I've used R&L Carriers (a commercial trucking company) to ship poles several times and have always been happy. The website (www.rlcarriers.com
) indicates that they have locations in Georgia and California. It's easier to drop the poles off and pick them up at one of their terminals. I'm sure it's easier for them and it means less handling and therefore less chance for damage.
None of the delivery services (UPS, FedEx, etc.) work for poles. BAX Global (now part of DB Schenker) may still deliver poles, but . . . .
A few years ago I needed to send my son's poles from Wisconsin to Colorado for one of Pat Manson's immersion camps (highly recommended). I decided on BAX GLobal "Next Day Air" and sent them off a couple of days before his flight to Denver. Well, he arrived but the poles weren't there. I called BAX and was told that the poles were on a truck in Ohio (you geography buffs know this wasn't a good sign). I not-so-politely explained that they needed to use a phrase other than "Next Day Air" to describe this service -- "Some Day Ground" perhaps? The poles finally made it the second day of camp. To cap things off, on the way back when time wasn't an issue, the trip took about a week. I received a call from a woman in a town about 10 miles north of the delivery address asking me if I was expecting a thin, long package. BAX had just dropped the poles off in her backyard without explanation!