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GORMAN VS GEARY United, Delta and JetBlue charge $35 for the second piece of luggage, which in my case is a rugged 12-year old Club Glove golf travel bag. So each trip I’m forking out $70 roundtrip, which is not a budget buster, since rental clubs cost at least $40 per day. From experience I know a good travel bag is a wise investment. On a flight to Myrtle Beach on now defunct Direct Air many moons ago, my cloth travel bag got demolished by the airline. The only response from the South Carolinabased Direct Air was an apology. My research into this subject, which borders on fuzzy math, shows that UPS (United Parcel Service) will gladly ship your clubs for upwards of More than any other sport golf is full of awk$50 one way, plus the price of a box. The USPS ward words and caughty phrases that you don’t (United States Postal Service) will also take your hear in regular conversations. “Your honor” hard-earned funds for upwards of $40 plus you sounds like you’re talking to a judge. “Dormie” is have to buy an overpriced USPS box. Federal a word you never hear, but sure has a nice ring Express will assure a safe arrival of one of my to it if you’re two up with two to play. When’s the life’s most valued possession but their services last time you heard someone say the two dirtiest exceed $60 one way. words in golf “shank” and “yips?” There are alternative and efficient The mere mention and ways to ship your clubs long spelling of those words distance and two promisends a nasty shiver nent companies are Ship down my spine. Sticks and Golf OverOver the past few night. The mission stateyears I’ve been the rement on the home page cipient of many invitations of Ship Sticks reads: “At Ship by Tom Gorman to take my dreadful game on Sticks, our mission is to make golf the road so my new favorite phrase is travel simpler, easier, and more afford“Have clubs, will travel.” Some invitations offer able. In 2014, U.S. airlines collected $2.6 billion in free golf and lodging, so all I have to do is get baggage fees and mishandled 24 million bags. there with my clubs and be ready to swing away Our goal is to provide golfers with a hassle-free at my assigned tee time. alternative to lugging their clubs to and from the This year I’ve made air travel arrangements airport – so as to improve the golf travel expeto five different destinations ranging from Palm rience, increase the number of rounds played Springs, Myrtle Beach, Dominican Republic, Orannually, and grow the game.” lando and Fort Myers and they all required an Ship Sticks claims to serve over 3,000 locations answer to the vital question: Do I ship my clubs and will pick up clubs from your home or pro or book them on the airline? shop and deliver to your hotel or destination golf Since I’m a creature of habit, I almost always course. The prices to ship a standard golf travel take them with me. My general criteria are if I’m bag from Boston to Fort Myers are $159 each going to play two rounds of golf or less, then rent way overnight; $119 each way in two business the clubs. If I’m playing three rounds or more, days; and $54 each way in three business days. then by all means bring the sticks with me. I can Golf Overnight has a caughty phrase on their shoot a smooth 88 on the road with my own home page: “We make golfing on the road clubs or with rentals! easy.” Their prices start at $39 and they offer a We know that the preferred airline for golf $250 bonus payment toward rental clubs if they travelers is Southwest because they don’t don’t deliver your clubs on time. charge extra for luggage, but they have My VISA card never gets weary of a $70 many connecting flights and other quirky charge for golf clubs accompanying me on scheduling. We also know the least popular a road trip! airline is Spirit, where a second piece of lugTom Gorman is frugal in many ways except gage costs $42, and Spirit charges you extra when it comes to “have clubs, will travel.” He for everything including water. American, can be reached at

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