Being able to ship golf clubs is important for anyone in the golfing industry, whether you’re a golfer planning to hit the links or an online retailer that needs to send sets to buyers. Whatever your shipping needs are, you want to engage the right golf club shipping services that will guarantee the safety of your shipment at a convenient price. If you’re going on a golfing holiday, shipping your clubs ahead of time will save you the headache of hauling your sticks around.
In 2017, checked baggage fees amounted to more than $4.5 billion. That tells you that baggage fees are big business for airlines; the fee for checking in an extra bag can easily be much more than what a golf club shipping service charges. For example, American Airlines will slap you with a $150 fee (one-way) for a bag that exceeds 51lbs. Most airlines will also restrict the number of clubs, balls and other essentials that you can have in your golf bag. This is not good news for your game.
So, whether you’re shipping your golf clubs for personal or commercial purposes, it’s important to engage the services of a good company that will help you avoid excessive fees and can take steps to protect your shipment. Let’s dive in and look at some carriers that can lighten your load by offering the cheapest ways to ship golf clubs locally and overseas.
How To Ship Golf Clubs With FedEx, USPS, UPS, and DHL
These companies understand the needs of a golfer. That’s why they provide exemplary golf club shipping services at a surprisingly modest price. They will ship your clubs anywhere around the globe. Let’s scrutinize the services offered by each one to help you make an informed shipping decision.
FedEx ships golf clubs to addresses in more than 215 countries and territories around the world. Within the US, FedEx Domestic Ground Service costs less than $100 each way and takes up to four days for delivery; FedEx International Economy can take up to five business days to get your clubs to an overseas location. Expedited shipping services such as overnight shipping, two-day shipping, and FedEx Express shipping are also available, but will involve heightened costs.
UPS can ship your golf clubs worldwide to staffed business addresses, including resorts, golf courses, and hotels. If you’re shipping within the US, the UPS Ground service will cost you less than $100. However, the company’s expedited shipping services can cost several hundreds of dollars each way. The advantage of this carrier, though, is that it has more than 5,000 stores across the US and Canada, and their staff can help you pack and organize shipping for your clubs.
One advantage of using the United States Postal Services to ship your golf clubs is that they provide free Priority Mail Cardboard Mailing Tubes for shipping golf clubs. You can also use Priority Mail Express or Priority Mail boxes to ship your golf clubs depending on the size of your clubs. Of course, if you choose these options, you’ll have to ship your clubs by the corresponding service, too. You can also choose to use your own packaging, but you'll need to select one of these options to ship your clubs.
As with the other couriers, you can ship golf clubs around the world with DHL. However, you’ll find that they offer limited services domestically within the US, and that their international options are rather pricey.
You can also ship your golf clubs by engaging the services of third-party carriers. One advantage of third-party couriers is that they get huge discounts from the main shipping companies due to the many shipments they send. They then pass these discounts onto their customers by offering competitive prices. Easyship is one example of a third-party carrier that can help you find cheap rates for shipping golf clubs.
How Much Will It Cost?
Your shipping costs will depend on how far you want your golf clubs shipped, how fast you want them to get there, and the carrier you are using. Different carriers will have different prices for shipping golf clubs to the same destination. Most of these shipping companies have calculators on their websites that allow you to calculate your shipping costs.
If you’re shipping golf clubs commercially, you might want to consider using Easyship. We can offer access to shipping services with carriers like USPS, FedEx, DHL, and UPS at discounted rates. Check out our shipping calculator to get an estimate of what your shipping rates would be with us and see how much you could save.
Prices for domestic shipping services from Brooklyn, New York, to Beverley Hills, California.
Package size: 50in x 12in x 10in; weight: 30lbs
|UPS||Next Day Air Early||$377.16|
|UPS||2 Day Air||251.08|
|USPS||Priority Mail 2-Day||$112.75|
|USPS via Easyship||Retail Ground||$94.10|
|USPS via Easyship||Priority Mail||$91.41|
|USPS via Easyship||Parcel Select||$91.14|
Prices for international shipping services from Brooklyn, New York, to Hong Kong.
Package size: 50in x 12in x 10in; weight: 30lbs
|USPS||Priority Mail Express International||$$186.90|
|USPS||Priority Mail International||$162.50|
|USPS via Easyship||Priority Mail International||$136.99|
As you can see from the table above, USPS generally offers the cheapest option for shipping golf clubs domestically. The only exception is if you choose ground services, in which case FedEx is the cheapest option. Internationally, USPS is definitely going to give you the cheapest shipping rates for your golf clubs.
However, in both cases, booking your USPS shipment through Easyship will give you far cheaper prices - and in some cases, more service options than booking directly.
NOTE: You can automatically access USPS rates through any Easyship account. However, to activate UPS rates on Easyship, you'll first need to connect your existing UPS account. FedEx rates are only available on certain Easyship accounts, or you can connect your own FedEx account to get preferential rates.
Will My Clubs Be Insured?
For the most part, yes, you can expect that your clubs will be covered to a certain extent. But that doesn’t mean they will have full insurance. Let’s have a look at how different carriers treat insurance for golf club shipments.
- UPS and FedEx don’t offer specific insurance coverage for golf clubs; but, they do have declared value coverage. Declared value is determined based on the weight and value of your golf bag. In the event of loss or damage, these two couriers will use the declared value as their maximum liability. If there is no value declared, an automatic shipment coverage of $100 applies.
- USPS Priority Mail Express offers insurance up to $200, while Priority Mail has $100 protection.
As you can see, the kind of coverage offered by most carriers is not sufficient for expensive golf clubs, so you may want to consider adding third-party insurance for your package. Here at Easyship, we offer insurance of up to $5,000. Plus, you can easily file your claim; claims are usually handled in seven days. You are also at liberty to choose how you want your shipment insured. For example, you can opt to insure only for product value, excluding the shipping cost, so that you can keep the costs of your insurance down.
How To Pack Your Clubs For Shipping
Whether you want to ship a single club or a set of golf clubs, it's always advisable that you buy a golf club shipping box so that your clubs will be protected in the best way possible while in transit. If shipping a set, your box should be long enough to accommodate the drivers, the longest clubs. When your clubs are properly packed and wrapped, they take up more space, so you may need to purchase an extra box, just in case.
Before you begin packing your clubs for shipping, you’ll need to take some steps to protect them. Because of their height, drivers are more vulnerable to damage. One way to protect them is to use headcovers, which you can buy at any golf shop. You should also use an adjustable aluminum travel support bag that will help absorb any impact. When packing your golf clubs for shipping, it's recommended that you take the following steps:
- Use two layers of bubble wrap; wrap each club individually and secure with tape.
- If you have headcovers, use them to ensure optimum protection.
- You can then bundle your clubs together with additional bubble wrap and packing tape to secure them before placing them in your golf travel bag; you could also pack them into your golf travel bag individually.
- Place your golf bag into your shipping box; use air cushioning or more bubble wrap to fill any empty spaces to restrict movement during transit.
- Seal the shipping box securely with packing tape.
- Weigh and measure your package and get a shipping quote.
Hit the Links Around the World with Affordable Golf Club Shipping
Whether you’re planning to take your golf clubs on vacation or are in the industry and regularly need to ship clubs internationally, you’ll find plenty of options. Carriers such as FedEx, UPS, USPS, and DHL all offer special services for golf clubs.
Third-party carriers like Easyship can also offer affordable courier services that are much cheaper than you’d find on their official websites. Plus, we offer flexible insurance coverage that goes far beyond what other carriers will give you. In addition, as a retailer, you’ll be able to create a seamless shipment process with automated labels and customs forms, and a fully-branded post-purchase experience. Sign up for a free account now to see how we can help you find cheap ways to ship golf clubs around the world.