If you have a golfer on your holiday shopping list, consider yourself lucky. Golfers always need something else in their bag, and the latest and greatest gear is always getting updated.
We've scanned the best items and deals across the golf product space to bring you 10 surefire gifts for this holiday season, ranging from $39.99 to experiential golf travel packages for when the time is right. And we won't tell if you buy something for yourself, too.
We've also scored promo codes and found special offers for most of these items. Happy Holidays from everyone at Golf Advisor!
TaylorMade's major-winning TP5 and TP5x golf balls
It's been quite a year for the TaylorMade TP5 and TPX5 golf balls at the elite level. Two of the three majors were won with them in play (Dustin Johnson at The Masters, Collin Morikawa at the PGA Championship). To celebrate, TaylorMade has made their premium balls just $39.99 per dozen. The TP5 and TP5x come in classic white, high-visibility yellow, or go the Rickie Fowler route with the swaggy pix design. | Browse the lineup and order here
Lag Shot Golf
Any avid golfer has probably marveled at the whip-strong swing of Sergio Garcia over the last 20-plus years. The golf instruction buzzword most associated to him throughout his career has been "lag," which refers to the seemingly superhuman angle between Garcia's (and every elite golfer's, to a certain extent) forearms and the shaft of the club as it nears impact.
How can we mere mortals add a bit of lag - and, therefore, distance - to our swings? The Lag Shot training aid offers a simple and elegant solution. With the length and loft of a 7 iron, the Lag Shot ($99, reduced from $169) has a distinctively blue, whippy shaft that seeks to train you to get your hands ahead of the clubhead throughout your downswing, sequencing your delivery of the club to the ball for more powerful, solid contact. Like many of the best aids, you can bring it to the range and hit balls with it in order to ingrain its benefits.
Lag Shot has dropped the price of its training aid to $99 for a limited time. | Watch the demo or buy here
Zero Friction Pro and Pro SM RangefindersZero Friction's Pro and Pro SM Rangefinders
The gift of precise yardage never goes out of style. ZeroFriction has released two new rangefinders for the season, the Pro and the Pro SM. The two have a similar pistol shape that are waterproof, lightweight and allows the user good control with one hand. Each vibrates when they lock in on the object and have a scoping range up to 1,000 meters. Both are also accompanied with a smartphone app that provides color GPS of 38,000+ courses.
The Zero Friction Pro SM model has two added features: a magnet so you can put the finder on your golf cart within convenient arm's reach and also offers slope information in the viewfinder. | Save 14% on the Zero Friction Pro ($198) and Pro SM ($283.79) models. Claim offer here.
CLOUDSPUN by PUMA
Whether it's the golfers who represent the brand or the look of its latest styles, PUMA always stands out in a crowd. You don't have to putt it pure like Rickie Fowler or bomb it like Bryson DeChambeau to look good in the CLOUDSPUN layering fashions that are new this fall.
The CLOUDSPUN Golf Crewneck just might be the softest, comfiest golf sweater on the market. It can be worn from the office straight to the course. The CLOUDSPUN Warm Up 1/4 zip will keep you comfortable, while keeping you warm. It's perfect for shoulder-season golf during cooler days in the fall and spring. A trendy colorblock pattern runs across the front, sleeves and backside.
Grooved putter faces have been around for more than a decade, but they've really gained in popularity in the last few years. A relative newcomer to the space, Pyramid Putters offers an interesting spin on this bit of short-game technology. Instead of uniformly horizontal grooves all the way across the face, these flatsticks (2 models, $199 each) feature angled grooves toward the toe and heel, which purport to guide off-center strikes back on line. A nifty alignment system on the crown of the putter also indicates whether a golfer's eyes are directly over the ball at address. | Use "Cyber15" and save 15% at checkout and buy here
Personalized balls from GolfBalls.com
No golfer alive will tell you they don't need more golf balls. It is the ultimate "lock" of a gift. Maybe one reason golf balls aren't given as much around the holidays as they should is because they might feel like a commodity. But GolfBalls.com offers an easy way to customize any golf ball they have in the marketplace and you can also add an aiming line.
Use code "GOLFADVISOR" at checkout for $5 off ball personalization of any dozen balls.
Perfect Practice Putting Mat
The Perfect Practice Putting Mat has quickly become one of the hottest new products of 2020. With golf booming and people stuck at home during the pandemic, it makes practicing at home more fun. It has thousands of five-star reviews from customers online and is already being used by more than 100 LPGA Tour and PGA Tour pros, including World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who just won the Masters. The mat, which comes in three sizes (standard is 9 1/2 feet long by 15 inches wide), can roll anywhere from 10 to 14 on the Stimpmeter depending on the underlying surface. It features alignment lines and two holes, one regulation size and one smaller. Best of all, the auto ball return keeps the session rolling putt after putt.
To take advantage of our special offer, visit the website here and plug in the discount code 'GolfPass15' for 15% off.
The Whoop takes the smart wearable to the next level. It measures key sleep and "strain" data to help you maximize your training regimen. Members who wear one range from professional golfers like Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas to anyone ultra-serious about their fitness. The strap comes free with a membership costing roughly $30 a month. It is completely waterproof, so you can wear it in the shower or while swimming. A feature tracking respiratory rate has proven to be a critical component to detect early COVID-19 symptoms. Shop the Whoop website| Read our full Whoop review
Our most popular golf packages coast-to-coast
A golf trip with buddies or family may have been put on the backburner in 2020, but you can start your 2021 planning around the holidays. Golf Advisor has more than 130 packages to choose from. Here are some of the most popular we've booked this year:GolfPass members save $100 on golf packages over $1,000.FROM $187 (USD)PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE | Enjoy 3 nights' accommodations at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and 3 rounds of golf at Troon North Golf Club, Westin Kierland, and The Boulders.
Cuddle Clones golf headcover
Lastly, why buy someone a headcover of any old generic lion or tiger when you could, quite literally, make them a headcover of their beloved pet? Cuddle Clones uses cutting edge technology to take images of an animal and turn it into a realistic headcover. The process includes uploading pictures of every angle of the pet and also providing any custom information like ears or any other facial feature that stands out about the pet. It's all considered in the design. A portion of proceeds go to rescue shelters. ($169 holiday special. Don't delay, you'll need to rush shipping for it to arrive by Christmas, or you can buy a gift card, so the person who got the present can upload the images themselves). | See golf options at CuddleClones.com
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