Golf clubs and planes don't tend to be a good mix. I've
dragged my clubs around a lot of places and found there are a
couple of points to consider.
1. Not only can shafts be broken but clubs can go missing. Best
buy some sort of carry shell/bag goes over your normal bag and
allows a small padlock on the zips. Discourages people trying
your new Ping ISI driver out on the tarmac
2. Drivers being longer stick out more and tend to get more
punishment. I invested in a one club hard sleeve for my BBB. Fits
in the bag still, but the head and shaft are protected.
3. Shoes, towels, clothes etc packed around the heads of the
4. Hard cases are a pain to use on big trips. They provide much
more protection but you can struggle to fit them into some cars
etc. They are also heavy and a pain to lug, even with wheels. I
used one for a while until the friction between the bag and wall
of the hard case wore a hole on the edge of the bag. Not happy.
There are some pretty reasonable soft cases around and if nothing
else you can use them for overflow of the stuff that no longer
fits in your suitcase by the end of the trip.