‘Tis the season to treat the golfer in your life (or even yourself) to some of golf’s hottest new gear. So without further ado, here are some our our favorite finds of the year, shipped directly from the North Pole:
FOR UNDER THE TREE
Slotline SKM 600 Series Putter – $179
One word: Wow. These putters not only look gorgeous, they play gorgeously, too. With this new line of putters, Slotline Golf loads the bases and knocks it out of the park. These putters boast a thick, supple feel with a heavier head and a mid-size grip for excellent overall performance and control. Click here for the PutterZone.com review.
Sumi-G Head Cover – $28 to $38
We call the Sumi-G head cover the iPod of head covers, as it is a triumph of form as well as function. You can literally snap this thing onto your driver (or other woods) in one second flat, leaving your mates in a state of shock and awe as they struggle with jamming their own pedestrian covers onto their clubs. Once on the club, the Sumi-G head cover provides supreme hard shell protection.
Adidas TOUR360 4.0 Golf Shoes – $179
There’s only one drawback to the new TOUR360 4.0 shoes by Adidas—they’re so freakin’ gorgeous, it’s almost painful to muck them up for the first time. But dirty them you must, and it’s worth it, because these shoes set the standard in comfort, quality and performance as well as style.
Club Glove Last Bag – $289
We got our first look at the Club Glove line at the PGA Fall Expo in Las Vegas earlier this year, and we were impressed with the construction of their travel bags. According to the company, the Last Bag “is manufactured in the USA and constructed from Invista Cordura, which is three times stronger than similar nylon fabrics. Additional, best-in-class materials include YKK zippers and ITW Nexus buckles.” We’re not sure what all that means, but it sounds like it means serious business—which is exactly what you want when trying to protect your sticks from the vagaries of travel.
SeeMore Player’s Towel – $15
Made by the SeeMore Putter Company, this large, attractive towel is the kind of towel the tour players (ahem, we mean, their caddies) use. With this towel, you’ll never be without a clean, dry spot to buff your putter, wipe your hands or scrape mud off your wedge. You can buy the towel at the SeeMore web site.
The Stack and Tilt Swing – $20 on Amazon
The controversial swing method now has a book, and we like it. Without getting into a lot of detail here, the Stack and Tilt method keeps your body centered and your weight over the ball for consistently pure contact. Yes, this method has lost some of its PGA Tour proponents, but it can work
wonders for the average duffer. Also, the photos and corresponding explanations in this book are top notch.
For the stocking stuffer category, we suggest the following three items from the PutterZone.com Pro Shop in partnership with OpenSky. And for a limited time, you can get $15 your order of just $20 (!) or more. Just click here to visit the promotion page and choose PUTTERZONE as your referring shopkeeper.
The DivPro is the Leatherman of golf tools. It repairs divots, it marks your ball, props up your grip from the wet grass and even holds a cigar. This handy little tool won’t fix your swing, but it will do just about everything else.
Golfdotz are a perennial stocking stuffer here at PutterZone.com. These durable golf ball tattoos enable you to mark your ball in style, from aliens to flames to kittens, not to mention the new “Sabbatini dragon” created for PGA Tour professional Rory Sabbatini.
Puttle makes putting practice fun for the entire family. Puttle artfully combines the concept of bowling with the art of putting, employing three miniature wooden pins and a point system that rewards accuracy, both in terms of direction and distance.