For The Examiner | It’s that time of the year again, and shopping for the golfer in your life has never been more exciting, thanks to the many brands that have developed products fit for all ages, all skill levels and all budgets. Cutting-edge technology, modern-day fashions and unique offerings make up this collection of 12 gifts that should be at the top of the Holiday lists this year for anyone who loves the game of golf. Have a great Holiday and be ready to tee it up in style come 2015.
Arccos Golf – Real-Time GPS Stat Tracking System
For the golfer who lives for the latest technology, this is one of the hottest items available this year. Arccos Golf is the industry’s first real-time GPS Stat Tracking System, as it maps, measures and records every shot taken during a round of golf. Using GPS and Bluetooth technology, the system automatically captures critical data (club distances, putts per round, greens hit in regulation, driving accuracy and more) to help players identify patterns and refine strategy. Simply attach each sensor to the grip end of the club and pair directly with the free iPhone app. There’s no need to tap, touch or interfere with the pre-swing routine. Arccos instantly tracks your game in real-time so you can see specific stats and review performance during or after each round. The app also provides GPS distances for each hole, eliminating the need to carry any additional devices. A short video on this revolutionary system can be viewed here on YouTube.
This brand has proved to create a number of very unique specialty boxes beyond their monthly boxes, and the Holiday Boxes are no different. These holiday boxes are offered in two different price points by BirdieBox – currently on sale and offered at $149.95 and $74.99 – with both packages boasting a total value nearly double the retail cost. Among the products included are a Dunning Golf Merino Sweater, handcrafted Next Belt, Nike RZN golf balls and Zero Friction Gloves and Tees. In addition to the high-end gear included in each Holiday Gift Box, the company is also providing recipients a unique special offer. Each package will contain a promo code redeemable at BirdieBox.com, wherein they can sign-up to receive one month of the BirdieBox service free with a subscription of three months or more.
A perfect set of buds when wanting to listen to your music while working with the game on the range, or perfecting those short putts, these specialty sport headphones by Bose come in three outstanding color options and deliver amazing quality. The Bose Sie2i is designed specifically for high-activity listening with sweat-resistant buds and a multi-tiered, inner ear fit system. Link is for the headphones designed to work with Apple phones, but Bose also offers these designed to work with other smartphone options out there – available on their website.
Even with so many courses today having some level of GPS offered, this particular model by Bushnell is a personal favorite. It’s easy to use, and is a great addition to anyone’s golf bag. The Pro X7 Jolt Slop is said to be the most powerful golf Laser Rangefinder in the world, which even provides compensated distances for elevation changes. Incredible ranging capability (PinSeeker with JOLT Technology) assists when zeroing in on the flag, and second generation E.S.P. provides ultra-accurate yardages faster than ever before when looking to knock them tight.
A brand that has great shoes for every occasion, the golf collections continue to appeal to men and women looking for that exclusive blend of comfortable fashion and technology. The trend-setting company continues to advance the hybrid golf shoe category with its 2015 collection. New styles available from ECCO USA & ECCO Canada include a lightweight, contemporary wingtip perfect for the office or the golf course and street-casual options that travel seamlessly from the office to the driving range to happy hour. The perfect blend of fashion and function, all styles feature ECCO’s advanced hybrid outsole system offering Tour-quality grip and stability combined with luxurious leather uppers crafted in the brand’s own tanneries.
A fantastic collection for any weather that uses some of the most amazing technology available today, Galvin Green continues to impress the most discerning golfers around the world. As the world’s leading maker of functional golf clothing for serious players, Galvin Green specializes in the design and supply of high-performance apparel. The Swedish brand’s AW14 collection features premium outerwear, tops, bottoms and accessories for men, women and juniors. Stemming from the company’s Multi-Layer Concept, every garment has been developed to layer when needed for exceptional comfort, freedom of movement and protection from the elements. Having personally tested these products in some fairly harsh weather conditions, staying warm and dry is indeed obtainable when wearing the fashionable Galvin Green clothing.
If you know someone looking to sharpen their game in the new year, here’s your chance to work with some of the most sought after professionals in your local community. As the world’s undisputed leader in golf instruction, GolfTEC provides customers with a variety of top-shelf services, including detailed and technologically driven swing analysis, comprehensive instruction on all aspects of the game and finely-tuned club fitting services. GolfTEC works with each individual to create a comprehensive game plan tailored to their specific needs. Instructors combine motion-measurement with video analysis for a clear understanding of what work needs to be done to improve each player’s swing. With nearly 200 locations (the largest employer of PGA Professionals nationwide), GolfTEC has given over five million lessons. It is a convenient and effective one-stop-shop for every game-improvement need and an ideal gift for the golfer in your life! Find Your Nearest GolfTEC here: www.golftec.com/locations
We all spent years getting socks for the holidays as a kid, so keep with the tradition, but take it up a notch with these great options from KENTWOOL. A 171-year-old textile innovator, the company has been making socks from a proprietary blend of superfine Merino wool and high-tech fibers for a luxuriously soft feel that also keeps feet dry and odor-free all day long. A blend of wool that was originally developed for US Special Operations forces during the first Gulf War, the socks boast a 100 percent blister free guarantee and enhanced cushioning at strategic micro-stress points for abrasion-proof comfort. Made in the USA, the brand’s variety of performance socks are worn by scores of professional athletes, and playful stripe and pattern style fashion socks make it easy to go from the office to the course or wherever your feet may take you.
It’s a great time to update the clubs during the winter holidays, and Lamkin continues to be one of the most trusted, dependable brands in golf since 1925,and they have just released their new UTX grip. Featuring proprietary Tri-Layer Technology designed to optimize feel for enhanced shot-making and provide exceptional all-weather playability; the three functional layers include a foundation made of super tacky and soft ACE 3GEN material for enhanced comfort, a middle layer with a moisture-wicking fabric weave for traction and control in wet weather and a firm outer layer to limit torque and minimize shot dispersion. UTx grips are available in standard or midsize options in three distinct colors.
I continue to really appreciate the fashion-forward clothes designed for today’s golfers, both men and women. That being said, when it comes to women’s golf fashion, Lizzie Driver has perfected these outfits. A women’s golf-lifestyle fashion brand offering sophisticated clothing for the country club fairway and your everyday, Lizzie Driver works to provide the very best in fabrics, fit and fashion. The line boasts finely crafted tops, bottoms, dresses, sweaters and jackets, most of which are made in downtown Los Angeles. Cut to flatter a woman’s body and catering to women age 30 and up, Lizzie Driver offers beautiful, versatile golf apparel that functions equally well on the course as at meetings, social events or almost any other activity in a busy woman’s life.
Nicklaus Golf – Play a Great Ball & Help a Great Cause
A big fan of brands that are designed to also give back to great organizations, so these high performance golf balls by Nicklaus are perfect. Designed, tested and perfected under the active involvement of the legendary Jack Nicklaus, these balls feature a unique color-coding system that makes the selection process easy; White for golfers who play the forward or white tees, Blue for those who prefer the middle or blue tees and Black for those using the back or black tees. This is a tour premium offering at an attractive price. My favorite aspect is the percentage of each dozen purchased that is donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to support pediatric programs and hospitals nationwide. Available exclusively at Nicklaus.com, free shipping and handling from FedEx.
Regardless if you need the perfect bag for the weekend golf getaway, or simply to take to the Club, Wolsey’s holdall bag is simple in look, but technical in design. Made in the Wolsey colorway with an external black finish and red lining, this holdall features an external zip side pocket and internal zip pocket with multiple compartments to keep your essentials away from the main compartment. The bag can be carried by either the popover handles or over the shoulder strap. Wolsey Fox logo in a tonal color on the bags lower right side. The Wolsey’s newest collection is a great one for the golfer in your life with shirts, sweaters, jackets and more – check out the entire collection at TrendyGolf.com.