Every year golf technology seems to move at a faster and faster pace. It barely seems a few years ago people were marvelling at drivers with metal heads, now we have them forged from titanium, attached to shafts so flexible they could be Olympic gymnasts. Like computer technology, golf manufacturers are always searching for the next big thing and here are some items that may well be top of golfers present list for 2012.
1. TaylorMade R11 TP Driver (approximate price : £379)
It’s distinctive white club head has made the TaylorMade R11 the most eye-catching club used on tour this season. With so many pros deciding that the R11 not only looks great, but offers them additional length and distance from the tee, not to mention greater accuracy, with Luke Donald, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia all using the new driver, it seems likely that many weekend golfers will soon follow in 2012.
2. Titleist Pro V1x Golf Balls (Dozen) (approximate price: £40)
If there is one golf ball likely to sell out of golf shops in the run up to Christmas 2011 it is the ubiquitous Titleist Pro V1x. The Pro V1x, according to the Titleist adverts, is the most popular golf ball used on tour and its ardent followers also extend into the amateur ranks too. It affords great feel for the amateur golfer, without compromising distance. Plus at over £3 a ball, it means amateur hackers will thoroughly search for them when they are smacked into rough.
3. Adams Golf Idea Pro A12 Hybrid (approximate price: £159)
When the frustration of too many poor shots with your 3 and 4 irons starts becomes too annoying, then a hybrid club offers a great alternative. Many pro’s, like Y.E.Yang, are now electing to place a hybrid in their bag at the expense of a 5-wood or long iron. For the amateur struggling with their long irons, the hybrid offers the perfect compromise, easier to hit than either choking down on a 5-wood or trying to thrash a 3-iron, hybrid clubs will be a popular choice in 2012.
4. Odyssey Golf White Hot XG Sabertooth Belly Putter (approximate price: £149)
Odyssey putters have many converts in the professional ranks and the trend for belly putters, which has reversed the fortunes of players like Adam Scott during 2011, may well be one that amateurs struggling on the greens are tempted to follow. As such, this brand new, strikingly designed Odyssey putter may be a popular choice for those seeking to try out a new method of putting on the greens in the New Year.
5. Golf Trip to La Manga Resort, Spain (approximate price: a lot!)
If money is no object and you fancy a chance to hit some balls while the weather is not conducive to a good game where you are, then a week at La Manga in Spain would be the perfect present for any golfer. La Manga features three 18-hole courses, full practice facilities and superb accommodation and dining in one of the largest resort complexes in Europe. If money is no object and a holiday is required to enjoy some winter golf, then La Manga is the ideal choice.