Everyone knows someone who golfs. And fortunately for us, buying gifts for the golfer is easy. Stop by any golf shop and you'll find an avalanche of stuff to choose from. But when that person on your list is more deserving of something more than naked lady tees and joke exploding balls, check out the gear below.
Velocity Stand Bag
The Velocity stand bag from Ogio is perfect for those cart-free days when you don't want to lug a heavy bag from green to green. Weighing in at under 4-lbs., it has 8 pockets for all your stuff, and comes with their O-Shox suspension strap system to evenly distribute the weight across your entire back, not just that one unlucky shoulder. Available in six colors.
Adams a7 Hybrid Wedges
You know those crappy approach shots you've been known to hit? Thing of the past. Rated "The Number One Hybrids on Tour," the Adams Idea Pro a7 are made for the mid-handicapper, and with their rear-weighted design they deliver increased carry distance, and most importantly, extra forgiveness.
Golf Pride Engraved Grips
They're used by more than 80% of PGA Tour players, and now you can have your Golf Pride grips personalized with custom laser engraving
on the most popular Golf Pride models, including the Tour Velvet®, the DD2®, the New Decade MultiCompound®, and the Tour Wrap®. You may not swing like a pro, but at least you can grip up like one.
Starting at $61.99
TaylorMade TR3 Speed Stick
Pros hit those crushing drives and crisp irons because they have incredible swing speed and tempo. The TaylorMade TR3 Speed Stick is a training tool that measures your swing speed and gives you instant feedback for game-enhancements while improving strength, swing plane and that all-important tempo.
All I really need to say about the Method putter from Nike is that it's the one Tiger gave up his beloved and trusty putter he'd been using since his amateur days for. (Which he swore he'd never do.) And that says a lot about this groundbreaking putter with the revolutionary polymetal groove technology that creates a faster forward roll after impact (while other putters create backspin), for dramatically increased accuracy and consistency. And who couldn't use that around the greens? Available in five models.
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Bushnell Pro 1600 Laser Rangefinder
The rangefinder tour pros use to range distances, the Pro 1600 is offered in both a Slope and Tournament Edition. Both models work without a locating reflector device and can start obtaining accurate distances to any object from five to 1,600 yards right out of the box, with no downloads necessary. And with an accuracy of within +/- one yard, you'll never make the wrong club selection.
Tournament Edition - $399
Slope Edition - $499
Nike All Weather Gear
Most people think of golf as a fair-weather, spring and summer game. Those people aren't golfers. True golfers will go out in just about any weather to get their fix. That's why Nike has developed gear to keep these die-hards warm and dry:
The Storm-FIT N-Destrukt jacket and rain pants (top left), are built for maximum durability with top-of-the-line features including breathable laminate technology that completely blocks wind and rain, no sew bonding technology coupled with highly abrasion-resistant insets, and 4-way stretch fabric providing the ultimate in on-course playability.
The Tiger Woods Collection Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip Pullover is a soft, warm cover-up made of 100% cotton that's designed (unlike a lot of other golf wear), to look good both on and off the course.
The Zoom Bando is the most advanced shoe designed to combat wet weather on the course. It features a zipper shroud closure that keeps water out and laces dry, while the unique mid-cut height (think more NBA than PGA), blocks water from entering at the ankle line for the ultimate in weatherproof protection.
Storm-FIT N-Destrukt jacket- $400
Tiger Woods Collection Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip Pullover - $95
Zoom Bando shoe - $176
OptiShot Golf Simulator
If you can't get out to the course, have the course come to you. And with the OptiShot Golf Simulator (full post
) those courses include some of the most desirable in the world. Just connect the plug-n-play interface with your Windows computer, grab a club (one of your real clubs, not some plastic toy) and swing away. Infrared sensors record your club head speed, face angle and swing path, giving you and up to three buddies a true-to-life course experience. For less than you'd pay for a few rounds at a real course.
Loudmouth Golf Pants
Golf is famous for loud pants. But I bet the inventors of the game never imagined they'd get this loud. LoudMouth are the guys who supply John Daly with the retina-searing pants he's been wearing around tour, and you can get their insane designs in shorts or longs... and even in sport coats if you're willing to shell out $325 just to offend the vision of anyone within a 3 block radius.
Pants - $95
Shorts - $75
Sport coats - $325
Scheyden Precision Eyewear
If you're a serious golfer looking to fend off the sun's rays as you try to read the breaks in the greens, you need more than the usual sunglasses. Scheyden sunglasses are ideal for all outdoor activities and give you the ability to adapt effortlessly in changing light conditions. Their distortion-free lenses also include a scratch resistant finish and optional polarization.
From $259 - $309
Throwback Head Covers
With all the tigers, chickens, dogs and other assorted characters protecting our clubs from harm these days, maybe it's time we get to a simpler time. AB Golf Designs new eco-friendly Throwback collection is a classic striped knit stocking with pom-pom tops that are available in a variety of color combinations and sizes for woods, hybrids and putters. Although the fabric looks and feels like wool, the Throwback collection is made from polyester fibers crafted from recycled plastic bottles. So you can go green on the green.
From $259 - $309
SQ MACHSPEED Black Driver
When Teddy Roosevelt said "Walk softly and carry a big stick," I'm pretty sure this is the stick he was talking about. Available with a round or square 460cc head, the SQ MACHSPEED Black features a sleek profile to ensure that the air moves quickly and cleanly over the club head with each swing, generating faster club head speed by reducing drag. And that results in crushing drives. It also features their STR8-Fit technology, allowing you to adjust to eight face angle options, for greater forgiveness and shot shaping. You'll love the grip-it-and-rip-it power.
A good caddie gives you the lay of the course and yardage, so you can plot your club selection and approach. The SkyCaddie SGX, golf’s next generation rangefinder, does that with a large 3” easy-to-read, transflective LCD screen that provides brilliant color images of up to 30,000 pre-loaded, ground-verified maps, even in the brightest sunlight. And their "proprietary TruePoint Precision Positioning Technology in a high performance GPS engine with ultra-fast satellite acquisition for unmatched accuracy and reliability." Meaning it'll tell you exactly where you are on the course, and exactly how far you are from the pin. There goes your excuse for misjudging distance and pulling the wrong club.
Revolver Plus Cart Bag
Bag Boy's newest cart bag in the their Revolver series features their patented 360 degree revolving top design for easy access to each club, and their Clip-Lok technology with 14 individual full-length sleeves that hold them firmly in place, keeping clubs and shafts from banging together. And to hold all your gear, the Revolver Plus comes equipped with 11 compartments including a large cooler pocket, a fleece-lined valuables pocket, a divot repair tool pocket and two mesh side pockets for additional storage. I guess you can take it with you.
Quagmire Color Changing Shirts
Can't decide what color shirt to wear to the course? Let your shirt decide. Designed to blow your mind, these crazy, state-of-the-art polos have fabrics and screen prints that change color in the heat (they'll start changing at 68 degrees), or in direct sunlight, depending on the style. And after a long 18 holes, you can wash and dry them just like the rest of your clothes. Your boring, non-color-changing clothes.