) and United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS
), an increasing number of outfits will send your clubs ahead to your destination. ShipGolf.com arranges for the delivery of your clubs to any address--or you can rent a set of your choice and have those delivered. Others offering the send-ahead option include GolfBagShipping.com and www.SportsExpress.com. These services, however, can cost more than $100 round-trip. Use this guideline: one round, rent; more than that, ship.RULE THREE: If you're going to break Rules One and Two, overprotect your assets. If your clubs are important to you, spend the money on a fully enclosed cover with its own carrying strap and sturdy wheels. Soft-sided covers are lighter and preferred by tour players. Pay attention to the bag's construction: Look for heavy Cordura nylon, lots of internal padding, and enough space for rainsuits, shoes, and (on the return trip) dirty laundry.
Pack your travel cover wisely. Course architect Pete Dye often stuck a broom handle in his bag, attached a bucket to it, and fit the contraption around his clubheads to keep them secure. Today's top covers, such as the Club Glove Last Bag and ProtectAir by Izzo, provide similar shock-absorbing protection.
Like Snead, you may not enjoy traveling. But if you follow these guidelines, at least your equipment won't be one of your worries. By Mike Stachura