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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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  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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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros

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Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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SPOTTED: Srixon Z-785 driver, Z-U85 utility irons

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We recently spotted new Srixon Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons, which are likely future replacements for Srixon’s Z-765 driver and Z-U65 utility irons. Srixon is staying hush on the tech details at the moment but did allow us to take photos of the new equipment.

Released in 2016, the Z-765 driver was a smaller-profile, lower-launching counterpart offering to the Z-565 driver, so it could be possible that there is also a Z-585 driver, counter to the Z-785 driver that we spotted. Also, it appears the Z-U85 utility irons come in at least 5 different lofts: 2-6 irons.

See more photos below, and check out discussion on the Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons.

Srixon Z-785

See more photos and discussion about the driver

Srixon Z-U85

 

See more photos and discussion about the irons

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Brooks Koepka’s Winning Outfit: 2018 U.S. Open

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Brooks Koepka played like he dressed on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills for the final round of the U.S. Open; his outfit was athletic, well put together, boring with a bit of flash (those shoes!!), and most importantly, it got the job done.

See the golf clubs and shafts Brooks used to win.

A great representative of the new age of golf, Koepka has the frame of a baseball player, and he’s not afraid to accentuate it with tight-fitting polos and an athletic look. For Sunday, he chose a white-on-gray-on-gray look that was understated, but clean — just like his scorecard. He really made the Nike Golf Tour Premiere PE shoes, with hits of electric orange, the star. Check out the details on his full outfit below.

Brooks Koepka’s Winning Outfit

  • Hat: Nike AeroBill Classic99
  • Shirt: Nike Zonal Cooling polo
  • Belt: Nike Stretch Woven
  • Pants: Nike Flex
  • Shoes: Nike Golf Tour Premiere PE
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