Every year, loved ones around the world look for a great gift to give to their golf friend or relative.
It goes without saying that the holiday season is a wonderful time of the year. The spirit of gift giving and sharing with friends and family overshadows the heavy traffic on the streets, many people sharing your bathroom, or the fear of finding the perfect gift.
Obviously, if you’re like me your heart is in the right place, but your schedule makes the buying process a sprint down the last road. In addition, how do we know what to buy? We think, “Gosh, you’re not going to like this or you probably have hundreds of them.”
Get Into Golf is here to help you again. Listed in no particular order, are some fun or basic things that should help speed up the process and reduce brain power (to save up for more social activity).
Please note that dropping off golf clubs or shoes is a complex matter. In addition to shoes that require a color and size selection, wedges, putters, drivers, irons should all be customized. For this type of gift, it would be best for Santa Claus to get a gift card (a good errand for an elf).
Golf Balls: You can’t go wrong with golf balls. They don’t last forever and we tend to lose them long before the warranty expires. A wide range of colors and types are available. So go for a popular brand (Titleist, Callaway or Srixon) and get yourself a dozen balls. Or a sleeve (smaller box of three golf balls) would work very well as a stocking filler. (Available in every pro shop.)
Personalized shaft labels: At first glance, this might not sound like a great gift. It’s not romantic or adventurous. But if you’ve ever left a golf club on the course, you know it. This makes a great gift for everyone. Small labels with your name, club and phone number are wrapped around each of your golf clubs. It’s like getting insurance for the next time you leave a club on the court.
Golf Cart Seat Cover: During a season that anticipates a white Christmas, the golfers on your list can endure chilly temperatures. One way to keep things warmer from the bottom up is with a fluffy golf cart seat cover. These plastic seats can get your full attention. ($ 50 at http://www.cartcozies.com.)
A classic golf book: The sun doesn’t always shine on golf courses and sometimes it’s best to sit down with a good book. “The Match” (Frost) is a very fascinating story, “Golf in the Kingdom” (Murphy) a Zen-like interpretation of our game and “Ben Hogan: An American Life” (Dodson) are some of the classics of golf. (Under $ 20 at http://www.amazon.com)
Golfer GPS device: There are now several manufacturers of this valuable device. The handheld device gives you precise information about the golf course you are playing. Depending on your choice, they provide the distance to your target and distances to other objects or areas such as water hazards or bunkers. You can choose color images or simple black and white text. ($ 150- $ 400 at skygolf.com, golfbuddyglobal.com, or igolf.com.)
Well, if you’re like me, your shopping has just gotten started. So go to your local pro shop or go online and make a solid choice. With express delivery there is still enough time until your package arrives before Christmas. And when you discover new things (strolling through the corridors or surfing the Internet), there is still time to tell your “Santa Claus” all the cool things you want yourself!
John Renslow is a PGA Professional, VP of Yugi Golf Management, offering golf lessons on local courses