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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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WRX Spotted: New TaylorMade P790 UDI

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It’s Open Championship week and that means course conditions are the talk of the town. Firm, fast, and windy conditions are expected on the links of Portrush, so we will be seeing a lot of players using driving irons that they might not otherwise play with week to week on the PGA Tour.

Not only are driving irons a hot item for players, but for OEMs launching new and prototype versions including TaylorMade, which has a new P790 UDI in some bags including Mr. Tiger Woods (credit to Rob Brooks on Instagram for the spot).

Like with many clubs just being seeded to tour, we don’t have official comment from the team at TaylorMade…but, like many times before, we have a couple of ideas based off the cosmetics of what might be in store if and when this thing comes to retail.

Some history: It’s been a while since TaylorMade introduced a new UDI (Ultimate Driving Iron) to its lineup.  There was the GAPR Low, which was very UDI “like” but the UDI as a whole never had an adjustable hosel. (There were Tour Issue versions of the GAPR Lo that had a fixed hosel and no adjustability)

The original (2017) P790 UDI

The “just-spotted 2020 (?)” version

The most recent UDI was the original P-790, but this new version has some distinct differences

  • Thinner sole. Based off the pictures, this new P-790 UDI has a thinner sole with more camber to help improve turf interaction. More camber and well-utilized bounce make any club more playable in varying conditions.
  • Shorter blade length. There is no such thing as computer screen calipers but from what we can tell when comparing side by side the new version is shorter. A shorter blade length means a CG closer to the hosel and more workability.
  • Higher toe. Just like the shorter blade length, a higher toe is often more appealing to more players (better players are generally the target for these types of clubs) and what that also “potentially” does is raise the CG. A higher CG will produce lower launching shots BUT with more spin (workability). To counter act the potential extra spin loft adjustments can be made pretty easily, since loft is one of the biggest factors in creating spin.

The one thing that is harder to compared is whats going on inside of this UDI (obviously). There is a screw in the toe, so it can be assumed that there is some sort of foam or material that helps support the face and improve the acoustics of this face thin-faced iron.

Just like we wait for the first group off early Thursday morning at Portrush, we’re just going to have to wait to see what’s really going on this new UDI too.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tiger Woods with a new Scotty Cameron at The Open”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from No Gimmes who was quick to spot Tiger Woods preparing for this week’s Open Championship with a new Scotty putter. Woods has also been seen warming up for this week’s event at Royal Portrush with his old faithful on the greens, but our members have been discussing the thinking behind the 15-time-major champion’s potential change, as well as the putter itself.

*Photos from Golf Central’s ‘Live From The Open’ coverage

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

  • TheMoneyShot: “I’m really surprised he is making the switch. Let’s see if it’s in the bag come Thursday.”
  • Hedgehog: “That topline and the alignment aid and all the smooth lines, gorgeous!”
  • MuniPukeLife: “Makes sense as his trusty NP2 is super light by today’s putter standards.”

Entire Thread: “Tiger Woods with a new Scotty Cameron at The Open”

 

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Mizuno T20 wedges: Let’s get spinning

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Spin.

We’re always trying to reduce it with our driver and increase it with our wedges for maximum control, but with the rules of golf being so strict, how do actually achieve a performance gain? Simple engineering…

This is the Mizuno T20 wedge.

It’s been a few years since we have seen a T (teardrop) wedge from our friends at Mizuno, and there is good reason.

Let’ get into a quick history lesson: before the JPX900 series was introduced, Mizuno had quietly been realigning the product cycles of the MP and JPX lines. You might remember back a few years ago now before the MP18s hit the scene that there was a bit of a lull in the MP line—so much, in fact, there was even a thread here on GolfWRX asking “Is Mizuno not making MP irons anymore?”

It was a naturally curious question to a company that always had very standardized release cycles, but it was a long-term play that has paid off tremendously. We now get “T” wedges with MP irons (MP20s to be exact), and we should (from everything I know) continue to see “S” Silhouette (more rounded profile) wedges with future JPX lines.

Before we get to what’s new, how about we first talk about what will be staying the same

  • Grain Flow Forged HD – like all new Mizuno irons, the T20s are made using the same forging process to increase the density of the material in the clubhead for an improved solid feel.
  • Boron – this little element when added to the 1025e mild carbon steel used in the wedges (we’re talking trace amounts equating to 3ppm – parts per million) increases the strength of the material by 30 percent—how crazy is that for chemistry? This improves groove life and has ZERO effect on club feel.
  • Variable Width & Depth Quad Cut Grooves – Like previous T and S wedges, the T20s will have quad cut grooves that will vary in shape based on the loft of the club. Lower lofted wedges are more narrow and deeper, while higher lofted wedges are wider and more shallow since impact happens at lower speeds this increases spin consistency.
  • Same beautiful Teardrop profile from address

So what’s new?

Flow. Just like the MP20s, engineers are bringing more a more extreme CG (center of gravity) shifting philosophy, or as Mizuno explains it, increased vertical moment of inertia to the wedges. As much as you (well maybe not “you,” depending on who you are) might think “a wedge is just a wedge” and loft is the only deciding factor for spin, you couldn’t be further from the truth. By relocating the CG throughout the set and changing the sweet spot height, engineers can further alter the launch and spin precisely for each loft.

It’s about gear effect—the higher you hit above the CG the less spin the ball with have, and the closer to or lower you make impact compared to the CG the more spin you will create. Either way these are wedges, so a 50 degree, for example, is still going to spin, but it is now more controllable (think less likely to ballon or get too high on full shots). On the other side of the equation, a 60-degree wedge will allow for even MORE trajectory and spin control for the low flying quick checkers with zip.

Now about that spin.

By the Rules of Golf, you can’t make grooves sharper, you can’t increase their volume, and you can only have so much surface roughness (sorry but that old Spin Doctor wedge is HIGHLY NON-conforming). So what do you do? You change the way you think about that surface roughness…

Hydroflow Micro Grooves

Instead of traditional laser etching parallel to the grooves, Mizuno engineers took a concept from the high-performance tire world and went perpendicular to the grooves and parallel to the direction the ball moves up the face to channel moisture away. This directional tread has proven to increase spin on shots especially in conditions with moisture up to 1,200 RPM (on a 60-yard shot), that’s a very tangible number. It’s not just about spin either: the more the friction that can be created also means more control on launch angle and less of a “floating” ball flight. That’s how those low zippers keep zippin’!

Don’t think for a second that Mizuno just changed the etching and was done with it. The process went through multiple iterations to figure out how they could improve its life (beyond the boron) and the solution was to etch before the chroming process to elongate the lifespan. The other groovy take for the T20s is the actual reconfiguration of the grooves. To get the bottom groove closer to the leading edge without having it disorient the overall look of the club and making it appear that the heel or toe is thinner on one side. The lowest groove has been shortened and centered.

All of these refinements; CG, micro-grooves, and reconfigured scoring lines add up to one thing: more control and improved shotmaking with your wedges.

Finishes, specs, and grinds

The wishes of many have been answered when it comes to the T20s, there will be a RAW finish (happy dance time) along with traditional chrome and the signature blue ion. Leftys will only be able to get chrome, but all the same options will be available as far as lofts and grinds.

Coming in lofts from 46-60 degrees, the grind options progress depending on the loft and bounce. Going from full-soled in the lower lofts to more aggressive back edge, and heel-toe relief in the 60 degree. These sole shapes came directly from Mizuno’s craftsman that worked with players and prototypes to determine exactly how the bounce and sole shapes should work in harmony.

All of this has come together to create Mizuno’s finest wedge to date.

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