Due to a microchip shortage that plagued the seat heaters on Santa’s Sleigh, it might be difficult to count on Big Guy to do all of the heavy lifting for your Christmas list this season.
This is why I am here to help you. Unfortunately, my expertise is limited to golf gifts. But if you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift to give that special golfer in your life, you’ve come to the right place.
After much thought, I have found the nine best golf gift ideas for Christmas and the holidays.
1. Garmin Approach Z82 rangefinder
Nothing I have written about golf this year has elicited more comments from readers, friends and fellow golfers than the Garmin Approach Z82 rangefinder test.
Simply put, it is one of the best golf technology on the market. The Z82 is a game-changer as it combines GPS, grade readings, wind readings, and a high-definition OLED display that shows you a two-dimensional overlay map of each hole, along with green close-ups and pin locations over 42,000. preloaded routes.
It’s the closest thing to having a shopping cart. In fact, when I showed the Z82 to veteran caddies in Oakland Hills, they joked that it could do their job for them. Not enough. But close.
Price: $ 499 to Garmin.com
2. Bushnell Wingman loudspeaker
Let’s stick with the tech, although I’m reluctant to mention this product because I’m not a fan of the people blasting “Seven Nation Army” from the next fairway as I line up a tricky downhill putt. Golf, a friend once said as we listened to someone throw “Paradise City” 100 yards away, is a contemplative sport.
But it looks like Bluetooth speakers aren’t leaving golf anytime soon. So Wingman by Bushnell is a great deal that mixes music and audible GPS technology in a simple and elegant unit. Say you are standing on the fairway and listening to Yoko Ono’s greatest hits. All you have to do is press the button on the remote and the Wingman announces your distance to the front, middle and back of the green.
The speaker mounts on a cart bar with a very strong magnet that the rest of the industry should emulate. It lasts for 10 hours and has a USB port so you can power other devices.
Price: $ 129.99 to Bushnellgolf.com
3. GolfLogix Green Papers
It’s really cool tech for golf enthusiasts, but with an old-fashioned twist.
If you’ve ever seen a practice session on the PGA Tour – or better yet, a Monday morning when the caddies arrive – you know the most serious work is done on the greens. This is where the pros make their money and amateurs should spend a lot more time if they want to score better.
Green Books from GolfLogix, an Arizona-based company that has mapped more than 216,000 greens, sells green cards and yardage books that illustrate breaking on greens with heat maps and extended breaking contours, as well as yardage traditional overview of holes for fairway landing areas.
These types of green papers are so useful that the PGA Tour is banning their use on January 1.
The books cost $ 30, $ 40, or $ 50, and you can add a leather cover for $ 29.99. There’s also a phone app version that gives you a guideline, but there’s nothing quite like an old-fashioned book.
More than Golflogix.com.
4. Golf balls
Lest you think I’m a golf snob, I give the most traditional of gifts: the humble ball.
But don’t just pick a dozen at random. Think about it and order one with a personalized message in a specific color. Almost all bullet manufacturers offer custom options, but Golfballs.com takes it to another level by allowing you to upload a photo that can be printed on the balls.
If you’re really short on time, race Carl’s Golfland in Bloomfield Hills or Plymouth and pick up Titleist Pro V1s in one of the many unique numbers they wear. When your partners are helping you find your ball, it’s fun to say, “I’m playing against a Titleist 99”.
5. Golf vacation
Alright, enough with the cheap stuff. Let’s catch the stars with the two sweetest words in sport: golf vacation.
This is especially true as we move towards the teeth of winter. Boyne Golf is ready to give you a head start in planning your 2022 golf vacation with three packages at its expansive resorts: Michigan’s Magnificent 10 Vacation, Super 5 Vacation and Unlimited Golf Package.
The Magnificent 10 includes five nights of accommodation (Sunday through Friday) at Boyne Highlands or Boyne Mountain and unlimited golf courses on seven courses and two rounds at Bay Harbor’s premier 27-hole golf course. Prices start at $ 1,585 per person and include a welcome party, lesson, TrackMan Range session, and $ 100 shopping card.
The Super 5 also includes the same five-night accommodation options, with unlimited golf on five courses. Golfers can also play at Heather, Arthur Hills or Bay Harbor for an additional charge. A welcome party and TrackMan session are included in the package, which starts at $ 1,109 per person.
If you can’t get away for five nights, the Unlimited Golf Package gives you the flexibility to play as much as you want from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on five courses, with an upgrade fee if you want to play at Heather, Arthur Hills. or Bay Harbor. Accommodation options include Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain or Crooked Tree Cottages. The price varies.
For more information visit Boynegolf.com.
6. A round of golf
If you want to keep it simple, give your golfer a gift card for their favorite course, or maybe a more upscale club that they tend to overlook due to the price. Almost all clubs offer online gift cards of varying amounts.
Anything that allows golfers to imagine warm, spongy fairways under their feet on a beautiful course in the spring is a great gift. Oh, and here’s a pro tip: If you can jack up the price, make sure the gift card covers the cost of two rounds so your golfer can share the round with a friend.
Here is another variation of the gift card idea. There isn’t a golfer on the planet who couldn’t use a lesson. Most recreational golfers dismiss the idea of lessons as an expensive business pursued by fanatics who take themselves too seriously. Instead, many recreational players prefer to stumble into the shooting range without a plan and throw 50 scattered discs before they get to the first tee with weird expectations of glory.
The point is, a lesson can be anything. A lesson in chipping. A putting lesson. Swing analysis. Just something small that a golfer can work on with an improvement plan.
Many courses offer private or group lessons. I’ve always had a soft spot for lessons that are recorded so that I can reference them right before I work out. Carl’s Golfland offers unique play lessons on the course aimed at providing beginners with better strategy.
8. Club adjustment
Two things revolutionized my game and took my handicap from adolescence to single digits: lessons and professional club adjustment.
We happen to live in a golden age of club fitting, which is why I’m still surprised that so many golfers are reluctant to get fit. It just doesn’t make sense to pass up the benefits of technology that tell us which clubs are best suited to our swing, rather than relying on marketing, anecdotal evidence and brand preference.
Rasheed Wallace, the Oracle of Auburn Hills, was famous for telling us, “Ball don’t lie. He was talking about basketball, but Sheed’s philosophy applies to golf as well, as Doppler radar technology that measures pitch angle, ball speed, spin speed, and haul distance doesn’t lie. certainly not.
Metro Detroit is fortunate to have two of the best golf fitting stores: Carl’s Golfland in Bloomfield Hills and Plymouth, and Miles of golf at Ypsilanti. I have been fitted with both and they are equally excellent. The purpose of the fittings is to sell you new equipment and offer you discounts on the fitting costs when a purchase is made. Both stores have a wide range of assembly prices ranging from $ 50 to $ 225 for a full set.
9. An excellent golf book
There are people who play golf, and then there are golfers. There is a clear difference. A person benefits from an activity. The other has little control over an obsession that is imprinted on his soul.
If your recipient is the latter, please do not purchase a pedestrian instruction booklet from them. Buy them something that speaks to their obsession. I’ve enjoyed a lot of golf books, from educational writings to biographies, novels and even John Updike’s literary thoughts on the game.
But there are two books that marked me more than others: “Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Lessons from a Lifetime of Golf” and “Thursday Thursday: Notes from a Golf with Far to Go ”by Tom Chiarella.
Penick was a longtime golf coach at the University of Texas, famous for teaching Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. His book was first published in 1992 and it remains just as true, fresh and insightful today. Technically, it’s an instruction book, but Penick delivers it through his airy wisdom that delivered beautiful bite-sized chunks. When he talks about the importance of putting, he writes, “Go out to dinner with good putters.
Most of the work in Chiarella’s 2004 book is a collection of her essays published in Esquire magazine. It is a subtle and overlooked masterpiece that pierces the heart and guts of every golfer. Chiarella writes about life with all of its joys, frustrations, and tangles, but with golf in the foreground or in the background, like a pulsating heartbeat that propels him across the world.
Price on Amazon: Hardcover Penick, $ 20.99; Chiarella hardcover, $ 7.99.
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