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Our golf clubs are precious; whether travelling by road or air, they need protection because they were designed to carry clubs, not protect them from travel hazards. The best golf travel bag is one which protects but weight and manoeuvrability are important also. Our buying guide below looks to strike the right balance between these features.
The top priority when deciding which is the best golf protection bag to buy involves protection of your clubs in transit. However, there are factors that deserve mention as diverse as cost, weight, ease of transportation and how you are likely to travel as well.
Here are some ideas in no particular order of those factors which have led us to our conclusions on the best golf travel bags.
We all want value for money, but no purchase should be done on price alone. Remember that the reason for buying golf travel bags is to ensure that when you arrive at your destination, you will find that all your clubs have survived the journey without any damage.
A manufacturer that provides a warranty against damage is clearly confident that its travel bag can do the job otherwise a warranty would not be offered.
Every manufacturer that offers a warranty is certain to have tested its product before it goes into the marketplace. In the case of travel bags, that will include testing its ability to withstand the pressure of having other items of luggage placed on top sometimes for a prolonged period.
You would be certain that each golf club would be perfectly safe if they were packed in a solid metal travel case with plenty of internal packaging; even cotton wool.
Obviously, that is not practical for a number of reasons, especially weight. Imagine how much extra you would pay an airline if you wanted to transport this type of case!
The lightest travel bag in today’s market weighs little more than 2 lbs while the heaviest is around 13 lbs. The latter is a perfectly acceptable weight for a bag given the weight of the clubs themselves.
The heaviest is not necessarily the best because the aspect of design and the strength of materials comes into it.
Airlines regularly ask flyers to take golf clubs to a separate oversized area for checking and loading on to the aircraft.
You need to be able to take your travel bag from home perhaps via the boot of your car to the airport and then on arrival to your transport for onward travel.
Even if you are traveling by road and simply want to pack your clubs in the boot, you still need to keep the clubs well-protected and then get them into your accommodation. The easiest way to transport bags of any kind is if they are on wheels.
How many travelers do you see these days at airports pulling their luggage on wheels? The majority, I would say. Golf travel bags should ideally have wheels that retract or certainly do not get snagged anywhere once you hand the bag in for loading.
As suggested with the ‘’metal travel case’’, a hard travel bag may provide more protection than a soft one.
Remember if you are flying, almost everyone on the plane, especially on long haul flights, will have luggage in the hold so a bag that can resist any impact from other pieces of luggage is ideal.
Soft bags are common in today’s marketplace and internal padding is essential when you choose such a bag.
Polyester, nylon and vinyl are materials that are commonly used for golf travel bags and that extra padding as well as straps to secure the clubs in place within the bag itself are important to give your clubs the protection they need.
You are looking for a balance between maximum protection without prohibitive weight.
You don’t want a travel bag that is too bulky and if you can fold it away for storage when you do not need it, that is a bonus.
That should never be a top priority when you make your purchase decision, especially if you are doubtful about the bag’s ability to do the job that you want it to do.
With a year’s replacement warranty coming with the purchase, CaddyDaddy is confident that its travel cover is made to do an effective job in getting your golf clubs to your destination without any problems, confidence coming from research and excellent design.
At 9 lbs. weight, it does not significantly add to the weight of your clubs themselves which are well-protected by the external and internal compression straps, thick fabric and the top padding that surrounds your club heads.
Heavy duty curb rails and riveted handles add to the strength of the Constrictor which also has sufficient pockets for your needs.
The zippers are lockable, and the skate wheels mean the travel bag can easily be maneuvered by you between home and car, car and check in and the reverse at the end of your journey.
This Soft Padded Travel Cover with a sturdy vinyl base offers good protection for your golf clubs as you travel to your next golfing destination. It weighs just 2 lbs. and has a padded strap to help you carry your clubs without ending up with sore shoulders.
This is a Cover at a budget price which collapses down to just 7.5 inches for ease of storage. Izzo’s Travel Cover when expanded can carry your 14 clubs with ease so you do not need to restrict yourself to a half set while you enjoy your golf holiday.
There is a nice little touch on the Cover; a place to insert your business card for ease of identification.
Sum Mountain offers a clever leg mechanism that can be extended and collapsed for ease of use. They slip back into a tray while your bag is in transit. Its zippers go the full length of the bag to make packing and unpacking a simple and quick exercise.
Internally, there are straps that keep your clubs in place with your golf bag. The 4 caster wheels on pivots make it easy to maneuver in every situation.
We liked the fact that The Meridian has dense foam padding to protect your clubs in transit with club heads perfectly safe from damage. It weighs just under 12 lbs. and each lb. is designed to ensure your precious clubs arrive safely.
This Travel Bag made of durable and waterproof nylon has reinforcements on pressure points and can stand on its own.
Fitted with smooth rolling wheels, compression straps help to keep your clubs in place during transit with extra padding at the top ensuring that your club heads are all well-protected.
There are several compartments in the bag each with zippers.
The bag can lie flat or stand up on non-skid patches when loaded with your golf gear. It is lightweight at nearly 9 lbs and collapsible for storage
US-sourced and manufactured, this Travel Glove prioritizes durability and strength. It can hold all full-size clubs and has an integrated handle for additional support.
It has a limited warranty which is a definite plus because you can upgrade to full warranty. There is internal foam padding to protect your golf club while it has the capacity to hold golf shoes.
When it comes to a golf travel bags cover, we recommend the CaddyDaddy Constrictor among a number of good alternatives because it is the best balance between protection, durability, maneuverability and price. You will have peace of mind every time you travel to know your clubs will be waiting for you on arrival in as good condition as they were when you left home.