There are two things all golfers say.
- “I should have gone lower.”
- “Golf would be easier [or more fun] if I had insert blank.”
For our 2013 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve searched far and wide to find the golf gear that will help golfers shoot lower scores and have more fun. We’ve broken our gift guide into three categories – stocking stuffers ($60 or less), game changers ($220 or less) and big-ticket items ($329 and up).
Whether you’re buying for yourself or someone else this holiday season, these gifts will not disappoint. Below is the latest and greatest golf gear currently available; gifts that are sure to brighten up even the worst day at the course.
Stocking stuffers: $60 or less
Ferrari golf gloves ($50): Few golfers can afford to pull up to course in a Ferrari. But thanks to Cobra-Puma’s partnership with the Italian carmaker, golfers will now have the option to rev up their style with Ferrari golf apparel. The full lineup includes clothing, footwear and accessories. There’s even a driver, but don’t get too excited — it goes for about $2000. We recommend Ferrari golf gloves. They are handcrafted from premium cabretta leather and are available in your choice of white, black and a natural color (the one we like) for $50. Sure, that’s a lot to pay for a golf glove, but it smells like the inside of an Enzo. What golf glove has that? FIND THEM AT: trendygolfusa.com
Rocket Tour Headcovers (Around $30 each): Retro is in, and Rocket Tour makes some of the coolest retro knit headcovers. They come in pom pom, tassel and argyle designs and are also available for putters. The Victory Stripe is new to the line and retails for $35. With 10 different color options, you’re bound to find the right one to match the bag. FIND THEM AT: rockettour.com
Sligo golf belts ($60): Golf belts used to come in three colors: black, brown and (for young, skinny golfers) white. But a new trend has emerged in golf fashion that has caught on with even the most conservative dressers — matching the belt to the shirt or pants. For some reason, wearing a red or blue belt with a similarly colored pair of pants or shirt doesn’t cause the same amount of eye rolling as a white belt. And there’s a bonus: they’re a lot easier to keep clean. We recommend Sligo’s golf belts, which are available in a variety of colors to match even the most colorful wardrobes. FIND THEM AT: fairwaystyles.com
Tin Cup Personalized Golf Ball Markers ($10 to $20): These aren’t the ball markers you’re thinking of. Tin Cup makes “markers” that fit over a golf ball and allow golfers to add their own personalized logo with a fine-tipped permanent marker. They offer a large variety, including college logos. FIND THEM AT: tin-cup.com
Game Changers ($220 or less)
Ashworth Cardiff Mesh Spikless Golf Shoes ($120): Ashworth’s Cardiff golf shoes are some of the most comfortable, durable and good looking spikeless golf shoes you can buy. They also have pretty good traction — just ask four-time PGA Tour winner Justin Rose. The Cardiff’s nine different colorways offer classic looks that are appropriate for the office or the course. Three of those models are constructed from a lightweight, mesh material that’s perfect for the next warm-weather golf vacation. The Cardiffs come with a two-year waterproof warranty, making them a foolproof holiday gift at $120. FIND THEM AT: ashworthgolf.com
Cleveland 588 RTX CB Satin Chrome Wedges ($120): Cleveland’s 588 RTX Wedges combine the classic design of the 588 wedge with laser-milled Tour Zip Grooves grooves that are 16 percent larger than previous models and feature a directionally milled face pattern that Cleveland calls “Rotex” for maximum spin around the greens. We recommend the slightly more playable CB model in a Satin finish, which is available in even lofts 48 through 60 for righties and lefties. FIND THEM AT: tgw.com
If you’re looking for a more unique wedge idea, check out Cleveland’s My Custom Wedge where you can create a totally custom design. If you choose the RTG model, Cleveland will even let you specifiy one of their four custom grinds for a $30 upcharge.
GolfSense ($130): GolfSense uses small, lightweight motion sensors to measure a golfer’s swing plane, clubhead speed, tempo, hand speed, swing length, hip rotation and wrist release. To use it, all a golfer has to do is slip the unit over the clasp of their glove, calibrate it and swing. GolfSense then transmits the swing data via Bluetooth to a free application available for download for all Android and iOS devices. At $130, GolfSense is cheaper than the price of some 1-hour lessons. It won’t replace a teaching professional, but it will deepen a golfer’s understanding of his or her swing. Special: Through November 30, save 20 percent by using the code GWRX25 at checkout. FIND IT AT: golfsense.com
Ecco Biom Hybrid Golf Shoe ($190): Ecco’s “Street Premiere” spikeless golf shoe started the sans-spikes golf shoe revolution when Fred Couples sported a pair sans-socks at the 2010 Masters. Fast-forward two years and Ecco’s spikeless golf shoes have been worn by countless players on Tour, including Matt Kuchar who wore Ecco’s latest version, the Biom Hybrid, during his win at The Players Championship in 2012. The Bioms are make of breathable Yak leather, making them comfortable with or without socks. FIND THEM AT: tgw.com
Adidas Golf Climaproof Storm Superfast Jacket ($220): Adidas’ Golf Climaproof Storm Superfast Jacket has waterproof protection that lasts up to the pressure and submersion of 20,000 mm. That means this breathable, waterproof jacket will keep a golfer dry in even the worst wet-weather conditions. It has fully sealed seams and two front pockets with waterproof zippers, yet it’s extremely flexible thanks to four-way stretch inserts. It’s comes with a three-year waterproof warranty and is available in white, black and aquatic. FIND IT AT: taylormadegolf.com
Big-Ticket Items ($329 and up):
Cobra ZL Encore Driver ($399): Although the Cobra ZL Encore Driver was released in 2012, it will stay in the company’s 2013 lineup thanks to its solid performance and popularity with tour players like Ian Poulter and Jonas Blixt. The driver was originally released in white and black, but it was also released in red this fall. It’s carbon-fiber construction makes it a low-spinning, high-launching canon. It also adjusts to three different face angles — square, open and closed — that will help golfers fine tune their ball flight. The ZL Encore is available in 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 lofts for right-handed golfers (9.5 and 10.5 only for lefties) and comes stock with a Fujikura Motore F1 or F3 shaft (Lite, Regular, Stiff and X-Stiff Flexes). FIND IT IN RED. FIND IT IN WHITE. FIND IT IN BLACK.
Club Glove Last Bag XL ($329): The Club Glove XL is the most popular travel bag in professional golf. It fits golf bags up to 10.5 inches and accommodates drivers as long as 47 inches. The Last Bag XL also has extra thick foam padding on the top of the bag, as well as internal security straps to keep golf clubs damage free. It’s water resistant, lightweight for its size (12 lbs.) and features high-quality handles and wheels that make toting it around less of a chore. It’s available in 17 different color options and comes with Club Glove’s lifetime warranty against manufacturers defects and workmanship during normal travel usage. If you’re buying a gift for a golfer who likes to travel, this is the one. FIND IT AT: tgw.com
2013 Ping Anser Forged Irons ($1449 and up): Ping’s Anser Forged irons are the result of the company’s quest to make the ultimate iron. Not only are the Anser Forged irons stunning to look at, they’re packed with technology that makes them much more forgiving than their compact shape indicates. The long irons are designed to launch high and fly straight, while the short irons offer a penetrating trajectory that helps with distance control. They’re the priciest item on this list, but golfers will be looking long and hard before they find a more highly engineered set of forged cavity backs. FIND THEM AT: tgw.com
TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons ($799 — 4-AW w/steel shafts): TaylorMade RocketBladez are the iron adaptation of the company’s popular lineup of woods from last year, RocketBallz. Thanks to a “Speed Slot” in the sole, RocketBladez are more forgiving than previous TaylorMade irons, especially on thin shots. RocketBladez offer faster ball speeds and a higher trajectory than previous TaylorMade irons, which means more distance and a softer landing on the greens. They’re not forged, which gives them a louder sound at impact than some golf equipment purists prefer. But if a golfer wants to hit his or her irons higher, further and straighter these clubs will do that for them. FIND THEM AT: tgw.com