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2015 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide

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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 (Around $50)

PGA Tour Pro Sport (3.4 oz): $58

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The Tour’s first ever signature fragrance. A cologne is always on the stocking stuffer menu, and what better choice for a PGA Tour fan than a PGA Tour cologne, right? And what does the eau de Tour smell like? Pro Sport opens with an energizing burst of juicy citrus, followed by fresh mint and a blend of masculine woods. Buy it from TruFragrance.

Sunfish leather headcover: $44.99

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Leather headcovers have made a comeback in recent years. And there’s no better example of the classic club covering on the market than Sunfish’s. Available in seven colors, we like the stylish green and white because, well, the Masters. Buy it from Sunfish.

Personalized Titleist golf balls

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The No. 1 ball-maker in golf is still running its traditional holiday promotion: free personalization.

The option to add names, nicknames, initials and special messages, as well as social media usernames and hashtags to a dozen balls adds a personal touch to the gift, rather than looking like you stopped off at a big box store and snagged a box of balls off the shelf. Learn more from Titleist. 

Superstroke Slim 3.0: $24.99

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The fastest-growing grip on the PGA Tour, the 1.30’’-diameter Superstroke Slim 3.0 is a gift that can improve your gift recipient’s putting by minimizing hand action and tension in the putting stroke. Also, consider the Flatso 1.0 —the model used by some guy named Jordan Spieth. 

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Don’t break the bank ($75 to $300)

Arccos Golf: $299.99

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As our John Lahtinen wrote in his excellent review of Arccos, the company “created a GPS golf shot tracking system that automatically tracks your round and gives real-time feedback as you make your way around the course.” The Arccos package includes virtually weightless sensors for the butts of all your clubs and putter, as well as access to a stat-tracking web interface. If you’re looking to give a truly game-changing (and eye-opening) gift to a golfer in your life, look no further.

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ECCO BIOM Hybrid 2: $195

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Wear them on the course or off, 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. Our review. 

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FootJoy DNA: $220

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And if you’re looking for a spiked shoe for a golfer on your list, the FootJoy DNA is the route to go. The DNA (DryJoys Next Advancement) features cutting-edge athletic design, comfort, and traction. As Tim Gavrich said in his review of the original DNA golf shoes, “These are serious shoes with a modern sensibility, both in their heft and waterproof nature and the obviously high amount of technology.” Learn more from FootJoy. 

The Players Championship Ticket Packages

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From now until Jan. 3, The Players Championship is offering some special holiday ticket offers so that your golf fan in the family can look forward to the PGA Tour’s signature event in 2016 (May 10-15):

  • $95 – (2) Stadium Passes for use on Thursday or Sunday
  • $115 – (2) Stadium Passes for use on Friday or Saturday
  • $330 – (2) Stadium Passes for use any day
  • Stadium Pass allows access to tournament grounds and nearly 20 on-site public venues

All packages include unlimited youth tickets (18 and younger) as well as a limited-edition Players 2016 calendar – all sent with free shipping. The packages save shoppers anywhere between 21-26 percent over the items if they were purchased individually. Now, that’s a good deal. Packages ordered by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 21 are guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas Eve.

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Prizm sunglasses: $170

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If you’re looking for a great pair of shades for the golfer on your list: We offer you the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Prizm. Prizm lens technology is specifically designed for sport and the outdoor environment while offering enhanced lens coverage and specialized lens curvature. These aren’t ZZ Top’s cheap sunglasses, and they’re optimally suited for the golf course.

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Spoil Them Rotten ($300+)

Golfbreaks Scotland trip: $5,985

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Money no object? As far as golf vacations go, this one takes the cake: Golfbreaks St. Andrews, Carnoustie & Gleneagles trip.

The suggested 7-night vacation package includes:

  • 7 nights B&B at Old Course Hotel St Andrews.
  • 5 rounds of golf at St Andrews Old Course (GUARANTEED tee time), St Andrews New Course, Kingsbarns Course, Carnoustie Championship Course, Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course.
  • Lunch at St Andrews Clubhouse when playing Old and New Courses.
  • Lunch at Kingsbarns.
  • 3-course dinner in hotel on one of the nights.
  • Souvenir group photo taken on first tee of the Old Course.
  • Chauffeur driven ground transportation for entire vacation.
  • All local taxes.

Learn more from Golfbreaks. 

Bushnell Tour X Jolt: $499

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Easy to use. Perfect for gear heads and tourney players. Bushnell’s new Exchange Technology, which allows users to switch the rangefinder from a slope-and-distance device to a tournament-legal, distance-only device. The Tour X offers precise, easily obtained distances and elevation information. Our review.

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TaylorMade M1 driver: $499

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As we pointed out in our M1 driver review, the M1 460 and M1 430 are:

“TaylorMade’s best work. The M1 460 and M1 430 are two of the longest drivers available, merging meaningful adjustability with a new level of forgiveness that allows them to work for nearly any golfer.”

In short, if you’re going to buy a driver for someone on your list, you’ve got to go with something adjustable and with plenty of curb appeal and buzz. This is the play.

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  2. Arthur

    Dec 3, 2015 at 1:08 am

    $75-$300, and the lowest priced suggestion was $170…sooooo….couldn’t come up with anything $75-$170??

  3. Steve

    Dec 1, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Can’t go wrong with the custom Titleist deal every year for the holidays.

  4. Christestrogen

    Nov 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Stop whining comment section…he simply gave ideas…
    And if you think a $25 superstroke grip isn’t a great Christmas idea then boo on you.

    I quite enjoyed the article…

    -Christosterone

  5. Scooter McGavin

    Nov 28, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    1 percenter gifts…

  6. Rwj

    Nov 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    So what does cologne of the page tour smell like? Elitism, sunscreen, trophy wives? What’s your thoughts?

  7. Dude

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Can’t believe they didn’t list Miura blades.

  8. other paul

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I didn’t know that golf writers made so much money. I make 60,00+ a year and my wife works full time. $50 for a stocking stuffer is a dream. A $500 Christmas gift is silly. And no one has any business buying clubs for someone else.

  9. Johnnylongballz

    Nov 27, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    NEVER buy a golfer golf clubs, they are too personal.

  10. TR1PTIK

    Nov 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I’m normally not super critical of the writers on GolfWRX, but it seems like this could have used a little more thought and effort. Gifts under $50 and then gifts from $75-$300??? I take it the writer was more interested in focusing on the really cool, but far less practical or likely-to-receive gifts.

  11. Tom

    Nov 27, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Practicality

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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WRX Spotlight: Stitch headcovers

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Product: Stitch headcovers

Pitch: From Stitch: “Your game should match your style. At Stitch, we aim to merchandise our line of products so you can easily put together items that not only match your bag and what is it in it, but also match your style and personality. We want to make it easy for you to have a unique and color-coordinated golf bag. We have designed unique products that have defined color schemes so that choosing which items to put in your bag becomes easier. We aim to provide you with various looks, mixing and matching our head covers to give you confidence that the purchase you make for your bag will take you to the course in style. Let us help you dress your game.”

Our Take On Stitch Headcovers

Stitch is a relatively new company – founded in 2012. The company initially only created premium headcovers but has grown into so much more, with all sorts of golfing accessories now on offer on their site StitchGolf.com. Their bags, in particular, are now some of the most popular amongst golfers, with the quality and uniqueness provided leading multiple Tour players to sport them in tournament play.

That sign of quality in the bags bodes well for what the company was founded on – their headcovers. Stitch provides both leather and knit headcovers in a variety of designs that do as good a job as any in covering the needs of all golfers.

Stitch describes the companies Monte Carlo headcover as being their “classic, timeless design”, and for those looking for that vintage style to add to their set up then they can’t go wrong with this headcover. A mainstay in the likes of multiple tour winner Paul Casey’s bag, the Monte Carlo headcover, as with all of the companies leather covers, is hand-crafted from 100% leather and is both water and stain resistant. The cover comes in four color codes: Black, White, Navy and Red, and at $68 is the most affordable of all their leather headcovers.

Other options in the leather department range from their intricately designed Camo cover which comes in a multiple color design, as well as Stitch’s tribute to “The King”, through their Arnold Palmer headcover.

The AP cover comes in a minimalist black with white stripes for a classic feel, but it also comes in a white color code decorated with red, white and yellow stripes which, for myself at least, looks even more alluring. Part of an exclusive collection, the only issue with the AP cover is that only those located in the U.S. are currently eligible to get their hands on one. But for those in the states, the company is now offering a set of three AP leather covers for $128 instead of $298 should you use the code APLEATHERS on their site.

From their Tour Racer, USA, Shamrock and Bonesman editions, Stitch provides a great choice when it comes to their leather covers, and as previously mentioned, all are hand-crafted from 100% leather, water and stain resistant and will assure an excellent fit on your clubs.

Stitch also provides knit headcovers which contain not only excellent designs but also the same quality which has gone into their leather covers. All of the companies knit covers are made from Techno Wool, which is 100% acrylic and designed in order for your clubs to stay entirely dry. Another feature of the knit covers from Stitch is their smart fit design which ensures all of the covers retain their shape over a long period, as well as providing for a cover that will reliably stay on your club.

The knit covers from Stitch cost $68 ($72 for the limited AP cover), and there are currently seven different designs available to choose from over at StitchGolf.com. The leather covers are, unsurprisingly, a little pricier, but still very affordable, ranging from $68-$98. The covers deliver in both style and performance, and for a relatively new company, it speaks volumes that the likes of Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and many more tour pros are now sporting the company’s creations.

 

 

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Bettinardi signs Jason Kokrak (he’ll play custom Tour Department DASS BB8 Triplane putter)

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Bettinardi Golf has announced Jason Kokrak as the latest player to join the companies Tour staff, and the Canadian will play the companies custom Tour Department DASS (Double-Aged Stainless Steel) BB8 Triplane putter.

Kokrak began using the Tour Department DASS BB8 Triplane putter which features Bettinardi’s  F.I.T. Face Milling at the Honda Classic back in February. Since then, the 34-year-old has risen over 40 places in the Official World Golf Ranking up to 65th, and he has also leapt 30 spots in this season’s strokes gained: putting category in the same period.

Speaking on the new partnership, Kokrak praised the “quality, touch, and feel of the putter” from Bettinardi.

“Since switching to a Bettinardi putter earlier this year, I have been so impressed with the quality, touch, and feel of the putter. Bettinardi has the ability to craft anything I want from a solid block of metal, all milled in the USA. This was a big confidence boost to my putting and I look forward to a great partnership.”

Speaking on the addition of Kokrak to the companies tour staff, Robert Bettinardi, President and Founder of Bettinardi Golf stated

“Since switching to a Bettinardi putter earlier this year, I have been so impressed with the quality, touch, and feel of the putter. Bettinardi has the ability to craft anything I want from a solid block of metal, all milled in the USA. This was a big confidence boost to my putting and I look forward to a great partnership.”

Kokrak will next tee it up at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Course next month after finishing T23 at last week’s PGA Championship.

 

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