Put your Christmas gift guide into overdrive
(NC) Do you want a gift for the adult who has everything? Think about that person's special interests. For example, high-tech new golf gear never gets old, says Dwayne Boecker, the director of field merchandising for Golf Town
“I see it all the time—customers looking like kids in a candy store when new equipment and apparel hit the market,” he continued. “It's one of those gifts that brings out the inner child in all of us, whether you're new to the game or a scratch handicap.”
This holiday season arrives with a bevy of options for all budgets, Boecker points out, complete with prices so we can window shop. Front and centre is the game's most popular and most winning golf ball, the 2013 edition of the long-flying, soft-feeling Titleist Pro V1 ($53.99).
At the other end of impact is the red-hot TaylorMade SLDR driver. Available in men's and women's models ($449.99) as well as a tour preferred edition ($549.99) the SLDR gets its name from its easy and intuitive sliding weight that promotes up to 30 yards of shot-shape adjustment, with 21 different weight positions to optimize your personal swing.
But it's the short game where you can really save strokes, and Odyssey's Tank putter ($199.99) with its counterbalance stability weighting, has been a big hit this year, with three European Tour wins including Ernie Els' BMW Open in June. Short putter options (34” and 36”) are 34% more stable at impact than a standard putter, and long options (38” and 40”) are 109% more stable.
Helping you navigate the course is the rugged, waterproof Garmin S1 GPS Watch ($199.99) which combines a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with a lightweight, flexible sport watch with large numbering for at-a-glance visibility that measures precise yardages from anywhere on the course.
Self-improvement is also an option with the Dancin Dogg OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator ($399.99) which combines extensive swing analysis in a realistic 3D visual environment allowing you to use your own clubs in the comfort of your own home, with a library of stunningly realistic world-class courses.
Keeping players comfortable during their rounds is the versatile Nike Men's ½-Zip Therma-Fit Cover-Up ($84.99) a 100% polyester, double-knit pullover with a self-fabric collar and rib cuffs.
On the women's side there's the Nike Thermal Jacket ($100). Featuring an insulating fabric and a mock neck that zips up to the chin for comfort and protection from the elements. Rib cuffs and hems provide a snug, comfortable fit.
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