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2019 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide



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.

Just like last year, instead of having one writer contribute to the guide, we have several WRX staffers offering their opinions.

Brian Knudson: Equipment Expert, Podcast Host

Flightscope X3 Launch Monitor: $15,000

Utilizing Fusion tracking, combining radar and image data, you get the most accurate ball flight information that Flightscope can produce. The new X3 can even compensate for altitude, temperature, as well as many other factors so you can practice anywhere and still get comparable data to dial in your game.

Buy here.

Precision Pro NX9 HD Slope: $289

With a redesigned LCD screen and faster measurements, Precision Pro’s latest rangefinder gets even better. The NX9 HD Slope also has a Magnetic Grip so you can attach it to the metal roof support, making it fast and easy to grab for shooting a distance. Add in a wider, brighter LCD screen and lifetime battery replacement, the NX9 HD Slope is one of the best values around.

Buy here.

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Golf: $31,500

Can you find a cooler scorecard? The answer is no, not even close. French watchmaker Hublot created the Big Bang UNICO Golf to not only tell accurate time with its self-winding automatic movement but also allow you to keep score on the course. Made of carbon fiber and boasting 358 parts, this unique watch can keep track of what hole you are on, you shot count on that hole, and also your total score for the round. This 41 mm engineering marvel contains an MHUB1580 caliber, UNICO manufacture self-winding movement with 72 hrs of power reserve and a strap made from white calf-skin and rubber.

Buy here.

Galvin Green ARCHIE Jacket: $700

None of us want to play in the rain, but if we have to it would be nice to have an amazing rain jacket. Hard to argue that Galvin Green makes some of the best rain gear you can wear. The ARCHIE jacket has a GORE-TEX membrane to keep the elements out and still let the jacket breathe. The shoulders are reinforced with extremely durable TECHSTEEL fabric that easily handles the abrasion when carrying a golf bag.

Buy here.

Ryan Barath: Digital Content Creation Lead

Golfers Journal Subscription: Starting at $75

This quarterly golf magazine was created by the same people that created the Surfers Journal. This reader-driven periodical is filled with in-depth stories and detailed photography that dives into the true heart of the game.

Buy here.

True Linkswear Knits: $129

Knits are the perfect shoes for everything from running around town to walking down fairways. Lightweight and extremely breathable, they go well with shorts, pants and skorts, but most importantly, they are beyond comfortable. Available in both men’s and women’s sizing.

Buy here.

Dormie Workshop Headcover: Starting at $100


For the golfer that doesn’t need any more gear but loves to customize, a Dormie Workshop cover is just the ticket. From simple designs, to intricate leatherwork, Dormie Workshop has a huge selection of options for any golfer including completely custom options.

Buy here.

2UNDR Underwear: Starting at $25

These are the men’s underwear that dreams are made of. Comfortable waistband, light moisture-wicking material, and a conveniently placed patented “Joey Pouch” to offer just the right amount of support – if you know what we mean. The official underwear of Rickie Fowler is the perfect gift for the male golfer that wants comfort in that uncomfortable region.

Buy here.

Johnny Wunder: Director of Original Content

Fujikura Ventus Black: $350

An absolute spin killer that caught steam on tour at the end of the summer with players like Dustin Johnson and Jimmy Walker putting it in play immediately. This handle and tip stiff profile is ideal for those looking for a mid-launch/low-spin/easy-to-swing shaft.

Buy here.

Best Grips MicroPerf: $155 (set of 8)

Born from a collaboration with a notable Italian sports car brand, the MicroPerf Leather Golf Grip Best Grips’ finest offering. The company perforates the same leather used in the Classic Leather Golf Grip to increase the surface area.

Buy here.

PlaneMate by Tour Striker: $162.99

The Tour Striker PlaneMate is the first product of its kind that provides the feeling of a professional takeaway and transition. By adopting the sense of resisting the tension band early in the backswing you’ll train your body to take the club back properly. Then, by relaxing your arms and wrists when the tension starts to build, the club will shallow onto a powerful plane inspiring a body rotation for an inside-out strike.

Buy here.

Artisan Wedges: $300+ per wedge

Wanna have your wedges made by the same man who makes Tiger’s amongst many others? Artisan is the Texas-based grindhouse lead by legendary club maker Mike Davis. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Buy here.

Rob Miller, Podcast Host

The Ugly Visor from Imperial: $35


The Tour Visor™ from Imperial is the original high-profile visor worn by golf professionals for decades. Made in the USA. Often imitated, but never duplicated. Three Ugly Sweater Styles priced at $35 each: The Oh Deer, The Bah Humbug and our favorite, It’s Lit. It’s a beaut, Clark.

Buy here.

William Murray Chip Shot Pullover: $105

It’s quarter zip SZN! (C’mon you know you love it). What better QZ out there than the William Murray Chip Shot Pullover. Silhouette of Bill Murray tossing aside his club? Sign me up.

Buy here.

Lagavulin Offerman Edition, Aged 11 Years: $99 (varies)

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish and you feed yourself. He’s a grown man, fishing’s not that hard.” – Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation

The same applies to this Offerman Edition Whisky. Maybe just buy it for yourself.

Buy here.

FootJoy Flex Shoes: $89.99

Yes, it’s winter in most areas and these won’t technically be needed a while, but these are perhaps the perfect shoes for the casual, walking golfer. Perfect for just jumping out of the car and hitting the range, as well as the course. They’re so damn comfortable, they should make a non-golf version. (PS: There is a new Flex XP as well for $20 more)

Buy here.

Michael Williams: Director of Travel Content, Podcast Host

Michter’s 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon: $700

Michter’s, considered by many to be the best bourbon distillery in America, has a rich and long legacy of offering traditional American whiskeys of uncompromising quality. Just in time for the holidays, Michters has approved a new release of their 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon, a bottle about as rare and coveted as tee times at Pine Valley. Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020 recently named the 2018 release of Michter’s 20 Year Bourbon as the winner of its 16-20 year old bourbon category. It’s sure to produce the best 19th hole you ever had.

The proof of the 2019 release is 114.2, and the suggested U.S. retail price for a 750ml bottle is $700.

Buy here.

Royal Albartross: $450

Royal Albartross is a premium golf and lifestyle brand specializing in shoes and accessories, its products handmade by master craftsmen in the heart of the shoe-making regions in both Italy and Portugal. What sets Royal Albartross apart is its selection of superior materials and component combinations. The Squire (shown) is the flagship shoe.

Buy here.

Lee Wybranski Art: Varies

Lee Wybranski is one of the premier artists working in golf today. He has been commissioned to create drawings and paintings for many of the finest clubs and organizations in the game. In addition, Lee works annually for the governing bodies of the game creating classic, collectible work that are an integral part of the game’s major championships. Posters of the 2020 majors start at $30.

Buy here.

TRS Ballistic Luggage: $699

Brought to you by the people who created Club Glove, TRS Ballistic combines durability and style seamlessly to create luggage that has become the standard on the Tour…and with flight crews, too. The interlocking bags allow you to tote a month’s worth of gear with one hand. And each piece comes with a 5-year “No Questions Asked” guarantee. TRS Ballistic is not cheap, but it will likely be the last luggage you ever buy. The Check-in is shown.

Buy here.

Ben Alberstadt: Editor-in-Chief

SuperStroke Traxion Claw grip: $29.99

SuperStroke’s Traxion line is the latest incarnation of the game-changing grips. The pistol-style top section and three flat sides of the lower portion of the grip are precisely sculpted for the claw grip. If you’re struggling with your putting, go oversized + claw. Try this grip!

Buy here.

Ecco Men’s S-Lite: $160

Inspired by sprinters flats, Ecco S-Lite are the brand’s lightest leather golf shoe to date. S-Liteblends cutting-edge engineering and comfort to ensure an ultra-light on and off-course experience. Lightweight Ecco rich two-tone Yak leather uppers lined with a soft textile provides natural water repellent and breathable properties. E-DTS outsole.

Buy here.

Hook+Gaff golf watch: $375

The Hook+Gaff Golf watch offers a durable build and classic look on and off the course and is built with features specifically with golfers in mind. Swiss Super-Luminova illumination technology lights the watch hands and hour markers; no additional battery is needed to charge the Super-Luminova — it gains power from light, both natural sunlight and artificial indoor light. The signature left-side crown placement helps keep your wrist more comfortable as you swing. 40 interchangeable strap options.

Buy here.

Bushnell Hybrid rangefinder: $399

The industry standard, Bushnell’s Hybrid uses both laser and GPS for optimum precision and features a fully integrated display.

Buy here.

Titleist Pro V1/Pro V1x: $44/dozen (holiday special)

You already know the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x, so this isn’t a discussion of the industry-leading golf balls. Rather it’s a cordial notice that Pro V1, Pro V1x, and AVX golf balls are all $44 per dozen through December 31 (that’s $8 off the usual retail price).

Buy here.

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  1. Brendan

    Dec 11, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    What an obnoxiously elitist and out of touch article. Even a rangefinder should be considered a pretty extravagant gift, and it’s pretty much an afterthought with the proposed spending being advocated here. What a joke. This has seriously given me a very poor view of GolfWRX. To be honest, this should be taken down asap and replaced with an apology.

    • Scott

      Dec 17, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      you are 100% right.
      Let’s grow the game by telling everyone that should buy $700 bourbon for their golfing loved ones.

      Total BS

  2. Guia

    Dec 6, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    I am waiting for the watch to go on sale! I just refuse to pay over $25,000 for a golf watch.

  3. Barrett

    Dec 6, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    What a terrible list. Who’s paying you guys to recommend this stuff?

  4. J13

    Dec 5, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Must be nice to be Knudson and have $100k christmas list meanwhile the peasants fight each other over a Mevo. I also heard your part owner in the Lions? Explains all the extra cash for these toys as you certainly don’t spend it on players. #havevshavenots #flyeaglesfly #wreathonfire

  5. Gerald Teigrob

    Dec 5, 2019 at 3:34 am

    I didn’t see anything that caught my eye. I’m always looking for a bargain so upgrading at least one set of my Bio Cell irons is something I need to do. Whether it ends up being the F6 irons or the F8 irons remains to be seen. Much of these clubs and other paraphernalia fit into my sorry, not interested category. When I see something I need, I will let you know. We aren’t being harsh here…just realistic!

  6. Randy Wall

    Dec 4, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I like that the podcast hosts were left to define “wishlist” for themselves. Even new clubs are too much for some of us. I’ve had things like a Tesla Sportster on my dream list, and now it would be the Garmin G80 that has a launch monitor built in. I get more real ideas from listening to the regular podcasts. I’ve bought a couple of wedges from Redbird/Jeffmont, and will be going back when I can afford new irons. And I did get a subscription to The Scoring Method for my 2019 Christmas gift. It’s been 15 months since I heard the podcast with Will Robins. Some of us wait until we feel that getting things isn’t a foolish decision. Eventually, maybe I will get a Tesla, a Rolex Oyster perpetual, and share a sip of the premium bourbon with Michael Williams.

  7. Sean

    Dec 3, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Hey Knudson you forgot a SF90 Ferrari and a yacht. I’m kidding but they sure let you have it for having a cool wishlist.

  8. Senor Ballbagus

    Dec 3, 2019 at 10:23 am

    ‘Gift ideas to suit any budget’…the budget of a top 10 pga tour player maybe. Poor.????

  9. Will

    Nov 30, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Wow! Tough crowd! I think that’s why they called it a “wish” list instead of a shopping list…

    • Scott

      Dec 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      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

      the “any budget” comment is the harshness.

      $25 underwear for all!!!

  10. theweekday

    Nov 29, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    is this a joke??? A Hublot watch???? lol great list

  11. Square

    Nov 29, 2019 at 5:57 am

    2 things I can afford, nice work.

  12. joselo

    Nov 28, 2019 at 10:18 am

    700 for that archie jacket, lol

    • E

      Nov 29, 2019 at 9:34 am

      I had to look that number over twice. Maybe its a typo supposed to say $70. That or it falls under the “A fool and his money will soon part ways” category.
      It doesnt matter how much money one has, $700 for a jacket is just obscene.
      I got a buddy thats a big real estate developer, i saw his tax returns a few years back. $20millon he TOOK HOME that year. Drives around in a car thats worth about 2-3x the cost of that jacket….

      • Calvin

        Dec 2, 2019 at 2:51 pm

        That’s top of the line rain gear. So if you’re not going to play in a torrential rain, you don’t need to buy that jacket anyways. Really good rain gear is known to be expensive, and is really an investment, since it should last you years and years. Not sure why there is so much shock and surprise at how expensive it is.

  13. Prema

    Nov 28, 2019 at 8:23 am

    I think whomever put this list together is extremely out of touch with us Regular Joe golfers. Pretty sad really.

  14. Zipper

    Nov 27, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I’m not sure you guys are tuned in the “normal” folks on this site. I was hoping this would be a real, useable list to pass on to my wife and kids. Sadly, it missed the mark by thousands of dollars. Way to perpetrate the idea that golf is for rich folks.

  15. martin

    Nov 27, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    A $700.00 jacket ouch. Those new drill bits are looking quite nice now.

  16. Dan

    Nov 27, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    No way to even find a bottle of that whisky. Put a unicorn on this list, you’ll have a better chance at finding it.

  17. Dave

    Nov 27, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Wife: What would you like for Christmas?

    Me: There’s a really nice watch for a hair over $30,000 that would be cool.

    Wife: Get out!!

    • David Brown

      Nov 27, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      You open with the watch, then settle for the bargain gift, the $15k launch monitor. Clearly I should have gone into podcasting if these are the things Knudson is asking for or gifting this year. WTF.

      • Brian Knudson

        Dec 2, 2019 at 1:10 pm

        What would you like my budget to be next year?

        • Dan Zimmerman

          Dec 14, 2019 at 3:49 pm

          $100 or $200 MAX… OR 20 gifts for the avid golfer under $150. Seriously, one of the seasonal deals on a rangefinder or custom wedge should be the pricey outlier on your list.

        • Scott

          Dec 17, 2019 at 12:34 pm

          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

          the “any budget” comment is the harshness.

          $25 underwear for all!!!

    • Chris

      Dec 4, 2019 at 11:35 am

      I could go to the hospital for 5 days and not have to pay that much!

  18. cu2morrow

    Nov 27, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    mmmmm whiskey

  19. Rich Douglas

    Nov 27, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    For the golfer who has everything and knows nothing….

  20. mg

    Nov 27, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    HAHAHAHA PLEASE TELL ME HOW I CAN GET ARTISAN WEDGES!! Anyone realize how long the wait list is for Artisan?

    • Thomas

      Nov 29, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      Hey, at least Mike Davis has joined MT. He’ll help it move a little faster.

  21. Howie

    Nov 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

    You might correct the description concerning the TRS Ballistic guarantee– this 5-year “no questions asked” guarantee isn’t included but rather must be purchased at an additional- and substantial- cost. In addition, if the product issue results in the product being replaced, the “no questions asked” guarantee is then terminated.

  22. dat

    Nov 27, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Another year, another list of things no one wants or can reasonably say is close to realistic outside of a few clothing items.

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TG2: Brooks and Peter Kostis rip Patrick Reed



Brooks Koepka and Peter Kostis both talk about Patrick Reed and his cheating allegations. Brooks was on SiriusXM and Kostis on No Laying Up don’t hold back their feelings on cheating. Kostis also has some PGA Tour beef, saying that they don’t care about the television broadcast.

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Watch for players lofting up at altitude at the WGC-Mexico Championship



This week, at the PGA Tour’s WGC-Mexico Championship, we are going to watch some of the best and longest players on the planet play what will effectively be one of the shortest courses on tour.

Now, 7,341 yards is by no means a cakewalk, and there are shorter courses from a pure yardage perspective played on tour—Harbour Town, as an example, only plays at 7,099 yards from the very back. The difference is Harbour Town is played at sea level while Club de Golf Chapultepec is at over 7,500 feet of elevation, and when you factor in the altitude difference between the two courses, they play very differently—more on the math in a moment.

The altitude will also factor in how some players will be setting up their equipment and we could see some adjustments. The most obvious is lofting up the driver or fairways woods to increase carry, which is something Tiger Woods specifically mentioned last year.

The biggest misconception when talking about playing golf at altitude is that the ball doesn’t spin the same in thinner air and players “loft up” to maintain spin. Let’s get into the physics to bust this “spinning less” myth and simplify the science behind playing at altitude,

The golf ball is an inanimate object, and it has no idea it’s at altitude; the air will not have an impact on how much the ball will actually spin. Yes, increasing loft should, by almost every imaginable measure, increase spin but the air it travels through will not change the spin rate.

However, playing at altitude has an effect, Let’s break down what happens

  • Thinner air exerts less drag force (resistance/friction) on the ball. The ball moves more easily through this less dense air and won’t decelerate as quickly as it flies. But note that the faster an object moves the more drag force will occur
  • Less resistance also means that it is harder to shape shots. So you when you see Shot Tracer, the pros are going to be hitting it even straighter (this makes Tiger’s fairway bunker shot last year even more unbelievable)
  • Less force = less lift, the ball will fly lower and on a flatter trajectory

Time for some math from Steve Aoyama, a Principal Scientist at Titleist Golf Ball R&D (full piece here: The Effect of Altitude on Golf Ball Performance)

“You can calculate the distance gain you will experience (compared to sea level) by multiplying the elevation (in feet) by .00116. For example, if you’re playing in Reno, at 1 mile elevation (5,280 ft.) the increase is about 6% (5,280 x .00116 = 6.1248). If you normally drive the ball 250 yards at sea level, you will likely drive it 265 yards in Reno.”

Not every player will be making changes to their bag, and some will instead focus on the types of shots they are hitting instead. When speaking to Adam Scott earlier this week, I was able to ask if he planned on making any changes heading into Mexico the week after his win at the Genesis Invitational.

“It’s very rare for me to make club changes week-to-week beyond playing in the Open Championship and adding a longer iron. The one thing I focus on when playing at altitude is avoiding partial shots where I’m trying to reduce the spin because as spin goes down the ball doesn’t want to stay in the air. I’ve experienced partial shots with longer clubs that end up 25 yards short, and because of that I want to hit as many full shots as possible”

With Club de Golf Chapultepec sitting just over 7,800 feet above sea level, we’re looking at 9.048 or an increase of just over 9 percent. That makes this 7,341-yard course play 6,677 yards (+/- where the tees are placed).


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The Gear Dive: Urban Golf Performance owner Mac Todd



In this episode of The Gear Dive brought to you by Fujikura, Johnny chats again with his old pal Mac Todd Owner and Operator of Urban Golf Performance in Los Angeles. They cover the growth of the business, what the new Club member experience may look like and much much more.

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