It’s a lame cliché, I know, but Christmas seems to come around quicker and quicker these days, doesn’t it? And birthdays (certainly my own one, anyway). Whatever the occasion, gift ideas are unquestionably one of life’s greatest challenges.
After all, when it comes to your nearest and dearest, you want to help make their day, and getting them a present you know they are going to love is as rewarding for you as it is for the recipient.
The good news is that, if this lucky man, woman, boy or girl you are shopping for is a golf enthusiast, then you’re in luck. We’ve been keeping our ear to the ground and our eye on the ball – as we always do – and concocted a list of 15 chart-toppers in the world of golfing gifts.
So whether you love this person enough to throw a few hundred dollars at their special day, or are looking to keep the budget down to 20 bucks, we’ve got you covered.
Unique Golf Gifts
Lindt Golf Balls
‘Tis the the season of chocolate! Isn’t it? Maybe that’s just me and my sweet tooth then. But if my Mrs were to combine two of the greatest things in my world en masse – Lindt Chocolate and golf balls – into a gift this Christmas, I’d be a happy hubby.
I’m not a qualified food connoisseur, so may be out of my realm here. All I can say is that these taste fantastic, and it’s a pretty safe bet as a gift for pretty much anyone. My only regret by the time I got through the box was that there wasn’t another boxful to keep gorging on!
Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible
I was always one for the Bob Rotella playbook when it came to fixing my putting woes. Even though it’s been around for ages, I only stumbled across Dave's Bible recently, but I have to say I am hugely impressed. He brings a very scientific approach with this book, with a lot of specific focus on wedge play.
However, there’s no jargon, it’s all easy to understand and his writing style makes it a thoroughly enjoyable read. What I love about the book is the variety of techniques and approaches he covers, and this really is relevant to anyone and everyone – regardless of handicap. Personally my biggest problems are with the flatblade, and he doesn’t cover as much ground on this particular aspect as I would like.
But with regard to scoring shots, so much of what he says rings true, and is practical and applicable for the next time you head to the range or practice green.
Callaway Executive Gift Set
Here’s a nice affordable and easy winner for a present. The Executive Gift Set from Callaway has a bit of everything: tees, balls, ball marker (poker chip), mug, valuables pouch and more.
Probably the niftiest of the lot is the Pro-Line alignment tool for putting, which we actually found to be sneaky effective. For under 30 bucks, we have to say this all represents good value.
As ever, Callaway put a good deal of thought into it, and everything in this gift set is put together with quality and care. And hey, it looks pretty classy too, which never hurt anyone.
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
Growing up, there were always three eternal certainties in my life: Cheese on toast for breakfast, being late for school, and the fact that golf’s signature PGA Tour computer game would be Tiger Woods-branded. So seeing Rory on the front cover is like putting jam on my toast (or being on time for something) – a big shock to the system.
It’s been on the market since 2015, and after a few initial teething issues (and lack of features) and subsequent updates, this game is now the real deal. It has an abundance of the world’s premier courses to choose from, any number of pros to play against, and whether you’re playing on the Xbox Version or Playstation Version, the graphics are world class.
There are a number of modes to choose from and the mechanics of the game are spot on.
Perhaps it lacks the content of previous PGA Tour editions, but this is still a very enjoyable way to keep yourself busy, and for that price, it’s a great gift for any friend, spouse or child.
Rukket Pop-Up SKEE-GOLF Chipping Target
As chipping target nets and receptacles go, the Rukket Pop-Up undoubtedly our favourite. You can take it anywhere: outdoors, indoors, the office – and it all folds up nicely into a nylon carry bag that’s as light as a feather.
There are three targets to choose from, thus giving you a bit of variety when taking on your buddies in a chipping competition. We tested it on a windy day too, and it held up just fine. A trusted source also tells us that, even after a couple of years of being weathered by the elements, it still stands rigid and hasn’t suffered any significant wear and tear.
This is a sure-fire way to help your loved one improve their short game. And in the season of giving, that’s about as good a gift that you could give to any golfer!
Digital Golf Scorer
Some golfing gadgets can be a bit ‘boys and their toys’, but the Brookstone Digital Golf Scorer has no such gender bias.
Certainly the days of sharpening a pencil, and frantically trying to scribble down numbers on a scorecard while the rain teems down seem numbered, and digital scorers are going to be the future. This particular model is probably somewhere between middle and top of the range, and was a bit fiddly when we were first playing with it. But that was literally just a few minutes of confusion.
It’s smooth sailing after that, while other features like the clock, temperature display and robust casing mean it all amounts to a solid device. Something like this just needs to do what it says on the tin, and this one gets an uptick from us in that regard.
Titleist Canopy Umbrella
With the winter months now firmly upon us, every golfer needs to be aptly geared up. The first line of defence against the elements is undoubtedly a decent umbrella, and the Titleist Canopy fits the bill.
The double canopy makes it pretty much impenetrable, even when the heavens open to the max. It also has massive width, and is made out of tough stuff. True, it isn’t the cheapest in the game, but it will last you for years.
I suppose the only downside of buying this for your hubby (or wife) is that rain won’t prevent them from playing anymore, meaning you’ll see a lot less of them!
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Rukket Haack Golf Net
Have you got the space? Have you got the patience to listen to your loved one(s) smash golf balls all day in the backyard?
If so, the Rukket Haack should be your first port of call. Haack, who lends his name to the product, says: “This is the last net you’ll ever need.” Given the lifetime warranty on this thing, you’ve got to be inclined to believe him.
For us, it felt like a challenge. Let’s try break this net! Despite smashing over 50 balls at it – as hard as we humanly could – this puppy just deadpanned all of them, and each ball gently rolled back to us at a pathetically anticlimactic pace.
Unlike the Titanic, this really is unsinkable. Importantly, it’s light, compact and easy to set up too, and at 70 square feet, there’s plenty of surface area to gobble up even the most wayward shank or snap hook. This one gets a huge thumbs’ up from us. Buy it as a gift now, then thank us later.
Callaway Hyper-Lite Stand Bag
What’s the key selling point of the Hyper-Lite stand bag? Undoubtedly price.
Callaway have come in here with something very competitive, and at Christmas time, when the wallet tends to be a bit stretched, that’s a handy bonus. Don’t worry, you get good bang for your buck here too. It’s sturdier than previous Hyper-Lite editions, and although it’s slightly heavier, it’s more durable too.
The Xtra Traction Technology makes a noticeable difference in terms of balance, and it has plenty of pockets and storage. All round, it’ just a simple, uncomplicated product that will serve faithfully for years to come. That’s all you, or in this case, your loved one, can ask for in a bag at this price.
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Blast Golf Swing Analyzer
Hold your breath and wait for it… the Blast Golf Swing Analyzer is accurate to within ONE-TENTH of a degree!
It’s almost over the top, it’s that good. But if your golfing nut partner (or friend) has a passion for analysis and stats, then they’ll have a field day with the glut of metrics on offer here. Between the V-Zone and the HWB view, there isn’t a part of the swing you can’t zero in on – with the 3D swing-path features providing the perfect platform to study it all.
It’s pretty straightforward to handle and navigate too, given all that’s going on. Yes, it is a pricey little gadget, but it’s also a guaranteed ticket into the good books. Hard to argue with that, really.
Clicgear 3.5+ Push Cart
Clicgear are pioneers in the push-cart game, and although the 3.5+ has been around for a few years, it still stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best of them. Obviously the big draw card here is the extraordinarily streamlined design – she pretty much drives herself.
The aluminium frame is cutting edge, and makes it extremely light. Importantly, it assembles and folds away in the most compact manner imaginable. But while the hallmarks of the 3.5+ lie in its design, features and performance, perhaps the most important box of all that it ticks is balance.
You’d expect something so light to topple over on side slopes, but the low centre of gravity and high-quality rubber wheels ensure that this thing can handle pretty much anything.
GoPro Hero 4 Session
The Hero 4 Session is the ultimate proof that you don’t need to go searching at the very top of the range to get quality and good value for money.
As GoPros go, this is no more than moderately priced, and it’s a significant upgrade on the Hero 3. It’s wonderfully compact and light, and is so easy to operate – it’s just one button, which takes care of powering it up and capturing photo or video.
Built-in wifi and Bluetooth mean that you don’t have to think too much about anything, and playback is made really easy too with the HiLight tag to mark specific frames. It’s solid, waterproof, and, for GoPro newbies, this can go a long way to enhancing both golf and other sports activities and adventures.
Club Glove Travel Golf Bag
With the holidays on their way, the person you’re spoiling may well be headed to sunnier pastures to play some golf.
But if they’re hopping on a plane, they could do worse than to have a decent travel bag to protect their clubs, and the Club Glove model is the ideal choice. The burst-proof construction, coupled with the layer of ballistic nylon at the base, provide market-leading protection, while the split-top zipper and 2-inch webbing round off an excellent bag.
This bag is tough as old boots, and competitively priced. So really, the question isn’t whether to get one. The question is what colour to get it in!
To find out more about the Club Glove Burst Proof along with the Best Golf Travel Bags currently available click here.
Bushnell Z6 Jolt Golf Rangefinder
If it’s a distant cousin you’re shopping for, or perhaps an acquaintance, then you’ll want to give this one a wide berth at 300 bucks.
However, if you’ve got a lot of love for the person lucky enough to get this as a gift, and are willing to dig deep, then this will absolutely make their day. As rangefinders go, you aren’t going to find a more compact, better-looking device than this. But it gets better.
This one is right at the summit of our accuracy charts, weighs just 0.5 lbs, has a clear (and speedy) display, excellent magnification, and then, of course, the famous ‘jolt’ once the target’s locked in. The Z6 Jolt really is the ultimate shot saver – can you really put a price on that?
To find out more about the Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt click here.
Garmin Approach S6 Watch
It’s another of the more expensive pieces of golfing merchandise, but the Garmin Approach S6 Watch is a beauty, we can assure you.
It’s mapped over 40,000 golf courses around the globe, with a second-to-none series of hole maps, aerial views and a touchscreen that allows you to pinpoint distances to anywhere on the course. It also has great features such as ‘SwingStrength’ and ‘TempoTraining’. The seamless interaction between the watch and Garmin Connect platform – the latter of which provides you a plethora of scoring and stats analysis – is also mightily impressive.
And it’s sleek, lightweight and very snazzy too. Got to be happy with that!
To find out more about the Garmin Approach S6 Watch along with the Best Golf GPS Watches currently available click here.