Consumers have a louder voice than ever, demanding that service-industry companies deliver convenience. Since its founding in 2011, Ship Sticks has improved its club-shipping service ($40 to $65 for one-way ground shipping through UPS or FedEx), proving to be an affordable alternative to shipping your clubs by working directly with golf courses.
For anyone who has had a positive experience using Ship Sticks or rival club-shipping service Luggage Forward, it's hard to go back to checking your bag through an airline. For a couple of extra bucks—typically, the difference between using Ship Sticks and an airline's secondary baggage charge turns out to be $20-$30—you can schedule a pick-up to ship directly to the course. The company will track your bag and expedite the shipment if an on-time arrival appears in jeopardy.
Ship Sticks officials promise an app will be introduced this year that will allow customers to schedule their pick-ups on the go. And officials say the company will be expanding its service to offer golfers the ability to ship additional luggage items when you ship your clubs.
Ship Sticks, $40 to $65 for one-way standard ground shipping