November 23, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- There's a good stocking stuffer for every golfer in your family. Take a look below.
For the low handicapper ...
Mizuno MP-25 irons (Price: $1,000)
Geared for the better player, Mizuno's MP-25 is forged from a Boron-infused 1025 carbon steel that's 30 percent stronger than standard carbon steel, allowing designers to create a significantly thinner face that improves ball speeds. Thinning out of the face also opened up the opportunity to add a "Micro Slot" between the club face and muscle pad on the sole of the 3- through 6-irons that boosts ball speeds by 3 mph, when compared to MP-54.
For the high handicapper ...
PING GMax irons (Price: $121.25 per club)
GMax is categorized as a super game-improvement iron — the blade length is slightly longer (2 percent) than G30 — but designers paid special attention to the overall profile, adding a bevel along the trailing edge of the sole to improve turf interaction. Made from 17-4 stainless steel, the iron includes the company's COR-Eye Technology in the cavity that absorbs the stress of the thin face at impact, allowing the rest of the face — especially the top of the iron — to flex more effectively at impact.
For the gearhead ...
Parsons Xtreme Golf PXG 0311 irons (Price: $300 per club)
Let's get this out of the way: PXG's 0311 irons are pricey. But if you're a gearhead, that probably doesn't matter. The irons are unlike anything currently on the market with an open face body. The internal cavity is CNC milled before a thin, high-strength HT1770 maraging steel face is plasma welded to a hollow space between the between the body and face insert. A thermoplastic elastomer is then injection molded into the core that provides structural stability to the entire clubhead. High-density tungsten alloy and titanium screws are then positioned around the heel and toe of the head to provide extreme perimeter weighting and forgiveness.
For the player who is always trying new gadgets ...
Zepp Golf 3D swing analyzer (Price: $150)
Zepp Golf's lightweight sensor weighs only 6.3 grams and is powered by a built-in Lithium Ion battery that has a 2.5-hour full charge cycle. It captures, measures and analyzes the golf swing in three-dimensional space while recording 1,000 data points per second. The device attaches to the golf glove, as opposed to the shaft, and produces a consistent swing snapshot that makes it easier for players to take the sensor from the range to the course without having to attach it to a new club before every swing.
For the tinkerer ...
TaylorMade M1 driver (Price: $500)
Currently used by Justin Rose, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson, TaylorMade's M1 driver features a little bit of everything, from a dual-track system in the sole that alters launch and face angle to a redesigned face shape. But the big story surrounding the company's newest model is a new lightweight carbon composite crown that weighs 10 grams, roughly 12 grams less than the thick-thin titanium crown that has been used on previous TaylorMade drivers. Adding a multi-material crown — a white titanium section near the face connects with a carbon composite piece in the rear area of crown — saved 10 grams of weight that was repositioned in the sole to lower the club's CG for increased forgiveness.
For the player who always asks for yardage ...
Bushnell Tour X JOLT rangefinder (Price: $499.99)
Bushnell's Tour X features a face plate system that gives golfers the best of both worlds: a rangefinder that has a slope option — the function gives the exact yardage regardless of elevation change — as well as a non-slope option that's permitted during tournament play. When the red faceplate is snapped into place, the slope function is activated. To disable to slope function for tournament play, simply replace the red faceplate with the black version. The rangefinder is accurate to within 1/2-yard and boasts 5-1,300 yards ranging performance. It also boasts Vivid Display Technology (VDT) that improves contrast, clarity and light transmission.
For the player who wants to stand out ...
Seamus Golf's Snowtrooper head cover (Price: $65 driver; $55 fairway/hybrid)
With winter on the horizon, Seamus Golf's Snowtrooper head cover should blend in perfectly with the surroundings. Available in limited quantities, the headcover is made from a tightly woven Cordura 1000d fabric with 1 ounce of polyurethane back coating that ensures a durable, water repellent finish that meets Military specifications that have been tested for nearly 50 years. Just make sure you don't lose it on the course.
For the football fan in your foursome ...
Wilson Staff NFL cart and carry bags (Price: $150 carry; $180 cart)
Wilson has been the official football sponsor of the NFL since its inception in 1941. So it only makes sense that the company would produce staff and carry bags featuring the logos of all 32 teams. The carry bag comes with double padded straps, five pockets and a five-way top with a lightweight stand. The cart bag has a fourteen-way divider and seven large pockets.
For the player who likes to practice ...
The Pill (Price: $12.99)
Designed by Paul Nagi, a former high school instructor and teaching professional, The Pill is a unique training aid that helps golfers groove their short game and putting with the help of a ball that has the two sides cut off. The design forces the golfer to hit the center of the clubface on chip shots and putts. Failing to do so will cause it to go off course and wobble. The Pill is currently used by nearly 30 professionals, including 2014 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, Chesson Hadley.
For the player who wants to hit it like a TOUR pro ...
DST Golf Compressor (Price: $99)
Created by former European Tour player Bertie Cordle, the DST Golf Compressor has become a common sight on TOUR with more than 313 players currently using the training aid, including Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. The idea behind the curved shaft is to give players the sensation of a delayed strike or lag impact where the hands lead the club head through the ball, resulting in a club face that's under control after contact. The position is maintained with the help of a curved shaft that replicates the shape of a normal shaft under maximum load while keeping the hands ahead of the club face. It also has a wide and flat sole angle that's specifically designed for the curved shaft.
For the player who needs new socks ...
Kentwool Performance golf socks (Price: $19.95)
Worn by Bubba Watson, Kentwool's Tour Profile sock is crafted from a blend of merino wool and high-tech fibers that create a micro-climate system for superior moisture wicking and odor control. The sock comes in 10 different colors.
For the player who likes personalized golf gear ...
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x personalized golf balls (Price: $47.99)
The golf ball (Pro V1x) Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson used to win three major championships last season will be available during the holidays with free personalization on all custom orders. Personalization includes up to three lines of block text (17 characters per line) imprinted on each golf ball in black, blue, green, red or pink ink. The 2015 Pro V1 features a thermoset urethane elastomer cover that offers a softer feel with more short game spin and control, and an improved paint system. The cover and paint system contribute to an aerodynamically more consistent golf ball.
For the player who wants to back the ball up ...
Callaway Mack Daddy 3 wedge (Price: $129.99)
The head profile of Callaway's Mack Daddy 3 blends the best ideas from the company's X Tour and Tour Grind in the MD3 silhouette. The result is a wedge with a high toe profile and semi-straight leading edge. The wedge comes in four grind options (S-Grind, C-Grind, U-Grind and W-Grind) with four green weight ports in the back of the head that help reposition the weight behind the face for better shot-making, especially from the deep rough. The grooves were also made less aggressive in the lower-lofted wedges where additional spin isn't needed on full shots.
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