How to Find the Right Golf Club Travel Bag

By Steve Silverman
Smaller travel bags are ideal if you just plan to practice on the road.
Smaller travel bags are ideal if you just plan to practice on the road.

Golfers tend to fall in love with the game. Many players will play three or more times a week during the spring and summer and will look for warm-weather golf destinations during the winter months. Taking a trip out of your area requires a golf travel bag that will meet airline specifications and protect your golf clubs and accessories.

Look for a travel bag that has sufficient padding to protect the heads of your golf clubs. Most travel bags will be about the same length because most golfers are carrying clubs that have shafts up to 45 inches long. Travel bags are in the 50- to 55-inch range. They come in a variety of colors, but black is the most common.

Decide how much you would like to spend for your golf travel bag. You can spend anywhere from $50 to $300 on a golf travel bag. The high-end travel bags come with wheels to make transport easy.

Choose a hard shell case if you travel by air. Airlines will not guarantee the safety of your clubs unless you have a hard case. Unlike the soft bag, which has flexibility, the hard case shape is set, so measure to ensure the case is large enough for your clubs and bag. Hard cases come in a range of sizes.

Opt for a soft bag if you travel mostly by car. The soft bag can save you money, but it tends to be more durable than some of the low-end hard cases. The soft bags are available in leather, faux leather and various cloth and canvas-like materials.

Choose a hybrid travel bag for the best of both world. A reinforced cart bag doubles as a travel bag with a hard-shell case that fits over the club heads and attaches to the bag.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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