Want to get someone a golf gift that will be used over and over again? We've put together a list of gifts that will keep on giving!
From a dozen golf balls to our pick of insulating tops, golf travel covers and more, find out which sort of gifts you should consider for the golf mad person in your life.
It's something absolutely every golfer needs, and a very welcome gift given that most of us sadly ending up losing more to the course than we simply retire after too much use.
And if we had to pick one ball from our recent test that performed really well for everyday club golfers – at a price that doesn’t make you wince when you knife one into the water – Callaway’s new ERC Soft (£34.99 per dozen) would be it.
It racked up our joint second longest carry distance at 85mph (with a driver), second longest iron carry distance… and it also features the brand's clever 'Triple Track Technology' alignment lines. it’s a complete club golfer’s ball for a huge range of handicap players.
With golf now in its cooler days, getting someone a good pair of winter mitts or a wooly hat is the perfect gift as it's something they'll use for several months every year - and there's plenty to choose from at various price points at places like clubhouse golf.
Investing in a good waterproof jacket, or a good insulating top is one of the best things you can do - and you're guaranteed to get your money's worth out of it.
If you're looking for a top which is lightweight, water-resistant and stays warm even if wet, we'd recommend looking at Ping's Norse Primaloft II (£150), pictured below. It's breathable, stretchy material ensures comfort on and off the course - and is one of our favourite insulating tops of 2019.
A Re-usable Water Bottle
Hydration is key when you're playing golf, but so is helping limit our use of single-use plastics. It's the reason The Open encouraged spectators to bring their own reusable water bottles to the tournament in 2019, which they were able to refill at water stations at Royal Portrush. So why not gift someone a resuable water bottle?
Chilly's bottles are £20 (500ml), have a huge range of options, and can either keep drinks ice-cold for up to 24 hours, or hot for 12 hours.
Making sure you have golf shoes which are comfortable, fit, and give you the right amount of grip to aid your stability on the course is really important - making the right golf shoes one of the best gifts you can buy.
If you're only going to go with one pair, we'd recommend you go with a waterproof pair, which is why we'd suggest looking at Skechers Go Golf Elite V3 Approach RF's (£99), pictured below.
Why? Lot of us replace our golf shoes once a year, and the cost adds up. So for less than £100, these Skechers are unbeatable. They are supremely comfortable, they look great, there's plenty of traction and they're waterproof. The RF stands for "relaxed fit", and we found them extremely comfortable right out of the box.
A Training Aid
One of the easiest ways to lower your scores is to make the most out of your practice, and it's made all the easier if you have something at home you can use.
So why not gift someone with a PuttOUT? It's small, costs just £20, can be used anywhere with a flat surface, and will definitely improve your putting.
With a scientifically shaped parabolic ramp, each putt is returned to the player the same distance it would have gone past the hole had it missed; anything else is a miss. Only putts with perfect line and pace will hold the microtarget!
If you want to spend a bit more, PuttOUT also have a specially designed putting pat that comes in a bundle deal with the PuttOUT trainer for £85
Going to see a golf pro and getting golf lessons will save a lot of problems in the future trying to fix bad habits you've picked up and ingrained over time - so why not buy someone a lesson with their local pro?
Golf Magazine Subscription
Whether you want advice on what course to play, tips from the best coaches in the game or find out all about which equipment and gear will best suit your game - you'll find it all inside an issue of Today's Golfer.
So take advantage of our latest subscription offers and buy someone the gift of a magazine subscription.
A GPS Device or GPS Golf Watch
Unless you're playing an old links golf course where yardages are written on every sprinkler head on the fairways, a GPS Device, watch, or laser rangefinder is one of the best investments you can make to help you make decisions on the course.
If you're looking for a GPS Watch, we'd recommend the Shot Scope V2 (£169), which does everything you'd expect from a GPS watch – front, middle and back of the green yardages from a golfer's real-time position – but it has one humungous bene t over a regular watch; it also tracks more than 100 tour-level stats for your game, which are broken down into ve areas: clubs, tee shots, approaches, short game and putting. It's all monitored in a beautiful online package, so you can really identify where you're dropping shots, and what needs improving. We're massive fans of this technology, and can really see how it helps everyday golfers cut their handicaps.
A Golf Trolley
Golf Trolley's are one of the biggest financial expenses you'll have when it comes to buying equipment, but it can be a big help if you've got to contend with an overly hilly golf course, or want to protect your back from carrying a heavy bag around for 18 holes.
There are two main options here: A push trolley or an electric one
If you want a push trolley, you should consider looking at Motocaddy's Cube Connect (£239.99), below, which really is a clever bit of a kit. It offers the same GPS distance data and optional smartphone alerts as Motocaddy's electric models – front, middle and back distances to the green for more than 40,000 courses worldwide, plus shot measurements, clock and round timer. It's also simple to set-up, lightweight, folds down so it's 45% smaller than other push trolleys and features a parking brake.
For electric trolleys, our readers voted Motocaddy's S1 as their top choice for 2019, followed by the Motocaddy M5 Connect and PowaKaddy C2i GPS.
A Travel Cover
If you're ever planning on taking your golf bag away with you on holiday, you're going to need a Travel Cover. There's a lot out there to choose from, but one easy mistake to make is buying one that's quite heavy, so make sure to shop around.
For us, the ultimate chioce is one of Sun Mountain's Glider travel cases (from £169) . Expensive, but with extending leg supports that pop out to take 100% of the weight of your bag, it makes travelling with golf clubs a lot more stress-free.