Avoiding The Gift Hazard

By Sara Mendell

September 20, 2012 4 min read

There is no simple solution to finding the perfect gift for a golfing fanatic. Buying someone a brand-new putter who has used his trusty Billy Baroo for years might destroy his putting mojo as he trades Billy's luck for Scotty Cameron's smooth sensations. Rather than find yourself the reason for the demise of a golf game, take inventory over their needs, and you'll find the perfect gift.

Start by evaluating their current state. Is she complaining about playing with a 20-year-old set of irons? Is she looking for the game improvement aid of a new hybrid club? Does she love apparel with the logos of famous golf courses? Or to dress like her LPGA idols? Taking the time to think about these simple considerations will make your decision much easier.

If your fanatic is a duffers and looking for some game-improvement technology, help him out with a set of transitional irons. The hybrid low-loft clubs will help improve his long game, and the cavity-back short irons will deliver the same consistency he's used to feeling. These sets can be purchased at various price points. Adams Golf makes a high-quality set of clubs that you can typically find on sale at golf stores or new on eBay. Higher handicap golfers may struggle using iron sets that don't offer the same forgiveness of a hybrid set. These clubs will work well for both men and women.

When your golfer enjoys looking stylish on the golf course, new golf apparel will always be a nice gift. As we approach winter, a new pair of golf slacks or a long-sleeve top will be a welcome addition to her cold weather golfing wardrobe. A new golf shirt will also be well-received by an avid golfer. And if she plays at the same course frequently, purchase her a shirt or other apparel from the local golf course or club with its logo. If price is a consideration, try looking on the discount shopping sites online, such as Gilt or Ruelala, where there will occasionally be a sale of major golf apparel brands at nice markdowns.

The golfer who enjoys collecting unique paraphernalia from different courses or events will enjoy logo tchotchkes. You can simply go onto eBay and type in "pine valley golf" or "pebble beach golf" and see a litany of items that range from logo balls and golf bags to scorecards and trophies. Take a look through his golf bag or on his shelves to see whether you notice ball markers with different courses or old golf photos on his walls, and you'll know where to start. You may purchase an inexpensive ball marker for a few dollars or a logo golf bag for a few hundred dollars.

You may also notice that your golfer is desperate for something, such as a new golf umbrella or a new golf glove. These can be simple fixes. Check her golf bag, and look at the accessories. Go through the pockets to take full inventory. If you know that your golfer loves Titleist balls, you can buy a dozen new balls or 50 limited-play used balls. Any of these may be purchased at the local sporting goods store, pro shop or online.

As with any purchase, you can always shop around for the best value. The Internet has created a transparent golf marketplace where anyone can compare prices. The pro shop will usually be the most expensive stop, and eBay will usually be the cheapest. Remember that a brief investigation will lead you to the perfect gift. Good luck!

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