Are you dreaming of a green Christmas, as in fairways and greens? I for one enjoy snow on Christmas Eve and day, but after that let’s tee it up. Wherever you are I hope there’s plenty of golf left for you this year, or I hope you have a fun golf trip planned for winter or next spring. If not, I’ve compiled a list of holiday gift ideas available on GolfHq.com. These are just a few of the season’s most popular items and great values. So add them to your list for the golfer in your life or for that special someone……..you.

Titleist EXP 01 Golf Balls $42.99 – A prototype fresh from the lab that is available to the public! The EXP 01 from Titleist spins less on your longer clubs (driver, woods, hybrids), and spins more on your scoring clubs (short irons and wedges). You will see tighter dispersion and better carry distance off the tee, and have exceptional feel and spin into the greens. These are a limited run so get it while you can!

Ping G Driver $249.99 – The sixth installment of the industry leading G series by Ping, the G driver is an aerodynamic marvel. Turbulator and Vor Tec technologies help reduce drag and increase club head speed. This club is built like a racecar and your mis-hits even go far and straight. Put on your list for Santa and he’ll be thrilled at the incredible price. 

NX7 Pro Laser Rangefinder w /Slope $249 – Precision Pro rangefinders come with all the high tech bells and whistles at a phenomenal price. The NX7 with Slope features a water-resistant and shockproof design and has 6x magnification. This model does the math for you, as it factors in the elevation changes for accurate reading and club selection. Help your golfer save strokes while you save money!

Sun Mountain Cart Bag $149.99 – Sun Mountain is the real deal when it comes to golf bags. This model clocks in at just under 5 lbs and features 14 individual dividers, so each club has a special home. Throw in six total pockets, including an insulated cooler pocket, and handles for ease of loading and unloading, and you got the ultimate cart bag at an ultimate value. 

Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedge $109.99 – Designed by Roger Cleveland, the godfather of wedges, the Mack Daddy 4 features groove-in-groove technology for an incredible combo of feel and spin. There are 21 different loft/grind combinations to suit the player’s distance gaps and contact tendencies. 

Skechers Go Golf Torque Shoes $79.99 – Skechers brings their industry-leading comfort and support to where you need it the most; walking down the fairways. The Go Golf Torque features Goga Max insoles and Ultra Flight cushioning to ensure your feet on the 18th hole feel just as good as they did on the first tee. The H2GO waterproof shield keeps you dry and the spikes are replaceable. 

Linksoul Reverse Stripe Hoodie $95.99 – Hoodies are making their way as an acceptable layering piece in the game of golf, as long as it’s stylish. Billy Horschel just rocked one in Japan at the ZOZO Championship. This hoodie by Linksoul is a soft, stretchy cotton-poly blend that doesn’t restrict movement or ability to swing. It’s super comfortable and keeps you warm. Pop the hood if some sprinkles start to fall. 

Novelty mascot, animal, and character headcovers $19.99 and up – Gift your golfer a fun headcover of their favorite team mascot, cartoon character, superhero, or even their cat or dog! We carry a wide variety of well-made, great looking headcovers from Daphne’s, Winning Edge, and Creative Covers. Protect your woods in style!

 Tour Edge HL-J Junior Set $169.99 – Time to upgrade junior’s set from toys to the real thing? The line of High Launch Junior sets from Tour Edge are high quality and feature shafts designed specifically for kids ages 12 and under. This particular setup, the 9-12 or 58”-64” in height, is the perfect set for the preteen before transitioning into an adult set of clubs. It includes driver, fairway wood, hybrid, mid iron, short iron, sand wedge, and a mallet putter. The stand bag and headcovers are also included. They are available in right and left-hand, and in different sizes at different price points.

Oakley Targetline Sunglasses $152.99 – The Targetline by Oakley is a classic rectangular frame with performance. Featured is a slightly lower drop on the lens to provide the player with better vision for hitting a golf ball. Prism lens with HDO optics help the player see the ball in flight more clearly in all conditions. The nose pieces are extremely comfortable and the Omatter frames are durable and lightweight. 

Ecco Women’s S-Lite Golf Shoes $149.99 – Ecco is notorious for delivering high end fashion and out of this world comfort, and the S-Lite delivers all of that and then some. The ultra soft Yak leather is incredibly comfortable and breathable, and a technology called FluidForm absorbs shock and adds support with every stance and swing. They’re available in a variety of colors to suit your mood and outfit.

Ping Women’s G LE2 Fairway Wood $249.99 – The G LE2 series by Ping is a line designed exclusively for ladies. The super-hot maraging steel face leads to higher ball speeds for somewhat slower swing speeds. The shallow face helps launch the ball out of a variety of lies and conditions, and each wood features 8 different settings to allow the player to increase or decrease the loft and adjust the face angle for optimal ball flight. This is supreme custom fitting on the go. 

Nancy Lopez Native Golf Dress $59.99 – An apparel item really catching fire these days is the golf dress. The Native Dress by Nancy Lopez is cute, sporty, and made of high-end stretch fabrics to keep you cool and comfortable on the course. The mock collar and zipper add style and you don’t even have to change for lunch or dinner after your round. 

NFL & NCAA Licensed Accessories – Football season is in full swing and gift your golfer a product that allows him or her to show their fan allegiance on the fairways. Golfhq.com carries a wide variety of team logo merchandise like headcovers, bags, umbrellas, towels, and even stocking stuffers like ball markers and divot tools. 

*Prices as of 11/6/19 – Subject to change during/after Holiday Season

This week on tour The wrap-around 2019-2020 season takes a break so next up is Tiger’s Hero World Challenge from the Bahamas the first week of December, then the Presidents’ Cup the following week in Australia. Captains Woods and Ernie Els will each make their 4 picks later this week to round out their respective teams, so I will give you my picks as to who I think they will choose. My picks at last week’s HSBC Champions in China faired pretty well. Billy Horschel grabbed a top-25 finish with a tie for 24th, Corey Conners finished t-20, and Xander Schauffele was runner-up, losing in the playoff to Rory. 

My picks for the Bermuda Championship didn’t fair as well. It was tough to pick as anyone in the field could have stepped up and won; a rookie or newcomer trying to win for the first time, or a journeyman trying to return to the winner’s circle. Chad Campbell missed the cut, and surprise, surprise, Smylie Kaufman also didn’t play the weekend. He did shoot his best round in a year with a second round 67, but he opened with 76. Lanto Griffin was my only bright spot with a t-18 at -12 for the week.

USA – Tiger Woods, Patrick Reed, Tony Finau, Gary Woodland. Tiger has hinted at picking himself and being a playing captain for months. Oh and he is the reigning Masters champ and just won #82 in Japan. Patrick Reed is Captain America and our version of Ian Poulter in team events. He is also playing incredible with 10 straight top-25 finishes. Tony Finau plays well everywhere on any golf course, and was one of the only bright spots for the US at last year’s Ryder Cup. Gary Woodland is the reigning US Open champ and is in good form. Rickie Fowler has apparently hung up the clubs for a bit and is taking a break. I’m sure he and Tiger have spoke but I have not heard their thoughts or what his plan is. I’d like to see Kevin Na get the nod if Brooks Koepka is unable to go due to injury. He’s a gritty competitor and would be honored to be picked. He and Tiger have a good relationship as well.

International – Jason Day, Corey Conners, Sung-jae Im, Byeong-Hun An. Jason Day is the best player in the world not already on the team. Plus he’s an Aussie and won the World Cup at Royal Melbourne. Corey Conners is a ball striking machine and will be a helluva partner in foursomes matches. He also has 4 straight top-20’s. Im is young, fearless, the reigning Rookie of the Year and just finished t-11 in China. An has 3 straight top-15 finishes. Els has to go with some young guns who don’t have the scar tissue of being smoked by the US every year. Kiradech Aphibarnrat is a stretch at 20th on the points list, but he plays well on the biggest stage and in majors. The International team could use a little flair and swag as well. 

Enjoy the game and each other,

Written by Seth Zipay, Head Golf Professional
Published by Craig Walton

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