In Search of the Best Golf Travel Case
You’re about to meet the in-laws for the very first time and will be spending a few vacation days with them. Your partner has told you what a big golfer your father-in-law is and you’re desperate to make a good impression on the course when he casually suggests you go and play a round together!
This means you should almost certainly have your own set of clubs with you when you take him on, and all the other paraphernalia that goes with them. But what are you going to pack all your new equipment in so that it comes out in the same shape as it went in. Well, not only are there a massive array of clubs available today but there have been new advancements in the golf travel case.
What Are The Options?
A golf travel case will help you make sure your new investment in top of the range equipment remains as pristine as the day you bought it. But before you go running to the store to buy one, you need to familiarize yourself with the options.
There are three types of golf travel case that can be divided into, hard, soft and hybrid designs. Before you say to yourself, “I want the one that will provide the best protection so I’ll just get the hard case,” you might want to compare the differences first. There are pros and cons to all three types, but they have all been specifically designed with travel in mind.
Most hard golf travel case are made of high density polyethylene. These bags are rigid and usually close with locking clasps over a rubber seal to which prevents dirt and moisture from getting to the clubs. The hard golf travel case can be built in different shapes and sizes, to fit your specific length of club and type of bag.
The features to look for in the hard case are through-and-through color (so scratches do not show), maneuverability (such as wheels and handles), and even collapsibility. That’s right collapsibility; “Golf Telebag” has come out with a telescoping rigid case that will collapse to 24″ for storage. So if space is a big concern then this might be the bag for you and will cost you about $120. Standard hard cases will cost anything from $50 -$500. One major drawback to the hard golf travel case though is lack of exterior storage compartments that you get on soft cases.
Alternatively, soft golf travel cases usually come with exterior pockets and extra handles and padding. The most common design for soft cases is a nylon material with support straps and padding to go along with the convenience of extra space they provide when empty. Club Glove boasts that their travel golf bags/covers are the most favored golf travel bags among touring professionals by undisputable margin due to their durability and quality.
If you are looking to be on par with the champions, then one of these bags may be the one for you. Can’t decide between the two? Then maybe it’s a hybrid golf travel case that you require.
The design concept is a simple one, make a hard golf travel case with soft case features. The idea has taken a few different forms, but generally either a hard case built into a soft case or a hard case with attachable soft accessory bags for the exterior but there are only so many attachment pockets you can add to a hard case.
The solution to these problems has shown up in Cargo Golf’s “ProSeries 900”. Cargo Golf has taken the idea of the hybrid golf travel bag to the next level with the soft case “skin” which is removable from the hard case travel section of the bag. This design allows for the wear and tear of travel to be handled by the hard case inside, keeping the outer bag with all the accessories bags clean and working as long as possible, and it is reasonably priced.
So there you go – you have looked at the options. Now all you have to do is make a decision, oh and work out how you’re going to beat your father-in-law. But then maybe that’s not such a good idea after all!