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It’s here! The 2013 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide

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There are two things all golfers say.

  1. “I should have gone lower.”
  2. “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

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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4 Comments

  1. Jessica

    Nov 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Hey guys! I emailed the people at Zepp.com, and they fixed the code so it should work now 🙂

    They replied: Thank you for bringing this matter to us. We have fixed the issue and the discount code should work now.

  2. Tom McCarthy

    Nov 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    What? No book reviews?

    Give some love to ‘The Complete Hogan’ by Jim McLean and Tom McCarthy!

  3. Carlos Rosario

    Nov 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Can’t use the code with GolfSense either.

  4. Robert Christenson

    Nov 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Anyone able to successfully use the discount code for the GolfSense item?

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Grayson Murry WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge (1/16/18).

Driver: Ping G400 MAX (9.0 Degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD TP-7TX

5 Wood: Ping G400 (17.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue CK 80TX

Irons: Srixon Z U75 (3 and 4 iron), Srixon Z945 (5-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Cleveland Rotex 2.0 (52, 56 and 60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Putter: Odyssey Works Versa Tank #1
Grip: SuperStroke 2.0 XL

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Murry’s clubs.

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Bushnell’s new Hybrid rangefinder features both laser and GPS technology

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With PGA Merchandise Show week upon us, the releases are coming fast and furious. This extends to the rangefinder space, where Bushnell debuts its new Hybrid model. The Hybrid combines both laser and GPS technologies (hence the name).

The Hybrid displays lasered distances to the flagstick, then relies on GPS for front-and back-of-the-green yardages.

“Hybrid provides golfers more information than ever before. The two technologies ‘talk’ so that the golfer sees the front and back distances of the green in relation to the pin that is targeted with unmatched accuracy by the laser,” said John DeCastro, Bushnell Golf Product Lane Director. “

The Hybrid also features Dual Power Technology to support the multi-function rangefinder. A CR2 battery powers the laser, and a USB rechargeable lithium ion battery powers the GPS.

Additional features

• PinSeeker w/ JOLT Technology
• Accurate to 1 yard
• 5X Magnification
• Ranges 400 yards to a Flag
• Fast Focus System
• Stable-Grip Technology
• Tournament Legal

GPS features

• Exterior Front/Center/Back Readouts
• Up to 4 hazard distances per hole
• Bluetooth for auto course updates
• Auto course recognition
• Auto hole advance

The Hybrid will be available at Bushnell Golf retailers nationwide beginning in April. Retail price is $399.99.

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5 things you need to know about Titleist’s new Vokey SM7 wedges

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We first spotted Titleist’s new Vokey SM7 wedges on Tour all the way back in October, and many of the big name Titleist staffers have already made the switch (Titleist reports that over 100 Tour pros are currently using the SM7 wedges). For many pros actually, they switched so long ago that it’s now a distant memory.

That being said, since October, the public has been in the dark about technology, the new designs, the new “D-grind,” release dates and pricing. The wait is over, as Titleist has finally announced the launch of its new SM7 wedges.

Read below for the 5 major things you need to know about Titleist’s new SM7 wedges, and see what GolfWRX members are saying about them in our forums.

The CG shift continues

A 46-degree F grind: SM6 (left) vs. SM7

With its Bob-Vokey-designed SM6 wedges, Titleist introduced a progressive center of gravity (CG) design throughout the set, which was visible by the curvature on the back cavity of the wedges. That meant in the lower-lofted wedges, CG was lower in the club head to increase ball speed and produce a more iron-like ball flight, while the CG in the higher-lofted wedges was placed higher in the club head in order to increase spin and lower ball flight, providing greater control around the greens. These CG locations were also meant to be placed in the area that golfers struck at impact — a bit lower on the club head in the lower lofts, and higher on the higher lofts — for a better feel.

Titleist says it didn’t go far enough with the CG shift, however. So with the new SM7 wedges, CG is even higher in the high-lofted wedges, and even lower in the low-lofted wedges. That will mean more spin with the sand and lob wedges compared to the SM6 wedges, and more ball speed with the pitching and gap wedges.

More spin… in some

With the new SM7 wedges, Titleist is reporting up to a 100 rpm increase in spin due to tighter tolerances with its Spin Milled machining process… but only with the plated wedges (Tour Chrome and Brushed Steel), as opposed to the Jet Black raw wedge. The new black finish has gotten even blacker with black paint fills and graphics, but the grooves in the black wedges do not utilize the spin-increasing, groove-cutting process.

Like Vokey wedges of the past, a proprietary heat treatment is applied to each of the wedges to increase durability and spin throughout the lifetime of the wedge.

The new D-grind

Along with the familiar F, S, M, K and L grinds, Titleist has a new D-grind in its SM7 line. Titleist says the “D” relates to the nomenclature of the “TVD” grinds of the past. More specifically, Titleist says this grind is a mix between the grinds of its previous TVD-M wedge and the SM4 58-12 wedge.

The D-grind has a high measured bounce, but also has a crescent-shaped grind to offer the player greater versatility (open-faced shots, different shots around the green, etc.). Think of the D-grind as a hybrid between the high-bounce K grind and the versatile M Grind — you get the benefits of higher bounce, with the versatility of a crescent-shaped sole.

Titleist says the D-grind was modeled after the most popular custom grind that Aaron Dill (Titleist’s PGA Tour rep and wedge maker) would grind for his Tour players each week. Now, it’s a stock option for the consumer in the 58 and 60 degree options.

Fitting expansion

What’s the point of having a bunch of grinds and bounce options if you don’t get fit, or at least try them out first before you buy?

Titleist has long stressed the importance of fitting for the serious golfer, and it says the short game is an area that can see rapid improvement in a short time. As such, the company is expanding fitting availabilities for consumers as part of the SM7 wedge launch.

In 2018, Titleist’s Vokey Scoring Kit — which includes 13 different wedges with different grinds and a shag bag full of Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls — will be available at over 1400 facilities. The company will also be running over 5,000 events, with access to a trained Titleist fitter, so golfers can get dialed in with the correct wedges. Lookout for events and “Titleist Thursdays” near you to get fit for Vokey SM7 wedges.

Pros are switching in droves

Titleist staffers Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson, Brian Harman and Andrew “Beef” Johnston have already switched into the SM7 wedges. If you want to know what specific wedges they each switched into, with thoughts from Aarol Dill about why each of them switched, click here.

Also Patton Kizzire recently won the 2018 Sony Open using three SM7 wedges. Click here for his specs.

Release Date and Pricing

Titleist’s new SM7 wedges, available in three different finishes and in 23 different loft-grind-bounce options, will hit stores on March 9, selling for $149 each. They can also be customized for specs and personalization on the Vokey website.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the wedges in our forums

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