Whether you are sending a single club, or a full set of clubs, here is everything you need to know to get them ready for shipping. You may be a golfing enthusiast sending your clubs ahead of you on a golfing weekend or you may have just replaced your driver with a TaylorMade R15 at a pricey £399 and want to sell your old one. Whether you are Tiger, Rory or just enjoy hacking round a course with your mates, looking after the tools of your trade is important right?
To make things simple for you we have split this guide into easy-to-follow tips and tricks, including:
- How to pack a single golf club
- How to send a full set of golf clubs
- The packaging materials you will need
- What kind of box is best
- What kind of second hand box is best
We have also included money saving tips on packaging materials as well as the best home-sourced materials you can use as alternatives. Any questions? Leave them in the comment section below or call our customer helpline on 08448804558.
How to pack a single Golf club
Let’s start with packing a single club. If you have sold it, the last thing you want is for it to be damaged in transit. The first thing you need to know before choosing your packaging is the size of your golf club. There is no standard length for a golf club, but for the purposes of this guide, we’re going to package a driver that is 115cm long, with a head that is 10cm long. You could just drop your club into a suitably sized cardboard box, and chances are it could reach its destination safely. Maybe that’s ok with a battered old 7-iron but what about that expensive Calloway driver?
You will need:
- Packaging tape
- 1 new box
- Bubble wrap
- 1 polythene bag
- Packaging chips
This is how you do it:
- Wrap the golf club in 2 layers of bubble wrap and secure with packaging tape.
- Use two different pieces of bubble wrap for the head if the first two pieces don’t fit. Secure with plenty of packaging tape.
- Place your club into a polythene bag, which protects it from dust and moisture. Secure with tape.
- Take your new box and place two inches of packaging chips at the bottom. Then place your club into the box.
- Fill the remaining space around the club with packaging chips – make sure your club isn’t touching the inner sides of the box.
- Secure the box flaps and spine with 3 layers of packaging tape.
What kind of box is best for gold clubs?
Ultimately, the strongest box is the best box, and a new box is stronger than a used one. The variety of cardboard boxes available is far wider than you may think. Most suppliers have them in single and double wall – as a rough guide, single wall boxes are usually good for anything up to 10kg, while a double wall can hold up to 30kg. Usually, for just the one club, a single wall box will suffice. Again, however, if you’re sending your club abroad, you may want to think about the extra protection a double wall box will provide, as your parcel will inevitably be subject to more bumps and knocks.
Long boxes are available that will be more than large enough for our needs. We found single wall boxes measuring 150 x 150 x 1200mm in packs of 15, with prices starting at £18.87 a pack – that’s around £1.25 a box. Double wall versions will set you back from as little as £1.90 each – not bad for a strong bit of packaging suitable for export.
How do I package a full set of Golf clubs?
If you need to send a whole golf bag, complete with clubs you will need to wrap each club individually in the described fashion above. Once each club is wrapped in 2 inches of bubble wrap and securely taped with packaging tape, return the Golf clubs to their bag. You can get boxes to fit, but given the size – a standard bag is going to be about 1270 x 300 x 250mm. As the bag is providing extra cushioning for the clubs anyway, you might be better off wrapping it in bubble and then topping that with a layer of corrugated paper, or even some scrunched and bunched brown paper.
Can I use a second-hand box?
As we have mentioned above, the strongest box is a dedicated, correctly sized packaging box. However, you may choose to use a previously used box. Maybe even the one your new driver or new set of clubs arrived in – if so it’s important you reinforce it for maximum protection. It is important to remember that every time a box is used it weakens. Here are some tips on using a (not too) old box:
- Don’t use a box with major dents or torn seams.
- Wrap items individually. If you are sending a set of clubs in a bag, bubble wrap the head of each club to avoid scratches or denting.
- Use a healthy amount of internal cushioning material (such as polystyrene packing chips or bubble wrap) before placing your items inside.
- The club or clubs should be placed near the centre of the box. They should not touch each other or the external walls of the box.
- Once you have placed your items inside the box, fill the remaining space in the box with packaging materials so your items do not move around inside. If they can move or slide around inside the box, they run a higher risk of potential damage during transit.
- Remove any old labels, addresses and barcodes from the box exterior.
- Use strong packaging tape to seal your parcel. The tape you use is particularly important as it secures the seams and provides extra strength and protection.
- Always apply tape in both directions around the box, at least three times each way, and make sure you cover all the joins and corners.
- Affix the shipping labels to the box using a documents enclosed pouch (the collection courier normally provides this). Alternatively, you can affix the shipping label to the box, using clear packaging tape. If you are using tape, do not cover the barcode with tape, otherwise the courier may not be able to scan the label. Read more about packaging and labelling
- Of course, once your clubs are safely packaged, you need to find a fast, reliable international courier to ship your club, or clubs safely and cheaply.
Prices quoted are from Davpack.