Best & Worst Gifts for the Golfer in Your Family

Shopping days are running out, but the golfer in your life is the easiest person to shop for, right? Just stop at your local sporting goods store, grab a couple boxes of golf balls and you’re good to go. Well, that’s not always the case. It depends on the golfer, and it depends on the store, and it depends on the golf balls you buy. Golf gifts aren’t quite as easy as they seem, but we’re here to help. Here’s a look at our best and worst gifts for the golfer on your list:

 

Drivers

  • The best golf gift is the one the golfer specifically asked for, right down to the type of shaft, the grip, the loft, etc. If your golfer gives you exact specifications for a Cleveland Golf CG Black 2015 Driver with a 9-degree loft and a stiff shaft flex, you can be fairly certain someone is going to be very happy opening that present.
     
  • The worst golf gift is trying to buy a driver for a golfer without knowing what they want. The thought is highly appreciated, of course, but there are so many drivers and so many options on the market these days, it’s best to go with a gift card and let him or her pick a driver.

 

Golf balls

  • If you don’t know the type of golf ball your golfer uses, your best bet for a good golf gift is to go with Titleist ProV1s. They’re one of the more expensive balls on the market, but they consistently perform the best. Few golfers would be disappointed to open a box of ProV1s during the holidays.
     
  • For an avid golfer, the worst golf balls you can buy someone as a gift are the buy 1 get 2 free golf balls at the local sports store. There’s a reason the store is able to sell them that inexpensively. They simply aren’t good golf balls. There’s a reason you will never see ProV1s on a buy 1, get 2 free sale.

 

Golf shirts

  • So 10 years ago, buying a golfer a golf shirt was probably the safest purchase you could make. All you had to do was get the size right, and you’d have yourself a pretty happy golfer during the holiday season. Well today things have changed. If you don’t know your golfers style, then a golf shirt can be a risky purchase. There are fun new brands like Puma Golf and Under Armour, then there are more fashion brands like Travis Mathew and Peter Millar. The best way to find a person’s golf style is to do a little research. If you have access to the person’s closet, that’s a no brainer. Find the style of shirt your golfer wears, then buy him or her a few new colors and you’re golden.
     
  • The worst golf shirt you can buy would be the total opposite of the person’s fashion style. If you buy a bright yellow Puma shirt for a traditional country club guy, he’ll likely throw it in the back of his closet. Like I said, a little golf shirt investigation never hurts.

 

With all of the new brands in golf equipment to apparel to golf balls, golf gift buying isn’t quite as easy as it used to be. But if you follow these tips, you should have a happy golfer this holiday season. And as the shopping days dwindle, a gift card works for just about every golfer!