Christmas is fast approaching and before you can shake like “a bowl full of jelly,” Old Saint Nick will be squeezing down chimneys all along the Gulf Coast bringing presents to good little golfing boys and girls.
So you have to ask yourself “What does my favorite player really want?” and “Where do I go to shop?” You may hear subtle hints at first. A new putter made out of left-over mashed potatoes, or a driver spelled out with pasta might show up on their dinner plate. There might be brochures left in plain sight.
As the blessed event draws near, friends could offer a few suggestions. Whatever the method, the signals are clear; your honey wants new golf gear.
Not to worry because even if you don’t know your “Ping from your bling” I’ve got you covered. I’ve stayed up late visiting golf shops and surfing the net to be sure you get just the right gift this season.
So gas up your SUV, charge up the cell phone and whatever you do keep this information handy.
Here are this year’s picks.
Tony at Edwin Watts golf shop in Mobile listed Bushnell Laser Range Finders starting at $299, always popular NCAA apparel and matching golf bags starting at $199, TaylorMade TPS golf balls on sale for $34.99 dz., FootJoy raingear to keep you dry, wind shirts starting at $77, and Ping G400 drivers on sale for $299, Ping Max for $399.
Ken at Pro Golf Discount in Gulf Shores touted Callaway Rogue drivers for $399, Rogue Irons 4-wedge with graphite shafts for $999, Odyssey EXO Rossie putters for $229, Callaway Chrome SoftX golf balls just $39.00 dz., Puma Sound Chuck Mini Bluetooth speakers that you can attach to your cart or bag and stream music or programs while you play for $89.99.
Destin from Daphne’s Dicks Sporting Goods picked Nike Victory polo’s in various colors for $39.98, Cleveland RTX4 wedges available from 48-64 degrees for $139.99, Nike Web belts reversible, adjustable, and fits up to a 42” waist for $25, TaylorMade P790 irons in steel for $1399.99, $1499.99 graphite,
For all the hard-core Internet shoppers who love to let their fingers do the walking , we didn’t forget you. Here are some unique items we found on line.
At Amazon.com a Pinmei Switchblade Golf Divot Tool, Hat Clip and Ball Marker for $17.99, Golf Pen Holder w/ alloy golf pens $12.99-19.99, a “Funny Life is Full of Important Choices” golf t-shirt $19.99, the popular Golf Beer Mug $15.95-19.95,
Personalized tri-fold golf towel with your name displayed $12.95
From Golfsmith/Galaxy.com a Titleist Men’s Tour Performance Hat for $27, adidas Woman’s Advantage Polo $24.99-37.50, Callaway Women’s Rogue hybrid irons $1050.99-1199.99, Walter Hagen Men’s Essential Stripe Polo $21.97-55, for youngsters a Top Flite Kids complete golf set that includes a bag, for kid’s height 53” and above, $129.99
Rock Bottom Golf www.rockbottomgolf.com/shop has putters for $99, your choice, by TaylorMade, Odyssey, Cleveland, Wilson and more, golf bags by HotZ, Ouul Golf, Ergonomix, TaylorMade, Callaway etc. for under $100, Titleist Pro V I IX personalized golf balls $39.99 dz.
These lists will give you a head start on the season, but if your golfer already has more gear than Bubba, here’s an idea. Pick up a golf package for rounds or lessons at your favorite links. Many courses offer seasonal specials if you buy multi rounds. The Robert Trent Jones Trail has a “Trail Card” that’s good for discounts all over Alabama, and many charities put together similar cards.
Last but, not least here are a few helpful hints. If you purchase a golf club or set, it is important to pick the correct shaft flex. A simple way to find out is to ask their golfing buddy, or look in his or her golf bag at a similar club. The label on the shaft should have a small letter like an R for regular, or S for stiff. Don’t worry if you get it wrong, just be sure to save the receipt and you can make an exchange after Christmas.
I hope this answers many of your questions about what to buy, where to shop and how much it costs. Happy shopping and have a very merry Christmas.
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Contact Phillip Ellis at Golftodaynews@yahoo.com.