November 15th, 2017

#AskSean: Is there value in shipping my golf clubs with Ship Sticks?

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Simply put, yes.

There are many different ways and/or reasons for saying yes to this question, but the bottom line is that using Ship Sticks is littered with value propositions and quite frankly, why they are as successful as they are.

Value Proposition #1 - Eliminates Risk of Golf Clubs Not Arriving When You Do

In my previous life I spent many years in airports and airplanes traveling for business, and during my travels I was fortunate enough to bring my golf clubs along. Most of my travel involved being on anywhere from 4 to 12 airplanes in a week, for 40 weeks of the year. And with all of these flights there were many connecting flights as well as many direct flights. The point? Whether it was directing or connecting flights, when my golf clubs were traveling with me, I was always a little anxious about my golf clubs arriving with me. Personally, I couldn't care less if my underwear or golf shirts made it with me, but my golf clubs, well, that was a different story.

Now all that said, my golf clubs did arrive with me more often than not, however, there were a couple of instances - both on direct flights no less - that they did not arrive, which was shocking to me. Shocking because I arrived at the airport in plenty of time, had my golf travel bag marked with priority stickers and my frequent flyer priority tags.

The first time they did not land in Vancouver, BC with me, it really wasn't a big deal. Not a big deal in the sense that I arrived early on Monday morning, was going to be there for the week, and was not playing golf until Friday. Furthermore, there were 12 flights a day on the airline I flew with arriving into Vancouver so I knew that they would probably be safe and sound with me in my hotel room before I crawled into the crib on Monday night. Sure enough, they were.

The second time they shockingly did not arrive was in Orlando, FL. Again, I was there for business, and was playing golf the day after my arrival. That particular time was more annoying as, again, I arrived in plenty of time at the airport, priority stickers, and my frequent-flyer priority tags. Thankfully, they arrived early the next morning.

I think the moral of these stories is that direct flights or connecting flights, either way, there is the risk that golf clubs not making it. The odds are high that they will, but bad luck does and can enter the equation. Furthermore, these were business trips that I wasn't getting off a plane and hitting the first tee that afternoon or early the next morning on a bucket-list golf vacation or a golf vacation that you've been chomping at the bit through the cold winter months to get away on.

This leads us to the second value proposition . . .

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Value Proposition #2 - You're Using Your Own Golf Clubs

Worst case scenario, your golf clubs do not arrive with you on your bucket-list golf vacation to Pinehurst Resort or your annual golf getaway with your buddies to Scottsdale, and now your trip is not off to the start you were hoping for. Even moreso, it's not like you're on a 7-day golf vacation where you have plenty of time for your clubs to arrive. You're on our popular 5 night, 4 round Scottsdale's Big Guns golf vacation, and quite frankly, you want to use your own golf clubs, correct? Well, if they don't arrive on time, I don't know about anyone else, but I kind of like my golf clubs, even when I'm slapping it around they still look and feel the best in my hands. Whether you use muscle-back irons like I do, with a custom shaft in your driver or stock drivers and cavity-back irons, they will no-doubt feel so much better than any rental set that you can get your hands on.

Granted, for the most part, rental clubs these days are likely the latest Taylor Made or Titleist golf clubs, but it's still not the same. The grips on rental clubs don't feel the same - likely worn out but not the same worn out feel that you are accustomed to with your own golf clubs - the lie angles different, regular-flex shafts instead of stiff shafts, steel shafts instead of your graphite shafts, and lastly, the putter, well, it looks like a shovel in your hands.

Now on the flipside, you arrive in Scottsdale, AZ for your 5 night, 4 round golf vacation, with your first round of golf early the following morning. You and your crew check-in at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, settle in, meet for dinner and some drinks, plan the next days game on the Cholla Course, chirping and banter amongst you and your buddies, and all while having the comfort of knowing that your golf clubs are tucked away safe and sound in the Pro Shop at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club because you were the smart guy that used Ship Sticks (and you're been tracking them with the Tracking ID provided by Ship Sticks).

And of course, included in the chirping and banter is you giving your other buddies the gears for not using Ship Sticks because their golf clubs didn't make it all for "saving a few bucks".


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