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2018 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

This year, we’re doing something a little different with the guide. Instead of having one writers contribute to the guide, we have three distinct voices to share their opinions.

Brian Knudson: Equipment Expert, Podcast Host

The RJCP Wedge Anvil Pro: $299

I love to stamp wedges. This anvil is machined from aluminum, can handle right or left handed heads, and has magnets to lock the wedge in place. This anvil also lets you more safely stamp parts of the wedge, like the sole!

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Champ 3 Bulk Hotmelt Gun: $700

If you aren’t weighting your woods and some hybrids with hotmelt, then Santa is bringing you nothing but coal! The Champ 3 is the hotmelt gun that is on every tour truck out there each week. It will last forever and offers precise amounts to dial in the swingweight of most woods and hybrids. Add some bulk hotmelt and a 3″ nozzle to complete the kit and you are ready to go!

Buy here. 

Vessel Custom Deluxe Staff Bag: $650

I love having golf stuff that is unique and a custom golf bag is right up my alley. I wanted mine to promote a certain podcast that I am a big fan of, cough…..Two Guys Talking Golf…cough. They offer the ability to get a golf bag in just about any color you could want and I can even spice it up with my name or a logo!

Buy here. 

Club Conex Uni-Fit: $300 (5 head, 10 shaft adapters)

I try out WAY too many clubs and shafts each year and it is a pain pulling shafts and OEM adaptors. Club Conex Uni-Fit system would allow me to use a single adaptor every shaft, but also allowing it to work with any head! And the best part is the Uni-Fit system still provides all the adjustment of loft and lie the OEM adaptor has! Perfect for gearheads like me who head to the range with multiple shafts and heads.

Buy here. 

BB&F Ferrules: $40

Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co. make some really beautiful custom ferrules to match any style. If you want to add a little flair to your next iron build you have to check out the color combinations they have available. And with clever names like “Tealy Dan,” “Grimace,” and “Turrible Ferrule,” it makes them that much more desirable. If I don’t find 2 sets of “Sante Fe” ferrules in my stocking I will be pretty sad.

Buy here. 

Ben Alberstadt: Editor-in-chief

TecTecTec ULT-X laser rangefinder: $249.99

TecTecTec’s most advanced model to-date, the ULT-X, continues the company’s trend of affordable rangefinders. Distance measurement within 1/2 yard up to 600 yards (and within one yard up to 1,000 yards), vibration when locking onto the flag, the ULT-X has everything you want in a rangefinder for a great price.

Buy here. 

Big Max DRI LITE G: $199

A water-resistant full-size stand bag that belies its capacity with a weight of less than 4 ½ lbs. A 14-way divider separates the 9” top giving plenty of room for a full set of clubs.  Just a great all-around stand bag, and if you buy one this holiday season, Big Max will throw in an Aqua U.V. umbrella.

Buy here. 

ECCO Men’s GOLF LUX: $300

A deviation from the sneaker-style shoes that are omnipresent on tour these days. High-quality leather upper and lining with a micro perforated interior for breathability. Proprietary Fluidform technology, and plenty of bells and whistles, yes, but just look at these things.

Buy here. 

Sugarloaf Social Club/Mackenzie No. 4 Sunday Bag: $698

SSC + Mackenzie + Pinehurst yields this superb handcrafted golf bag. A singular Mack bag that dovetails perfectly with a historic golf spot.

Buy here. 

Rocket Tour Headcovers: $39 – 43

Hand-crafted and finished personally by founder Helena Stanton in Boulder, CO., Rocket Tour headcovers offer the classic knit-style design that’s been popular for decades. The hybrid cover (pictured) is particularly cool.

Buy here. 

Johnny Wunder: Director of Original Content

Bushnell Hybrid rangefinder: $399

The industry standard, Bushnell’s new Hybrid uses both laser and GPS for optimum precision.

Buy here.

Set of Artisan Golf wedges: Price varies

We’ve covered Artisan’s wares extensively, so you should be familiar with Mike Taylor and company’s work. A set of wedges from the Texas-based company is like fine jewelry for the golfer on your list.

Buy here. 

True Knit x Linksoul shoes: $148

Limited edition kicks from True Linkswear in collaboration with Linksoul, these knit shoes are designed to be worn on course or off.

Buy here. 

Malbon Golf Shinnecock Dancing Buckets Headcover: $135

Malbon’s 2018 U.S. Open-inspired headcovers are a riff on the traditional Malbon logo –and things of beauty.

Buy here. 

FlightScope Mevo: $499

 

Five words. Portable. Personal. Affordable. Launch monitor. See our review here for more info.

Buy here. 

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. TONEY P

    Dec 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Over priced junk.

  2. Evan

    Dec 1, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Those bags better come with iron covers, a club cleaner, cigar holder and a stroke counter for those prices. ????

  3. Tiger Noods

    Nov 29, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Portable
    Personal
    Affordable
    Launch Monitor

    Four words? That’s about all you need to know about this list.

    No offence to the Mevo; it kicks arse.

  4. shawn

    Nov 29, 2018 at 12:43 am

    …. Holly Sonders…. ??!!!! (priceless)

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Brian Harman, Patton Kizzire Winning WITBs: 2018 QBE Shootout

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Brian Harman

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Concept Series X-flex

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 661 S-flex

5-wood: Titliest 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 757 S-flex

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (46, 50, 53, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider OS CB

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (2017)

Patton Kizzire

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder TR 757 X-flex

3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 95 X-flex

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core X-flex

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), Titleist 718 CB (5-6), Titleist 718 MB (7-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Golo Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2017)

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Bettinardi signs Eddie Pepperell

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Eddie Pepperell is a singular quantity in to world of golf, so it’s not surprising that the Englishman has taken a unique route to becoming a Bettinardi staffer.

20 months ago, the two-time European Tour winner walked into Core Golf in Thame, Oxfordshire, and bought four putters, including a Bettinardi Studio Stock No. 8.

Pepperell, who jumped from No. 513 to No. 38 in the OWGR since putting the Bettinardi in play in April 2017, won’t have to pay for his putters any more. He joins the likes Francesco Molinari, Haotong Li, and Matt Kuchar as a Bettinardi staffer, the company announced the today.

“I’ve tried a number of putters and time and again, it’s the one model I keep coming back to.” said Eddie. “Positively I won’t have to buy a Bettinardi putter again, but having bought four putters from Core Golf I’m just hoping I haven’t put them of business as a result!” he added.

It was after Pepperell’s British Masters triumph in October that negotiations to bring him on board began in earnest.

“Once Eddie stayed ahead of a strong field at the British Masters to win his second Tour title of the year with a Bettinardi putter, we decided to reopen negotiations and we’re delighted with the outcome. It means that we now have another top 50 player in the world playing Bettinardi putters…” said Executive Vice President, Sam Bettinardi.

Here are the specs for his Studio Stock No. 8, courtesy of Bettinardi, which also provided the photos below of Pepperell’s putter (pre rust).

Material: Mild Carbon Steel
Finish: Mercury Gray PVD Finish
Face Milling: F.I.T. Face
Weight: 358 grams
Length: 33.25”
Lie: 71 degrees
Loft: 3 degrees

A more recent (and rusted shot) below of Pepperell’s putter at The Open.

 

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Miura offers fully assembled custom club e-commerce service

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Miura Golf has announced that the company now offers fully assembled custom clubs direct to consumers through its website.

The new e-commerce platform was launched over Thanksgiving weekend, and it allows golfers to build an entire set of clubs custom to their preference. Golfers can choose from 10 different types of irons and custom make their club by choosing between different head, shaft and grip options. As well as the irons, Miura also provides golfers with the opportunity to custom make their driving irons, wedges and putter.

For Miura’s premium club, the MC-501 Chrome (4-iron-PW), customers have the choice between eight different heads, 13 shafts, and 14 grips.

Speaking on the new service, Miura Golf President Hoyt McGarity stated

“We are committed to introducing more golfers to the pure pleasure of hitting a Miura club. With miuragolf.com’s new e-commerce capability, it has never been easier for golfers to have such direct access to Miura products.”

Lawrence Place, CFO, spoke to the target consumer for the fully assembled custom club offerings

“Miuragolf.com is primarily for someone who already knows his/her specs or doesn’t have easy access to an authorized dealer. Our eCommerce offering is not intended to replace a full fitting at an authorized dealer, as we still believe that this is the best way to fit into a set of Miura’s.”

While long-time Miura enthusiasts may be wondering why the company chose this route now, it seems the answer is simple economics: demand.

On that subject, Will Miele, North America Sales Manager, said

“At this point, we wanted to be able to fulfill the demand for consumers who did not have an option to order full built sets of Miura products. So this phase one release gives golfers, who have their specs, the opportunity to go online and place a custom order. We highly recommend golfers seek out Miura dealers in their area through our dealer locator on our website and get properly fit.

“As we develop our website we will be adding features that will help consumers who cannot get to a local dealer a way to narrow down their options for better performance.”

The most expensive custom made iron options begin at $1,960, while the most affordable options start at $1,350. The custom clubs are available now at MiuraGolf.com.

 

 

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