How To Protect Golf Clubs – The Packaging Doctor
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Dear The Packaging Doctor,
I work for a Golfing Supplies company and usually we only sell face to face from our store which is near a large Golf and Country Club in Buckinghamshire. We do good business but most recently have decided to expand so that we can sell our products online to a wider market. Of course many of the items are relatively easy to package but the metal golf clubs are a real head-scratcher - I just can't find anything long and narrow enough. Can you help? The largest golf club we do is 48 inches long and the metal head is 5.5 inches wide.
Thanks and Best, Johnny
Golf is big business and it's great to see that after doing so well you plan to expand on to online, which as well all know is a growing market. We tend to get a lot of requests regarding objects of these dimensions and I always suggest that postal tubes are the best option. For your golf clubs go for the 1250mm x 152mm which will fit the golf clubs perfectly.
Postal tubes have several advantages, they are incredibly strong and on this size in particular the cardboard cylinder is 3.5mm thick which makes it very robust. Postal tubes also reduce the package size than if you used a box, saving you postage costs and providing a more attractive package to the customer. The polythene end caps used to secure the tubes are also very robust and designed to grip to the inside of the tube ensuring a secure closing. If you require extra protection for the product I would suggest wrapping it in foam rather than bubble-wrap as it gives a more polished finish, ideal for point of sale goods. Foam comes in large sheets so can simply wrap around the clubs and be secured with tape. These not only protect the product from any atmospheric damage and scratches/scrapes but will hold the product in place inside the tube so that it won't move about.
Best Wishes, The Packaging Doctor
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