks is worth it, our answer is “Yes.”
Whether you need to ship your golf clubs to Ireland because you are joining us on one of our Irish golf trips or will be playing in our $100,000 Irish Pro-Am in September, or if you just need to ship your golf clubs to Florida, we recommend Ship Sticks.
For more information on Ship Sticks, you can check out their website here.