Golf Gift Ideas for Him: Golfer Wants and Needs

Golf is a pretty unique sport. When following stroke play, the golfer with the lowest score wins, i.e. the player with the lowest number of strokes over the entire course. This is pretty unheard of as most ball sports like soccer and basketball are all about getting the biggest scores. Unlike other ball games, golf is also not played on standard playing areas. While there are stadiums, fields and courts for the other sports, each golf course is pretty distinct. Each one will vary on the number of hazards and sand traps it may have, the elevation of the green, distance, terrain and so much more. All these and other factors contribute to why men so love the challenge of golf. Without further ado, here are some of our prime golf gift ideas.

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Golf Clubs

Starting of our golf gift ideas are the clubs. A typical set usually includes around 12 clubs. However, these are also sold anywhere from 8-piece to 18-piece sets, depending on a user’s preference. If you ask any advanced golfers, they’ll definitely say that a decent set of clubs are a necessity. So how do you know which one(s) to buy for your guy? Below are some things that might help when canvassing.

Need

It would help if you could identify the clubs that he is missing. There are different types of clubs which include:

  • Putter
  • Driver
  • Fairway Wood
  • Iron Set
  • Wedge
  • Hybrid

If you observe that he is missing one of those and are not planning on buying an entire set, that would make things a whole lot easier and make the gift much more appreciated.

Hand Orientation

We’re sure you’ve noticed what your guy’s strong hand is but be extra sure when you head out to window shop. Ask the sales clerk or filter online between left and right handed clubs as there are differences.

Shaft Material

The shaft is a major part of the golf club and some golfers are really particular of it especially as it comprises 80% of the club. Shafts are normally offered in either steel or graphite. Graphite or carbon fiber shafts weigh considerably less than steel ones which allow them to be swung at greater speeds. Furthermore, according to this eBay article, steel shafts are primarily for accuracy and graphite shafts are best for distance and loft.

Shaft Flex

There are typically 5 categories of flex although worded differently in stores and e-commerce sites. These are Regular, Senior, Ladies, Extra(or extra stiff), and Stiff. A golfer’s shot is largely affected by the flex of the shaft. Accuracy, trajectory and distance are dependent on the stiffness of the flex. Below is a simple guide from Globalgolf.com.


Golf Balls

It is even easier to shop for golf balls as there aren’t much criteria to them. However, make no mistake about it, there are thousands out there for you to choose from making it a bit tedious.

Ball Quality

When canvassing, you’ll come across numerous terms such as recycled, near mint, 3A, AAAA, refinished, and many more. These mostly refer to the quality of a golf ball. These typically don’t vary that much especially to casual golfers. However, if you are curious, here is a simple guide from Golfballselector.com.

Ball Brand

Not many people consider the brand as these balls are practically used after just one shot. Here are some notable brands just in case you were wondering, in no particular order.

  • Nitro
  • Nike
  • Callaway
  • Wilson
  • PrisdeSports
  • Bridgestone
  • Titleist

Ball Mix

There are some retailers that mix balls together when selling them. Be sure you check the product description carefully especially if you are looking for uniform golf balls. Some mixes you will come across include different colors, designs, and even brands sometimes.




Golf Tee

Golf tees are a dime a dozen but they can make for a well-thought out gift. When searching, be sure you’re aware of the different variants. These can include different material (wood or plastic), prong design (3-prong, 4-prong, etc), and also size (anywhere from 1 to 5 inches).


Golf Cooler

When you’re playing under the sweltering heat of the sun, it’s but natural to want a cool drink. These coolers are specially made to fit in golf bags. Check them out and be sure you have your guy’s golf bag dimensions when picking one out. While all of these are insulated, there are only a few variations you’ll come across.

The first is the size. Most of these coolers are designed to be clipped or strapped to golf bags. However, there are an increasing number that are part of golf bags themselves. Additionally, there are also other variants that are designed to fit the golf cart basket for those who don’t want to lug around added weight.


Golf Organizer

Clubs and other golf equipment last longer when stored properly. Help your special someone care for them by getting them one of these. Golf equipment organizers are like huge shoe racks or small cabinets wherein golf shoes, golf bags, and other equipment can be set aside at home. These organizers come in various designs so be sure you pick out one that can best fit the existing golf equipment of your guy.


Golf Electronics and Accessories

Rangefinder
Rangefinders allow you to accurately measure the distance to the hole, nearby hazards, and trees. Gone are the days when you’d need to estimate it using your eagle eye. With this nifty tool, your game is definitely brought up a notch.

Scope
For those who are on a tighter budget, a golf scope can take the place of a rangefinder.

Ball Pickup
Bending over is not something a lot of people take kindly to. As we grow older, we dread having to do it repeatedly which is what the sport, unfortunately, entails. This accessory helps you with that issue though.


Other Golf Gift Ideas

While we mentioned some of the pretty basic wants and needs of golfers above, here are some other golf gift ideas that also show your special someone how thoughtful you are.

Golf Books
Whether it’s an autobiography of some famous golfer or a book containing golf fundamentals, there’s no better way to show your support.

Golf Video Games
Some people are probably golf diehards whether on or off-course. If your guy brings his enthusiasm indoors, video games, while surely different from the real thing, are certain to pique his interest.


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