The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet.
Whether that special person you’re buying for is into apparel, equipment, technology or cool accessories, our Holiday Gift Guide has you covered. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand picked by our staff.
Forward it on to drop a not-so-subtle hint of what you really want this holiday season.
Stocking Stuffers (Under $50)
KingMade Jerky (about $8 for a 2.25-ounce bag)
Our first office shipment of KingMade Jerky — three bags worth — was finished by our staff in a matter of minutes. The tender, flavorful jerky, which was created by PGA Tour caddie Jeff King, is a hit with golfers because it eats more like a meal than it does a snack. We like the Classic Recipe, but they’re all good.
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Nike RZN Black Golf Balls ($45)
Nike’s new RZN Black golf balls are designed to offer both top-notch distance on drives and maximum spin around the greens. They’re available in white, but we suggest you try the Volt-colored golf balls. They’ll stand out among your playing partners and make finding your ball easier than ever.
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Salty Grips ($30+)
Taking a cue from fishing rods, Salty putter grips are made of cork. Their cork is harvested from Portugal, handcrafted in Virginia and then sealed with a water-resistant polymer. They’re lighter, more durable and simply more stylish than a standard rubber grip. If you notice them starting to age, you can take sandpaper to the grip and restore its original texture and coloring. Salty Grips come in several different sizes and can be customized on the company’s website.
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Titleist Golf Balls with Free Personalization ($20+)
From now until Dec. 31, Titleist is offering free personalization on Pro V1, Pro V1x, NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Tour Velocity and DT Solo golf balls. The promotion offers three lines of block text with 17 characters per line in black, green, red or pink text. Orders placed by Dec. 10 are guaranteed to arrive by Dec. 24, just in time for loved ones who celebrate Christmas.
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Under Armour Cold Gear Mock ($45)
As highlighted in our GolfWRX Guide to Playing in Cold Weather, Under Armour’s form-fitting ColdGear collection is sure to help golfers beat the cold weather without constricting their swing. These compression shirts and are a necessity for any winter warrior.
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GolfWRX Sunfish Headcovers ($25)
Our exclusive GolfWRX Sunfish fairway wood headcovers ($25) are made from 100 percent natural New Zealand wool and created by Sunfish’s master knitters. That means they’ll last a lifetime with the proper care.
The cream-colored headcover was inspired by the colors of a certain Southern California university, with poms that heat up its neutral, cream-colored body. The aqua-colored headcover (not pictured) is accented with three hand-knit stripes and a tri-colored pom that’s sure to earn the praise of your playing partners. While you’re in the WRX Store, make sure to check out some of our other budget-friendly items, including the famous WRX Chips, hats, ball markers, bag tags and more.
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Nike SolarSoft GrillRoom AW14 ($50)
Choosing an after-round golf shoe is difficult from a fashion standpoint. Do you wear dress shoes, boat shoes, sneakers, or just something really comfortable? Nike’s SolarSoft GrillRoom shoes toe the line between a casual shoe and a slip-on so you won’t look out of place. Color options include flat gold and black.
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Don’t break the bank ($75 to $300)
Beats Pill ($179)
Want to start a party in your cart? Begin with the Beats Pill, a tiny, portable speaker with big sound (and even bigger bass). It wirelessly connects to your mobile devices through bluetooth, allowing you to change tracks from up to 30 feet away. It comes in a variety of colors, and can even give your phone a battery boost if need be.
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Bushnell Z6 Jolt Laser Rangefinder ($300)
The Tour Z6 Jolt is barely bigger than a deck of cards, but it houses Bushnell’s most premium rangefinder technology. It’s accurate to 0.5 yards and its JOLT technology vibrates when a golfer locks onto a flag — not the stuff behind the green. That gives golfers peace of mind that they’ve got the right yardage.
Its VDT display is extremely bright, even in low-light conditions, and its 6X magnification gets golfers close enough to dial-in yardages to the corners of hazards and doglegs. If you want to browse more Golf GPS options, check out our list of 2014’s Best Rangefinders.
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ECCO BIOM Hybrid 2 Spikeless Golf Shoes ($195)
Be Freddy-Couples-cool with these spikeless golf shoes, which are suitable for both on and off the course wear. These spikeless kicks combine comfort, performance and durability with several fashionable styles. The BIOM Hybrid 2’s are good for any age-bracket, providing the “cool” factor for younger golfers and ultra-comfort and performance for the older crowd. Learn more about the shoes in our front-page review.
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Game Golf Digital Tracking System ($199)
Game Golf is an interactive shot-tracking system that compiles stats from every shot during a round of golf. It’s really easy to use: install the individual tags onto the grip of your clubs, clip the tracking device onto your belt or waistline, then tap the tags on the device before every shot.
The web and mobile interface allows players to keep all stats and share them with friends or their teaching instructor, which is good for the sake of competition, improving their game, or a little of both. Read our front page Game Golf review for more information.
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GolfTec Holiday Package ($199+)
You can’t buy your loved ones a better game… well, actually you can. GolfTEC has some of the game’s best certified personal coaches that will help any golfer improve any aspect of their game. GolfTEC is offering reduced rates and special offers this holiday season, which will surely be of interest to your golfing loved one.
Holiday Package: $199 — Includes a Swing Evaluation, a 30-minute lesson, and a video practice session. Perfect for the golfer who is interested in learning more about GolfTEC and their own swing dynamics.
Holiday Package $299 — Includes the Swing Evaluation, 3 Lessons, and 3 video practice sessions. Perfect for anyone looking to improve their game step-by-step, building on previous progress.
Choose from any comprehensive Game Plan or lesson-only packs. Perfect for the serious golfer who is dedicated to improving their game faster and enjoying lasting results. Contact your local center for Training Camp pricing in your area.
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Original Jones Carry Bag ($129)
If the golfer in your life has been playing for a few decades, he’ll likely remember the iconic Jones carry bag. This model has all the charm of the original, but it uses modern materials to make it lighter and more durable. It’s the perfect bag for a Sunday practice session or a quick nine holes after work.
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Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses with G30 lenses ($130)
Oakley’s Holbrook sunglasses are great for the course and the beach. By Oakley standards, they’re relatively inexpensive and their G30 lenses help golfers identify golf balls and subtle breaks in the green. Read our full review on Oakley golf sunglasses for more information.
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TPI Assessment ($125)
Golfers often fail to recognize that flaws in their swing may be directly correlated to physical flaws — whether it be flexibility, upper body, lower body or core strength. The only way to figure out what improvements your golf body needs to make is to undergo an assessment, and a TPI assessment is one of the best options.
Is this gift guilting friends and family into working out? Maybe, but it’s the thought that counts.
An initial TPI assessment costs $125 and includes:
- Professional mobility and stability screening
- 3 month online work out
- 3 month membership to MYTPI.com
Topgolf Gift Cards
The biggest complaint about golf nowadays is that it’s “too slow, too expensive and boring.” That’s a valid argument, but Top Golf has flipped that stereotype on its head. Top Golf offers golfers of all levels a place to enjoy the sport of golf without taking it too seriously. It’s a great place to enjoy a night out with friends, learn the sport in a fun atmosphere or simply to hone your craft at a unique range.
Even for the casual and/or beginning golfer, reservations or gift cards at the nearest Top Golf facility will be a hit. And it’s not that expensive, especially with the company’s holiday deals. Current locations include Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Northern Virginia, Scottsdale and London, England.
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Voice Caddie ($149)
The Voice Caddy VC300 is a tiny, lightweight golf GPS that talks to you. Just clip it on your hat or belt and tap it before you hit your approach shot to get yardages to the front, middle and back of the green. It comes preloaded with over 30,000 courses and has seven different volume levels so that you won’t disturb your playing partners.
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Spoil Them Rotten ($300+)
Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones ($300)
Golfers who like to play or practice to music will love Bose’s QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, which are as good as it gets when it comes to earbuds. The sound quality is what you would expect from Bose, and they’re popular with frequent travelers and gym-goers for their noise cancelling prowess.
We appreciate the “Aware mode,” a gray button on the controls that turns off noise cancelling so you can hear what’s going on around you.
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Odyssey Metal-X Milled #7 Putter ($350)
Putters are personal, but Odyssey’s Metal-X Milled #7 is one of the most beloved premium putters on the market. Its fanged shape makes it extremely stable and easy to align, and its Metal-X groove pattern creates a crisp feel that produces a consistent roll.
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Ping G30 Driver ($350)
If there’s one product to splurge on this holiday season, it’s Ping’s G30 driver. The G30 has a low, rearward center of gravity that makes it the most forgiving driver in golf — and usually the longest, too.
The G30 is the only product in any category to ever earn an A+ rating in our new review system and is our editor’s choice for longer drives. It’s the driver all other models will be compared to in 2015.
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TaylorMade RSi 2 irons ($720)
TaylorMade’s RSi 2 irons will be a hit with better golfers who crave the latest technology. They have three slots — one in the sole and two on the face — that enlarge the sweet spot to turn your good shots into great ones. The RSi 2’s have a size and shape that will work for most golfers, but the target market is 4-to-16 handicappers.
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Rukket Monster Cage ($599)
Warning: This could be a dangerous gift if you don’t want your loved one practicing golf all day, every day. With the monster cage, golfers can improve their game without leaving home. This hitting net is great for full shots in your garage or basement, or you can set it up in your backyard. It also works well with other sports including baseball, lacrosse, field hockey and more.
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Mizuno announces new JPX 919 Tour Forged irons are coming August 29 (via cryptic Twitter post)
While cryptic, it does appear Mizuno is announcing via Twitter that its new JPX 919 Tour irons are coming on 8/29/18. One would have to assume that means they will be launched on 8/29, not actually hitting retail on 8/29, but that remains to be seen.
— Mizuno Golf North America (@MizunoGolfNA) August 17, 2018
We recently spotted a number of new irons on the USGA conforming list, including the JPX919 Tour irons pictured above, JPX919 Forged and JPX919 Hot Metal irons from Mizuno. So it’s likely that the JPX 919 Tour Forged irons won’t be alone in the JPX 919 family when they hit retail.
The JPX 919 Tour iron specifically pictured in the Tweet above seems to be the replacement for Mizuno’s JPX 900 Tour irons that Brooks Koepka used to win this year’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Learn more about the original JPX 900 Tour design from Mizuno’s Chris Voshal on our Gear Dive podcast.
Diving a bit deeper into the picture from Mizuno’s Tweet, it appears the JPX919 Tour irons will utilize Mizuno’s familiar Grain Flow forging, and will be made from 1025E; that’s based on the hosel stamping that says “GF Forged HD 1025E.”
Stay tuned for more info from Mizuno.
USA Stars & Stripes, European Flag Chrome Soft Truvis golf balls arrive
Getting you in the Ryder Cup spirit a little more than a month from the competition in Paris, Callaway announced Chrome Soft European Truvis golf balls and new Chrome Soft X Truvis Stars & Stripes balls today.
The Carlsbad company is also bringing its popular Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls back to market.
The new European Truvis balls features a European-themed white, blue, and yellow design. Both Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls include a patriotic red, white, and blue pattern.
All models of these made-in-the-USA golf balls will be available at retail August 24th and will sell for $44.99.
An Interview with T Squared putters, started by a high school golfer
I’ve coached high school golf for over 15 years, and I thought that I had run out of “firsts.” Then, Anthony Tuber, one of our varsity six, told me that he builds putters. “Sure,” I thought. You purchase the components and assemble putters. Nice hobby to have. “No, coach, I build them from scratch. We have milling machines.” If that doesn’t catch your attention, not much will.
As a coach, you encourage your golfers from a base of experience, but I don’t have any club-making experience! The last time I played around with metal was in middle-school metal shop. In this particular case, the student is the coach, and the golfer is the teacher. I’m now the proud owner of a T Squared putter, and continue to be the proud coach of Anthony Tuber. He might be the next Bob Vokey, or Scotty Cameron, but for now, he is a varsity golfer and high school student. Oh, and he happens to make putters. Rather than write a review that might be perceived as biased, I decided to do a straightforward interview with T Squared Putters. If you want to learn more, visit the company website, or follow them on Twitter and on Instagram.
Question 1: What type of research and field testing did you do, prior to building your first putter?
Prior to making our first putter we bought a bunch of putters to see what we liked and disliked about them. Then we took those putters and tested them to figure out which roll we liked the best. The roll is determined by the weight of the putter the length and the groove pattern. After we completed the testing we drew up a design and shortly after that we had our first prototypes. We then tested those prototypes and they rolled exactly how we wanted. Time went by while we used these first putters but then we really wanted to see the competition. We went to the PGA Merchandise Show and that’s where we found out that we had a superior putter.
Question 2: Is there a style of putter that you like, that perhaps served as inspiration for some of your designs?
We bought and tested dozens of putters but two putters caught our eye and those putters are the Scotty Cameron Squareback and the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback.
Question 3: Can you tell us a bit about the materials/components that you chose for T Squared Putters?
We use American-made 303 stainless steel in all of our putters, but we also we use 6061 aircraft aluminum for the insert on the 713i.
Question 4: How do you balance your responsibilities and commitments, with your T Squared production?
During the school year academics are my number one priority. Over the summer I have been balancing my Tsquared putters work while working on the progression of my golf game. Fortunately I have a team that is very supportive of my vision for T Squared putters.
Question 5: Any chance we will see a mallet-style putter from T Squared?
Yes, we are currently testing other mallet putters to determine the most desirable features for our mallet putter. We are anticipating a prototype soon.
Question 6: Are you a better putter now that you know so much more from the design and production side of putters?
Yes, I have an entirely different perspective when I stand over every putt.
Question 7: How do you get the word out about the quality of your putters?
We have been very active on social media. The golfers that are currently using a Tsquared putter have been spreading the word. We have also been attending local golf tournaments to establish our brand.
Question 8: Do you hope to make a career of this venture, or do you envision it as a step along the path of a 21st-century businessman?
Yes, as golf is my passion I hope to take Tsquared putters to the next level. Golf will always be a part of my life whether it is professionally or recreationally.
Question 9: Finally, what question haven’t we asked, that you wish we would? Ask it and answer it, please.
I haven’t been asked how this process has affected me as a person. As a 17 year old I have a new appreciation for patience, persistence and hard work.
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