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Updated: Feb 16

When shopping for the golfer in your life at times it can be a little challenging and

sometimes requires deeper thought than a Top Golf Gift Card. What do you get for the golfer that has everything? Looking for a unique golf gift? Below are a few golf gift ideas that won't break your budget.


Accessories:

The Switchfix by Pitchfix $10.00-$25.00 This is a divot repair tool that also holds your ball marker. I picked mine up at a local golf store here in Tampa and I use it on almost every hole to easily repair ball marks when I hit the green (hopefully in regulation) from a distance and also has a magnetic ball marker holder that can be customized as well. They come in many colors and if your golfer wants to rep their favorite team, they also license NCAA, NFL and almost every other type of team imaginable. Maybe not a curling team but, I could be wrong.













Nexbelt

$45.00-$70.00+

Honestly, I bought this out of necessity from a pro shop before a tournament. I coach a high school golf team and one of my boys left his belt at home, so I bought one of these for him just in case his parents didn't arrive in time with his. They arrived in time, but by then, I was sold on the quality and functionality so, I kept it. I'm glad I did, it is so much easier to adjust and the face of the buckle flips down and stores my ball marker. Their website is awesome with a ton more options both custom and standard stocked options, they are no longer only golf belts.










Training/Instruction


Orange Whip Trainer by Orange Whip Golf

$109.00 Now I use this one several times a week both for tempo training as well as physical fitness. It comes in 4 different sizes, I use the mid-size, and the company has several additional training aids in the line, but this is the only one I use. It helps me feel the connection of my upper body to the club and also has come in handy while I warm up before hitting balls. I have used it for several years.



CaddieBasket PRO by CaddieBasket GOLF

$129.95

This one is near and dear to my heart. I use it every time I head to the practice range, simulator or just for creating golf content. It keeps all my golf gadgets, wallet, drink and towel all within reach and at waist height. It also has a spot to securely store your phone or tablet for recording your golf swing. No more asking the golfer next to you on the range if they can stop what they are working on to help you video your swing.

SIDE NOTE I also invented it because I couldn't find anything in the golf world that kept everything I needed access to elevated and organized.




The Glove Buddy

$14.99

Probably one of the most useful accessories on the golf market, especially during the summer months when your gloves suffer the most from sweat. Florida summers are brutal and when you play 3+ rounds a week, it can get costly. In the first summer after seeing the Glove Buddy at the PGA show, I went through 3 gloves total. I alternated 2 gloves during my rounds strapping it to the roof posts on my golf cart and every 2 or 3 holes would wrap the glove I was using around it. It works as an air funnel channeling air into the glove and letting it blow through the glove holes or the porous performance material that glove manufacturers are using these days.














Stick It Magnetic Golf Towel by Monument Golf

$24.95

Also a great stocking stuffer, the Stick It Magnetic Towel by Monument is one I picked up at the PGA show and one that makes me feel lost if I forget it at home. I usually slap it on the cart's roof support or on my 60 degree wedge that I probably should not have in my bag anyway. I have it in the grey color (shown) and have washed it 15-20 times and it still looks brand new. Stick It uses a quality microfiber that with one swipe (unless I come in too steep and dig a trench it may take 2) cleans my club grooves without the help of a club brush. Not sure how they did it but it's magic! WARNING: The magnet used has 25lbs of pull so if you plan on putting some gift cards with it in the stocking, I would keep it pretty far away. Also keep it away from pacemakers, just looking out for my golf buddies that had ticker work done.





These items are great golf gifts not just for not only the Holidays, but make great golf gifts for birthdays and special occasions for golfers and are the ones that I find most useful and unique. I only carry the Glove Buddy and The CaddieBasket PRO on my website for now. The other items are not affiliate links, just links directly to their websites meaning I don't get paid for getting you to their site. I just believe in their products and use them almost every round. Most can be found at your local golf or sporting goods store. Happy shopping!


-David

We had heard it before, Tiger stating

he was getting better, feeling stronger or that he was “close.” Months ago it was either a strong day one, only to fall off day two. Shortly thereafter, his name was occasionally spotted above the cut line. He would say things like “I did some good things out there today” and soon found himself In The Hunt on Sundays repping his Sunday Red. Was it legit? (I even wore all red on Sunday at the Valspar Championship in anticipation of his triumphant return). Many of the top experts swore he was done, that he couldn’t compete let alone win again due to the multiple surgeries and his age (let’s not forget he is over 40 now). How could that man possibly come back and compete with all the young talent out there on tour? I had my doubts that's for sure.

Warming up at the Tour Championship Sunday, he looked good, he looked focused in the practice area (Let's not forget it's been a while since he found himself in this position headed into a final round), the golf world knew it and so did he. Golf needed it and so did he. If you were to genetically engineer a golfer, you would fabricate a clone of Tiger Woods in his prime, but would you consider the current Tiger? Probably not. I won't even bother chasing a metaphor to describe his focus and demeanor leading out to the first tee box of the day, there isn't one. As he walked out to the first tee, you could see he was in that place, the place he had gone so many times before, 79 times before. With a three-stroke lead over McIlroy and Rose, an undefeated 23-0 record when leading by three or more stepping onto the first tee box on the final day you may be thinking this is it. His first tee shot would tell us if he had arrived at his place, a place that I feel teeters on the fine line of light and dark mentally, one that he has not been get to since August 4, 2013, his last win.

Tee 1: Driver shot was absolutely piped landing in the fairway after a little fade leaving him 164 yards away. The ensuing 8 iron was pured and landed 10 feet from the pin and 6 feet closer than any other player in the field. Of course he made the putt and I was sold. Tiger was back and win number 80 was a wrap.

I'll spare you the play by play, you can find that on thousands of other sites. The golf business in my mind has been given a mulligan with this win so we need to plan accordingly. But know this, Tiger is back and as he goes, golf goes for now as evidenced via all the social media traffic showing the crowd on hole 18. Tiger will carry the load for a while but...he does have a bad back.

Photos: Found on Instagram but courtesy of

Sam Greenwood (Top Right)

Tim Bradbury (Middle Right)

John Amis (Bottom Right)

Yahoo Sports (Left)

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