For a writer, putting together a holiday golf gift list is like visiting a Vegas buffet: It’s hard to know where to start. Or finish, for that matter.
So many items to choose from… And they all look so tasty. But like the tummy, there’s only so much room on a page. That means whittling the choices down to a select few, and the less filling – as in less expensive – the better.
If you’re trying to decide what to pick from the golf product smorgasbord, try these recommendations. Fork and knife not required.
Free snack — GolfingValley’s Ultimate Guide to Golf for Beginners
Right on this very website, you can download the 70-page ebook in PDF form, then share it with your favorite novice golfer. Author Robert Green covers everything, and I mean everything, in this nicely designed volume: the basic elements of a golf course, the long and short of golf clubs and equipment, the ins and outs of the golf swing, even what to do in case of lightning.
Just go to the home page and fill in a name and email address under the “Sign Up” header at top right, then download the book. It’s better than free bread and butter. Price: Zilch (www.hittingthegreen.com/golf-ultimate-beginner-guide)
Appetizer — Hirzl golf glove
As an animal lover, I get a little teary-eyed over the idea of kangaroo leather. But the ’roos whose skin goes into Hirzl gloves leave a lasting legacy, quite literally. These super-durable mittens don’t shrivel or crack when wet, and provide five times more gripping power than traditional leather gloves. Price: $25 (www.hirzl.com)
Main course – Bushnell Hybrid Laser GPS
Why debate whether to buy a laser rangefinder or GPS unit when you can get both in one package? Bushnell’s hybrid model, the first of its kind, combines the company’s best-in-class rangefinder with a clean, accurate GPS display. Your giftee will have no excuse for hitting the wrong club, ever again. Price: $399.99 (www.bushnellgolf.com)
Dessert – Paper Tiger, by Tom Coyne
Rave reviews have poured in for Coyne’s depiction of his Quixotic quest to become a pro golfer. The upshot: You have no idea how good the pros really are, and how hard it is to make a decent living playing the game. It’s a lesson some of us never learn. Price: $15 (www.tomcoyne.com)