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2020 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide: Golf gifts for the Value Seeker

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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.

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re presenting our guide as a series this year, targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to improve,” “the clothes horse,” and “the big spender.” (Editor’s note: remaining installments to publish tomorrow and Wednesday)

You know the value seeker by his/her eschewing of anything that will put a significant dent into the wallet while still getting the most from their game, this includes equipment, practice tools, or anything else you might find filling out a golf bag – maybe even the golf bag itself.

Here are our best recommendations for “the value seeker” in your life.

Tour Edge Hot Launch series clubs

Tour Edge and its Hot Launch line of clubs are one of the undisputed leaders when it comes to offering game improvement technology and value to golfers of all skill levels. The newest Hot Launch 521 Series, which includes the Hot Launch E521 and Hot Launch C521 line, can be broken up into two categories to help players quickly identify which clubs they should most consider, and it goes from drivers all the way down to wedges.

The Hot Launch E Series offers high-MOI, extreme game improvement designs with a singular focus on delivering easy-to-launch performance, which is built around correcting the most common miss in golf: the dreaded slice.

The Hot Launch C Series is designed for golfers who desire classicly shaped clubs that offer optimal launch and spin rates, while still getting all the benefits of easy to hit, forgiving clubs built around maximizing MOI.

Buy here.

Snell golf balls: $28.99 (when you buy 5 dozen)

The premium golf ball market if full of high-end competition from major OEMs, and in the direct to consumer market, there is value to be had at the cost of performance, but with Snell golf balls, you get the best of both worlds.

Founder Dean Snell has been in the golf ball business for over 25 years, and with Snell Golf, you can skip the middle man and go directly to the source—and save money. Beyond just saving money on one dozen, the more you buy, the more you save. When you buy 5 dozen (hopefully that’s at least a season’s worth for most golfers on your list), it breaks down to only $28.99 a box!

Buy now. 

Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft Premier putters: $129

Golfers love milled putters, and Cleveland Golf’s Huntington Beach Soft Premier line proves that you can get a milled putter packed with technology for under $150.

The Huntington Beach Soft Premier line is all about enhancing the looks and feel of the putter while continuing to offer familiar shapes and proven technology. The grey satin finish reduces glare and offers a premium look—without a premium price.

Buy here. 

GoSports Golf Practice Net: $79.99

Practicing your golf game shouldn’t just be a nice weather activity, and whether it’s winter or summer unless you are a member at a club or have already purchased a membership at a local range, buckets of golf balls can really add up.

Buy here. 

Golf Avenue/GolfWRX trade-in program

Golf Avenue is one of the largest online shops for used clubs, and there is no better value when it comes to gear than buying used. They also offer a huge selection of new closeout priced bags, shoes, and accessories to help outfit any golfer with the essentials.

GolfWRX offers readers a 10 percent trade-in bonus on every trade, and further, you’ll earn a 25 percent trade-in bonus?when you complete any purchase thru December 31, 2020! What could be better for a value seeker.

Buy here.

Imperial hat: >$30

The Imperial brand is over 100 years old, but they never rest on their laurels and are constantly working on new designs and partnering with others to create unique collections. From dogs to donuts they have fun graphics and styles to find the perfect fit for any golfer on your list. You can get what amounts to a premium, custom hat at a reasonable price.

Buy here. 

Linksoul Gaiter Gift Box: $65

When it comes to premium face coverings that are stylish to boot, Linksoul’s offerings are first in class. And with the average price of a quality poly/cotton-blend gater running in the $20-25 range, take advance of the opportunity to snag four for $65.

Buy here.

Caddy Tek CaddyLite V3 3-wheel push cart: $176

There is no better way to enjoy a round of golf than walking the course, and with the Caddy Tek CaddyLite V3 you can do that in style and at a great price. It’s compact and comes with an umbrella holder along with an undercarriage cooler bag to keep your clubs and accessories at your fingertips as you stroll the course in style.

Buy here.

Gogogo ProGS24 Laser Rangefinder: $90

Nobody wants to be the “What yardage did you get?” golfer in your group, and with the Gogogo laser range finder, you won’t have to be! It can measure larger objects up to 650 yards, but also has a “flagpole locking function” to help get you locked onto the pin inside of 150 yards, along with 6X magnification for ease of use. For less than $100, it’s hard to find a better value and more highly rated (4.5 stars on Amazon.com) laser range finder!

Buy here. 

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  1. mharr

    Nov 23, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Snell Golf has Black Friday special today through Cyber-Monday! MTB-X and MTB Black areas extra 10% off, $25.99/dozen for 5-dozen package.

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Farmers Insurance Open Tour Truck Report: Details on Adam Scott’s AutoFlex experiment, Jon Rahm’s new putter (and shoes)

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Adam Scott was spotted testing an AutoFlex SF505XX shaft in his Titleist TSi4 (9 degrees). In early testing, Scott was looking at numbers to the tune of 182 mph, 11 degrees launch, and 2,200 rpm. Scott has been near the top in driving leaders all year, and this switch may be a new way in to optimizing that even more. The AutoFlex shafts are unique in their profile—in simple terms, they are light/stiff, AND whippy. Yes, that’s correct. Word is the shaft will most likely go into play this week.

Charles Howell III tested (and will put in play most likely next week) a set of Mitsubishi Chemical MMT 125 TX shafts. Howell was looking for a bit tighter dispersion with his irons, especially on mis-hits, and found that the MMT gave him that plus a bit more launch with his long irons. Howell would be the third player to make the switch to the MMT 125 TX following Rickie Fowler and Davis Love III. CH3 will have the MMT in his Titleist T100 4-iron this week.

Jimmy Walker went in the opposite direction of Adam Scott going into a Ventus Black 10 X is his TSi3 (8 degrees). It’s a beast of a stick at 43.5 inches, which to Walker felt more comfortable with his new swing.

Max Homa added a Titleist TSi2 7-wood to the arsenal with a Graphite Design Tour AD XC 9 TX shaft.

Wedges with Aaron Dill

Adam Scott switching from 60-14K to 60-12D the change was inspired by Adam needing more forward bounce to control trajectory. True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100 shaft.

Sung Jae Im is changing from 52-08F, 56-08M, 60-04L setup to a 52-08F, 58-04L because of length of golf course. Im wanted to add an extra club to the top part of the bag. Both are set up with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts.

TaylorMade

Matthew Wolff was testing new putters with Keith Sbarboro on Tuesday afternoon. Not 100 percent if the Spider Chalk will get replaced, but he was testing a TP Model with a long neck that was pretty cool looking.

Callaway

Patrick Rodgers put the new New Epic Speed Max LS driver at 46 inches with a Fujikura Speeder TR 757 TX shaft in the bag. The new setup gave Rodgers 4 mph increase in ball speed.

Jon Rahm put Callaway’s new Odyssey 2-Ball “10” with a red Stroke Lab shaft in play this week. It’s quite a monumental occurrence as the putter was the final holdout from his TaylorMade days. And peep the Air Jordan 11’s!!

Ping

Louis Oosthuizen put a BGT Stability Tour shaft in his Vault 2.0 Voss Platinum putter.

Old news, but Bubba showed up with these again. Seems to be something he’s committed to.

Another long hitter (although non-staff), JB Holmes put the Ping G425LST in play (9 degrees, Small -) with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6X.

Free Agents

Newly minted free agent Lucas Glover showed up to the Farmers with a bag full of PXG Gear. The bag included a mixed set of PXG Gen3 T (4, 5, 6) and ST irons (7-p) with Nippon Pro Modus3 120 X shafts. Glover has a Srixon Z785 driver in the bag with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X shaft. In the woods department: Titleist TSi2 3-wood with a Fujikura Atmos Blue 8 X shaft and a PXG 7-wood with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X shaft. In addition to a PXG putter, Glover has Vokey wedges: SM7 52-12F, 56-14F, SM5 60-08M.

Jason day is making his 2021 debut this week at Torrey with a new Chris Como swing (#workinprogress), and a brand new mixed bag.

Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @8.5)
Shaft: TPT 14 LO 5

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

Irons: Mizuno MP20 HMB (3,4) Mizuno JPX 921 Tour (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7

Wedges: Artisan Prototype (50, 54, 60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

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Most interesting photos from Tuesday at the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open

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If you haven’t already had the chance to dive into the more than 10 galleries of pictures we have from the Farmers Insurance Open being held once again at Torrey Pines, be sure to check them out here in the GolfWRX Tour & Pre-release Equipment forum.

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But if you are looking to get the Cliff’s Notes version of what we have seen at the event so far—like a high school kid prepping for a book report—here are the top things we’ve spotted.

Bubba using iron covers

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As a lifetime Ping staffer, I don’t think Bubba is worried about the resale value of his irons, but these iron covers from Ping Japan are still a fun way to keep them clean and organized.

Harold Varner III’s custom Jordan “elephant print” bag

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Being a Jordan ambassador has some perks, and for HV III that means his own custom elephant print bag, which also features the name of Jordan’s personal course Grove XXIII (23) on it. I hope that means Harold gets his pick of tee times.

Blast from the past “YES” putter spotted

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It’s been a long time since YES! Golf was a major player in the putter world, but we did manage to spot this Mollie model being used by Troy Merrit.

Jhonattan Vegas wearing True Linkswear

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Jhonattan has been a long-time Nike staffer, and it’s a bit of a surprise to see him wearing anything but the “swoosh.” Judging by his golf bag along with his outfit, Mr. Vegas is a complete free agent, so following him week to week could be interesting.

Charl Schwartzel with Bettinardi wedge in the bag

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Former Masters champ Charl Schwartzel is a notorious tinkerer to the point that he once drilled holes in his own irons to reduce their head weight. Although they are more well know for their putters, Bettinardi has been producing some amazing wedges and it looks like one has ended up in Charl’s bag.

Billy Horschel’s Florida Gators bag

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Just in case you didn’t know where he went to school, Billy Horschel is making it very clear with his new Florida Gators bag.

Hunter Mahan’s swing is still pure

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Although he has struggled in recent years, you wouldn’t know it by his golf swing—Hunter Mahan’s got game and some serious flow out the back of his hat!

Adam Scott with AutoFlex

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Although less well known outside of the main shaft companies AutoFlex has been making headlines thanks to some in-depth reviews, especially from the team at TXG: Testing Autoflex golf shafts. Adam has gone through a number of shafts recently including a Ventus Red from Fujikura, so it will be interesting to see how this works out.

Jason Dufner with Odyssey Jailbird

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Jason must have a love for the classics. He refuses to give up his Titleist 915F 7-wood, and this week he was spotted using an Odyssey Jailbird Versa which was released all the way back in 2014.

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2021 Virtual PGA Show: Things we loved, Day 2

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As promised, we’re checking out all the digital booths at the 2021 Virtual PGA Show for items of intrigue and note, and we’ve found no shortage of interesting items.

Check out a few of our favorites from the second day of browsing below—and you can find our first-day favorites here.

(More on the 2021 Virtual PGA Show here)

Winston Collection: Dancing Head Covers

We know custom headcovers abound, but Winston Collection’s Dancing Head Covers hit the right notes.

Product description: Our American Leather Dancing Head Covers continue to grow in popularity. In addition to the standard Dancing Series we have added Dancing Murals to our options. These covers are unique and very appealing to most golfers. Available with too many customization choices to list.

Website: www.winstoncollection.com

WellPutt: BigTilt

It’s a home putting green that you can adjust. Enough said. The Pro Max version includes laser aiming and a training program. 

Product description: “The BigTilt is a tilting platform controlled by a tablet device, tiltable from 0% to -5% left – right / right – left. It allows you to reproduce real game situations in order to train effectively.”

Website: https://wellputt.com/big-tilt

Precision Pro: GPS Golf Speaker

MySlope technology, a clear display, compact size, and app integration make Precision Pro’s GPS Speaker one of our favorites. 

Product description: “Premium audio quality and revolutionary golf technology powered by the free Precision Pro Golf App. Precision Pro Golf has created the game’s most innovative GPS Golf Speaker. Listen to the audio readout of GPS distances or take a quick glance at the screen.This is the only GPS Golf Speaker with a crystal-clear display that allows golfers to easily see their distance to the front, middle, and back of the green.”

Website: www.precisionprogolf.com

JumboMax: St8 Tech Non-Tapered Grip

Non-tapered grips aren’t a new technology, but JumboMax’s oversized take on the concept caught our attention. 

Product description: The JumboMax STR8 Tech™ Non-Tapered Grip. Combines legendary JumboMax game-improvement with a non-tapered profile to maximize lower hand feel and face angle awareness. Decreases grip tension. Developed with input and real-world testing by some of the world’s best instructors and tour professionals.

Website: www.jumbomax.com

Boston Scott Golf: Dandelion Four Button Polo

We like the creative patterns and modern spins on classic styles. 

Product description: Tapered fit design (relief in the armpit of the shirt with a slight taper to the waist area and tailored fit at belt line for the perfect fit and ability to stay tucked). 92% Polyester / 8% Spandex Blend. Four button placket (placket and collar support). Sublimation design pattern. Moisture wicking with UPF 50 protection.

Website: www.bostonscottgolf.com

Winners Award Group: Championship Belt Trophy

Move over, all other trophies. If you have a hand in organizing your club championship, lobby the committee to upgrade what it awards the winner. 

Product description: Our Championship Belt Trophy for Golf is one of the most popular selling trophies in the golf industry. Now you can use this amazing trophy for all of your big events. In addition to being able to wear it for photo opportunities these heavy die struck belts can be shown in your home or office in these beautiful display cases.

Website: www.winnersawardgroup.com

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