The worst thing about taking a golf vacation may be having to haul your clubs around in a cumbersome travel bag and risking damage or loss in transit. Now, thanks to the Goflex Travel Golf Set, toting one's sticks is no more difficult than carrying a suitcase, albeit one that weighs 24 pounds. The Goflex clubs have telescoping steel shafts that allow them to be collapsed to half their standard length for easier stowage. To extend the shaft to its full playing length, simply hold the clubhead in one hand and the grip in the other, pull the ends apart and twist them until the shaft locks into position. To collapse the shaft, press on a small release tab, similar to one on an umbrella.
Various styles of clubheads and grips are available, all of which conform to USGA and Royal & Ancient specifications. The price tag—about $2,600—is hefty, but it includes, besides the full set of clubs and a retractable putter, a cloth golf bag, scorecard holder, clubhead brush, hat, towel and thumb protector (to use when shortening the clubs), all of which fit neatly into the 29-inch-long by 10-inch-wide by five-inch-deep travel case that's compact enough to fit in the overhead bin of most planes. For more information or to order a set, call KemmlerConsult at 781-383-2888.