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The Cheapest Way to Ship Anything

The Cheapest Way to Ship Golf Clubs

Calculating shipping costs and choosing the most economical shipping method can be confusing. Our Cheapest Way to Ship Anything guides make it easy to compare shipping costs and choose the right method for your cargo, whether you're shipping common items like boxes or difficult-to-transport goods like antiques or artwork.

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1. How Much Does it Cost to Ship Golf Clubs?

We've calculated shipping costs for four common shipping methods: USPS, parcel shipping, consolidated freight, and specialty golf club shippers.

i. USPS shipping costs

ii. Parcel shipping costs (eg. UPS or FedEx)

iii. Consolidated freight

iv. Specialty golf club shippers

2. Frequently Asked Questions

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There are many reasons why one might want to ship their golf clubs long distance:

  • You’re relocating and you don’t want to leave your trusty clubs behind. In this case, you may also have other household goods to transport.
  • You’re an online retailer shipping golf clubs to buyers, either individually or as a complete set.
  • You’re travelling and want to bring your clubs with you instead of renting a set at your destination.

It’s easier to ship golf clubs than you might expect, but there are some special considerations to keep in mind when evaluating your shipping options and preparing your clubs for transport:

  • Golf bag or box size: The size of your package has a major impact on how much it will cost to ship, especially if it meets your carrier’s criteria for an oversized package. The box should be long enough to comfortably fit drivers (the longest club), but most golf clubs can typically be shipped in a 50” x 12” x 10” box. We’ll use these dimensions in the shipping estimates provided below.
  • Bag weight: A golf bag packed with clubs, balls, and accessories typically weighs an average of 20-30 lbs, or more if you play with a cart bag instead of a carry bag. If you’re travelling with your clubs for leisure, this will fall under the weight limit of most airlines, but your clubs will be considered a checked bag and will therefore be subject to extra bag fees. Most specialty golf club shippers will have bag weight limits rather than bag size limits if you’re shipping your clubs, and if you choose to ship with someone like FedEx or UPS, it’s especially important to have an accurate understanding of bag weight so you don’t accrue any unexpected charges.
  • Packing: If you’re a retailer shipping golf clubs to a buyer, a specialty golf club shipping box is often sufficient. Boxes can be purchased from specialty golf club shipping outlets. If you’re shipping your own clubs as part of a relocation or for travel, their usual travel bag will do just fine if your clubs are properly packed. You may also want to use head covers to protect the drivers, which are the longest clubs and most susceptible to damage, as well as an adjustable aluminum travel support rod for extra protection.
  • Unexpected fees: If you’re shipping your clubs for travel, some hotels, resorts, and golf clubs may charge a holding or processing fee to accept delivery of your clubs.
  • Insurance: Your shipping provider will offer the minimum level of federally-mandated insurance, but this won’t cover the full cost of your clubs if they get lost or damaged in transit. It’s always recommended that you purchase additional insurance to cover the full value of your clubs.

How much does it cost to ship golf clubs?

The cost of shipping golf clubs depends on how far your clubs will travel, how fast you need them to arrive, and the carrier you are using.

Let’s compare rates for shipping golf clubs using some of the most common methods:

  • USPS
  • Parcel shipping (such as FedEx or UPS)
  • Consolidated shipments
  • Specialty golf club shippers

USPS

Golf clubs can be shipped using USPS Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and Retail Ground. USPS Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express Medium tubes measure 38 ⅛” x 6 ⅜” x 5 5/16” and are ideal for shipping small quantities of clubs using Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express. If you’re shipping your entire set of clubs with USPS, you’ll likely need multiple Medium tubes. The cost estimates below are based on shipping an entire set of clubs together in one box.

The cost of shipping your golf clubs depends on the size of the box or boxes, how much they weigh, and the speed and distance of travel. Retail Ground is the most cost effective, with delivery in 2-9 business days. Packages can weigh up to 70 lbs and measure up to 130 inches in combined length and distance around the thickest part.

Box size & weight Philadelphia → Miami Philadelphia → Los Angeles Chicago → Dallas Cleveland → San Diego

50" x 12" x 10"
30lbs

$59.70-$229.65 each way $97.60-$257.65 each way $59.70-$229.65 each way $97.60-$257.65 each way

Parcel shipping (UPS or FedEx)

Golf clubs cannot be shipped using FedEx or UPS flat rate pricing. To ship golf clubs using these parcel shippers, you’ll need to use variably priced services, which means the cost of shipping your golf clubs will depend on the size and weight of the shipment as well as the speed and distance of travel.

Ground shipping in 3-5 business days is the most cost effective shipping option. Overnight delivery is also available, but will cost significantly more.

Box size & weight Philadelphia → Miami Philadelphia → Los Angeles Chicago → Dallas Cleveland → San Diego

50" x 12" x 10"
30lbs

UPS:
$70.75-$361.22 each way

FedEx: $78.17-$428.14 each
UPS:
$110.51-$404.95 each way

FedEx:
$119.59-$490.64 each way
UPS:
$70.75-$361.22 each way

FedEx: $78.17-$428.14 each
UPS:
$110.51-$404.95 each way

FedEx:
$119.59-$490.64 each way

*Shipping cost estimates are calculated using individuals providers’ online cost estimator tools. Details, exact prices, and shipping times are not guaranteed.

Consolidated freight (TSI)

Consolidated freight shipping like TSI’s less-than-truckload (LTL) or White Glove shipping is best for shipping golf clubs as part of a household move when you have other boxes and items to ship. Consolidated freight is not ideal for shipping golf clubs for travel, or when you need them to arrive at their destination quickly.

TSI TIP: Freight shippers will always price your shipment using a minimum billable weight. TSI’s minimum billable weight is 120lbs, which means that a single box or a few boxes weighing a cumulative 30 lbs will be priced as if they weigh 120 lbs. This is why it makes the most sense to ship your golf clubs as part of a larger household move.

Number of boxes and box weight Philadelphia → Miami Philadelphia → Los Angeles Chicago → Dallas Cleveland → San Diego
120 lbs $462.89 $681.29 $436.48 $486.42

NOTE: Box size does not factor into freight pricing.

COVID-19 Precautions

TSI is carefully monitoring all of our shipments nationwide. We have seen minimal delays thus far, and are in constant contact with transportation industry leaders in order to be as proactive as possible. All members of the logistics chain are using the safety precautieons recommended by the C.D.C.:

  • Clean your hands often (washing for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer)
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surface

Specialty golf club shippers

Golf club shippers like ShipSticks or Luggage Forward specialize in transporting golf clubs both domestically and internationally. These carriers will ship your clubs using services like FedEx or UPS, but they’ll streamline the process and give you access to volume discounts that will reduce your shipping costs compared to shipping with parcel carriers directly. Simply schedule your shipment online, print and attach your shipping labels, and drop your bags or schedule a pickup.

Specialty golf club shippers can transport your golf clubs in a box, soft travel bag, or hard case. Multiple shipping speeds are available, from ground shipping in 4 business days to as fast as next day express in 1 business day. Some providers even offer guaranteed shipping with a full refund and additional reimbursements in case of delay.

The cost of shipping your golf clubs with a specialty carrier depends on the weight of your clubs, how far they will travel, and how fast you need them to arrive.

Box size & weight Philadelphia → Miami Philadelphia → Los Angeles Chicago → Dallas Cleveland → San Diego

Standard golf bag (32-42 lbs)

$64.99-$154.99 each way

$79.99-$164.99 each way

$64.99-$154.99 each way

$79.99-$164.99 each way

XL golf bag (43-56 lbs)

$79.99-$174.99 each way

$94.99-$184.99 each way

$79.99-$174.99 each way

$94.99-$184.99 each way

NOTE: Shipping cost estimates are calculated using individuals providers’ online cost estimator tools. Details, exact prices, and shipping times are not guaranteed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the cheapest way to ship golf clubs domestically?

The cheapest way to ship golf clubs domestically is with a specialty golf club shipping company. If you are only shipping a single club or a few clubs, USPS Retail Ground is the cheapest option.

  • USPS: $59.70-$257.65 depending on speed and distance of travel
  • Parcel shipping: $70.75-$490.64  depending on speed and distance of travel.
  • Consolidated freight: $436.48-$681.29. Costs may be lower for shorter distances.
  • Specialty golf club shippers: $64.99-$184.99. Costs may be lower for shorter distances.

What’s the cheapest way to ship golf clubs internationally?

The cheapest way to ship golf clubs internationally is with a specialty golf club shipper. These shippers get volume discounts from parcel carriers like FedEx and UPS, and will offer specialty guarantees for on-time delivery. They’ll even deliver directly to a hotel or golf course.

How do I ship a single golf club?

A single golf club is best shipped via USPS using a medium tube. This will be the most cost effective shipping method, and multiple delivery speeds are available.

How do I ship a golf bag?

You can ship a golf bag or hard case using a specialty golf club shipper. You can also ship a golf bag directly through parcel carriers like UPS and FedEx if you pack the bag into the box with the clubs securely packed inside, then ship the box according to your carrier’s instructions.

How much does it cost to ship golf clubs with FedEx?

The cost to ship golf clubs with FedEx ranges between $78.17-$490.64 depending on distance and speed of travel. The cost may be lower for shorter distances.

How much does it cost to ship golf clubs with UPS?

The cost to ship golf clubs with UPS ranges between $70.75-$404.95 depending on distance and speed of travel. The cost may be lower for shorter distances.

What should I ship my golf clubs in?

What you should ship your golf clubs in depends on why you’re shipping your clubs and what shipping provider you choose. Golf clubs can be shipped in boxes, soft cases, or hard cases.

  • For retailers and people who are relocating, boxes or tubes are suitable.
  • If you’re travelling, you can ship your clubs in either a soft or hard case or a box.

If you’re shipping your clubs with FedEx, UPS, or USPS, they should be securely packed into a box, even if you are shipping the bag or case. Securely pack each club into the bag or case, then slide the case into a properly sized and adequately padded box for shipping.

How do I pack golf clubs for shipping?

When you’re packing golf clubs for shipping, follow these steps:

 

  1. If you have adjustable clubs, remove the club heads from the shafts and mark the settings if needed.
  2. Wrap each club individually with two layers of bubble wrap, then place it inside your golf travel bag or box. For extra protection, you may also want to put head covers on longer clubs such as drivers. You can also use an adjustable travel bag support rod that will extend higher up than the drivers and absorb any impact.
  3. Tape the wrapped clubs together using painters tape.
  4. Assemble the shipping box and fill the bottom with at least 2 inches of bubble wrap to provide extra cushioning against knocks and bumps.
  5. Place the clubs or the packed travel bag into the box and fill any empty spaces, making sure you leave at least two inches of padding on each side of the box. Fill the empty spaces with bubble wrap.
  6. Seal and label the box according to your shipping company’s instructions.

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