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This is a guest post from Fastlane International. Apologies for the currency being in £ – they are a UK based company.
We know a real player values the tools of his or her trade. You might not be a Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman or a Tiger Woods, but you’re as dedicated as they come. Whatever the reason for needing to ship your clubs, you’ll benefit from these insider tips.
Maybe you’ve just swapped your driver with a Taylor Made R15 or you’ve finally gotten around to clearing out the attic. If you are shipping a club to a buyer, you’ll probably have a golfing eBay store.
It goes without saying you’ll want to be extra cautious to avoid it being damaged in transit. The last thing you want is a refund, a bad review or a damage claim. Speaking of which, most courier services offer insurance cover for high-value items. Make sure you read the fine print and the packaging guidelines before booking your collection.
Save on Baggage Fees
Calling all golfing enthusiasts! If you would like to send your clubs ahead of a big golfing trip to Europe, we have the perfect solution for you to beat airport baggage fees. Shipping with a courier like Fastlane International™ can save you hundreds, but before you do so, you’ll need to package your golf clubs correctly. So whether you are off to Scotland or Spain or Portugal you can play with your own clubs. Plus, you’ll save on renting equipment.
Before you begin packing your club, you’ll want to double check its size. While there is no standard length for golf clubs, we’ve decided to cover a driver at 115cm long with a head that measures 10cm long in length.
You’ll need a polythene bag, which will protect the club against dust and moisture. Online, you will easily find poly bags that are 120cm long and 15.5cm wide. This should be big enough for the purposes of packaging a golf club. With starting prices from less than 10p per bag, they won’t cost you an arm and leg.
Polythene is also available in the form of a tube called “’layflat tubing’ in the packaging business. This tubing usually comes in a 560 metres long roll and is cheaper than buying individual bags. While you’ll have to cut the length of bag you require, you can also make bags of any length to suit different clubs.
For security, foam rolls provide the softest form of inner packaging to ensure your clubs remain scratch-free throughout their journey. Made up of millions of tiny pockets of air, they won’t weigh down the package, but provide superior protection. For as little as 10 p per club, if you will be mailing several clubs, it’s advisable you purchase a roll. Rolls usually measure 1500mmm and 300 metres long, which will cost around £61 or less depending on who you buy with and if you have a business account.
Tip: Bubble wrap is less expensive at £36 a roll. A roll is usually around 200m by 120cm wide. If you use just 50cm worth on each club head, layering the bubble wrap, you would still have enough to wrap 400 clubs. This works out to less than 10p each time. You are sure to have enough left over for extra packaging if needed.
Once you’ve packaged the clubs individually, it’s time to prepare the outer box. As a rule, the stronger the box, the better. If you are shipping to a buyer, it is always best not to use an old box. Single boxes can contain anything up to 10kg, while a double wall box can hold up to 30kg. For one club, a single wall box will suffice, but if you are sending your club(s) abroad, you might want to consider a double wall box.
Tip: Again, the further a box travels, the more stress it will incur as it passes custom points. If you are shipping abroad, a double wall box is essential.
Single wall boxes come available in 150 x 150 x 1200mm and can be bought in packs of 15 with prices starting at £18.87 a pack. However, if you shop online, you may find cheaper. That works out to £1.25 a box. Double wall versions are only slightly more expensive at £1.90 per box.
If you need to send a whole golf bag with clubs, you will need to find the right box to fit. As a guideline most standard bags measure around 1270 x 300 x 250mm.
Tip: Even though the bag provides some cushioning, you should make sure each club is wrapped to prevent scratching or denting.
Filling the Box
Then, wrap the bag in bubble wrap and a layer of paper. Fill the box with packing peanuts or scrunched brown paper to prevent the bag or individual clubs from moving around during transportation. Now, your package is ready to ship. Remember to print off any shipping labels and affix them to the package.
Tip: Make sure no packaging tape is touching or obscuring the barcode. Without a clear barcode, the courier will not be able to scan your parcel. Also, if you are sending your clubs abroad remember to fill out the necessary customs’ paperwork.
Shipping your clubs with a professional courier like Fastlane™ will not only save you time, you could also save hundreds of pounds, depending on the address. Following these helpful tips will ensure your package is secure and ready to be shipped anywhere in the world.
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