Have a golfer in your life who’s a little blue this time of year? Cheer them up with some great gifts this holiday season they’ll be itching to use out on the course.
Long Island Golf News has rounded up a few items shoppers may want to take a look at when deciding on a gift for the Long Island golfer. While this is by no means a full list (many golf essentials like clubs and gloves provide a different degree of comfort and effectiveness from person to person), these are some of the items we were most impressed with entering the holiday season.
Stocking stuffer: Distance Clips – $9.95
If you play with more than one set of clubs, it can be a struggle to remember which one of your 5-irons hits the ball 15 yards farther. Rather than carrying a cheat sheet, check out Distance Clips, a set of 17 tiny fixtures with yardage markers on them that clip directly to the golf club. They’re small enough that they don’t add any weight, and are “virtually undetectable when you take your stance.”
For the beginner: “Golf Etiquette Quick Reference” – $12.95
Just like driving, it’s important for golfers to follow the rules of the road (or course in this instance). Nothing can break a golfer’s focus than having to follow a club-wielding, inconsiderate newbie. That’s where “A Golfer’s Guide to Correct Conduct” comes in. This 48-page pocket guide teaches golfers the importance of taking care of the course, safety, pacing and dealing with others playing around you in a fully illustrated and easy-to-read manual. Tabbed sections allow for quick reference while out on the golf course.
For the techie: Bushnell Neo XS – $199.99
Google and Apple may have their own smartwatches loaded with tons of apps and functions, but when it comes to wearable technology for the golf enthusiast, it’s hard to beat the Bushnell Neo XS. This sleek, comfortable sports band (available in black or white) features all of the typical features of a digital watch (clock, alarm, stopwatch, etc.) with a built-in GPS rangefinder preloaded with more than 33,000 courses in more than 30 countries – a quick search of several Long Island courses all turned up on the GPS download screen. Just load up a course and get specific distances to each hole, in addition to distances to each hazard. There are no fees for the GPS feature, and a built-in odometer even allows you to track steps while on the golf course.
For anyone: Personalized golf balls – $62
Giving gifts can be tough. Sometimes it’s near impossible to find that perfect gift. In those instances, something personalized is usually a safe bet. Personalized golf balls can make a great gift for the hard-to-shop-for golfer in your life. While this usually comes at a premium, from now until Dec. 31, Titleist is offering free personalization for up to three lines of text (in black, blue, green, red or pink ink) on all Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls when purchasing at least a dozen.
For the serious golfer: Golfer’s Toolbox – $79.99
The great thing about golf is that it’s easy to learn, but tough to master. For those ready to take the next step and really improve their swing, check out the Golfer’s Toolbox – called the “Swiss army knife of golf” by company officials. Made up of a few simple rods, the Golfer’s Toolbox helps golfers align their swing for a variety of different shots – from drives to chip shots to putts. You can even use it for stretching, although it’s just as easy to stretch without this as well. It’s compact design means it’s an easy addition to any player’s golf bag.
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