2017 Holiday gift guide
By Greg Monteforte and Jonathan Wall
There are golfers in your family – and you need to buy them presents. What do you give them? PGATOUR.COM’s here to help. Equipment Insider Jonathan Wall and Style Insider Greg Monteforte have plenty of suggestions, based on whatever category fits the recipient (all prices are MSRP).
FOR THE LOW-HANDICAPPER
TaylorMade P730 irons ($1,400): If you're going to use the same blade as Rory, Justin and DJ, you better be an elite ball-striker. Forged from 1025 carbon steel, the P730 has the smallest blade length in the company's lineup, meaning you'll be able to work the ball on cue. Major championships not included.
Mizuno MP-18 MB irons ($150 per club): Another muscleback for the traditionalist, Mizuno's MP-18 muscleback actually has a slightly wider topline and sole width than MP-5, but it's concealed with the help of a slight camber. The overall head size is smaller this time around, so if you like the look of a compact blade, this could be right up your alley.
FOR THE MID-HANDICAPPER
Callaway Epic Pro irons ($2,000): Don't let the "Pro" label fool you: Callaway's Epic Pro is packed with technology for the golfer who wants the look of a better-player iron with the forgiveness of a game-improvement model. A variable-thickness Face Cup gives Epic Pro unparalleled forgiveness; the face is also finished to 1/1000th of an inch for a Coefficient of Restitution (COR) that's close to the USGA limit. In other words, you should have no problem sending these long and far.
Custom Titleist Pro V1 golf balls ($56 per dozen): Titleist has offered custom Pro V1 golf balls in the past. The My Pro V1 experience takes customization to another level by allowing golfers to select a single- or double-digit play number (00 and 1 through 99), add personalized text and/or choose a favorite logo or icon (more than 200 logo and icon options) to put on the ball.
FOR THE HIGH-HANDICAPPER
PING G400 driver ($435): The company's most forgiving driver to-date is actually 445 cubic centimeters — 15 cubic centimeters smaller than today's standard 460 cubic centimeter driver head. But don't fret about the slimmed down profile. Improvements were also made to the aerodynamic head shape, face material and sound at impact. The driver of choice for PING's Tour staff is a worthy option for your high-handicapper.
Cleveland CBX wedge ($129.99): Forgiveness is the name of the game for the high-handicapper. Instead of offering a blade wedge, Cleveland created a cavity design that caters to golfers who require more forgiveness with the look, feel and weight of cavity-back iron sets. The company's Feel Balancing Technology repositions the center of gravity for better feel and distance control.
FOR THE MONEY'S-NO-OBJECT GOLFER
PXG 0311T Milled wedge ($650-750): For the price of an iron set, PXG will create a 100 percent milled wedge built to Tour specifications. Each head is produced from a solid 11-pound block of forged 8620 soft carbon steel and shaped using a CNC milling machine that ensures every line, curve and angle is exact. The process to produce one wedge takes somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.5 hours. Four different sole designs are offered.
Foresight Sports GCQuad Launch Monitor ($15,000-18,000): If you recently won the lottery or just want to feel like a professional golfer, Foresight's GCQuad launch monitor could be in your price range. The four-camera system offers a larger field of vision and greater angles with the help of four fish-eye camera lens that lock onto the ball, allowing users to receive specific launch conditions such as ball speed, launch angle, club head speed and spin rate, as well as impact location, angle of attack and face rotation.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Golf Watch ($31,500): You may not be able to boom 340-yard drives like Dustin Johnson, but you can rock his watch for just north of $30k. Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Golf is the world’s first mechanical golf watch with an aperture display. The case is carved from an innovative amalgamation of carbon fiber and aluminum, allowing it to weigh in at less than 100 grams.
Douglas Rose James Golf Bag ($1,595): Inspired by vintage European travel, the James Golf Bag from Douglas Rose is a sophisticated blend of timeless design and minimalist function. It’s crafted from luxurious, water-resistant calfskin leather and the high- density rubber bottom is the result of a collaboration with Vibram. Best of all, it checks in at just four pounds.
Galvin Green Achilles C-Knit Gore-Tex Stretch Jacket ($695): Galvin Green debuted the C-Knit technology on the backs of the 2016 European Ryder Cup Team. The revolutionary Japanese fabric allows it to slide and glide over mid layers and base layers with ease, while the 3-layer construction is waterproof and breathable. From a style standpoint, the gradient design on the front zipper adds an element of flash.
FOR THE BUDGET GOLFER
PuttOUT Pressure Putt Trainer and Mat ($29.99 putt trainer; $89.99 mat): Ingraining a repeatable putting stroke is essential to success on the course. With that in mind, PuttOUT created a collapsable trainer with a parabolic return ramp that sends good putts back to the golfer and rejects those that trail off line. A micro target in the center of the ramp can also be used and holds the ball in place when the correct speed and distance is achieved. A nylon putting mat with a Stimp reading of 10 is also available if the flooring at your residence won't suffice.
Linksoul T-Shirts ($35 and up); Wearing a Linksoul T-shirt is like wearing a work of art. The timeless graphics really capture the essence and spirit of the game. As sharp as these tees look, it's the cotton/poly blend that will make you reach for them time and time again.
Stance Socks ($16 and up): Remember the disappointment when unwrapping a pair of socks as a kid? Those days are long gone, as Stance has turned one of the most cringe-worthy gifts into one of the most desired. Whether its Judge Smails from “Caddyshack,” a bold camo from the Bubba Watson Collection, or a tribute to the great Payne Stewart, these socks have the style and performance to put a smile on any golfer’s face this holiday season.
Seamus NYC Manhole Ball Mark ($45): For those who want to keep it under $50, Seamus' NYC manhole ball mark offers a cool factor that's off the charts. The unique mark depicts one of the original cover designs for the NYC Sewer Department created by a local New Jersey foundry that has been making manholes since 1921. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The First Tee Metropolitan New York.
FOR THE TECHIE GOLFER
Cobra Connect (price varies): Cobra is the first to feature Arccos' stat-tracking GPS sensors in the butt-end of each grip for the full F8 lineup. The sensor weighs 4.6 grams and does not affect the overall swing weight of the club. Once the sensor is paired with Arccos' app, golfers are able to log distance and statistics during their round with every club in the bag.
Aguila Golf Virtual Reality Golf Trainer ($350): Designed to help golfers with their mental game, the virtual reality trainer works with your phone to create an immersive 360-degree learning environment. You'll face on-course situations that offer the opportunity to improve strokes through accurate shot assessment. Golfers can also visualize actual shots and experience the result.
Nike AeroReact Warm Pullover ($135): We’ve all heard of smartphones, but how about a smart fabric? Nike’s AeroReact technology uses special fibers that adapt to changing conditions. As your body temperature rises, the fibers open for increased breathability. As you cool down, the fibers close to provide warmth.
FOR THE GADGET GOLFER
Garmin Approach S60 watch ($400): The GPS watch features a sunlight-readable color touchscreen display and more than 41,000 preloaded courses. Drag-and-drop pin placement capabilities improve accuracy and make it easier to get precise yardages to the green, hazards and doglegs. The battery lasts up to 10 hours in golf mode, while QuickFit bands allow the watch to be dressed up or down without tools.
Jack Grace Caime Set ($186): Swap your saddles. That’s the idea behind new footwear brand Jack Grace. Thanks to its Hidden Channel Technology, the brand’s modular saddles can be swapped in and out in seconds. The Caime Set includes Jack Grace’s Innovator 1.0 shoe and four interchangeable saddles and laces in black, white, maroon, and navy.
Nexbelt Belts ($56 and up): No holes, no worries. With Nexbelt’s PreciseFit ratcheting system, you can customize the fit of the belt at 1/4th-inch increments. Simply cut the strap to your desired length, attach the buckle, and hit the first tee. Then, release the ratcheting system for easy removal. The faces of the buckles in the brand’s Go-In Series of belts even flip down to reveal a hidden ball marker.
Bushnell Pro X2 rangefinder ($500): Bushnell's Pro X2 is two rangefinders in one. For casual rounds, the unit's Slope Function makes it possible to get the exact yardage regardless of elevation. When the Slope Function is turned off, via a switch on the side of the unit, the rangefinder becomes USGA conforming for competition play. The company's JOLT technology provides short vibrating bursts to reinforce the PinSeeker technology when it locks onto the flag.
FOR THE SPORTY GOLFER
J.Lindeberg Jarvis Jacket ($150): Whether you’re hitting the course or the slopes, J.Lindeberg’s Jarvis Jacket serves as a functional and fashionable option for your winter activities. The brushed Fieldsensor fabric insulates while also providing extreme breathability. J.Lindeberg’s iconic bridge design across the back and shoulders brings a classic vibe to this modern mid-layer.
Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2 ($175): Lace up Rory’s new kicks. The Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2 combines the comfort of a full-length Lunarlon midsole with a revolutionary spikeless traction system. Flywire cables and a new NikeSkin upper provide support even at tour-level swing speeds. The updated design also offers a simple and clean look.
FOR THE CLASSIC GOLFER
Holderness & Bourne Robbins Pullover ($125): The comfort of your favorite college sweatshirt meets the sophisticated looks of a 1/4-zip pullover. Holderness & Bourne’s Robbins is a versatile layering piece that looks as good on the course as it does for a night on the town. The performance fabric works as hard as you do while the tailored fit and polish chrome zipper offer refined details.
G/FORE + Peter Millar Brogue Gallivanter ($225): G/FORE and Peter Millar teamed up for this modern take on an old school half brogue. Worn by Brandt Snedeker on the PGA TOUR, this shoe features a premium waterproof full grain leather upper with a high-traction outsole.
Stitch Arnold Palmer Monte Carlo Headcover Set ($240): Dress your game. Stitch knows style goes beyond your clothes. This set of handcrafted leather headcovers, complete with Mr. Palmer’s iconic multicolored umbrella logo, is a tip of the cap to the legend and a perfect gift for the hardcore golfer.
FOR THE TRENDY GOLFER
Greyson Clothiers Sioux Camo Vest ($200): All golfers should have an insulated vest in their wardrobe and this one from Greyson is sure to take their style games to another level. The mix of channel and diamond quilting creates a unique and intriguing design while the tonal camo pattern brings an understated edge to this vest.
RLX Ralph Lauren Performance Hybrid Hoodie ($245): Hoodies have been a streetwear staple and a go-to for Silicon Valley execs for years. Now, they are making their way to the fairways. Billy Horschel layered up with this stylish and functional one from Ralph Lauren at the Open Championship. The interior turtleneck blocks out the wind and the DWR finish on the hood and chest resists light showers.
G/FORE x TRENDYGOLF Chasing Birdies Hat ($50): At the end of the day, aren’t we all just out there chasing birdies? This collaboration from two of the trendiest brands in the business provides the style and inspiration to go low. The patch cap design is combined with a technical fabric for comfort, perforations for breathability, and a snapback closure for a custom fit.
FOR THE TOUR FAN
Tickets to a PGA TOUR Tournament: Looking for the perfect gift for the PGA TOUR fan in your life? How about gifting the ultimate golf experience - a trip to a PGA TOUR event near you! Click here to purchase.
Presidents Cup Team Uniforms: Official Team uniforms aren’t just for the team this year. You can get the same uniforms the professionals wore when they competed for the #USTeam or #IntlTeam and you can get them for 40 percent off! Citi® Cardholders save an extra 10 percent when you use your card to purchase. Click here to purchase.
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