It’s that time of the year again when you slowly start to dread what mad Auntie Betty has bought (or made) you this Christmas. Boxing Day at the Golf Club is always enlivened with the laughter of strange golf presents people have received and this year, you’d prefer to be doing the laughing, rather than being the laughed at!
So with that in mind, I’ve drawn up my own Santa wish-list of best Christmas gifts for golfers 2013 that I would certainly love to find under my tree come Christmas Day morning… I’d love to know what you’d like to see under yours!
1. iPhone or iPad – Part of my work this year has been looking at golf apps and to do that, I have to borrow a friends iPad to have a nose at how they work and I can honestly say that some of the apps I’ve used have been hugely impressive.
Whether it is videoing my swing (that was a painful one to watch – I don’t recommend it if you think you have a Luke Donald-type swing, the reality can be quite brutal) , using the virtual caddy apps, or just reviewing my game using score analysers,
Golf apps are now part and parcel of the game. We’ve reviewed ten of the best golf apps this year (and ten of the worst!) as well as looking at several more, so this would certainly be my ideal choice this Christmas.
2. Dixon Earth Golf Balls – I’m a keen golfer, but I am also something of an eco-warrior on the course. I replace all my divots and always follow the “repair my pitch mark and any other” mantra on the greens and I try to play as enviromentally friendly as possible.
So this Christmas I am hoping someone will get me the new Dixon Earth Balls, being a mid-handicapper (fluctuating between 12 and 18) these balls are idea for a slower swing combining distance with feel and best of all, they are entirely eco-friendly.
Different balls (Fire, Wind and Spirit for female golfers) are available depending on your level of skill. Give them a try – they outperformed the Nike One Platinum, Callaway Tour and Pro V1 during independent testing by the PGA Tour Partners Club.
3. Garmin Approach S1 GPS Golf Watch – As a mid-handicapper, distance is often my enemy and my eyes and my club judgement in terms of distance are often well off. I’ve sent many a shot skittering over the back of a green or coming up 20 yards short due to misjudging distance.
This Garmin Approach S1 GPS Golf Watch is an ideal solution. What I like about this over most other GPS devices is that it is simple to use, simply wear it as a watch, glance down and you have accurate yardage. Simple, workable and easy to use and that is always a good combination for me.
4. Odyssey White Hot #5 Center Shafted Putter – Like most golfers, putting can be the reason a round becomes a great one, good one or one to forget and after having a few battles with the short stick this year, I reckon that for 2013 a change is needed.
Based on thousands of reviews from golfers of all abilities, it seems the Odyssey White Hot #5 Center Shafted putter produces the best results. It may not make me putt like Luke Donald, but if it can help me knock a few off the average round, it’ll be money well spent.
5. Nike Air Range Waterproof Golf Shoes – Many traditionalists are bemoaning the way that modern golf shoes are coming to look more and more like training shoes, so they will not be hugely impressed with these.
Personally, I find the comfort offered by a training shoe to be far better than golf footwear so a shoe like this, which combines the comfort of a training shoe with the sure-footedness of a golf shoe, is ideal. You may get a few disapproving looks at some clubs, but the level of comfort will be worth it.
Let us know what you think are the best Christmas gifts for golfers 2013!
(Pictures Courtesy of Garmin, Apple, Nike, Dixon and Odyssey Facebook Pages and Official websites)