‘Tis the season to give the gift of golf to your friends and family…and to yourself. So whether you’ve been naughty or nice, we’ve rummaged around Santa’s workshop to share some of our favorite golf gear for the 2011 holiday season:
iPING Putter App & Cradle – $30 (Stocking Stuffer!)
The free iPING Putter App for the iPhone and iPod Touch is simply revolutionary, bringing high-tech personal putting analysis to the masses. This nifty app measures your stroke path, face angle and tempo. Along the way, it can tell you what you’re doing right—or wrong—and help you find a putter that fits your stroke. The only catch is that you need to purchase a $30 cradle to hold your device, but that’s a small price to pay for access to this app. Stick the cradle (and an iPod Touch if necessary) in the stocking of your favorite golfer and you’ll forever be known as Santa Claus.
Cleveland Classic Belly Putter – $129
Want to try a belly putter without breaking the bank? Well, here’s your ticket—the new $129 Cleveland Classic belly putter, available in lengths of 39, 41, 43 and 45 inches. Most belly putters cost well north of $150, so this is just another instance of the Cleveland Classic line hitting the sweet spot of quality and value. It won’t fit into a stocking, but it looks great under a tree.
SCOR Golf Wedges – Starting at $149
The traditional off-the-rack wedge is dead, at least according to SCOR Golf. Indeed, this wedge specialist offers a stunning array of fitting options for your scoring clubs, including shaft type and flex, as well as length, lie and grip size. Lofts can be dialed into one-degree increments from 41 to 61 degrees, and the clubs accordingly feature progressive weighting and design. In other words, you can easily build your own custom wedge set to become a true sniper around the green. These innovative wedges begin at $149, and a set of three will set you back $399. But when you consider all of the custom options that come with it (not to mention the fact that a single driver can cost $399), you might call it a deal.
Invisibrush Towel by Rule Golf – $20 (Stocking Stuffer!)
It’s a towel. It’s a brush…It’s the Invisibrush! That’s right, boys and girls, this ingenious invention may look like a regular golf towel at first glance, but it is more than that. It features a soft microfiber material and a coarse scrubber backing. In other words, you can rub the grit out of your grooves on one side, and then clean up the rest of your club on the other. A perfect stocking stuffer.
Antigua Desert Dry Xtra-Lite Golf Shirt – $55
Hey, it’s not going to stay cold forever. Soon enough, the sun will be out and you’ll want to look sharp and stay comfortable as you march up the fairway—and the Antigua Xtra-Lite Desert Dry golf shirt will help you do just that. These shirts are designed to wick away moisture and minimize garment friction. As such, they perform well when worn over a turtleneck or other long-sleeve shirts on cooler days. Better yet, the Spring 2012 collection will lift you out of your winter gloom with “shades of cool wedgewood, bright berry, electric keylime, sharp melon, rich azalea and a wash of turquoise.”
Bettinardi NFL Headcover – $75 (stocking stuffer!)
Are you ready for some football? How about some golf, too? Now you can fly your favorite team’s colors around the putting green with Bettinardi Golf’s new NFL putter covers (they also have select MLB teams). Yes, other team covers exist, but these ones are a cut above the rest, boasting the patented slip-on cover design developed by famed putter designer Robert Bettinardi. The embroidery and overall feel of these covers is top notch. They are pricey, but hey, isn’t Christmas is the perfect excuse to splurge?
Putter Perfection – $12.99 (Stocking Stuffer!)
Tired of being on the hamster wheel of buying the hottest new putter, only to be disappointed by the results? Do as the professionals do—get properly fit for better results on the green. Putter Perfection (written by PutterZone.com editor Sean Weir) walks you through the do-it-yourself essentials of putter fitting, so that you can begin to maximize your putting potential. The New York Times says this book “goes through everything you need to know.” ‘Nuff said.
Amazon Kindle Touch – $99
Lugging your instructional library to the range or practice green is terribly inconvenient—unless that library is packed into a svelte Amazon Kindle Touch that can easily be tucked into your golf bag. Now when you need to remind yourself of your favorite drills and swing points, you can just grab your Kindle and find them in a snap. The glare-free screen is readable even in direct sunlight, and the ability to mark pages and make annotations is ideal for navigating your instructional titles for quick reference.