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The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, but that won’t keep keen golfers away from the course. What it does mean is that we are fast approaching Christmas, and if you’ve got a golfer in your life, you could probably do with a few interesting Christmas gift options. Here are eight ideas that would be a wonderful Christmas present for any golf enthusiast looking to improve their overall game.
It’s a dream for many golfers to have their own putting green – ultimately, this means that you have two options: a real maintained lawn or an artificial putting surface. It might be preferable for golfers to practice on real grass, but the hassle of maintaining a lawn in your garden can mean serious maintenance. That’s why an artificial putting green can make such a fantastic present; it fulfils a dream without any of the challenges of having to deal with real grass at home.
Well-known brands such as LazyLawn and Ryder Pro have created specialist surfaces designed to perfect imitate a real putting green. These can be installed cheaply and easily for a Christmas gift that can be enjoyed all year round.
Every golfer would love to improve the form and consistency of their swing, and the best way to do this is to work with an Orange Whip swing trainer. The Orange Whip allows a golfer to work on their swing, anytime and anywhere – all you need is enough room to be able to swing the Orange Whip. Made with a flexible shaft it can be used multiple ways to develop the game.
The Whip can be used to work on a range of drills to include the club head speed and a more natural swing motion. But it also functions as a body workout to improve flexibility and core strength, which are crucially underutilised by golfers of all levels. You can buy the Whip in four sizes to suit any golfer and replicate the feel of swinging any kind of club easily.
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While it can be tempting to buy a novelty item as a Christmas present, golfers much prefer to receive gifts that they can use every day to improve their game – one great example of this is a chipping net. Chipping nets come in a huge range of shapes and sizes, so definitely do some research before committing to a model.
Some of the most useful are those with multiple slots and targets such as the SKLZ Quickster or the Colin Montgomerie QUAD. This means that it is easy to practice a range of different chipping heights and motions. And as the nets can be set up anywhere in the house or the garden, they make for a great stress relief gift as well as a way to improve at home.
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A simple and effective tool that will make a difference the game of anyone who steps on a golf course – a Rangefinder works like a pair of binoculars but provides you with a precise distance to the spot that you are aiming for. Once again, there are many models to suit almost any budget. So whether you’re buying for someone who just likes the odd round, or a true aficionado who is on the course every other day there will be something to suit you.
If you are after something simple, user-friendly and reliable, the GolfBuddy LR7 is compact and extremely light, as well being impressively accurate. For a more advanced model, the Bushnell Tour V4 Shift has become one of the most popular rangefinders. It is lightweight and locks on quickly to your target, with well-designed features like a vibration that confirms that you have measured the distance to the flag rather than any other aspect of the scenery behind it.
SKLZ Golf Stance Trainer
An often overlooked aspect of the game that often has room for improvement is the stance. The SKLZ Stance Trainer might at first seem like a strange gift, but it can make a marked improvement in your game, so it will definitely be hugely appreciated. With markings to reinforce the correct alignment and placement, this will help you on just about any shot.
One of the most useful features of the SKLZ Golf Stance Trainer is that it is elevated so that you are in the correct position to hit the ball from a training matt, meaning that the practice that you do at home is more realistic and more useful in developing your game out on the course.
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Personalised Golf Gloves
If you’re looking for something a little special that will also make a difference to their game out on the course, why not opt for a stylish and tasteful personalised golf gloves? You could opt for a monogrammed model or one with a small quote embroidered on.
Good gloves make a difference to your ability to hit a shot properly and protect the hands during lengthy sessions both in practice and on the course. And don’t forget that high quality personalised gloves also provide a golfer with something they can’t buy – confidence.
GPS watches are all the rage. As well as functioning as rangefinders, they are also help golfers to get more from their shots and learn from their mistakes. Once again, it’s all about researching the right model to suit the golfer in your life. You can find smartwatches with an emphasis on fitness tracking, or those that specialise in tracking shots.
Keen golfers will fall in love with the TomTom Golfer 2 which offers GPS and automatic shot detection with 40,000 preloaded courses. Integrated with the MySports app, the watch provides a huge amount of data which can be analysed such as shot patterns, allowing you to work on the finer aspects of your game. To go a step further you could opt for the SkyCaddie Linx GT. It is nearly double the price but this watch offers improvement tips to your game and integrates with your phone for a highly detailed experience. It can even act as a fitness tracker, counting calories, steps and distance.
A unique product designed to perfectly train the swing without having to hit a ball, the SwingSetter by David Leadbetter is a very popular training aid. It’s useful for everyone from advanced players to absolute beginners, helping them to master position, tempo and accuracy with each swing. This training functions on Leadbetter’s famous A Swing philosophy, with adjustable magnetic balls that click together as you swing to make sure that you are performing the action correctly.