Hey there and happy holiday season! As the Christmas season comes on us rapidly, I decided to revise last year’s popular Christmas list for golfers. This time rather than one single post with a few ideas, I figured I would expand on the theme and talk about gifts in categories.
Anyone who has a golfer in their life, and does not play themselves, knows it can be a daunting effort to find the right gift. Golfers come in a few varieties and there are clues to know which type of golfer you have. Here are some handy questions to help figure it out.
- Does your golfer watch golf channel and all the tournaments? Do they play weekly, and buy new clubs every couple years?
- You have an avid golfer, and they can be the most difficult to shop for
- Does your golfer go out mainly to be with friends? Buy clubs infrequently, watches big tournaments but not every week?
- You have a weekend warrior, and they can be pretty easy to shop for, basically they need new stuff every Christmas
- Between these two are folks I will call up and coming golfers. They could be folks who just got the bug, are learning the game, trying to play more, but work gets in the way. In other words they like golf and are on their way to becoming an avid golfer.
- You would think these folks are easy to shop for, but they have opinions on equipment, and are starting to buy things for themselves.
For all these groups, their golf bag will be your best area to get ideas.
First, let’s look at gifts and ideas for all golfers. These are gifts, in my opinion, that any golfer will love. There are some things that all golfers need and use.
Towels – Take a look at his or her golf bag and notice the condition of their golf towel. If it is faded and not looking so fresh, here are a few suggestions.
Towels are great for golfers in any of our categories. There are many to choose from, here is a link to lots of different types. If your golfer has all one brand of equipment, again their bag will give you a clue, you can also get a towel that reflects that brand.
There are lots of different accessories for golfers out there, and I would suggest staying away from things that paint golf balls, balance, golf balls, or help you find golf balls. Most golfers don’t paint their golf balls, and don’t want other gimmicky products.
How about these instead?
Club cleaner. Golf is a messy sport and a good club cleaning brush is something every golfer needs.
Clothing is always a good category for gift giving. But aside from the usual shirts, there are more clothes you can safely buy your golfer. Christmas is not golf season in most northern regions, but a new wind shirt is always a crowd pleaser.
As it’s name implies, a wind shirt, keeps the wind from penetrating and can provide a really nice light outer layer for cool windy early spring days. See a nice selection of wind and cold weather clothes for men, and for women.
Epoch S3 tees. These are my favorite reusable golf tees. They hold up round after round and I really love the small 1 1/2″ tees for par threes. At under $10 this is a great stocking stuffer. Back from last year’s list by popular demand. Still my favorite tees.
OK, here it is, the toughest category of all golf balls.
Can’t go wrong, every golfer will say, “wow” or “oh my,” depending on where they are from. 😉
Titleist Pro V1x. This ball is THE golf ball to have no matter your skill level. It will please the golfer at any level. Right now, you can find some season end deals. In the past I would say that you should get the Pro V1, but the V1x has become a softer faster version of itself, and I can now recommend it for anyone. Do be aware that this is also the most expensive ball out there too, with a suggested retail price of $54 a dozen US. You should be able to find them around the holidays for around $47.99 US. Still not cheap, but as I said very few golfers will not enjoy them in their stocking.
For the next ball recommendation, the Callaway Chrome Soft. This ball is one of the softest pro golf balls out there. Some would argue that it is comparable to the Titleist Pro V1x, but at under $40 US, it is very reasonably priced alternative.
That’s all for this installment, let me know if you have any great holiday gifts for golfers.