Protecting Your Valuable Equipment
Protection for your golf clubs should be in your priority when you are on a golf vacation. Quality golf clubs can cost more than a $1000. Sure you can purchase insurance to cover your loss or damage but new clubs will not have the same feel as your present set. A quality golf travel case would be also be good insurance a great safeguard for your golf equipment. Mobility, security, material, wheels, warranty and prices are some of the factors you should take into consideration in picking and choosing your golf travel case.
As distinguished from a travel bag, travel cases are cases where you put your regular golf bag. There are two kinds of golf equipment travel cases. They are classified either as hard sided or soft sided cases. Travel bags are generally heavy bags specifically designed for travel.
Choosing whether having a hard case or a softer padded model depends on what kind of transport you usually ride. Hard travel cases are typically recommended for those who normally travel by air. Airlines often require size and weight requisites for your checked baggage. You would normally have to sign a waiver if your golf clubs are in a soft sided case.
When traveling, it is good to have a travel case. You don’t need to transfer all your golf equipment from your regular golf bag to the travel bag each time you go out of town. You just have to put your golf bag, with all you golf gear in your travel case.
You should also think about what material is used in your golf travel case. Hard cases made of rotationally molded polyethylene would give your equipment maximum protection. They are more durable than cases made from other materials. This material also provides maximum longevity to your golf case.
Hard rubber wheels are much more preferred than those made of plastic. Plastic wheels crack easily when you have too much weight on your luggage. Naturally, you would want your wheels to be quiet and roll easily and smoothly. They should also have resistance from hard impacts.
Transporting your luggage here and there would definitely be damaging to your equipment. Rough handling may undermine the quality of your golf clubs. Locks and latches of your golf case should be made of industrial strength steel. For hard sided cases, they should also be secured with high quality rivets. See also if the travel case you are buying has enough protection for your clubs. Notice if there is adequate foam padding for the club heads.
Warranty is also an important thing to consider. Protection does not have to be limited on those things you put in your travel case. It would be better if your golf case is also protected from defects in materials and craftsmanship. You should decide on which manufacturer offers the best guarantee of their products. Bear in mind that most soft sided cases do not come with any warranty.
Prices have to be considered. There is a wide range of golf travel cases to choose from. You should expect to pay more than $150 for adequate hard sided case. Soft sided cases do not cost as much as hard sided cases but can still cost more than $100. You should be cautious about how much money you are paying and is it worth the protection you are getting. The higher costs of name branded products do not always equate to more protection of your equipment.