Delta Airlines Destroyed Lee Janzen's Golf Clubs
By mustang6560 on 9/28/11
Lee Janzen flew out to Las Vegas Sunday for the Monday qualifier for this week's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (worst tournament name ever), and in the process, his golf clubs were severely mangled to the point he could not use them.

First, check out the pictures on

Back already? That was quick!

It almost seems like someone played a prank on Lee. I can understand a bent shaft or maybe a small ding, but I don't understand how a club could get charred in the carriage of a plane? After seeing the disturbing pictures of Lee's golf clubs on, I'm starting to think it would be better to ship my golf clubs via FedEx when I travel. The good news for Lee is Callaway delivered an exact replica of his clubs by the afternoon and he used his new sticks to qualify for the tournament.

Just so you know, Lee flew DELTA AIRLINES from Orlando to Vegas so you can make sure you think twice before paying $25 to check your clubs on DELTA AIRLINES.

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photo by Jim Epler

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mjaber says:
No mention of Delta suggesting he RENT clubs?
birdieXris says:
OMG that made me ill. They bent the club at the hosel.... do you have any idea how hard that is to do? Looks like they got stuck in something and ground off. I don't know how that's possible. Unreal.
bobhooe says:
lucky it wasnt his dog
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
Took a trip to Little Rock, AR. I had my driver reshafted two weeks prior to the trip. Got to my room and discovered the shaft was snapped right above the hosel. I tried to get Delta to reimburse me to no avail. I never traveled with my clubs in a soft case again. I guess it could of been worse.
Blakevt says:
Not defending Delta, but from another article I read suggested it was the Las Vegas Airport ground crew that damaged the clubs, something similar happened to Ben Martin in Vegas earlier this year.
SteveMM says:
I worked as a baggage handler at Dulles Airport at one point. It was years and years ago, but I don't think much has changed since then. Bag guys are not known for being gentle, and conveyors can cause a lot of damage when something goes wrong. My guess is the clubs were coming down a conveyor belt somewhere along the way, the top of the bag got caught on something, the cover was ripped, and the clubs got tangled in the conveyor. Complete speculation of course.
EloraBlue says:
Is that what they call a "tour grind" ?
dartboss04 says:
if die hard 2 was any indication...the conveyor area is a death trap...
tartantoml says:
not smart enough to have a hard case? too cheap?
mjaber says:
Eveytime I have travelled with my clubs, the bag has been searched by TSA. I suppose it is possible that TSA took the clubs out of the bag, and they got run over by a luggage car.

Regardless of who actually caused the damage, the bag and clubs are put in the care of the airline. You hand your bags to an agent in the employ of the airline when you get to the airport. It is their responsibility to insure that they get to your destination in the same condition as when you handed them off.
snuffyword says:
Baggage handlers aren't smart enough and they don't care. They are not smart enough to care and they don't care that they are not smart enough. Another reason why I avoid flying, if I can help it.
Kurt the Knife says:
I flew my clubs one time in a soft case and a "Strong Arm". They made it OK but it wasn't worth the anxiety and extra cost.

If you read the terms of carriage, you'll find the airlines specifically exclude liability for golf clubs.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I am not here to officially endorse a commercial product, but I will tell a story and let you draw your own conclusion.

When I was in a band during the 1990s, I mounted my bass amplifier -- which used glass vacuum tubes -- in an SKB rackmount case. One night after a gig, somebody knocked this case (which had about 75 lbs. of amps and boxes in it) off a table and onto the floor. Amazingly, everything still worked afterward and I had no broken tubes.

THAT was the reason I bought an SKB standard-size hard-shell golf case. It set me back $130 in 2003, but OTOH I have never worried about checking my clubs at an airport -- and it is easy to wheel just about anywhere. I never once considered buying a soft-shell cover.
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