Selecting Holiday Gifts For the Golfer.
If you have a golfer on your gift list, selecting the right gift can be
daunting. Golfers have very real opinions about what's right for them. The
scratch golfer that plays a soft cover high spinning golf ball may be
gracious about the 15 ball pack of Top-Flites, but will probably give them
away to friend struggling with distance.
Matching the gift to the golfer's preferences and skill level can be an art
and a science, but we can help.
First, be very careful about purchasing clubs unless you obtain personal
data on what the golfer really wants. A set of irons can now be configured
with hybrids in place of long irons. Shaft options are have increased and
may be the most important single element in the club make up. For example,
the speed a golfer swings the club and the tempo of the swing should be
matched. Many golf retail outlets and country club pro shops are equipped to
custom fit the individual golfer. Unless you have specific data, you can
purchase a gift card that your special golfer can use to be fitted by a golf
Some specialty golf clubs, like putters and wedges, are a much easier
choice. Most serious golfers have several and are usually ready to try
something new. I have been known to have 8 to 10 back up putters waiting in
the garage. A round with multiple 3 putts will usually initiate a move to a
new putter while the offending putter receives penance in a dark corner. I
also have an affinity for wedges and own different models with lofts of 48,
52 54, 56, 57, and 60 degrees. Depending on the golf course and turf
conditions different wedges may provide an advantage on those little finesse
Drivers and fairway woods or iron-woods offer many choices, but really
require specific knowledge. The golf club reviews on internet sites like
www.golfclubsntips !http://www.golfclubsntips/> can assist you in making an
appropriate choice. Generally, we advise staying with name brand golf clubs
from the major club manufactures like Titleist, Callaway, Taylormade, Ping,
Cleveland, and Mizuno.
Golf balls, the right golf balls, are always welcome. The dedicated golfer
always needs golf balls. Yes, even good golfers lose, scuff, and otherwise
destroy golf balls. Current golf ball technology has significantly
specialized golf balls. We can now buy golf balls that fly higher or lower,
spin more or less, and roll more or less. Golf balls have become
personalized to the golfer's game. Finding out the individual's preference
is important. Again, reviews of golf ball characteristics are on the web.
You can not be too wrong if your choose a dozen tour level golf balls like
Titleist Pro V1's or the Callaway Tour i/ix.
Golf accessories can offer many good choices from head covers to desk items.
The off-course retail shops like Austad's Golf
offer a wide array especially
around the holidays. Austad's is family owned and has been in business since
1913. They have an excellent customer service record and most items are
available on their web site.
When all else fails, all golfers wear golf shirts. Happy shopping!
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