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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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Rory McIlroy’s winning WITB: 2019 Tour Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees set at 7.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70 TX

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Fairway wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX

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Fairway wood: TaylorMade M5 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX

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Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4), TaylorMade P730 (5-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 7.0

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Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

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Ball: 2019 TaylorMade TP5 (#22)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Rory McIlroy WITB Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy WITB Tour Championship

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From the GolfWRX Vault: The story of the sand wedge

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In addition to continuing to look forward to new content that will serve and engage our readership, we also want to showcase standout pieces that remain relevant from years past. In particular, articles with a club building or instruction focus continue to deliver value and convey useful information well after their publish dates.

We want to make sure that once an article falls off the front page as new content is covered it isn’t relegated to the back pages of our website. We hope that you’ll appreciate and find value in this effort.

Cracking open the vault: In this 2015 piece, Mark Donaghy, author of “Caddy Attitudes,” looks at the game-changing history of the sand wedge, reminding us that “compared to the early days of golf, however, bunker play is relatively easy.”

A taste of Donaghy’s excellent piece…

Prior to the 1930s, the best club for short approach shots was the niblick, roughly equivalent to today’s 9-iron or pitching wedge. The design of this club, however, featured a flat, angled face and virtually no sole, making it difficult to use in sand and other soft lies as it was prone to digging into the ground. Players had to pick the ball cleanly off the sand, which required a good lie. The other alternative for bunkers was the jigger; it was similar to a chipper with a short shaft, but little loft. Less loft prevented the club from digging in too much on soft lies, but the compromise was the low launch angle and it was useless at moving through the sand to dig out a buried ball. The club was also not ideal for approach shots from a greenside bunker, as a chip shot made with this club tended to roll for most of its distance. The club designers in those days were often blacksmiths who offered up all sorts of strange solutions to the bunker dilemma.

The rake iron…was invented by a Scottish optometrist who became fed up of having to remove sand from the eyes of golfers playing at the local links, and created a club designed to cast up less sand when swung.

The governing bodies soon began to clamp down on design and banned many offerings. Spoon clubs offered varying degrees of loft and allowed players to scoop their ball out of sand traps and deep rough. Some had bowl faces, others featured deeply grooved faces, but not all of these designs conformed. Walter Hagen was using a lethal-looking sand wedge in the late 1920s, with a hickory shaft and a smooth concave face with a lot of loft and about a half pound of weight in the flange. This was deemed illegal and soon became outlawed.

It is widely acknowledged that the biggest breakthrough in sand play appeared in the 1930s, and many connect Gene Sarazen with the design of today’s modern sand wedge. The story goes that he dreamed this club up after flying with Howard Hughes, the aviation tycoon, movie producer and scratch golfer. When Hughes’s plane took off, the flaps on the wings came down. We don’t know if alcohol or narcotics were consumed at the time, but Sarazen made a connection between the flaps and the flange you could add to a club that would allow it to slide through the sand and help the ball pop up

Check out the full piece here. 

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WRX Spotlight: Swag Golf proto putter

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Product: Swag Golf proto putter

Pitch: From Swag “Swag is the brand that isn’t scared to push the limits in a conservative sport that isn’t evolving to meet changing styles. We like to listen to music on the course, we want to be bold, we love having fun, we love golf, and we’re going to express that both on and off the course. We aren’t going to try to sell you on how great our proprietary materials are and we don’t need to rely on clever marketing to sell more. We’re a no BS company. What matters is that our putters feel good and in turn make you feel good when putting. We have some crazy ideas, we love to tinker, and we experiment on how to perfect everything we do. ”

Our Take on the Swag Golf Proto putter

Though relatively new, Swag Golf has been making a big splash in the industry for their high-end and striking headcovers and accessories. Perhaps less talked about when it comes to the company is their putters – something which I feel is likely to change after testing out their prototype rainbow finish flat-stick.

The putter is beautiful from whatever angle you look at – but especially at address. Extremely smooth lines, and with full-shaft offset, the blade’s shoulders and bumpers are flawlessly balanced to frame the ball and let the putter sit perfectly square. The single line alignment aid enhances the look and is positioned right in the center of the blade’s sweet spot, while the CNC milled flat-stick delivers perfectly smooth edges – noticeably on the neck for a sublime and soft profile.

With a head weight of 354g, the putter from Swag feels exceptional in your hands over the ball. Every detail matters when investing in a premium putter, and the sensation of the stable and firm feel of the flat-stick as well as there being no wavering of the head, makes the putter feel like an extension of your body when standing over a putt.

The sound and feel of the putter is an area where Swag has knocked it out of the park. With a fly milled face from 303 Stainless Steel, the flat-stick delivers an incredibly soft feel at impact.

No vibration is felt on impact, even on long-distance putts. It never feels like your hitting the ball but more caressing it, which is a pleasant sensation when putting from downtown. What you get in terms of sound at impact is a low, deep pitched note from a putter which rolls beautifully on its axis and produces no vibration on slight mis-hits.

To nitpick, the company’s “black mid pistol tackified kangaroo leather grip” took some getting used to. Initially, it took a little away from how impressive the flat-stick feels in your hands, but it gradually becomes more comfortable.

Overall performance-wise though, the putter from Swag provides everything you could hope for from a high-end putter. Exceptional feel at address, painfully attractive profile and precision at impact.

As of now, the company boasts self-confessed “putting nerd” Kevin Streelman as their PGA Tour ambassador. Streelman is currently gaming the brand’s Handsome Too proto, and after experiencing the Swag rainbow proto for myself, the highest compliment I can give is that I would be surprised if he (and PGA Tour newcomer Rhein Gibson) are still the only Tour pros to game one of the brand’s flat-sticks in 12 to 24 months time.

In terms of an Anser-style putter, Swag packs a hefty punch with their numerous offerings. While I personally love the eye-catching rainbow finish (which has been blasted to remove some of the boldness), I realize it’s not for everyone. However, the company has plenty more traditional finishes on their array of flat-sticks, which you can find on their website here.

Whatever finish you prefer your putters to come in though, it’s unlikely that any department of Swag’s flat-sticks will leave you disappointed.

 

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